This is one of my favorite Bizarro books (if you want to label it as such.) It's so off the wall, it's on the floor. And the floor is littered with alThis is one of my favorite Bizarro books (if you want to label it as such.) It's so off the wall, it's on the floor. And the floor is littered with all kinds of congealing viscera and humor so black it would make Mandingo burn you in the eye with a cigar out of jealousy. The writing is very impressive and constructed seamlessly between the two authors. I was hooked from the The similes and metaphors are some of the most hilarious and imaginative I have ever read. The characters of the Four Horsemen are absolutely side-splitting - and the rest of the rather immense character list are equally as oddball. Jesus and Satan make the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff pale in comparison. There is too much going on in this book to single anything out, so hopefully that in itself peaks your interest This is a long book compared to others in the genre, and I think that is it's only (very small) downside. It's a endurance test in 'wtf' of Apocalyptic proportions - but I love it for that, and honestly, not a dull moment. ...more
Jordan Krall brings noir to the literary world better than anyone. This is the Maltese Falcon of your dirty subconscious. Halfway through the story, IJordan Krall brings noir to the literary world better than anyone. This is the Maltese Falcon of your dirty subconscious. Halfway through the story, I had to sop and think how the author got some of his ideas. He had to put on a rubber glove and just pluck something out of a random part of his brain. Whatever he did, it works. He ties in crab meat, doors, anti-smoking squid, more squid, goo, crime, dirty-deeds, feet, and fetus moonshine; and it makes about as much sense as a gunky dream. I absolutely loved this book and while the main story was brilliant, the crowning jewels are the appendixes. Whoa! Krall has some amazing books, and that fifth star is set aside for the penultimate piece I know he will soon write. Killer illustrations by William Pauley III, as well....more
I couldn't help but think of "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" once I reached the meat of this well crafted work of subversive bizarro.
Kirk Jones deI couldn't help but think of "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" once I reached the meat of this well crafted work of subversive bizarro.
Kirk Jones delivers a creative look at the power of belief and self-esteem. The setting created is one of a nervous dream (not nightmarish, but definitely unsettling) punctuated with humor and satire. Although some spots are a bit long-winded and others get glossed over, the overall flow of the story is quite engaging. I could tell which parts were rushed and I wish some of these parts were a bit more detailed. However, the aspect of imagination that this story conveys allows the reader to conjour one's own details - which is a quality I respect because these particular elements are not spoon-fed to us and are, what I believe, to be intentionally thought-provoking.
Tackling such a diverse collection of outlandish ideas is no easy feat, but this story guides the reader through each concept with relative ease. This is a 'thinker's' book that encourages introspection and provides fuel for new perspectives. I got the feeling that each nuance of character description and encounter were not just random ideas, but well placed symbols of American society.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of high-brow bizarro, because that's exactly what it is. I am really looking forward to seeing what Kirk Jones is capable of in his next book.