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Jimbo Yojimbo

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  15 reviews
From the author of Bacon Fried Bastard and A Town Called Suckhole, comes a countrified samurai epic in the vein of Squidbillies if directed by Akira Kurosawa.

A flood of frogs drowned the cities and gunked up all the guns. Now an evil restaurant chain called the Buddha Gump Shrimp Company rules a finger-licking shogunate of seafood mutants and murderous redneck swordsmen
Paperback, 154 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Eraserhead Press
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Janie C.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must confess, I have never read a book quite like this one. It takes the reader on a kinetic journey through a post-apocalyptic world that has spawned new life and mind-blowing mutations. The world has survived a plague of frogs and is now ruled by chef extraordinaire, Bushido Budnick. Budnick feeds the masses. He makes amazing Wasabi fries and other Southern/Samurai delicacies, keeping his people full and focused. Not everyone is happy with his reign, however. Though he is hundreds of years o ...more
In this satirical, post-frog-plagued, bizarro alt-future, most of humanity has been reengineered by an evil restaurateur. Bushido Budnick is a mad master chef slash scientist of sorts, who has clawed his way to the top of the food chain, breathing life into strange (and tasty) fish and frog-like minions, who also serve as Menu Items if they fail to please their creator.

Not one to let things simmer, Barbee throws us headfirst into a dungeon cell where our hillbilly samurai hero, Jimbo Yojimbo, a
Michael Hicks
Imagine Fallout as written by Anthony Bourdain drunk off his ass on Saki while communing with the ghost of Kurosawa and you'll have a pretty good idea of the vibe and flavor David W. Barbee is aiming for with Jimbo Yojimbo.

A thousand years ago, the world was decimated by a plague of frogs. Bushido Budnick, an immortal master chef and insane scientist, saved the human race and rules the planet through his famous fast-food Buddha Gump Shrimp Company. Five years ago, Jimbo Yojimbo and his father wa
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the attempt to come up with a word that best describes Jimbo Yojimbo “complete” clomes to mind. That word fails miserably though. Maybe some others: heart, soul, adventure, revenge, loyalty, and commitment. This is not your ordinary bizarro tale. It exists on the next level. Its strong storytelling element and cast of well-developed characters firmly carry it into triumph. Of course, there’s also plenty of weirdness and fun to be had. This tale of redneck samurai revenge brings a wildly color ...more
The Grim Reader
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
After slogging through a recent novel I was looking for something a little light-hearted, fun, fast, and a little bit odd, too. I certainly got that with Jimbo Yojimbo by David W. Barbee.

I’d enjoyed David’s previous novel, Bacon Fried Bastard, released last year and was only too keen to get my fishy fingers on his latest story. Like Bacon Fried Bastard, this short novel has its feet firmly in the realms of the bizarre as our samurai protagonist, Jimbo Yojimbo sets upon a bloody quest for revenge
S.T. Cartledge
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
David W. Barbee has something truly unique going for him. I got sucked right into his work when I read his bizarro southern apocalypse novel, A Town Called Suckhole. In Jimbo Yojimbo, Barbee takes his writing to the next level, fusing redneck satire and weird fiction together by way of a samurai revenge story.

The narrative itself follows a familiar arc, with the outsiders coming together to defeat the big bad, but Barbee has taken a lot of steps to ensure that his story really goes the distance.
Blake Burkhead
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jimbo Yojimbo, the title alone should say everything you need to know about whether this book is for you or not. It is all tied up right there, redneck samurai story, yet it runs deeper then that. The joke of its self is only window dressing, a flavor packet added to the mac and cheese ramen bowl that is this story. The story, however is not a joke. For all its apocalyptic wasteland of nightveilian frogs, mutant hillbillies and value menu monks, the story is deadly serious. It is a redemption an ...more
Benjamin Anthony
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jimbo Yojimbo really surprised me, I expected it to be a silly comedy and not very serious. I was greeted with over the top action, which was a very well described and envisioned, and a story of Revenge. the world of Jimbo Yojimbo is set hundreds of years in the future after an apocalypse of frogs has turned all the world governments into one ruled bye Bushido Budnik and his soul food restaurant the Buddha Gump Shrimp Company which has nearly enslaved all the world to its tasty creations. and th ...more
Zé Burns
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
No one writes like David Barbee, truly a genre of his own. He goes all out in this tale of redneck samurai, fast food gods, mutants, and lots and lots of frogs. It combines his Southern influence with Japanese culture and a whole lot of post-apocalyptic craziness. Like his past work, it is the perfect marriage of the silly and the cerebral, a page-turner that immerses you in his bizarre world from cover to cover. I am not a fan of action/fight scenes, but his vivid yet terse description of sword ...more
Ben Arzate
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, ebooks
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Jimbo Yojimbo is an entertaining, action-packed story with elements of samurai dramas, cyberpunk, and satire of redneck culture. While it doesn't use the interesting world it creates to its full potential, it still shows David W. Barbee to be an excellent bizarro writer. This is a book that will likely be enjoyed by fans of genre fiction in general and not just fans of bizarro.
The Grim Reader
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sushi slashin' fun! Review soon.
Andrew Stone
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me nearly one hundred pages to really get into this book. I followed the plot fine, but it just didn't seem like my cup of tea, aside from Toadlicker, I love that character. But the last 60 pages really engaged me, and for them alone, the book is def worth checking out. It's a bit of a gross-out book, so be warned. But it is also a story of the drive and destructiveness of revenge. Overall, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this novel given, to me, it's rocky start.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
"Ready to make it official?" said his father.

Jimbo closed his cuttlefish eyes and prayed the revenge vow.

Let me kill ‘em, he thought. Let me exist only to punish them that wronged me, for such is the pain of my life that only the pleasure of their death will weigh it equal. Amen.

"Now that's what I'm talking about," his dead father said.

Who doesn't like a good revenge story? Especially one featuring swords and blood and gladiator-like battl
John Mearns
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Start with my only complaint, there were a decent amount of editing mistakes.
This one was weird and wild! Jimbo was such a crazy character and there were so many twists and turns. The fights were a blast and easy to imagine, would be great done up as an anime! Such a cool post apocalyptic/steampunky styled world, at least how I imagined it. Didn’t expect the ending to go how it did!
Matthew X Gomez
Looking for a fast paced post-apocalyptic revenge tale with a dash of body horror and a whole lot of humor? You want JIMBO YOJIMBO. Sure, not everything is rosy after the frog apocalypse, and yes the world is run by Budnick, the cyborg chef, and his army of genetically altered crawds... but sometimes you've got to to grab your family's sword and cut down a catfishdragon all while your ex-wife looks on.

Overall, the book is highly enjoyable and well worth the read.
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