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It's Monty Python meets Nazi exploitation in a surreal nightmare as can only be imagined by Bizarro author Cameron Pierce.

In a land where black snow falls in the shape of swastikas, there exists a nightmarish prison camp known as Auschwitz. It is run by a fascist, flatulent race of aliens called the Ass Goblins, who travel in apple-shaped spaceships to abduct children fro
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Eraserhead Press (first published 2009)
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Caris
Dec 27, 2010 Caris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, kindle, 2010
When I am sick, I like to lie on the couch and watch horror movies. I like to do this anyway, but I get a lot of time to do it when I’m sick. The last time I had this opportunity, I was suffering from nausea, dizziness, and just general ickiness. It was one of those bad spells that restricted most movements and activities. I felt bad. Really bad. So I popped a movie into the DVD player and deposited myself on the couch for some relaxation.

What the fuck is the point of this, you ask?

Wrong questio
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Marvin
Jul 25, 2011 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I am dreading the next book club meeting. We'll be discussing This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War and preparing to read The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. John will be reading some high brow's autobiography and Fred just can't wait for James Lee Burke's new book. Michelle will be pining for another novel by Christopher Moore. Then they'll turn to me and say, "Marvin, what did you read this week?" And ...more
Kirsten Alene
Dec 10, 2010 Kirsten Alene rated it really liked it
In the first four pages of Cameron Pierce's A*s Goblins of Auschwitz, a row of child slaves are molested, one by one, by a giant a*s-shaped N*zi Goblin. But by the time the main character pulls a bicycle made of other children out of his scrotum, this will not seem shocking.

A*s Goblins of Auschwitz was a difficult book to read. It's been 80 years or so, but I think we can all say that the Holocaust still isn't funny.

A*s Goblins could see a lot of heat from "Serious Literary People" for making
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Jason Koivu
Feb 02, 2016 Jason Koivu marked it as to-read
How is it I've overlooked this undoubtedly fine piece of literature for so long?!
Emory
Feb 01, 2013 Emory rated it it was amazing
Let me guess? The ass with eyestalks covered in Nazi symbols is totally turning you away from this book. Don't. Go ahead, read it. It's worth it.

"Ass Goblins of Auschwitz" certainly looks and sounds like something that was written to be offensive for the sake of offending. It is not very long, the cover makes no attempts to mute the meaning of the title. One might think it is screaming to be thrown on the pyre. But don't be so quick to judge. Cameron Pierce always, whether intentional or not, ha
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Jordan
Nov 07, 2009 Jordan rated it really liked it

Cameron Pierce’s strength lies in his imagination. I personally think an animation company should sign him on to come up with ideas for cartoons, video games, and stuff like that because his work does lend itself to that sort of thing. The book itself is twisted, entertaining, and creative, three traits that I rarely find all in one book.

This is the author’s second book and in many ways it’s better than the first. There is a focus present that wasn’t in the first. Pierce has an extremely strong
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
I really wanted this to be awesome. I'm a big fan of weird. I'm a big fan of gross. I'm also a big fan of writing, and that's where the book lost me.

I don't mind being made sick to my stomach, and if a book can make me actually clench my sphincter, so much the better, but I CANNOT abide poor writing.

It's not even really terrible grammar or spelling, just the odd continuity error and sentences that, when you think about it, don't actually have any meaning. For example: "Today seems worse, proba
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Christy Stewart
Josef Mengele and Sigmund Freud had a baby and Cameron Pierce shit on it.

This book is probably the most disgusting thing I've ever read and I could not put it down.
Scott Emerson
Jul 11, 2012 Scott Emerson rated it really liked it
Conjoined twins 999 and 1001 are laborers in the prison camp of Auschwitz, building bicycles from the corpses of kidnapped children under the tyrannical rule of the Ass Goblins--farting, butt-shaped aliens with a penchant for cider made from fermented kiddies. With their captors frequently drunk of child-cider, 999 and 1001 plot their escape, only to find much weirder obsctacles in their path.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about ASS GOBLINS FROM AUSCHWITZ is that it manages to be shocking an
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Meredith
Oct 04, 2011 Meredith rated it it was ok
It was pointed out to me that my previous review did not include the fact that I recommend the book. So here is a new review.

I was dared to read Ass Goblins of Auschwitz by friends. Unable to turn down this dare, I immediately got the e-book and started reading it. This was my introduction to the Bizarro genre, and it was eye-opening. As a WWII history fan, the incorporation of Nazi imagery appealed to me greatly; the incorporation of ass goblins appealed considerably less. But the first half of
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David
Reads like it was written by an intelligent 15 yr old with a serious crack or meth addiction. There was no gravitas,no character development,no mythologizing of the holocaust (beyond the adolescent), no deconstruction of the history, no satire beyond the juvenile.

Not a horrible book, perhaps I might have gone for 3 stars...but I paid money for this yack festival.

And if you are going to introduce pedophilia then you have to add some weight to your psychological analysis and social reading of th
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G. Munson
Nov 29, 2015 G. Munson rated it really liked it
What the hell did I just read?
Okay, this is both depressing and fun. There’s a bunch of kids in a nazi concentration camp. They’re worked like animals, mentally and physically abused, and eventually killed. There are also twins that are experimented on. Oh yeah, and the nazis are ass goblins.
There are no rainbows or puppy dogs in this book. It’s seriously weird, and that’s pretty much the only thing saving it from being horrible. Not horrible in a poorly written kind of way, but horrible in a “t
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Loretta
Laaaaaaangweilig. Aber immerhin hab ich jetzt eine schöne Um- und Beschreibung für Nazispacken. “Ass Goblins“ trifft es doch ganz gut
Dustin Reade
Jan 31, 2011 Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing
whoah. Look, I've read a lot of bizarro, but this book is the weirdest, most insane thing I have ever read. Ever.
Sheldon
Oct 29, 2011 Sheldon rated it liked it
If you've noticed a recent trend in my reviews, I've been reading a lot of what gets classified as “bizarro fiction.” I remember when I first heard about it, about a year ago, and I pictured stories that would be weird, off-the-wall, and probably containing concepts or imagery that would be purely for shock value. What I had read so far was okay in these regards, but I was more surprised at the way these authors had chosen not to push these boundaries as hard as I expected.

Then I read Ass Goblin
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J. Osborne
Nov 15, 2009 J. Osborne rated it really liked it
Growing up, I watched a lot of TV. Nickelodeon, mostly. Ah! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy. They were light-hearted and funny, sure, but deep-down they were kind of unsettling, and with your eyes glued to the tube, you felt like you were given a glimpse into truly twisted minds, minds that were trying their very best to warn their audience of the darkness of adulthood to come. These cartoons with their drab colors and their focus on offal and snot and lint and gas were just ...more
R.A. Harris
Oct 21, 2012 R.A. Harris rated it really liked it
You obviously expect weird, twisted, demonic, savage, abusive, and disgusting things to occur in a book titled ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ, and they do. Perhaps you expect some poignancy, some deep sentimentality and hope, well, there's that too. Perhaps you expect crappy writing? Well, there's none of that. There is the token mad nazi doctor, but he is an assgoblin, so perhaps it's not so bad.

So what else has the book got to offer?

Children forced into a labour camp to make toys for the goblins. P
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Daniel
Feb 21, 2011 Daniel rated it it was ok
Despite the horrifically offensive title, this book isn't torture porn for Neo Nazis. It's an entry in a school of writing known as 'Bizarro' fiction, in which the authors attempt to lampoon, well, something, anything really, by being as strange and outrageously offensive as possible. Curiously, this has the effect of making the book inoffensive on any level beyond the most cursory of glances as you quickly become inured to the cartoonish extremes the writer takes things to and now and again mes ...more
Savvas Katseas
Jan 01, 2015 Savvas Katseas rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Σ' ένα διεστραμμένο σύμπαν, το Άουσβιτς είναι στρατόπεδο συγκέντρωσης "Παιδιών", μιας ιδιαίτερης ράτσας όντων που χαρακτηρίζεται από τα φωτεινά της μάτια, τη σαλλλονικιώτική της ανεμελιά και τα κομμουνιστικά της ιδεώδη. Το στρατόπεδο το τρέχουν οι "Κωλογκόμπλιν", μια εξίσου ιδιαίτερη ράτσα όντων που χαρακτηρίζεται από τα τεράστιά της οπίσθια, το SS μαχητικό στιλ και την εμμονή με τον μηλίτη φτιαγμένο από Παιδιά, και το διοικεί ο Αδόλφος.
Στο βιβλίο μαθαίνουμε για την πορεία δύο ζεύγων παιδιών --
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Matthew Vaughn
Jan 01, 2012 Matthew Vaughn rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
When I first learned of the Bizarro genre I thought it would be some truly weird stuff, I read some descriptions of books and some customer reviews and there seemed to be some strange and twisted books out there. One that I was intrigued by was AGOA, I had already read Abortion Arcade and knew that Cameron Pierce was a go to guy for the truly bizarre work. After having finally got around to purchasing AGOA and reading it I’ve got to say this book here is what Bizarro is all about. From the Gobli ...more
Tristan Goding
Dec 17, 2015 Tristan Goding rated it did not like it
If you decide to read ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ based on the title, you will definitely get your money's worth. Kind of fun in a wacky sort of way. Its novelty isn't enough for me to recommend it to anyone, but I kind of enjoyed it for what it is.
Kaitlynn
Dec 11, 2015 Kaitlynn rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
The best book that I never, ever want to read again.
Jeff
Er...um...what? Seriously...what? Entertaining and funny, but like...what?
Robert Lewter
Dec 15, 2014 Robert Lewter rated it liked it
Why?
Why was it written?
Why in hell did I read it?
Jean Bart
Jan 08, 2015 Jean Bart rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I attempted to read this book a few months ago, but just couldn't get through the book at the time. In light of recent world events, I felt as though I should reattempt to read the book, and managed it the second time.

I found this book due to an unhealthy interest in the Seinfeld episode about "Bizarro Jerry." Thus I found out that "Bizarro Fiction," rather than concerning the Superman villain, turned whole epochs and historical events into some fun house version of the same. T
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Dan
Nov 09, 2015 Dan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, bizarro
After spending most of the year reading weighty stuff, I needed a distraction. So I took a weekend off from intellectual pursuits and dove headfirst into the bizarro genre. Cameron Pierce is lauded as a master of the style, so this seemed like a good place to start.

What to make of this book:

This is not a metaphor for the Holocaust, nor does the book take place in the historical Auschwitz. Rather, Auschwitz is in this case a literary trope for the disturbing characters and events of the story (t
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Alex
Jul 31, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing
This has the potential to be THE most fucked up book, you will ever read in your life. I have now broken all my vital organs laughing in the process, and will go through life existing as a mushy sack of blood and meat.

An EXTREMELY strong stomach is required for this. Warped doesn't even cover it. I don't do spoilers, just pick this fucker up and read it.
Agent
Mar 19, 2014 Agent rated it did not like it
terrible and based completely on shock value, i got 3 pages in before i got sick of this edgy shit
David Barbee
Dec 21, 2009 David Barbee rated it really liked it
Reading Cameron Pierce’s sophomore bizarro novella is kind of like watching a Monty Python sketch where all the actors are on acid and so are you. It’s weird, it’s fucked up, but somehow it all makes sense. As with Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden, Pierce has molded a surreal world out of the Play-Doh that is his brain, and he’s filled it with grotesque mutants, cartoonish action, and gross-out satire.

The Nazploitation genre was ripe for a bizarro interpretation, and the result is the Ass Gobl
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Chelsea
Jan 26, 2011 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
After finding this book hanging around Amazon perusing various Bizarro titles, I decided that this was too strange to pass up. I was intrigued by the title, then the blurb. I downloaded this to my kindle not knowing what to expect. Initially, I was fairly confused while trying to picture the cadre of creatures and digest the grotesque imagery. As I continued to read though, I realized that underneath all the poop, vomit, cannibalism, and other indescribable weirdness lay what I discerned as a fa ...more
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Cameron Pierce is the author of eleven books, including the Wonderland Book Award-winning collection Lost in Cat Brain Land. His work has appeared in The Barcelona Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, Hobart, The Big Click, and Vol. I Brooklyn, and has been reviewed and featured on Comedy Central and The Guardian. He was also the author of the column Fishing and Beer, where he interviewed acclaimed an ...more
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