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When we are locked inside ourselves, nothing outside could be worse.

After fending off giant monsters for a thousand years, a sentient guard tower is ready to go to heaven with his soulmate. However, the lovers are reborn as lowly humans and forced to live inside the structures they once piloted. Separated by thousands of miles and trapped within menageries of horror, their
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Paperback, 84 pages
Published October 5th 2015 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bizarro, 2015
Lured by the promise of Heaven, Alti and Quatra became Towers, tasked with battling giant monsters for a thousand years. Alti wakes after his term to find himself flesh once again. Has Quatra made the same fate and can he find her?

The 2015 New Bizarro Author series sure has a lot of love stories in it, doesn't it? This time, it's between two kids who become sentient battle towers and then regain their fleshy forms, only to become giant monsters. Haven't we all read that story before?

No, actually
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Danger
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
So wow.

I was surprised and delighted at the quality of this novella. Karl Fischer has some CHOPS when it comes to throwing down words on paper. This dude can WRITE.

So I’ll admit I was intrigued with this book’s basic conceit before I even read one word: two lovers, a man and a woman, finish their 1000-year sentence as sentient guard towers helping mankind’s last survivors fight tirelessly against kaiju monsters from the sea. They expected to enter the afterlife together, as they had been promis
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Jeremy Maddux
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
To begin with, I have to confess something I didn't realize until recently: I hate writing reviews. It feels like doing homework, only on something that's supposed to be fun. So, I have to feel really compelled to write a review these days. The reason for today's compulsion is this year's class of New Bizarro Authors, courtesy of Eraserhead Press. This is one of the few annual events that still brings me some joy in a frustratingly adult, postmodern, miserable, hand-wringing, finger wagging, bur ...more
Rodney
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eraserhead-press
Wow. To serve 1,000 years in the hopes that all will work as planned and you will be reunited with the love of your life for eternity. Towers is a testament to the power of love, within an unusual dystopian sci-fi context. The transition of the humans into their tower forms and their subsequent reincarnation were fascinating. The lush, descriptive prose flows without a hitch. The book's premise is out there, but all together it is simply moving. This is the type of bizarro that I enjoy the most, ...more
Ekel Adolf
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, kindle, horror, sci-fi
The darkest and most serious piece of Bizarro fiction I have encountered so far, with strong post-apocalyptic, Mecha and Kaiju elements.
Michael Adams
A touching, strange, and eerie story set in a post-apocalyptic world haunted by strange daikaiju where the remnants of humanity live in defensive platforms called Towers. These Towers are driven for a millennia by a human sentience, but one, Alti has been removed or rejected by his Tower, and in the aftermath is experiencing a strange series of transformations... is he becoming that which he has been created to fight, or will his search for his lost love, Quatra, herself imbedded in a Tower, fue ...more
Whitney
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt, gut-wrenching love story about two people that are deeply in love but separated by fear and distance, unable to understand the ravaged world and bodies that they have been thrust into. Alti must confront some of his fondest memories to inflate his courage sacs and bolster himself against kaiju, uncertainty, and the distance he must go to be with his love again.
This is a beautifully written novel that has some bitchin' giant monster fights, but also an enormous heart.
J.W. Wargo
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
ID SAYS:
FWAAAWAAAAZZOOOOKKK!!!!! What the fuck is that coming out of the ocean?? Those are some nasty looking creatures. Pretty sure they want to obliterate us. Shit. Quickly, everyone, into the towers! Thank Christ we have such brave compatriots willing to sacrifice themselves for a millennium to become these giant edifices of 100% BAD ASS KICK THE LIVING PISS OUT OF THESE MUTATED INSECT MONSTROSITIES!

And it's not all terrible news. Why, if they are able to somehow survive a thousand years of u
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David
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was like wandering into an H.R. Giger landscape to watch a love story. Dreamlike, at the same time dark and hopefully compelling. I was startled by how alien the world was at the same time that the underlying story felt relatably familiar. It's an interesting combination, one definitely worth reading.
Ben Arzate
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, ebooks
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Towers is a strong debut. Despite the disappointing resolution, its masterful prose, strange imagery, and pathos make it well worth reading
Chris
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Towers – Karl Fischer

“We were towers and we shattered the sky.” So starts Karl Fischer's Towers. It sounds like a lyric or a line from a poem, doesn't it? Well keep that in mind, my little curious one, because that's what this book is, a massive love poem.

The basic plot is after a thousand years fighting giant monsters as a massive sentient tower, our hero, Alti, hopes to be reunited with his love Quantra in some sort of eternal paradise. However, once his thousand years is up Alti is dismayed t
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Anthony
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The next time someone says to me, “Oh, bizarro is just meant to shock people,” I’m going to shove Towers into their hands and then push them out the door.

In a wasteland ravaged by giant monsters, Alti and Quatra are drafted into becoming sentient guard towers. Once their service ends they’re promised an eternity together as payment. The only problem? Life is never that fair or easy. No, instead Alti finds that he’s been betrayed. Locked within another tower and slowly becoming a monster himself,
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David Agranoff
You know there is tendency to think of bizarro as nothing but Dildo jokes and juvenile humor. Shock and awe marketing of Baby Jesus Butt Plug and Ass Goblins of Auschwitz get the rage of Bill O'Reilly and the WTF's of Boing Boing alike. Nothing wrong with that kinda of bizarro I am all for absurdist fiction many contain deeper themes but for myself I am into the dark bizarro. I know this is a first time writer in the new Bizarro author series but in the 77 pages of Karl Fischer's Towers there ar ...more
Andrew Stone
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The prose is poetic and the plot is phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and fall in love with a sentient tower. Or, do the next closest thing and read this book.
Katherine Parker
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, indie, horror
Karl Fischer’s Towers is journey to another time and place- a post-apocalyptic landscape full of sentient infrastructures, monsters, and heartbreak. It’s a poignant tale of lovers separated by not only by the government that promised them eternity together, but their own insecurities and blinding need to be together.

Filled with the self-doubt and weaknesses only humans can feel, Towers is heart-rending and beautiful. My only complaint is that… there could have been more, but that’s less about th
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Karl Fischer is a writer and crazy person living in Colorado with his wife and two piss midget dogs. He is the author of Towers (Eraserhead Press) and is part of the New Bizarro Author Series. He likes bad movies, fantastic movies, black coffee, and stories that make him cry.
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