To me, this one was more than just a book, it was an intense experience. This one read like prose poetry at it's fWhat a long stange trip it's been...
To me, this one was more than just a book, it was an intense experience. This one read like prose poetry at it's finest. Full of word play, font experimentation,and even a few elements of bizarro thrown in for fun.
You'll want to read this one slowly because if you don't, you could miss so much. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say there are phrases within the book that link to websites that enhanced the reading of the book for me even more so than the wonderful artwork that was squashed between the text of the book.
Seriously, I really loved everything about this book - from feeling high, to the magnificent art work, to the beautifully crafted language, to being sad when the journey was over. I can see why it took David David Katzman 7 years to write this one because there's so many levels to explore once you fall down the rabbit hole.
Hahahahahahaha...I don't even know where to start with this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hysterically absurd, absurdly bizarre, and bizaHahahahahahaha...I don't even know where to start with this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hysterically absurd, absurdly bizarre, and bizarrely original. It's about this dude who wears a traditional Viking outfit complete with hat, has lived for thousands of years in a castle made of skulls, does some strange beauty ritual with blue-green algae and is on a mission to discover what the true meaning of life is.
While he is on this mission he has some mishaps which are absolutely hilarious. I don't want to give too much away but let’s just say his experience with the visiting Jehovah's Witness was one of my favorite scenes of this book. Oh yeah, and when he's searching for true love that's pretty hilarious too.
So, if you're looking for a read that is over the top absurd but hilarious at the same time, look no further than this book. It's worth it! ...more
Excellent short stories. Very creepy and well done. Andersen Prunty is a master of the horror genre. Even though I enjoyed all of the stories in thisExcellent short stories. Very creepy and well done. Andersen Prunty is a master of the horror genre. Even though I enjoyed all of the stories in this compilation, the three that stood out the most to me are the following:
1. Market Adjustment Great social commentary. In this one the market is going under and the big shot higher upers, think that everyone can be bought for a price. However, the main character in this one has literally lost everything and refuses to be bought, instead he stays and fights for what's right.
2. The Dust Season This one is about side show carnies. Eliza used to be Elastica, Queen of Bending, until one horrible night transformed her into The Painted Lady - flesh piercings and tattoos, and her lover becomes the quarter man.
3. The Funeralgoer I really liked the main character Thrip - especially when he scares the little girl in the car. However, a mystery has occurred in this small town. People are missing from their graves and Thrip gets invited to a "reverse" funeral by Mr. Nascent, a murderer, who makes Thrip tell the tales of their deaths upon reanimation. However, there is a very horrific twist in this one, that I won't give away, but was very well done.
A nail-biting read that should be picked up by all horror fans....more
Great sequel...so much better than that awful looking movie,"The Change-Up" could ever amount to. Do they have Terry Bradshaw, Kirk Cameron, or Matt LGreat sequel...so much better than that awful looking movie,"The Change-Up" could ever amount to. Do they have Terry Bradshaw, Kirk Cameron, or Matt Lauer? Nope they do not. They don't even have an alien machine or weird switch-a-roo mess-ups. However, this book has all that and then some. So, if you liked the original Muscle Memory and have been jonesing for a sequel, look no further than Steve Lowe's blog -----> http://steve-lowe.com/ It'll be worth it since it's much more entertaining and best of all free!...more
Bizarro-noir is my favorite off shoot of the bizarro genre, but this one fell a bit short for me. I will try to explain why.
Maybe it was because everyBizarro-noir is my favorite off shoot of the bizarro genre, but this one fell a bit short for me. I will try to explain why.
Maybe it was because every other page mentioned that Jimmy Plush was a Teddy Bear even though I already knew that.
Maybe it was because I wanted more of his fox-suited girlfriend.
Maybe it was because the stories got really dark and violent towards the end, more so than I thought was possible or necessary.
Maybe it was because the moments that were weird were just there for the sake of being weird.
Maybe I can't really put my finger on it, but something just felt off.
Maybe it's all of the above.
However, I must admit, that Garrett Cook did a remarkable job of creating his weird world and hard-boiled dialogue - no easy feat by any means, so I look forward to reading something else by him in the future. Maybe Archelon Ranch....more
"Every time I step on stage, I still get that Fourth-of-July-in-the-gut feeling I did of my first sold-out show." - J. Claude Caruthers, Nashville's S"Every time I step on stage, I still get that Fourth-of-July-in-the-gut feeling I did of my first sold-out show." - J. Claude Caruthers, Nashville's Shakespeare
Did you know the "J" in J. Claude Caruthers doesn't stand for anything? Well you would if you read this book.
I totally enjoyed this Wentastic trip and think it's even more fun when read out loud with goofy voices. I also really enjoyed how Patrick Wensink makes inanimate objects come to life and have interesting observations and opinions regarding their surroundings like Rusty the Guitar, Mister Proton, Lloyd's prosthetic hand, and Ms. Club Sandwich; and yes, I did voices for all these 'characters' as well, in case you were wondering.
So step into your cowboy boots, strap on your cowboy hat, grab a beer and a bottle of whiskey, and make sure your guitar is stowed properly because you'll be going on one heck of a wild ride! Are you ready?...more
Now that it's pitch black when I leave the comforts of my warm home to make the journey to the train to get me to my day job, I love to read horror stNow that it's pitch black when I leave the comforts of my warm home to make the journey to the train to get me to my day job, I love to read horror stories in preparation of my favorite holiday, Halloween!
This one was one of the best modern horror stories I have read in a very long time (Since I won The Place In Between, to be exact). Andersen Prunty knows how to get into your head and make your deepest fears - rational or irrational; repressed or addressed - come to life. He does this eloquently well with the main characters of this story: Steve, Elise and Connor.
The Sorrow King himself is one of the creepiest creations (on par with The Good Doctor, I thought) so fans of psychological horror should certainly pick up a copy and read it this fall. It's intense, but it's also one of those stories that will stay with you for a very long time. I'm really glad I read it....more
So, this week, I was hopped up on cold medicine. The kind that come in tabs and disolve in four ounces of water. I was under the weather and sleepingSo, this week, I was hopped up on cold medicine. The kind that come in tabs and disolve in four ounces of water. I was under the weather and sleeping a lot, so I needed to read something, errr...shorter, so I chose this book and I'm really glad I did because it was a fun journey to take while not being in a 'normal' state of mind.
I must admit here and now that bizarro noir and mafia tough guys have become my most favorite off shoots of the bizarro genre, mix that with some absurdity, and it's most certainly a winner in my book. I mean I've always enjoyed the classic hard boiled detectives like Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, and I can even get down with gangster movies like The Godfather, in which Al Pacino was awesome in. However, they just lack a certain twist, such as a certain gangster fruit or is it vegetable? who's obsessed with Michael Jackson, and when he gets shot needs to 'repair' with V8 juice, which this story certainly delivered and then some.
So, it's an easy transition to make (if you've read this one) that my favorite character in this novella was Roma the tomato gangster. I throughly enjoyed his Michael Jackson references and at the end I think I too saw his vision.
I liked how this story came full circle. It never left me hanging or wanting more. It was a complete story in less than 100 pages, which isn't an easy feat by any means and Eric Hendrixson did it fantastically well. ...more
This book gets 5 stars for the complete tomfoolery and badassery that can be found between the pages of this highly entertaining book cover.
To be honThis book gets 5 stars for the complete tomfoolery and badassery that can be found between the pages of this highly entertaining book cover.
To be honest, I purchased the book just because I had to have this cover adorn my shelves, but the book turned out to be one of Bradley Sands masterpieces as well. I laughed, I accidentally punched myself in the face (just because my alter-ego told me to do so), and I gave myself a skydiving wedgie on my 5th tandem jump (I'm just lucky my instructor that time was Rico Slade himself).
Plus, any book that has a Jared Bruckheiny in it and makes fun of the movie production industry (a place I know too much about and would like to forget) is A-OK by me! And if that's not a ringing endorsement for this book, I don't know what would be!...more
I like books that make people uncomfortable and according to Anita Dalton's review on www.ireadoddbooks.com this book does that and so much more. So,I like books that make people uncomfortable and according to Anita Dalton's review on www.ireadoddbooks.com this book does that and so much more. So, I'm really intrigued to read it and see for myself.
Holy moly me oh my, boy oh boy, is this one of the most bizarre and interesting books I have come across in the NBAS series. I've been struggling to write this review for a few days now and these few words keep popping into my brain:
HOLY HORSE COCK!
But that's not all this book is about, oh no it's not! It's also a statement on our society. How we're all overeducated, but under employed. How when you work in any customer service field whether it be retail or the front lines of a corporation (like I do), you'll always wish to have your own version of 'The Thor' to use as a weapon on all the ID10T's out there.
Yes, this book certainly has it's moments, but hey it's labeled as bizarro after all, and if you can get past the opening sequence of a naked Felix all lubed up running through a field of horses to use his equine stress management degree, then you should certainly pick up this book and read it.
After finishing a ginormous book that sucked my brain power, this was just the sort of book I needed to read, in order to restore my brain functions bAfter finishing a ginormous book that sucked my brain power, this was just the sort of book I needed to read, in order to restore my brain functions back to being a bit left of right.
As far as bizarro is concerned this one isn't that strange, trust me, I've read a lot more weirder ones. However, it was very well written, just like all NBAS titles are. I throughly enjoyed the carnie vibe and really liked the character of Uncle Sam, as well as, his political outlook and statements. Then of course there's the inanimals - boom chicka wah wah - is really all that needs to be said there.
Also, on a side note: for those who haven't delved into bizarro yet, but might like to, this would be a great place to start, just saying.
All in all, a wonderful read by a great new author I'm going to keep my eye on. ...more