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DON'T TALK TO HIM ABOUT THE WAR!!!!

It has been 20 years since The War, and Major John Karnage has finally settled into retirement: locked up in an insane asylum, with an explosive device embedded in the back of his neck to curb his violent tendencies.

Karnage and his troopers have been deemed unfit to live in normal society. Like a bit of old chewing gum stuck under a coffe
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ebook, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by ChiZine (first published January 1st 2010)
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William Freedman
I really liked this one.

Gord Zajac's Major Karnage is unpretentious. It doesn't aspire to be great, just to be good at what it is: a fun, action-packed beach read or airplane wall that will keep you entertained while you got time to kill. And at that it succeeds magnificently.

The title character inhabits what appears to be a world just different enough from ours to protect the author from trademark infringement suits. Initially kept in an asylum to control his hair-trigger temper, he escapes to
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Andrew
“You can do it, Major!”

“Damn right, Cookie.”

“You’ve got the cojones, sir!”

“You got that right, Velasquez.”

“You’ve got it in you, sir!”

“Amen to that, Koch.”

“I’ve got faith in you, Major.”

“Is that you, Heckler?”

“You bet your ass it is, John.”

Karnage grinned. Now he knew he was hearing things. Old Heckler hadn’t spoken a word in years. Not since that day in Kandahar, the worst day of—

The War!

Battle and bullets and flames! Bombers buzzing as they fly overhead. Their payloads whining as they hurtle t
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Matthew
Major Karnage is a Saturday night party of a novel with machine gun pacing, insane characters and wild plot developments. Karnage is a psychologically ravaged veteran of a pan-Asian war against an enemy known only as Uncle Stanley. Twenty years in an asylum with the remains of his platoon hasn't mellowed his rage a whit. In fact, his Hulk-like fury has to be controlled by a sanity patch which threatens to blow his head off of his shoulders if he ever gets completely out of control. It gauges his ...more
Sooz
i'm only a few chapters in but so far i am lovin' the wild ride that is Major Karnage. as you can tell -just by the title- it's got a fun satirical vibe to it. a little Kurt Vonnegut. a little Joseph Heller Catch 22. not nearly as good as the books by those two authors, but the same sense of irreverance is present. if the author can keep this up, Major Karnage will be one of those books i don't quite know what to do with. as sheer enjoyable entertainment it deserves 4 or 5 stars, but as a work o ...more
Corey
Quite obviously, Gord Zajac is first and foremost concerned with having a good time. This is not hard science fiction, and it doesn't have any pretensions to be. No, this is glorious b-movie-worth sci-fi ridiculousness, a non-stop chase through a landscape limited only by Zajac's imagination. Heavily indebted to pretty much every movie and novel you can think of, Zajac begs, borrows, and steals to great effect, steamrolling over plotholes and inconsistencies with glee.

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AquaBirdie
If you like roleplaying games and books that read as if each chapter is an episode on a 30 minute serial show on the SiFi channel then this book is for you. I thought the characters lacked depth - most importantly the protaganist seem rather one note, but maybe that was the point - if not then I missed it. I was not invested. The author used the repeated device of the title character Major Karnage getting help, upon waking, of often new characters who always seemed to have the exact inside info ...more
Mike
This book was hilarious because it was the least pretentious book I've read in a long, long time. That being said, it isn't particularly well written, nor is the story even very good, but because the author didn't seem to have any illusions about what kind of book he was writing, it was a fun read. Would recommend this book to people who don't generally read books or are not the bookish type.
William
A gleefully chaotic sci fi tale of a future world, featuring a tough guy main character with a temper. Karnage stands as the last hope of humanity in the face of an alien invasion... if he can keep from getting his head blown off by his own anger issues. Action packed, fine sense of pacing and timing, and really gritty. Fans of the genre will enjoy this one.
Richard
An interesting take on pulp fiction with bizarre elements galore.
Shaian
This book is funny. At first I thought it was ridiculous. Chapters were a page long and I didn’t see a point to anything. Then it started to sound satirical and the protagonist, (who is worshipped as the Messiah after he slays a worm), and his journey to save Earth all made sense.

Earth is an idiotopia, where its inhabitants blindly follow avaricious religious leaders and a corporation is the new government. Cops carry goober guns, aliens are trying to takeover Earth; and hovercars, jetpacks and
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Wahiaronkwas David
This book is funny, scary, gory, slimy, sad and so much fun. The cigarette smoking is not gratuitous. I may read it again in the near future. About the ebook version, the format was great, easily resized on my ereader.
Cindy Mousseau
Great sci-fi. A bit spooky given how much Disney is buying up these days! Original. Well done.
Robert Fayle
It is an odd book. Reminds me of Cowboy Fengs Space bar but not quite as well written
Karl
Nov 14, 2014 Karl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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John Tyler
A fun read, the story is over the top and ridiculous. The weak point is the writing style itself. I often wished it was someone else writing the book. Would make an excellent video game.
Pat
Read somewhat like the novelization of a comic book--more action than characterization.
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Most of Gord's previous writing experience has been in television, but please don't hold that against him. He has written for "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy" and "Evil Con Carne". He has written several short stories, one half of a novella, and one book. He lives in Halton Hills with his wife, Alicia.
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