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A demented fairy tale about a pickle, a pancake, and the apocalypse. It is Gaston Glew's sixteenth Sad Day - the sixteenth anniversary of the saddest day of his life: his day of birth - and his parents have just committed suicide. Fed up with the sadness of Pickled Planet, Gaston Glew builds a rocket ship and blasts off into outer space, hoping to escape his briny fate. Me ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published July 22nd 2010 by Eraserhead Press
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Mykle
Cameron Pierce seems like a happy, well-adjusted young man, but he has a keen grasp of depression and sadness. This book, ostensibly a lovely parable/metaphor/surreal fairytale about a self-destructive pickle on a planet of stupid, happy pancakes, is really about a certain familiar package of self-loathing and cynicism and longing and despair, a syndrome that traps people in their own unhappiness, separates them from honesty and kindness, and drives them to inflict even deeper misery on themselv ...more
Kirsten Alene
I have been a fan of Cameron Pierce's work for a while and have yet to be disappointed. Pierce's books always surprise me. Sometimes I'm surprised that I can process what is going on in his fiction, sometimes I'm surprised that the language is so clear and visceral. Sometimes I'm surprised that a human being wrote what I am reading. But while reading The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island I was surprised that this story about a suicidal pickle who falls in love with a pancake sounded so famili ...more
Michael Rose
It takes a special sort of writer to craft a fairy tale that works for adults. In Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island, Pierce has woven a finely crafted fairy tale that works on several different levels at once, making it a delight to read no matter what level of depth you’re looking for.

The story revolves around a pickle, Gaston Glew, who comes from a planet where happiness is entirely unknown. There are no birthdays, only “sad days,” and suicides are not only common, but expected. Gaston deci
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The Digital Ink  Spot
The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island was one of those books where I stop and think - that's odd. I have not had that feeling since Ass Goblins of Auschwitz. But of course they are the same author. Ass Goblins still tops my WTF meter but The Pickled Apocalypse is second place. Where do I start?

There is violence and sex. If they were human it would not be anything more than what you will find on cable. But they are not human and these characters have abilities that are enhanced. Such as beer f
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Edmund Colell
While Cameron Pierce’s Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island bills itself as a tragedy for people who eat food, I imagine that those living on total parenteral nutrition would still find plenty of things tragic and more than a few things darkly humorous. Throughout the story, it feels like Pierce was until now the only person fully aware of how pickles are among the most depressed of foods from wallowing in murky green brine, as opposed to the happiness of warm and fluffy pancakes and their maple ...more
Ross Lockhart
Fantastic fiction fosters a certain kind of melancholic anti-hero, an amoral, luckless mess of a messiah destined to do more harm than good. Now, to the ranks of Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné and Donaldson's Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever comes Gaston Glew, a pickle, narrator of Cameron Pierce's The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island: A Tragedy for People Who Eat Food. Sixteen and hereditarily-depressed, Glew escapes the confines of the pickle planet, launching himself into space in a vehicle ...more
Rachel Barnard
Gaston Glew is a pickle and Fanny W. Fod is a pancake. From the very beginning, the reader can tell this book will be bizarre. This story was everything I have and have not imagined about pickles and pancakes. The writing style was curt and to the point and the author spared no details when it came to sticky subjects such as suicide, death, murder, and sex but he did provide a strange perspective: that of a pickle. This pickle was not just any pickle. It was a sad pickle. Did the author choose a ...more
Jeremy Maddux
You know, when I was still new to the concept of Bizarro and saw these outlandish covers and even more outlandish titles staring out at me from my Amazon recommendations, I was skeptical. Certainly, I had an admiration for what Eraserhead Press was doing, but I wasn't sure it was going to have the legs it now does. As the years went by and they became stronger, with even more outlandish titles and cover art staring back at me, I had to begin to approach some of their titles with a bit more curio ...more
Sheldon
I can see some people looking at the cover for The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce and saying, “Aw! That's so cute. What could be more innocent than a pickle and a pancake falling in love?” To those people I say, “You haven't read Cameron Pierce before, have you?”

This story is what I would imagine someone would come up with if they had an acid flashback while staring into their refrigerator. It involves a pickle named Gaston Glew from the Pickled Planet, a planet who peopl
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Katya
I won this book at the first-reads giveaway, which got me excited since it's not the kind of book I would pick up at a bookstore, and it's always fun to expand one's reading preferences. Even with all the weirdness, it was a light read and almost felt like a kids fairytale (apart from explicit intimate scenes in the middle). Yet the plot wasn’t shallow: I found myself drawing parallels and making analogies all throughout the book.

On levels of weirdness: there were “nice” weird moments (the whol
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Zoe Welch
In this wonderful fairy tale like story Cameron Pierce creates a world that is deliciously consumed by imagination. It is simple and yet oh so complicated.

Gaston Glew is a depressed pickle from Pickle Planet, where everything is sad and pickle life ends in suicide. Gaston decides he wants to escape his Eternal Pickle Plight and fleas his planet in search of something more.

He crashes upon Pancake Island the most happy place in the universe and home of pancakes. The sad pickle finds more than ha
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Miranda
This was a pretty interesting book at times. Shockingly, at times it was quite boring. I felt myself thinking about other things while I was reading it. At the end of it I did enjoy it as a whole, just got bored at certain parts.
Alex
Mar 27, 2011 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who eat food, people who enjoy food, people who have sex with food
For breakfast one morning I ate a bunch of donuts at a cafe and read this book. There was a cute girl at the cafe. I kept going back in to buy more donuts and try to flirt with the girl and when I got to the sex scene in the book I had so much sugar and caffeine in my system that my hands were shaking.

The sex scene is between a pickle and a pancake, and it is the weirdest thing I've read in my life, and possibly the best.

After I finished reading the sex scene I threw away the rest of my food and
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natercopia
The level of weirdness in this book is pleasantly addictive especially when you have food characters that represents human emotions. The concept/idea works brilliantly even though I find the sex scene hard to digest. It's like the oddest thing I've read in a long time. The book is a quick read but incredibly fun and imaginative. I believe that this book isn't just written for the sake of being weird. Pierce's ability to talk about deep matters without being overly emo or annoyingly angsty made i ...more
April
Interesting story...Fanny Fod is a pancake,the most beautiful pancake on Pancake Island! Everyone is happy on Pancake Island, sadness is unheard of, except Fanny wonders about it and wishes for it.
Gaston Glew is a pickle who decides to leave Pickle Plant to get away from the sadness as that is all there is in his life and on his planet. Gaston is looking for happiness is it out there?
Gaston arrives on Pancake Island and meets Fanny Fod...can they find balance for each other and their world?
Ame
Oct 13, 2011 Ame rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: bizarro
Gaston knows how to crash a party when he lands on Pancake Island, filled with maple syrupy happiness and superficial bliss. Then he encounters Fanny Fod and her secretive Cuddlywumpus. Enter her zucchini castle and discover a love so whacky and satisfying that it will blow up your reality and create a new universe. Ah, to love those blueberry eyes, to delight in those peanut butter lips! Whatta' quick and crazy read.
Lil' Grogan
An interesting take on absorption - self and of romance. Food fiction always catches my interest. Animated fictional food sex doubly so. Even in more sober spots, I was choking back laughter at the images. And, for a moment, I found myself identifying with a 16 year old suicidal pickle. Hmm.
Jason Armstrong
Funny and depressing. Silly and disturbing. Light-hearted and offensive. I don't know what to say. I'm at a loss for words. Except for, you know, those words I just used. I guess I'm saying this book is full of contradictions. Like pickles and pancakes.
Mos3s
Kleine und feine Geschichte einer Gurke die sich auf die Reise macht.
Sex, Zombies und abgetrennte Körperteile inklusive.
Nicht so schön inszeniert wie Mellick es kann aber dennoch ein würdiger Vertreter der Bizarro Fiction.
Rich Meyer
I ... I really don't know how to describe this book. A kid's story for adults? A warped fairy tale? All I know is that it was weird and it was good and it was way too short.
David Barbee
A really excellent food fable about love vs despair. Cameron Pierce gets better with every book.
Andrew Stone
If you are a fan of maple syrup and/or beer, then you need to read this pickled love story.
Alan Clark
Strangely Warm-hearted for such a playfully cruel and grotesque story. I liked it!
Chris
I have become so addicted to this genre... Simply fantastic although graphic.
Jody
I have no idea.
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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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