The Morbidly Obese Ninja
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The Morbidly Obese Ninja

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These days, if you want to run a successful company . . . you're going to need a lot of ninjas. Neo Tokyo, California is a city built so high that none of its residents have ever seen the ground. It is a place where citizens cosmetically alter their bodies to look like Japanese anime characters. It is a place where ninja battles determine the fate of corporate business ven...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Eraserhead Press
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William M.
This bizarro book is not only the best thing author Carlton Mellick has written, it’s the best bizarro book I’ve ever read. Full of so many incredible concepts and original ideas, it just reconfirms Mellick’s jaw-dropping talent and his unofficial title as the leader of the bizarro genre.

The obese ninja, on the surface, seems like a funny idea. But Mellick backs this idea up with not only why he’s so large and how he’s so large, but goes to great detail how he uses his size and weight to his adv...more
When I try to describe The Morbidly Obese Ninja by Carlton Mellick III, there is only word that accurately describes it: FUN! I had great fun reading it. You can tell that Mellick had fun writing it. It is simply pure fun!

The story is pretty straightforward. Basu is a seven hundred pound ninja in a world where corporate espionage is a matter of daily life and hostile takeovers are literally hostile and involve the assassination of company board members. He follows a strict code of ninja ethics a...more
S.T. Cartledge
I've read quite a few Carlton Mellick books by now and from what I've read of his older stuff, I like his older - more experimental stuff - and his longer books, more. I started out with Satan Burger and Punk Land and then worked my way to Fishy Fleshed and Warrior Wolf Women, the Egg Man and a few other titles, and since then I've been keeping up with his new releases and occasionally backtracking to an older book.

My reason for liking stories like Satan Burger, Fishy Fleshed and the Egg Man is...more
Arthur Graham
It's hard to imagine a character with a less congruous lifestyle/occupation, but Mellick manages pretty well with his 700 lb Basu (Japanese for "bus"). TMON tells the story of Basu's downfall and redemption, with a few clever twists on the anime conventions that inspired it thrown in for good measure.

While not poorly written by any means, the diction is rather basic throughout. Some of the scenes felt a bit forced, in my opinion, although I certainly didn't expect all of the inventive ways in wh...more
R.A. Harris
Mellick is a very fun writer.

In this book he has written an anime story with a bizarro twist. Basu is a ninja, the best ninja in fact, but he's also morbidly obese.

A genuine hero, Basu soon finds himself saving the life of a target he was supposed to kill, all the while maintaining a huge calorie intake, somewhere around 4000 calories a day.

Some funny moments, some emotional moments, this book dances around like a ninja in a death fight. Certainly different in style to his earlier works, I th...more
Dustin Reade
This book is awesome. Plain and simple. The story is full of intense action, with a definite anime feel (which gets skewered in a few places, to hilarious effect),and as usual, Mellick comes up with some oddly plausible explanations for why the people and the world they live in are the way they are.
Surprisingly clean and heartfelt for a book about Ninjas, but not so much you would feel comfortable reading it in church, and an ending that put a smile on my face that weighed seven-hundred pounds....more
Andrew Stone
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Craig Rettig
While a pretty spot-on mash-up of anime and bizarro absurdity, the story was played pretty straightforward. Anyone who's watched any ninja anime can predict the plot, and while there are a few good absurdities, nothing outside the main concept really stands out.

Not bad, but not particularly good, either.
Donald Gorman
although it's very short, this is a fascinating little read. i don't limit myself to bizarro fiction, but i find it a refreshing departure from normal literature. as in this case, this modern answer to the old counter-culture novels is not always as intimidating as some titles would lead you to believe. sure, it has it's excessively bloody moments and it's occasional grotesqueries....but they don't consume the entire book. there is plenty of proficient writing in this short, imaginitive tale. me...more
Two corporations are on a mission to get a special piggy bank that holds information that will make them the leading company in the industry. To do so, the Oekai corporation enlists Basu, a grunting 700 pound, iKitana wielding ninja. Crow, Basu's ex-best friend turned enemy and Gomen employee, is also after the bank. But this is no ordinary piggy's a boy named Oki. With the help of a pink-haired anime girl named Chiya, Basu must fight against Crow and his ceaseless group of ninjas and...more
Brian Tasler
Another excellent outing from CM3. This tale repersents Mellick's attempt to translate Anime to the written page, an atempt he mostly succeeds with via a uniquely twisted take on the genre.

In the future where life is lived in skyscrapers and corporations are governed through the use of ninjas to gain competitive knowledge Basu is at the top of the corporate ninja pyramid. That is until his ninja-master peer and friend, Susumu, turns against him out of jealousy for his position as top ninja.

You know, one thing Mellick doesn't normally do in his style of writing, is make you say the word "Aw!" But that's exactly the way I feel about this one. Yeah, sure it was weird as fuck, but that's what bizarro is. It was also disgusting to an almost nauseating point, but there were a lot of things in this book that rocked. The way this book was written, in an anime style, for one, was genius. Another thing that this book did an excellent job of? Description. Perfect description. Description to...more
Rich Meyer
Literary anime is the only way to describe this. If the live-action Fist of the North Star or Dragonball movies had been done properly, they could've been this book.

Carlton Mellick again surprises with an excellent tale of pop culture with a lot of neat, futuristic twists that do Gibson or Stephenson to shame.

My only complaint: Its too damn short! I'm left wanting so much more...

May 17, 2011 Ame rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: bizarro
I wish it hadn't been a novella because there were certain aspects of this ninja-riddled corporate world that could have been expanded, such as the manufacturing of the human piggy banks and perhaps exposition on how one becomes a corporate ninja. Still a delightfully bizarre romp.
I wished it was longer, building up on the world that Basu was living on which is interesting to just get lost in it. Mellick's attempt on the anime world is uniquely twisted filled with non-stop action, creative concept and definitely a fun short story to keep you entertain.
Jess-i-ca ~The Gif Witch~

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Funny, strange, and oddly touching, The Morbidly Obese Ninja has become my favorite Carlton Mellick book thusfar. Though short, it packs a punch with an ending that has more meaning than some of Mellick's other works.
Short, quick romp in a twisted anime-like world dreamed up by Carlton Mellick III! Check this one out if you're a fan of bizarro fiction or those crazy Japanese "cartoons"!
A decent addition to CM3's catalog, but not at the top of the list. It seemed like this story could have been expanded and given some more depth.
Chris Rutherford
LMAO! Fun read by Mellick! Kinda gross too. But that's what you should expect from Mellick.
Mike Maski
Wow! Anime as a novella. Mellick continues to create unique stories.
Will Hartzo
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Carlton Mellick III (July 2, 1977, Phoenix, Arizona) is an American author currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He calls his style of writing "avant-punk," and is currently one of the leading authors in the recent 'Bizarro' movement in underground literature[citation needed] with Steve Aylett, Chris Genoa and D. Harlan Wilson.

Mellick's work has been described as a combination of trashy schlock...more
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