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La casa de arenas movedizas

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  774 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Esta es la historia de dos niños que no conocen a sus padres, aunque viven en la misma casa que ellos. Sueñan con el momento en que podrán abrazarlos por primera vez, pero parece que los padres nunca tienen tiempo para ir a verlos. Los niños saben que tienen que estar en algún lugar de la mansión que comparten con sus progenitores, pero tienen prohibido salir de la guarder ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published March 11th 2016 by Orciny Press (first published June 1st 2013)
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a Carlton Mellick fan.

That’s not to say I’m a Mellick FANATIC. The man’s output is just more than I can keep up with. He’s basically released a new book every quarter for the last decade+. Now I’m not implying I only read 4 books a year, but I only have so many eyes and so many brains and so many hours in my day and my TBR pile is stacked up to the goddamn MOON and it keeps getting HIGHER and I’M ONLY ONE MAN CARLTON. HAVE MERCY ON ME, I’M ONLY ONE MAN!!!


So I’ve read about 10 of the 50
Janie C.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I greatly anticipated reading my first book by Calton Mellick III.  This particular book appealed to me because it revolves around the unpredictability of childhood.  In his beginning note, the author states that this book is very personal to him, as it captures his feelings of the fear and confusion that he experienced as a child.  The world is different when we are young.  Situations and people are subject to change without warning.  Even our beloved toys have the capability to appear diabolic ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tick wakes to a scratching sound coming from the vent above his bed. He blinks twice, trying to adjust to the darkness of his room. There is another scratching sound, closer and more piercing. Something is inside of the crawlspace, lurking between the walls of the nursery.

Novels set in spooky old houses are plentiful, but there's never been a haunted house story like this one.

Children who've never met their parents, raised in a nursery they've never left, strange scratching sounds at the door..
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy bizarro because they are the motivational speakers of books. They are the books that say if you can think it you can believe it and if you can believe it you can do it. Thus bizarro was born. Most of them are books that you can't show kiddos because they are normally some from of strange horror with all sorts of body parts in weird places or body parts leading to weird places. This is the first by Carlton Mellick III and bizarro title that i would consider allowing my twelve year old to ...more
The Grim Reader
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quicksand House is often talked about as one of Mellick's best books. After finishing it I'd go as far as to say it is now one of my favourite books. I've read a few of Carlton's odd tales and have really enjoyed them. This is the longest of his books I've read. Quicksand House features the usual layers of absurdity but beneath all of this lies a fantastic tale of siblings trying to find their parents inside of a labyrinth-like mansion. Mellick briefly talks about how this is a very personal boo ...more
Kris Lugosi
I figured this book was going to be good given the praise and the fact that it's a Carlton Mellick III book. I've a read a few books from Mellick that I really enjoyed but nothing could prepare me for Quicksand House.

The beginning of the book has the air of a children's book you may have read when you were little and then when you read it as an adult you ask yourself, "How was this ever considered a child's book?!" Elements of the fantasy childlike wonder are present with the crude harsh reality
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funnily enough, I found this bizarro book to be quite a wonderful absurd futuristic 'souped-up' dystopian version of 'Alice in Wonderland' which had just a hint of 'The Wizard of Oz' about it, too. It was simply fantastic - from to start to finish. This guy is so clever that he manages to twist and turn 'things' around in such a bizarre and intelligent way, possesses so many creative and imaginative ideas whilst also providing us with non-stop action until the very final sentence has been read. ...more
Peter Derk
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out this part of the intro to this book:

Quicksand House is one of the most personal stories I've written. Most people look back on their childhood as being safe, fun, and carefree, but I remember it as terrifying and confusing. My world always felt as if it were about to be pulled out from under my feet and I would be left with an uncertain and lonely future.

Boy, that one hits home.

I don't remember a lot of my childhood, and I gather this is a coping mechanism so common as to be cliche. An
Vincenzo Bilof
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sinking in Quicksand

A lot of readers who are actually familiar with the bizarro genre think it may be nothing more than obscenity-laden work that uses toilet-humor and satire as a vehicle for metaphor. I will be the first to tell you that CM3 has written a tale that should be on the bookshelves of major bookstores across the country, and in libraries; this is a book that comes from the heart, and it’s something every reader can relate to.
Tick and Polly embark on a quest to find their parents in
Hatchet Mouth
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those out there who think Bizarro is just about silliness, the bar has been raised. This story will shatter your heart, hopes and dreams as you read about Polly and Tick, children who have never known their parents, who have never seen the world outside of the nursery in their country-sized mansion. One day, when the Creepers destroy their every day way of life in the nursery, they go in search of the mother and father they've never known. What they find is that their parents have probably n ...more
Tara Losacano
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My new favorite Mellick book! It's one of those stories where you can't wait to find out how it ends while at the same time not wanting it to end. Great read!
Eric Guignard
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEWED: Quicksand House
WRITTEN BY: Carlton Mellick III
PUBLISHED: June, 2013

Of the six or seven books I’ve read by this author, ‘Quicksand House’ is one of my favorites. It starts off as a mystery, in which two children are essentially locked in their baby room and raised by a nanny through puberty. Machines make their food and the children teleport to school, but they’ve never met their parents which is their dearest wish. The baby room is in the midst of an immense mansion, and scary things c
Kyle Muntz
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a beautiful, sad kind of magic. It's the best I've read of CMIII's recent work (which focuses more on subdued, methodical storytelling than the fragmented, almost experimental feel of his early writing), and a chilling, grotesque evocation of the terror of childhood: the mystery of adults and wanting to be loved in a frightening world. It also makes great use of elements I've always loved about Mellick's writing: a tendency to nonchalantly wound or kill very important characters; a ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! This was my first CM3 book and it most definitely won't be my last. The story is highly original and despite the bizarro elements it never feels too alien to connect to, I especially loved how he does world-building without any BS of spending endless pages explaining every little (often unnecessary) detail, that really kept the story going. An easy book to recommend, it's fast and a very satisfying read.
Lance Dale
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Carlton Mellick book I've read so far. I feel like this is a great starter for anyone interested in checking out his books.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if I've ever read a book that was more "What the everloving fuck is this - I can't put it down". The plot was riveting, the mood was eerie as all hell, the imagery was, in part, so nightmarish it seared itself into my brain so I couldn't stop thinking about it even after putting down the book and even though I guessed some minor plot points before they were revealed (specifically the nature of the Nanny and the school), the big reveal still got me completely by surprise.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Quicksand House. It's been some time since I was so completely engrossed and captivated by a book that made me want to ditch my grown-up responsibilities and hide away so I can READ to the very last page.

Half horror and half science fiction with a moderate sprinkling of bizarre, CM3 created a highly detailed and provocative world completely unlike ours. Children are hidden away in the nursery until their parents retrieve them just before puberty but for Polly and Tick that da
Lee Howard
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, bizarro
QUICKSAND HOUSE is a futuristic survival tale that ushers in odd but likeable characters Tick and his older sister Polly who, in search for the parents they've never met, must venture forth from their failed nursery into a crumbling house that's as big as a city and fraught with many dangers.

This book is longer than most of Mellick's many works, but it's his best book yet. (It trumps my previous favorite, THE MENSTRUATING MALL.) QH is built solidly upon perfect classic story structure that simpl
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro
I had never read anything like this before. If you're looking for something different to read, this is your book.

When I started it, I thought I would not finish it because I found it too strange. But then, I got to such an amazing point in the story that I could not put it down.


Nunca antes había leído ninguna historia así. Si buscas una lectura diferente, éste es tu libro.

Cuando empecé pensaba que no lo terminaría. Pero luego llegué a un punto tan fascinante en la historia que no podía par
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and plot driven, and at moments also very sweet. Read the foreword before you read the novel, it makes a difference. The plot was interesting, the pacing toward the end a little strange. The way female characters were written was reductive and more than a little misogynistic, which definitely detracted from the overall experience.
Dayna Smith
OMG! This is the strangest and somehow one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. I'm not even sure how to classify this book; I will probably file it under science fiction, but the book classifies itself as "bizarro fiction," which is probably more accurate. Tick and his sister Polly (who has green hair and antlers growing out of her head) live in a nursery in a huge house. They have never seen their parents, ever, their nanny promises their parents will come for them soon. When the pow ...more
Rowan Yelton
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
*Spoiler free*
READ THIS. READ IT NOW. BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. Favorite book of all time, hands down. My first book from this author, my first Bizarro book. I highly recommend anyone even remotely interested in Fantasy, Science-Fiction or Horror to give it a read, you will not regret it. Absolutely unique, creative, original, one of a kind! In a world all its own.

I stayed up all night to consume this book all at once. I would give it over 5 stars if I could. Incredibly imm
Kimberly Mintz
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read bizarro fiction before so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it had been on my list for a while and I was excited for it to be delivered. At first I thought to myself, and said to my husband, “what the F is this...” but honestly I really ended up enjoying the book a lot. The author’s imagination is crazy good and I really could see everything he was writing about because of the way he pulled you into the story with his narrative and the dialogue between characters ...more
Michaelangela Montagna
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have always wanted to experience a lucid dream; this book is like that.
Even with the one-dimensional female characters whose actions revolved around the main characters, their childish and over-the-top reactions to the events around them, and there lack of ability to take care of themselves, this book changed my life. Morbidly sexist female characters aside, I loved this book because it reminded me of the confusing childhood I had. No, I know bizarro fiction isn't supposed to make sense... but, neither did my childhood. This is one of those books that I couldn't pu ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarro
In reality, a 4.5 .

A dark, imaginative and yet hopeful tale of , well let's just say siblings.

This is, easily Mellick's most accomplished work. Recently I delved back into his early cannon and the difference between then and now is marked. His writing improves every year and I'm excited to see where he can go.

If I had to criticise I feel the climax was a little , i dunno, less impactful than the build up deserved. Slightly. Ever so slightly

Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and keeps you reading until the very end! The imagination that this author has is
Phenomenal! Best read in a very long time! It makes you laugh and your imagination peak! Gotta love it!
Josh Davis
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another grand slam from Mellick. It delves you into a brutal world with fantastic elements with enough surprises to keep your head spinning. The characters will rip your heart out with emotion as you follow behind them on a journey you won't soon forget. Highly recommended!
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His books are seriously fascinating. It's like reading a fantastic episode of the Twilight Zone. The whole time I'm reading I'm trying to figure out what's going on. Great read!
Tom Middlecoat
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, one of my favourite books
Ben Fitts
Quicksand House is a surreal nightmare from which I don't think my imagination will ever quite recover. It's storytelling at its absolute finest and everything you could want from bizarro.
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Carlton Mellick III (July 2, 1977, Phoenix, Arizona) is an American author currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He calls his style of writing "avant-punk," and is currently one of the leading authors in the recent 'Bizarro' movement in underground literature[citation needed] with Steve Aylett, Chris Genoa and D. Harlan Wilson.

Mellick's work has been described as a combination of trashy schlock

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