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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"I am slightly afraid of it. It looks kind of contagious." - WARREN ELLIS, author of Transmetropolitan and Crooked Little Vein
"In an era when very little remains shocking, Pierce might have actually managed to create a genuinely disturbing work of fiction, the literary equivalent of Schindler's List rewritten by the Marquis De Sade and filmed as a Tim Burton animated feature." - THE GUARDIAN
"Truly disgusting! A fascinating mix of William Burroughs, David Cronenberg and Lenny Bruce if you were to take all three and drop them into a blender. Pierce is a writer with a truly warped imagination." - KEITH J. CROCKER, director of Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69
"Strange? Check. Fascinating? Check. Thought-provoking? Check. Fun to read? Yes. In between all the filth, there is humor [...] a reading experience I will never forget." - PINK BULLETS
"If you are a fan of novels like Naked Lunch, Skin, or any other strange bit of fiction, you must read The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz...It's one of the best entries in the Bizarro fiction genre." - LIVING WITH A NERD
"A must read." - THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW
"From the opening chapter up until the poetic melancholy coda, this book is a relentless journey." - 10K BULLETS
"It's as if Ren & Stimpy made a Nazi exploitation movie!" - DAVID W. BARBEE, author of Carnageland
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"Ass Goblins of Auschwitz" is what happens when those kids, so mesmerized by the cartoons of their youth, grow up and write stories of their own. AGOA is a Nickelodeon cartoon pushed to the extreme and injected with cynicism. You're born, things are good, you start to check out girls, and before you know it a goblin has his finger in your ass and is turning your friends into cider, you're mutating and growing wings and you're becoming one of them and you're rebelling and you'd do anything to get out of the prison you're in.
I promised myself I wouldn't use the word "imaginative", but AGOA is so filled to brimming with the products of a big, Mountain Dew-fueled brain that other words fail. The first half of the book is gripping, every page contains a unique, surreal image or idea, but it does not let up for a moment, and if you are not careful, by the end it could bury you under them. I enjoyed the quick pace and the brevity, but I also found the last twenty pages to be exhausting, a wild dash for the finish could have been sharper, more fleshed out.
That said, I can't wait to see what Pierce will do next. With an imagination as fertile and frenzied as his, I'm sure I won't have to wait long to find out.
Totally worth the $7.
Okay, so this technically isn't "revisionism," but a wickedly surreal action-adventure set at a reimagined concentration camp (and it's Alice in Wonderland-ish underground). The entire book reads like an acid-trip WW2 escape-story, packed with dazzling creatures, disgusting villians, and a cool new meaning for the term S.S.
Otto and his co-joined-by-the-ribcage brother are our main prisoners in Auschwitz, a camp where all kinds of freakazoid children are being kept as prisoners and forced to work at a toy-making factory (the unlucky ones are used for experiments in the mysterious Surgery Lab). Their captors are Ass Goblins, a violent race of "soldiers" under the command of Adolf (who is away for most of the story) and also under the eye of The White Angel (a sort-of right-hand man to Adolf). When Otto and his brother are separated, Otto is turned into a giant spider creature by the Ass Goblin surgeons, and his brother learns to use his large wings (and aquired flesh-bike) to begin a revolt against the camp and its leaders.
Pierce once again shows off his amazing imagination and gift for non-stop excitement. The final battle is every bit as twisted and strange as SHARK HUNTING, and while I didn't at first quite know what to make of the ending, I came to find it perfect after re-reading the last two chapters.
If bizarro's your thing, THE ASS GOBLINS OF AUSCHWITZ is a must read.
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I bought this for a friend and he loves it. I haven't read it, so I can't comment on the writing style or contents. Per my bud, it's a coffee table favorite.Published 21 days ago by kelly
What the hell did I just read?
Okay, this is both depressing and fun. There’s a bunch of kids in a nazi concentration camp. Read more
The first few chapters made sense, then further in, it all becomes deeply confusing satirical symbolism. The preview really does sell the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by goode gerl
Tried to read it, couldn't get through it. I know that term art is subjective, but this tripe is just too much. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Acid
My first taste of bizarro literature and as expected, it was weird, weird, weird. That's okay because weird is what I was looking for and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James D. Pratt
One word... trash. Metaphor, to me, is the lowest form of fiction. This book isn't even "good" metaphor.Published 6 months ago by Jack
Man, what a book. I craved ass, and I craved goblins, and I craved Nazis, and I got all three in this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan Terry Bohl