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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz by Cameron Pierce
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it was ok
bookshelves: horror

I am dreading the next book club meeting. We'll be discussing This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War and preparing to read The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. John will be reading some high brow's autobiography and Fred just can't wait for James Lee Burke's new book. Michelle will be pining for another novel by Christopher Moore. Then they'll turn to me and say, "Marvin, what did you read this week?" And I'll answer...

"Ass Goblins of Auschwitz"

And I won't feel happy about it for AGOA is very disturbing even for Bizarro literature. First there is the unfortunate choice of Auschwitz. The author may be too young for the full effect but Auschwitz holds too much dread for my generation to be effective in even this bizarre a satire. Pierce has taken scatological aliens and placed them in a third Reich setting in which they are eating and torturing children for the purpose of turning them into ass goblins. OK, I get it. Ass Goblins are adults who remove children from their "Kidland" forcing them to endure the horrors of adult life. Or maybe Pierce just wants to out gross everyone. That's the problem...we can't know. He goes for the extreme shock and loses any meaning in the story except for the word "Auschwitz" ringing in the ears of those who remember its true horrors. We do not need this kind of extreme shock for the real thing already existed.

It's unfortunate for Bizarro fiction can be exquisitely weird and Cameron Pierce can really write. This is beautiful and powerful writing that is lost in the attempt to be over-the-top and disgusting and manages to be simply disrespectful and appalling.
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Reading Progress

July 19, 2011 – Shelved
July 25, 2011 – Started Reading
July 25, 2011 – Shelved as: horror
July 25, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 I have to be honest and say that I cannot believe that this book made it into print - i've not read it, but reading the synopsis in your review has boggled my tiny mind.

Marvin I believe it was an independent release. Sad to say, my review isn't even the tip of the iceberg.

message 3: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn You summed up nicely my instinctual reluctance to read this book.

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