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Naked Metamorphosis (New Bizarro Author Series)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Kafka's Shakespearean Tragedy! All the world's a stage...and Franz Kafka wants to direct! The absurdist has got his hot little hands on the Bard's greatest work - Hamlet. Unfortunately, William S. Burroughs wants to direct too! Perhaps, George W. Bush wants a piece of the action as well. One thing these literary creators haven't taken into consideration, though, are the ch ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published October 31st 2009 by Eraserhead Press
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When I first heard about a Shakespearean bizarro book, I was like "Uggghhh..." because I just wasn't into that old English stuff. But I heard that it was crossed with Kafka but still, I wasn't really a huge fan of Shakespeare and so I was reluctant to check it out considering how little time I have to read new books.

But then I had the pleasure to attend a reading by the author at this year's Bizarro Convention. After that, I was sold. His performance was animated and funny, capturing the charac
Jan 07, 2010 Bradley rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book is better than Hamlet, although I don't like Shakespeare very much. I believe schoolchildren everywhere should read this book instead of Hamlet when their teachers assign it to them (it's more fun than Cliff's Notes!) Then they can bring up Hamlet's drug abuse and transformation into a cockroach during class discussion and chaos will ensue.

While reading it, I kept thinking of Fool by Christopher Moore, which is similar considering it's a revision of King Lear. So if you liked Fool, ch
Eric Hendrixson
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For starters...I wrote this book. So, there.

But here's what people are saying:
RVA Book Blurbs: "Fans of Gregory Maguire should pick this up."

It is a truly fun read, biased as my opinion may be.
Steven Rage
Poor, poor put-upon Horatio. Much to his dismay, every despairing soliloquy Puck interprets as a prayer. The hobgoblin answers them, but as he sees fit, and while weaving in and out of time. Horatio soon finds himself in the right painting, but who is wielding the brush?

Horatio is not in the play he's supposed to be in. Things are getting muddled and they don't seem to be going as written. Horatio is responsible for his college roomate, Hamlet, and that ain't no easy task. The prince is grievin
Edmund Colell
Jan 01, 2010 Edmund Colell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone willing to give this book a chance
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David Barbee
I’ll start this review by saying this: You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare, Kafka, or Burroughs to like this book. So now you have no excuse not to read this book, because it’s pretty fantastic.

Naked Metamorphosis is something like a sequel to Hamlet. Only Hamlet has become a drug-addled lunatic completely incapable of taking care of himself. Enter his best friend and loyal servant, Horatio. Horatio is tasked with keeping Hamlet out of trouble, which proves nearly impossible. He also has t
J.W. Wargo
Id says:
Oh wow! Wowee wow wow! It's Shakespeare! No wait... It's Kafka! Wait, there's a little Burroughs in here too... What the fuck!?? Oh sweet, Hamlet is doing drugs and having barn sex. Now he thinks he's a cockroach. Whoa, back off Horatio! Can't you just let Hamlet BE?? Bah, party-pooper. But it was so very nice of you to hide him away after he killed Polonius.

You should have known better than to get involved with Puck. Perhaps it was inevitable, seeing as your entire universe is being con
Matthew Revert
The Shakespearian touches really helped this book stand out from the crowd for me. It's not that I'm a devotee of the bard, in fact, I've only read a few of his plays, but it was such a singular addition to the Bizarro genre. To me, this is what Bizarro is/should be all about. If I go into a book with expectations and every single one of those expectations are met, to some extent, the book has failed. Naked Metamorphosis succeeded in dodging and avoiding my expectation, which was wonderful.

Take Shakespeare, throw in Kafka, and add a dash of Burroughs, and you have Eric Mays' witty jaunt of a novella. From the perspective of Horatio, we have the story of Hamlet with a twist. Hamlet is a drug addict who thinks he is turning into a cockroach. Horatio is running around trying to take care of Hamlet and thwart the chaos around him.

Not a completely unique take on a story but fun nevertheless. It does help to be familiar with Hamlet, but it isn't necessary to enjoy this reading. I was hi
Christy Stewart
The concept of an author being a literal God isn't a new one, but it's taken into an original and innovative direction in this book while. The concept is an occult one and this is very much a literature addition to not only the Shakespear mythos, but the Kafka and Burroughs ones.

Naked Metamorphosis stars some of Shakespear's more recognizable characters to a Freshmen class's study of his works, but also some that wont be showing up on any multiple choice test, and they are all depicted with irre
Eric Mays is a name to remember. This book not only proves his dedication to literature in general, but showcases his skill as a writer. The combination of Kafka, Burroughs, and Shakespeare creates a melange that is seldom frequented in bizarro. The story is very intelligent and a blast to read. The dialogue is believable and the story in itself, is a rather brilliant off-shoot of whom we, as fans of above mentioned authors, can attest to. I love the comical yet paranoid satire that Mays deliver ...more
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