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It is a survival of the fittest world where humans reproduce like insects, children are the property of corporations, and having a ten-foot tall brain is a grotesque sexual fetish.

Lincoln has just been released into the world by the Georges Organization, a corporation that raises creative types. A Smell, he has little prospect of succeeding as a visual artist. But after h

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Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Eraserhead Press (first published 2008)
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Eric Hendrixson
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So far, this is my favorite CM3 book. It's not as wild as Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland. It's not as silly as Morbidly Obese Ninja. It's not as nightmarish as Baby Jesus Butt Plug. However, it has an emotional component that works exceptionally well.

The protagonist of this story is essentially an orphan living in a dystopia in which all people are orphans adopted by some corporation or another. He is raised to be an artist, but he is simply not a visual learner. Released from the academy i
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Andrew Stone
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is almost perfect. I loved Lincoln, the protagonist, and his journey as an artist. His muse, Luci, while disgusting, is lovely too. They way children are raised by corporations is a brilliant commentary on American society. And like all of CM3s books, The Egg Man is totally insane from start to finish. The back cover describes it, among other things, as a dystopian Eraserhead, and that descriptor is spot on.

The only drawback about this book is the lack of dialogue tags because, at time
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Teresa
Out of all the CMIII books I've read (not too, too many, I'll admit), this was my favorite. Yes, it was gritty and noir-ish and all that, but not like, say Grudge Punk. It was in a (somehow) more believable world. The fact that Carlton makes it a point not to use profanity in excess really stood out to me in this one. I could never describe such a shitty world without the use of severe profanity.

The characteristic short 'bits' that make up each chapter create a piece that is super easy to set d
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S.T. Cartledge
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
I think this is one of Carlton Mellick’s favourite of his books. It’s probably one of my favourites too. Where his other books are mostly just weird in creative and interesting ways, this book takes his creative and interesting weirdness to staggering heights, completely reconstructing how people perceive the world around them. People are tuned in to their senses in different ways and some people are born better off than others. It’s a narrative that acknowledges some of the worst aspects of con ...more
Ekel Adolf
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, kindle
CM III himself describes The Egg Man as one of his darker works. It is the common motif of an artist turned into a lunatic murderer, set in a cyberpunk world enriched by bizarro elements. Atmosphere and tone are indeed nightmarish and surreal, similar to The Menstruating Mall and The Cannibals of Candyland. I was quite impressed by this work and would count it among Mellick's best books.
Matthew Revert
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Author’s note for Carlton Mellick III’s ‘The Egg Man’ offers a fascinating insight into the book’s creation. It relays a childhood memory that Carlton shared with his sister about a horrifying boogeyman type entity known as the Egg Man. The massive-brained occupants of this book don’t bear resemblance to the monster of Carlton’s childhood but it’s clear that the concept of the Egg Man wasn’t something the author ever managed to shake. From the get go, this infuses the Egg Man with a certain ...more
John Lawson
In an alternate universe where humans breed like insets, and people work for gigantic, soulless corporations, one man seeks beauty in bad smells. Mutated brain creatures ensue.

My first experience with the "bizarro" genre. Strangeness for strangeness sake is fine, but this book seems to out of its way to be as unpleasant as possible, to no useful end that I could see. Sexually lurid to the point of pornographic, violence to shock Quentin Tarantino, gross enough to entertain any 7th grader. Not su
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Matt
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like the minimalist aspect of this book, it flows almost like a children's story. Very quick read, and I love the idea of what the Egg Man is (the ultimate in electro-acoustic). Contrary to the back cover comments, I don't think this is anywhere near CM3's darkest or grittiest works. Yes it is appropriately stark, post-apocal-something, violent and sexual... but relatively tame in my eyes. The author mentions how disturbing he finds smells, but I don't get the same impact. In fact, I felt like ...more
jasmine
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-adult, g-bizarro
honestly, all of my mellick reviews are more or less the same thing: his world building skills are second-to-none, he pays close attention to the diversity of his cast without making it feel like an afterschool special, and all of his characters seem to pop right out at you, even tiny, irrelevant background characters. i love his books, i love his girls. i love him. there you go.
Jeremy Maddux
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Didn't like or understand the quotationless dialogue structure of this one at all, but a strong concept and vivid imagery made up for it. And, of course, I give Carlton Mellick all the credit in the world for creating an Island of Misfit Writers. This one wasn't my favorite of his. That honor goes to Quicksand House.
William
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am going to have to give this a five. CM III is a master of the genre and this is one of his masterpieces. This is the story of a dystopian reality where humans are born like flies, corporations own your body and soul and your future is dictated by a random act of fate.
Kalr Meow
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a fucking masterpiece.
Rose O'Keefe
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In my top 5 favorite Carlton Mellick III books.
Jesse
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Another imaginative short story. Kinda cool.
Alan Clark
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Disturbing and delightful.
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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.

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