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Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III
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bookshelves: bizarro, 2011, i-can-smell-your-brains
Read from September 25 to November 23, 2011

In a post-apocalyptic future overrun by zombies, twenty people are dropped in the middle of a wasteland, forced to be contestants on the most popular reality show on earth, Zombie Survival! Which will find his or her way to the helicopter and be the only person to leave the Red Zone alive?

Once you read an awesome book by an author, it becomes the measuring stick against which you judge the subsequent books you read by that author. For my money, Warrior Wolf Women of the Wastelands is the measuring stick against which all other Carlton Mellick III books should be measured. Does Zombies and Shit measure up? Sadly, no, and I shall explain.

I've read a few Carlton Mellick III books in 2011 and most of them feature the following elements:
1. punks that are invariably superior to the rest of the characters
2. bizarre sexual fetishes
3. a woman with an unusually large clitoris
4. gore

Zombies and Shit features all of these. To me, it feels like elements of Apeshit and Warrior Wolf Women of the Wastelands were recycled and repacked with Return of the Living Dead style zombies to capitalize on the zombie fad that's currently everywhere. Also, (view spoiler)

At this point, you may notice that I gave it a 3 even though I've spent the review criticizing it so far. Well, I'm not going to lie. It's still a really fun book with the gore and weirdness I've come to expect from Carlton Mellick III. If I hadn't read any other CMIII books, I would have rated this one a lot higher. (view spoiler)

To sum it up, if you're only going to read one Carlton Mellick III book, I wouldn't have it be this one, but if you're looking to give him a try and you're into zombies, this would be the book for you.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I love that you're reading this and Steppenwolf at the same time.


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent D_Davis wrote: "I love that you're reading this and Steppenwolf at the same time."

I'm not having a hard time keeping them straight, that's for sure.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Heh...

Wait. Which one had the man-eating vagina monster that vomited flaming, laser-spitting dildoes?


message 4: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent D_Davis wrote: "Heh...

Wait. Which one had the man-eating vagina monster that vomited flaming, laser-spitting dildoes?"


Pretty sure that was on page 120 of Steppenwolf.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

*checks copy*

OMG, you're right.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

zombies and shit. hmmm. the two essentials.


message 7: by Lance (new)

Lance Greenfield Sounds like the author has a number of building blocks in his box, and starts a new book by laying them out and building around them. Is that so?

I am not sure that this would appeal to me when I have so much else lined up on my to-read shelf that I am really itching to get into.


message 8: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Schwent Lance Greenfield wrote: "Lance Greenfield Mitchell Sounds like the author has a number of building blocks in his box, and starts a new book by laying them out and building around them. Is that so?"

That's what it's starting to feel like.


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