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Hello Devilfish!

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Hello Devilfish! is a first-person (or first-fish) account of a giant blue Japanese movie monster stingray’s attack on contemporary Tokyo and his tragic morph into human form. Using elements of Japanese shock-pop and the infamous Hello Kitty meme, the story is told in comic narrative from the stingray’s point of view as he gleefully creams Tokyo into rubble. The stingray i ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Three Rooms Press
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Kenn Kirby
Jul 27, 2014 Kenn Kirby rated it it was amazing
Hello Devilfish makes you think in another language, Manglish. You start reading, then realize that if you stop reading, you may stop thinking ... or start thinking in plain old English again. You may just fall back into your same old mundane life. This is a story about havoc. You're not just reading about havoc, you're in the havoc, you're the cause of the havoc.

Read Hello Devilfish and take a ride on Godzilla's back and swing your tail with his strides while he wreaks havoc. You'll lay waste t
Jul 02, 2014 Flokky rated it it was amazing
Longed for an irreverent tale of hostile luv twixt two ginormous sea creatures who are thrashing Tokyo into a pulpy, smoke-smeared burning heap of split cement and oozing lust juice? Hello Devilfish! delivers sweet lit-crit stompifying, moist body decoupage, and thousands of crispified humans, all in I-can-haz-Manglish-speak.

This book could be classified as sci-fi-satire, but for me, it's really about the language. I really enjoyed that the author finds 101 ways to say "doin' it," but still seem
Gina Galinis
Aug 02, 2014 Gina Galinis rated it really liked it
A bit hard to read at first until you get a hang of the lingo and the way Hello Devilfish! talks. It's a bit unusual since he learned English from bad Japanese translations. But it was a fun quick read. Nice to see a new and different perspective from the monster point of view. You'll enjoy it if you're a fan of Kaiju books/movies.
Jan 03, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Hilarious Japanese Monster Science Film Spoof of a Novel

Ron Dakron channels Mark Leyner on speed with the manic intensity of David Tennant's "Doctor Who" in this irresistibly funny, quite hilarious, Japanese monster science fiction film spoof of a novel that is also a not too sly fictional commentary on contemporary American mainstream literary fiction. Dakron slays literary snobbery and stands firmly in the excellent usage of speculative fiction as satire in his compellingly readable "first-fis
Michael Gurnow
Jan 21, 2015 Michael Gurnow rated it it was amazing
If Jonathan Swift would have written a comic book in novel form, this would be it. Hello Devilfish! is John Gardner’s Grendel told by D. Harlan Wilson. A tongue-poking-firmly-through-cheek take on sci-fi and the Academy, Dakron is in high form (and loving it). But to solely label this exquisite work a social and genre criticism via the double-edge sword of satire would be a mistake. For the attentive reader, the author has taken time to carefully place layer-upon-layer of linguistic tomfoolery d ...more
Constance Renfrow
Oct 02, 2014 Constance Renfrow rated it it was amazing
(Full disclosure: I am affiliated with this book, and I absolutely love it.) Hello Devilfish! makes you think in every direction at once. It's an incredibly crazy and crazy-good read. It's about a giant blue movie-monster stingray ("Gee-ra!!"), who speaks only in Manglish and pop culture references. Even though he shouldn't really be a sympathetic character (after all, he eats about half the population of Tokyo on a regular basis), it's hard to do anything but love him and his incredibly candid ...more
Nov 18, 2014 paula rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, dnf
What to do if you're the kind of writer who thinks up lines like, "Lose a wang, gain a plot point," and "I'm lonely like dice in a church"? You can only use lines like that in genre - if you stick lines like that into literature, the cleverness distracts from your story. People won't see past the flippancy. This is why genre frickin rules, of course. But if you are too untamed even for genre, if your aim is to comment upon Literature even as you are writing it, even though you are too clever for ...more
Jun 03, 2016 K added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was looking forward to this so much... but it was nothing like it was advertised to be. It's a really bizarre, sexually obsessed stream of consciousness first-person narration with zero action and lots of very random social observations sprinkled in at weird places. With no build-up or follow-up. Just "Chocolate sprinkle orgasms, society is built on fear. Mayonnaise mythmaking. Fear what's in my pants! Hello Devilfish!" For the first 30 pages at least. That's as far as I pushed before I gave ...more
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May 19, 2016 Joanna rated it it was ok
Sort of funny but hard to follow. Read more like an offbeat poem than a novel.
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Ron Dakron is a poet and novelist.

He is the author of five novels — Hello Devilfish! (his latest), infra, Newt, Hammers and Mantids, and three collections of poetry. His work runs the gamut from surrealism to sci-fi pastiche.

Publishers Weekly reviews Hello Devilfish!: "Resistance may be futile, but this book at least makes it fun" and named him "a writer with a fine ear and plenty of gusto."

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