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Adult Swim TV writer Casper Kelly (Squidbillies, Aqua Teen, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law) brings his hilarious, absurdist, and dark vision to the page in this debut collection, perhaps the first with a horror host guiding you between the stories. Enter the mind of one of the seven dwarfs wrestling with his fevered sexual desire for Snow White. In another story, a cash-s ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published 2012 by Fried Society Press
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Melki
Join Professor Badbones and his sidekick/nemesis, Stiffany, as they spin some weird ungodly tales of friendly neighborhood banks, large-breasted ninjas, hopeless haberdashers and sex fantasies at work.

Prepare to enter a strange Mixtopia - A mix between a utopia and a dystopia where some things are unbelievably better while simultaneously other things are hellishly worse, e.g. “The warm slappable realness of this sexbot’s thighs almost distracts me from the painful sickness I have from this radi
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T. Mike
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book, and while I am satisfied with the amount of spaceships, there was not nearly enough cancer. The cover and title promised me cancer and the author did not deliver nearly enough cancer. Hardly any cancer at all. In fact, there was so little cancer, I'm now not completely sure if there was ANY cancer whatsoever. And while I would have also preferred more spaceships, as I said I am satisfied with the amount of spaceships, so I don't want to belabor that point. It's really on the ...more
Bmj2k
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you like stories about spaceships and cancer but wish there were more stories about spaceships and cancer? For too long the cancer and spaceship demographic has been underserved, but fortunately Casper Kelly has stepped in and filled a long neglected need.

But seriously, More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is not for everyone. And that's a good thing. The world needs people who read the fine print on white bread packages or breathlessly await the next sparkly teen-angsty vampire novel, de
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Steven Turner
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is a collection of short stories written by Casper Kelly. Kelly writes for Adult Swim shows on Cartoon Network. He has written for Squidbillies and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, as well as others. I tell you this because that is very much what you get in this collection. It’s not often I laugh out loud while reading, but I found myself doing just that many times. Just like Adult Swim, this book is sometimes crude, rude and a bit raunchy but more often ...more
John Kupper
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
More Stories about Spaceships and Cancer is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. I was laughing from the table of contents to the acknowledgements and epilogue, without much of a break in between.

This collection reads at times like a hilarious, more lowbrow Philip K. Dick (and I mean that in the best, most complimentary way possible), and at others like episodes of the Twilight Zone if they had been given the Adult Swim treatment. "Taking a Shit in the Future" and "Large Breasted
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John McNee
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
A mixed bag of uniquely absurd stories. I was prepared for the hilarity and non-sequiturs, but there are some surprisingly original concepts and high degrees of poignancy to be found within these pages.

Choosing a few specific examples, 'Frequently Asked Questions', about a murderous ATM, is about as perfect a short story as you'll ever find. 'Sneezy', which examines the Snow White tale from the perspective of the titular dwarf, is almost too sad to read. The final story, incorporating several ta
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Mark
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


After reading this book, I will not take the bathroom for granted again. There were some truly hilarious moments in this book, some thoughtful ones, and some downright strange ones. My favorites were "Sneezy", the "Altair 7" story, and the above mentioned "#2" story. "Sneezy" was just plain beautiful writing. The "Altair 7" story was a pretty deep set of ideas wrapped in an entertaining Philip K. Dick type package. The "#2" story was weird in the best way and very funny. I probably could have
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Michael
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's hard to review a book of short stories. The only way to effectively review it is to base it not just on one or two stories but the entire collection. Sadly there's only one story about spaceships and none about cancer but these are entertaining stories and it's a quick read. Some will make you laugh out loud while a couple are just ok. As a debut it works and is worth checking out. ...more
Zach Melzer
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An imaginative, illusive, spiraling, and translucent read that chills the bones, all the while being outrageously funny. Terrific compositions by a very gifted writer. Highly recommended.
Loveliest Evaris
I didn't really know what to expect. I thought I would get maybe personal accounts by the author on his life, or maybe some ramblings about life and the current state of humanity with weird examples taken from obscure places.

But this was a montage of short stories of varying lengths which dealt from everything from a world where technology exists that turns all of your waste into waves so you no longer have to use the bathroom to a unrequited love story of Sneezy pining for Snow White.

Needless t
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i mean if a book's got jack pendarvis on the cover comparing it to donald barthelme i'm not just gonna not read it. and you know what? it's not bad! tru, at times there's a surfeit of "lol so random" material (hence all the bizarro recs in the "readers also liked" section of this pg i guess), & "sneezy" is a misfire altogether (textbook nice-guy stuff about one of the 7 dwarfs getting friendzoned), but as the book goes on the stories seem to take on deeper resonance. heck, if you beefed up the v ...more
kcb
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book has been on my to-read list for a couple of years, found either by accident or recommendation, I don't really remember. It wasn't until Too Many Cooks that I was reminded to pick this up, which is unfortunate because I should have read it when I first discovered it, but fortunate because I got to read it now, and not in some foggy past. Reading is usually a huge chore for me, and I typically avoid it, but More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is a really accessible, fairly relatable ...more
Hilola
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
So.. I just finished the book and ehm.. really don't know where to start. Well let's start with this. I got the book through goodreads giveaway and thank you to the author.
I have no idea why I entered this giveaway as I am not a short story person. As author or rather Professor Badbones puts it, to me they are 'out of fashion'. Having said that, I'm glad that I did as I totally loved every page/paragraph/word in the book. It is a bit like a Ray Bradberry style but crazier! It's creepy and fascin
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Benjamin
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-books
First, this book is not for the timid. There is language and subject matter in this book that many people would find very offensive.
That said, this has to be one of the most creative books I've ever read. Casper has a very readable writing style, a great sense of humor, an amazing understanding of human psychology, and writes stories so far out of the box that I've forgotten where the box is. This book was thoroughly enjoyable, made me laugh and really made me think. I will be keeping an eye out
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Oliver Clarke
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I came to this after seeing Kelly's wonderful viral video 'Too Many Cooks' and enjoyed it enormously. It's a collection of short stories, which I guess you would call science fiction, but that label isn't particularly helpful. The stories are all extremely funny and inventive, surreal but engaging. Think Philip K Dick (but funnier) or Kurt Vonnegut or David Wong. I loved it. ...more
Brad Nagel
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great
Very good short story collection that manages to be clever, funny, and poignant in places you wouldn't expect to find poignancy. I borrowed this from my Kindle lending library, but now I think I'll have to pick up a copy to keep. ...more
Joe
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only did I love this book, I'm pretty sure I blurbed it, too! ...more
Chris
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This bizarre collection of short fiction by Caser Kelly was mind-blowingly entertaining to say the least! Casper Kelly had me laughing and scratching my head going "huh?" from the first couple of pages until the end. I read this completely in a few sittings as it was so absurd that I had trouble putting it down. Kelly's style reminds me of a favorite author of mine, Grady Hendrix. Though Kelly doesn't specialize in horror like Hendrix, the writing styles are quite similar if you like this s ...more
Christopher Holub
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a bunch of Tales from the Crypt episodes, with profanity... lots. If a book could be on drugs, this would probably be what it was like.
Eric T. Voigt
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fall-fifteen
Didn't end up disappointing me like I mistakenly assumed it would. Having set it down back last December I thought maybe there was something wrong with it, but after truly digging the last two stories I went back and skimmed some of the earlier works and fond memories and familiar scenes came bubbling up. It definitely gets better. Wasn't into the host thing most of the way through, though. Did seem like a tree killer kind of move, would've preferred a few more later-story caliber tales. Funny s ...more
Brendan Bourke
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each story in Kelly's collection here made me laugh out loud on public transport. The regulars on my daily commute now glare and scorn because (or at least I assume) I'm now 'that guy' that breaks the silence on an otherwise vacuum, as we wait to disembark and follow the red line of our daily routine. Who cares. The stories are hilarious.

Casper Kelly is very clever with his humor, and he needs to continue this damn good thing he does.

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Jon Roig
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know... every once in awhile, I stumble on a book that's really... for me? This was such a fantastic read -- funny, insightful, surreal, silly. No surprise from the guy who wrote some of my favorite TV shows, like Harvey Birdman. Loved it and I can't wait for more from Casper Kelly. ...more
Dan Treichel
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest collections of genre-warping post-post-modernist stories spanning sci-fi, transhumanism, joke structure analysis, ATM machines, the nature of reality and the complex employment market for hosts of Tales From the Crypt style horror shows. Highly recommended.
Vanwhelan
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well, this was one messed up book and, at times, laugh out loud funny. I thought the funniest story was the one about the guy who was the last man on earth but still couldn't figure out a way to make himself attractive to women. ...more
Jonathan Lee B.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer is the best book which's table of contents is a joke instead of an actual table of contents. ...more
Thom Johnson
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly vulgar and hilarious whilst simultaneously sad and poignant. Loved every bit!
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Casper Kelly writes bizarre late-night television primarily for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim on shows such as Squidbillies, Stroker & Hoop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, and others. His cartoon strip, Fried Society, appeared in alt weekly newspapers across the country and his other creative work has been featured in Wired, Entertainment Weekly, online literary magazines, ...more

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