ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family
“Carlton Mellick III goes past silly, through weird, detours around dumb, blasts through bizarre, and gets to a place where the normal physics of narrative no longer apply. You will never be the same.”—Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland
In a topsy-turvy world where clowns are killers and crooks, Little Bigtop is a three-ring circus of crime, and no syndica
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mellick puts a new spin on mob life by creating a world where clowns are the kings of the criminal underworld. The six stories all link to the Bozo family, kingpins of Little Bigtop where they rule the illegal comedy clubs, clown brothels and laughing gas trade. With the French clown mob now muscling in on the action it's up to the clown capos to ensure that business is kept lucrative and any probl ...more
ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family is a collection of loosely connected six stories of a mobster family of clowns.
These are stories of rivalry (the French are trying to take over), colourful and original weapons (exploding pies, bullets that make people depressed or the ones that make people die of laughter and so on), murders, revenge, jealousy, betrayal, black humour ...more
I think it broke into my top 5 Mellick stories. Not a huge fan of e readers, but this one is only for the e reader. (At least for the time being) Mellick hooked it up though for 99 cents for a limited time (from normal 5.99 price) so it was a no brainer purchase. He's been one of my favorite authors for years and one of the most original in the game.
I loved this book! It is one crazy ride with a mafia clown family. There are several stories about the different clowns in the Bozo Family or the clowns that work for them.
My favorite clowns are Vinnie Blue Nose, Hats Rizzo, Pinky Smiles, and Captain Spotty. Don Bozo is the boss of the family and he has one messed up, crazy clown son named Jimmy. He is in all sorts of trouble in this book. But it's great ...more
Publisher: Random House
Publishing Date: July 2015
Publisher Description: For years, the hard-boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade. But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Mystère, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city.
Review: The cover should have Vinnie Blue No ...more
Although I found this one slow to start, I eventually got into Clownfellas!
What a fun bizarro world Mellick has created-- a mafia of clowns who run amok through six closely related stories, battling rival gangs and each other. See the Sideshow, a wasteland on the outskirts of town where mutant clown reject psychos roam the streets, the Carnival where the Carnies rule both mayhem and the laughing gas trade, and Le Mystere, a rival gang of French clowns run by Daddy Longlegs and his twi ...more
My favorite clown would have to be Pinky. Nothing can keep this guy from being happy.
If you're looking for a bizarro read that's not too weird, this is the perfect buy for a first-time reader of this genre. Mainstream comes to mind.
An entertaining clown-tastic read of love, betrayal, and what it means to live the mob clown life.
*I received a co ...more
This is not a safe book for coulrophobics [sufferers from clown-phobia]. In real life, we can avoid circuses, carnivals, and certain fast-food establishments. Not so in the New York City of CLOWNFELLAS: here Clowns are not only real, they're a separate species--not a separate ethnicity or nationality, an entirely divergent species. They have their own city, Little Big Top, and as with any urban locale, ghettos and crime--and a clown Mafia. Imagine kneebr ...more
I've head of Carlton Mellick III, before, wondering at titles like The Haunted Vagina and I Knocked Up Satan's Daughter: A Demonic Romantic Comedy. The impression that I got was that Mellick came up with insane ideas and played them out deadly serious. When ClownFellas came up on BookBub, I gave it a shot.
It would be cliché to say that I had no idea what I was in for. As the previous paragraph shows, I had ...more
Okay, when I first heard that this was coming out, I was rather apprehensive. Clowns and the Mafia are two subjects I'm not that into. Of course, I should not have felt that way. Carlton Mellick is fabulous and did an awesome job melding the two subjects together.
It's completely ridiculous, violent, funny and totally bizarro. I can see why this is the book that is being published with a more mainstream press.
The only reason, I' ...more
by Cape Rust · Apr 14, 2015
Clown Fellas: Tales of the Bozo Family
Written by Carlton Mellick III
Genre(s): Action, Mafia, Bizzarro Fiction, Clowns….
Disclaimer: I am fine, there is not a clown standing behind me with a balloon gun threatening to blow my gumballs off I don’t write this review.
Description: For years, the hard-boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels ...more
Alright... so 'bizarro' fiction has become a "thing." I mean ... I know that there's been bizarro fiction for a long time (I think I was writing it back in the 80's), but it hasn't always had it's current classification (it was speculative fiction, with a twist back then). Now it's its own genre. And I love bizarro fiction. One of the earliest reviews on this site was for Blope , an excellent bizarro story, so I was pre ...more
Excerpt from the book:
"They call me Captain Spotty," the clown introduced himself, holding out his hand to shake.
"When Earl looked at him, his skin crawled. With his wild-eyed stare and permanent crazed smile exposing a row of black rotten teeth, Captain Spotty was the single most terrifying clown Earl had ever seen. His style was that of a hobo, wearing a patchwork coat made of green and orange plaid. A family of cockroaches scurried beneath his shabby clothes, cra ...more
I've just finished an advanced copy of the latest CMIII novel and I have to admit I'm still not sure what to write. I've been a fan of bizarro for almost five years and I often wondered what would happen if mainstream publishers decided to finally start releasing bizarro titles. We now have the answer. Carlton's latest release is being published by the Random House imprint Hydra, and I have mixed feelings about t ...more
The book is set as six connected short stories:
In the first tale, "City of Clowns," we meet Earl Berryman, a zoo veterinarian hired to save Don Bozo's beloved lion. But there are two problems here. First, Earl has a serious clown phobia. Second, he's been drawn into a burgeoning gang war! ...more
Clownfellas is an unusual – to say the least – spin on classic Italian mob tropes, taking place in a world where humans have the choice of injecting themselves with a DNA-altering serum that turns th ...more
Of course it is bizarre, I would expect no less. It’s funny and thought-provoking, too. What pleasantly surprised me is that this work is of an epic proportion. There is real characterization and plot here. I mean this in the best possible way, but Mellick’s work is generally like a shot of cheap tequila—fun, abrasive, and entertaining for the night. This is something else. A bizarro masterpiece? I’m almost worried that if he’s showing this level of craft and maturity, he may ...more
If you aren't afraid of clowns before reading this book, you will be by the time you finish the last page! They make running the rackets a regular circus. This book has wildly imaginative characters, plots and weaponry. Great read!
Actually pretty funny and readable. I actually found it hard to put down.
ClownFellas is a collection of six short stories, revolving around the Bozo crime family. Classified as Bizarro fiction, the book is an odd mixture of parody, ("What am I not a clown to you?",) horror, and crime thriller. As not one of these is a genre I regularly read, I had visions of Fanny Merkin and the Harvard Lampoon; books that are more about the wink and nudge than the actual writing. So it’s a with a bit of surprise I say, ClownFellas is a very well written book.
Mellick has a deft ha ...more
In Little Bigtop the Bozo family rules under Don Bozo and his Capos. They mainly deal in prostitution, the drug Laughy-gas and undergroun ...more