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"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America." - GOTHIC MAGAZINE

"Carlton Melick III exemplifies the intelligence and wit that lurks between its lurid covers. In a genre where crude titles are an art in themselves, Mellick is a true artist." - THE GUARDIAN

"Just as Pop had Andy Warhol and Dada Tristan Tzara, the Bizarro movement has its very own P. T. Barnum-type practitioner. He's the mutton-chopped author of such books as Electric Jesus Corpse and The Menstruating Mall, the illustrator, editor, and instructor of all things Bizarro, and his name is Carlton Mellick III." - DETAILS MAGAZINE

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III
 
"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America." -- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
 
"Carlton is an acquired taste, but he hooks you like a drug." --HUNTER SHEA, author of Forest of Shadows
 
"The most original novelist working today? The most outrageous? The most unpredictable? These aren't easy superlatives to make; however, Carlton Mellick may well be all of those things, behind a canon of books that all irreverently depart from the form and concepts of traditional novels, and adventure the reader into a howling, dark fantasyland of the most bizarre, over-the-top, and mind-warping inventiveness." --EDWARD LEE, author of Header
 
"Carlton Mellick III is a genius with an insanely beautiful imagination." --JOE AUGUSTYN, writer of Night of the Demons
 
"Carlton Mellick III has the craziest book titles... and the kinkiest fans!"  --CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of The Stupidest Angel

"If you haven't read Mellick you're not nearly perverse enough for the twenty first century."  --JACK KETCHUM, author of The Woman and The Girl Next Door

"Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction's most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale." --CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother

 
"Mellick's career is impressive because, despite the fact that he puts out a few books a year, he has managed to bring something new to the table every time... Every Mellick novel is packed with more wildly original concepts than you could find in the current top ten New York Times bestsellers put together." --VERBICIDE
 
"Mellick's guerrilla incursions combine total geekboy fandom and love with genuine, unbridled outsider madness. As such, it borders on genius, in the way only true outsider art can." --FANGORIA
 
"Bizarre, twisted, and emotionally raw--Carlton Mellick's fiction is the literary equivalent of putting your brain in a blender." --BRIAN KEENE, author of The Rising and Dead Sea
 
"I'm a huuuuge Bizarro fan. This new strain of cheerfully transgressive weird fiction is to me the most vibrant, exciting, genre-mangling scene in all of strange literature today. And no one holds dominion over this blossoming underground phenomenon like the godfather of Bizarro, Carlton Mellick III. With the most impressive sideburns in imaginative lit since Isaac Asimov, and a brain that squirts out more shamelessly playful originality in any given chapter than most artists will accomplish in their entire lives, he's the poster boy. The Elvis. As well he should be." --JOHN SKIPP, co-author of The Bridge
 
"It's not unusual to blow through a Mellick book in one sitting. They're fast-paced with an endless number of surprises, making it tough not to keep turning pages. When the end comes, I'm left with that done-too-soon feeling that I always love experiencing." --RAZORCAKE
 
"A wormhole of disturbing surrealism and absurd satire." --VICE MAGAZINE
 
"Carlton Mellick III exemplifies the intelligence and wit that lurks between its lurid covers. In a genre where crude titles are an art in themselves, Mellick is a true artist." --THE GUARDIAN

"His fiction blends bizarre scenarios mixed with horror, action, and even more bizarre actions to create fiction that toes the line between the absurd and the dark places of the mind... Shocking yet entertaining" --THE EXAMINER


"I imagine Mellick as a Willy Wonka-type character, someone with personal access to another world, a world of his own creation, but due to its mind-bending energy, he's lost control of it, and it continues to thrive even without him there to pull the strings.  And I like the idea of that." --BOOKIE MONSTER

 
"The imp of the perverse." --3AM MAGAZINE
 
"Just as Pop had Andy Warhol and Dada Tristan Tzara, the Bizarro movement has its very own P. T. Barnum-type practitioner. He's the mutton-chopped author of such books as Electric Jesus Corpse and The Menstruating Mall, the illustrator, editor, and instructor of all things Bizarro, and his name is Carlton Mellick III." --DETAILS MAGAZINE
 
"Discussing Bizarro literature without mentioning Mellick is like discussing weird-ass muttonchopped authors without mentioning Mellick." --CRACKED.COM
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (December 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,121,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Carlton Mellick III and so I started reading already expecting to like it.

That being said, this review will be a fair one.

If you do not know anything about the literary genre known as Bizarro, then you should probably look into that first to see if this is your cup of tea. Otherwise, you may be totally taken for a loop and then feel the need to come on here to give it a bad review based on its "weirdness". (I've seen that happen with other bizarro books on here.)

Yes, ADOLF IN WONDERLAND is weird. It's supposed to be. But it is not weird for the sake of being weird. There is a method to the strangeness that is inside. This time it is a cross between Kafka and Alice in Wonderland in an alternate version of our world. It has the quality of a children's book meaning that the moving of the plot as well as the dialogue has that simplistic quality that you will often find in children's literature. Because of this, it may turn some readers off. There isn't much in the way of character development or in depth background. It's not that the author is deficient in his writing skills. The tone of this book called for that. Again, it's like a children's book written for adults.

The dialogue though having that simplistic quality is also very absurd and humorous. There are quite a few "laugh out loud" passages.

Imagery. One of the author's strengths overall is his ability to create striking images of strange people, places, and things. It's amazing. He doesn't need to write a whole long-winded paragraph describing a character in order to make it clear in our minds. He has mastered the ability to use his words in a precise manner. As a result, reading one of his books is very much like watching a movie.
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Very choppy. The oddness of the story is interesting, but I never felt like I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. There doesn't seem to be much of a true voice. A bizzaro world written more like a newspaper article didn't work for me. I would be interested in reading one more of his books to see if the voice of this book is similar or dissimilar to his other works.
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Lest I be branded an old fogy, let me explain the three stars. The premise of the search for perfection was good. The use of Adolph was good. The weird was expected and was fine.

Even in Bizarro there needs to be some connection among the story line, the characters, the locations and the interactions. In this, there was too much "let's walk over here and have something weird happen, then we'll walk over there and have something weird happen, then we'll ..., then we'll kind of wrap it up".

The final result, this was an interesting book, but not as good as others of both his and other writers in the genre.
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This was a truly twisted book by the Great Carlton Mellick III. With every door, window or opening entered it jsut gets deeper darker stranger and farther into the Creepy Wonderland that lurks in the Twisted Mind of Mellick. It seems there is no way out once you enter, you just keep going deeper and deeper until........... Yup it is another Warped adventure from CM III, and well worth the read.
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A man who may or may not be Adolf Hitler is on a mission to cure society of the last imperfect man. He just can't remember who the imperfect man is, what he looks like, where he is supposed to be, or even what his own name is. Plus he's lost in some nightmarish world that is strange and dirty and smelly and mutant-y. And he's lost his briefcase!

I enjoyed this book, but felt it was harder to get into than the rest of CM3's books. This one is truly a surreal journey down the rabbit hole - a book full of strange ideas, freaky-weird characters, and a world so far removed from our own it was like reading a transcript of a dream and trying to make sense of it. Only this book made more sense than that.

Highly recommended for fans of Bizarro, CM3, acid and Lewis Carroll. Another lovely book by one of my favorite authors. I would not recommend this as an introduction to CM3's work.
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Adolf In Wonderland is a piece that is a practice in acceptance and figuring who and why one is. This is another surreal fantasy from the greatness that is Carlton Mellick III. This time he takes a Lewis Carroll approach to what it means to be "perfect". This book is a fun and weird trip into absurdity about beauty in the eye of the beholder. The title might lead some to shy away from it but nothing could be further than the truth. Their isn't any hate mongers in this, just a look at an alternate reality if things happened differently. A very intriguing and thought provoking read. Highly recommended especially fr those who are a fan of the classic Alice tale.
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This Kafka-esque tale of awkwardness is a page turner for sure. Adolf Hitler, a man obsessed with order and the appearance of perfection, finds himself in Wonderland, a place where everything is completely chaotic and truly strange. This tale is one of the weirdest I have ever read and is definitely entertaining.
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This is a cool book, not one of CM3's best, but who cares, everything he writes is awesome, so yeah I really enjoyed this book. It brings the weird but it really does work well. It also made me laugh quite a few times whenever Adolf would get pissed off, which was a lot, at the impure things he continually experienced. So yeah its a bizzaro Lewis Carroll type book that is unique and odd and original and any fan of bizarro will dig.
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