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Blubber Island is a philosophical, dark comedy written in the genre of Gutter Surrealism. The story centers on a cast of unique characters struggling to maintain and disrupt the fabric of reality. Using a blend of the outrageous and metaphysical, the question is asked: Is human freedom better off without reality?
Paperback, 195 pages
Published August 22nd 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Karina
Blubber Island is a wonderful book. It emancipates the mind, so it may freely wonder to a place of infinite possibilities. Becoming a place of refuge, mitigating stress ,a place to kick back and chill. Blubber Island miraculously tugs at the emotions we acquire, sadness, happiness, suspense, tranquility, anger, you name it. Blubber Island isn't a book that entices one group of people, for it contains nearly all genres; mystery, romance, suspense, science fiction, philosophy, and humor none the l ...more
James Newman
Blubber Island is a rollercoaster splatter punk extravaganza. It is a pinball whizzing through worlds that exist in the crazed mind machinery of modern urbane neurosis.

It is intensely enjoyable.

The only author I can compare Ishmael Galvan's work to is one of my favorite minds of the twentieth century- William S. Burroughs. I'm not sure if the author of Blubber Island is aware of these influences or whether they have filtered down through mass media over the years. Blubber Island is an apocalypti
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Jeridel Banks
Blubber Island reads like a movie, with action, adventure, comedy, and everything a zombie-stoner-guns-gals-bums-drugs-and-violence fan could possibly love. This is definitely a book for the contemporary reader as Blubber Island confronts some more controversial issues that we all face in today's world (racism, sex, homelessness, religion, politics, drugs, dreams, modern philosophy). I'd recommend this book for the heavy-hearted, imaginative folks who don't like to read.
Jenna
I picked up Blubber Island specifically because of the reviews both on here and on Amazon, and I wound up severely disappointed. At first, it seemed as though the novel was off to a decent start. The pacing was unusual and there definitely was a good amount of violence, but I did not mind either of those elements, and I was very curious about where this story would lead. The author did a good job of catching my interest, and I had a lot of hope for the rest of the novel.

Unfortunately, that inte
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Miricle
"Whoa! What did I just read?"
That was basically the first thought that ran through my head after finishing "Blubber Island". Trust me when I say this is a good thing. I devour books the way most people devour potato chips, one after the other in rapid succession. So anytime a book can stop me in my tracks and make me ponder what I just read, than the author is doing something right. Reading it was uncomfortable and disturbing and I enjoyed every second of it.

This book isn't going to be for eve
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Claudia
I just finished reading this book and I’ve got to say, it’s indescribable. Fast paced and energetic. Equal parts humorous and Sadistic and at time even heart wrenching it’s hard to put down no matter how hard you try or want to. The characters and plot are so unique and complex that they’ll knock you on your ass and have your head spinning.
It’s A clockwork Orange meets the Three stooges meets Soilent green with a dash of Mystery Science theater and potty humor for flavor blended and unfiltered
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Sam Rhoads
Nov 28, 2012 Sam Rhoads rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for an awesome story!
Recommended to Sam by: Ish
Best book I've ever read!! From the first scene to the last I was totally hooked. Mostly because Action, Gore, Comedy, plenty of drugs and WIIIIILD Adventures that read like a movie with never a dull moment are enough to keep anyone from putting this one down before finishing it. With the wit of a Hunter S. Thompson Story and the dark but Brutal Bluntness of Charles Bukowski you can't help but get trapped in the world of... "BLUBBER ISLAND" Not for the Kiddies or Gram's n Gramp's tho, instead it ...more
Cahnan Hickey
blubber island. a twisted tale concerning morality and the laws (or lack there of) physics. this foul mouthed, dark and humorous piece of literature is definitely a keeper. once passed its chaotic introduction becomming enthralled in the story is easy and putting the book down to return to normal life becomes difficult. this story is unique in its own abbrupt and fast paced philisophical intention. i would reccomend this to anyone that enjoys the consumption of cannabis or anyone looking for a q ...more
Joel
Bludder Island right off the bat tackles a great deal of social commentary unlike many I had read since George Carlin "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?" The cover design signifies the Urban influences the way I remember (and still do) San Jose, California! I myself am a Social commentator Writing a Pscyho-Sociological critique titled "Senorita Taima Tanaka" Joe Estrada: The Mexican Yakuza! Academic jargon at this point of my life just tells me: Listen all of my life in the American Public E ...more
Tony
Blubber Island is a philosophical ride on a dark and grungy coaster in search of one end, humanity. Enlightenment and humor often are not strongly associated, but within Blubber Island they are indistinguishable. Blubber Island focuses on the psyche comparable to the psychoanalytical method, especially Jung (he is even mentioned). Would suggest to anyone with an ounce of humanity and an open spirit.
Aly Duong
This book was recommended to me by a friend all the way across the world. I was a little reluctant to reading it because my friend's taste and my taste differs. However, I thought that I gave it a try. I absolutely love the book and could not put it down. I wish it was longer, I hope there will be more books from this author.
Sarah
Blubber Island caught my attention immediately and I could not put it down. It's exciting and violent and everything I could ever want in a book! Other reviewers were right when they said it reads like a movie, and that was really enjoyable for me. I recommend Blubber Island highly, believe me it will not let you down!
Pieter Peruch
Out of mind and body experience. The pacing is quite good and it is very intense. The writer really delves into the human psyche and the nature violence in each of us. Sometimes the content was a little too graphic for me but it was gripping. Not recommended for conservative readers or children.
Sasha
I've read amazing glowing reviews on here, and I was excited to read this brand-new genre to me. And don't get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into. But I'm guess I'm one of the "masses" that Blubber Island wasn't written for. I didn't enjoy it at all. And it's not like I didn't "get it". I see the winks at the emptiness of pop culture, tongue-in-cheek existentialism and the absurdity of it all, represented by the completely random acts of brain-splattering violence and inane anal rape. But ...more
Karielle
Blubber Island was an experience. Gory and action-packed, Galvan's debut is no literary masterpiece, but I was mildly amused by the length of creativity put into the fantastical storyline.

We all know what surrealism texts are like, but this is not surrealism: it's a self-coined genre: gutter surrealism. I was expecting a nittier and grittier Haruki Marukami, but that's not at all what I got.

There's a nice, clear start, but after a while, the plot gets jumbled and I got annoyed with the author's
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Courtney
Hippies. Zombies. Gore. Bums. Drugs.
Lots of drugs.
So many drugs that I really believe the author was on drugs when this was written.
I would love to tell you what this book was about, but I don’t really know what it was about.
There were a few different story lines going at one time, but there was so real smooth transition between them.
Many times while reading this, I was just completely lost, confused, disturbed, or wondering why in the world the author decided to use the elementary insults
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Ryan Walters
I get that the author is trying to write in this "Gutter Surrealism" style, but, this book just went too far off the deep end. Maybe I missed the point, but I really don't think there was one, and if there was one and I missed it, I'm not sorry to have done so. A lot of the scenes depicted in are written in a way simply to milk shock value. It's like a B-movie, although instead of being Grindhouse, it ends up being just a bunch of drivel. Doubling down on the punk revolution thing wasn't a wise ...more
James Doto
Absurd and ridiculous are the first two adjectives that come to my mind when I think about this book. The insane story was fantastic, and would have received 4 or 5 stars... but, alas, the barrage of grammar/spelling errors I encountered in this book, along with the author's poor writing forced me to subtract a star or two.
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Ismael "ish" Galvan is a first-generation Mexican writer from San Diego, California. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Art Theory. Galvan currently lives in Japan as an English teacher with his wife.

Through subversive writing, his stories focus on characters at the bottom of the social ladder. His signature Gutter Surrealist style portrays the
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