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Cybernetrix Paperback – May 6, 2008

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III

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

"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."
, 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

"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

"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."

"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."


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,148,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Like a real world Kilgore Trout, cult author CARLTON MELLICK III has been pumping out some of the weirdest, trashiest, most imaginative books that you'll never want to admit you secretly love.

His books are released on a quarterly basis (every January, April, July, and October).

Best known as one of the leading authors of the bizarro fiction movement in literature, he is also one of the most prolific authors of his generation with over 40 books in print since 2001. He won the Wonderland Book Award for his novel "Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland" and has had short stories make it into The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade.

Although many of his earliest works are on the surreal and experimental side, his current style is to take the most ridiculous concepts imaginable and approach them with complete sincerity, as if they are not intended to be ridiculous at all. Always full of tongue-in-cheek humor, social satire, and told in a simplistic straightforward prose style similar to that of children's literature or early pulp fiction, Carlton Mellick III's work is one of a kind, to say the least.

He lives in Portland, OR, the bizarro mecca.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randall Flagg on October 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first review i have written on Amazon. I felt compelled to write something since there was nothing under this amazing book.

I have been a Carlton Mellick fan for some time and i must say he gets better and better as each new book comes out. If you are not that attracted to the bizarro scene, you can still completely enjoy this novel. This book isn't overly gross (though there are some graphic sex scenes)or too whacked-out for you to understand. It reads in the same vein as the 1980's movie Tron, where a sort of 'no good' guy hears about a new mysterious gaming phenomenon called cybernetrix. He tries it out and gets addicted, pretty soon, his reality mixes with the games and eventually get gets trapped inside the game. I'm totally not doing the novel justice, there is so much more to it, I got hooked within the first few pages, I laughed out loud, and was completely satisfied by the end.

I suggest (as well as the author does) to watch Tron before reading the book. I had never seen Tron before because i thought it was a lame kids movie but then I rented it from the library, watched it, loved it, then started reading cybernetrix, and now I'll never be the same, and i don't want to be.

If you are into Tron, Bizarro, Video-games, and post apocalyptic-ism then buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Lemut VINE VOICE on November 9, 2009
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I was really surprised by this book. It's my fourth Carlton Mellick III book. I've previously read "Satan Burger" - loved it, "Electric Jesus Corpse" - meh, and "Razor Wire Pubic Hair" - I'm either too dumb or too smart to like it. I was actually ready to give up on reading anything more from CM3, but "Cybernetrix" makes me want to continue reading his books. I lent it to my brother and he said, "It was better than I expected it to be." And he owns a taser, so he'd know.

I'll save you an explanation of plot details because, as it turns out, there's a plot summary on the main page for the book. CM3's introduction urges you to watch "Tron" before reading the book. I did. It was a good idea. It had been forever since I last saw it. I found there was one thing that movie was missing: sex. But I knew this book had sex in it before I watched "Tron," so, like, the chicken and the egg.

"Cybernetrix" bravely steps up and fills (or creates) the demand for Tron people having sex, although that's not the main focus of the book. Maybe it's about technology or addiction or free will or love. Maybe it's about copyright infringement. I don't know; I'm not a lawyer.

CM3's introduction also states he wrote this book as seriously as possible because the story was the worst idea for a book he ever had. Telling the story in this straight-forward, dispassionate manner, gives the story more... legitimacy? I guess. It also shows a different style of writing, perhaps growth, and a lot of talent from a guy whose books have been categorized as anti-novels, gonzo fiction and, most recently, bizarro fiction.

I'm not an expert on bizarro - or anything - but this book doesn't seem like your "typical" bizarro fiction. Crazy plot, yes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zl21 on June 12, 2009
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One word to describe this book, "Awesomeness." What a fun read. And what a good idea for a book. Go back 25 years and revisit Tron, A movie ahead of it's time. Now I want to see Tron again because this book is so good.

There is nothing I didn't like about Cybernetrix. The name is clever. The cover art is futuristic and retro all at once. The story is interesting, fast paced, and a pleasure to read. The ending was a surprise and very satisfying. Also, the book has an 80's feel to it which fits perfectly.

Mellick's writing style is excellent. He reminds me of Vonnegut in that the words just flow off the page. It's like someone is telling the story instead of you reading it. He makes it seem so easy you think you could write it, but you can't.

The cyber world Mellick has created is very cool. Though based on Tron, Mellick adds enough wrinkles to make it his own. It's a more adult world which is better and more intriguing. There seems to be just the right amounts of action, violence, and suspense. The hot bot cyber sex scenes are a bonus.

Cybernetrix is an excellent, fun, action packed book that does not disappoint. You should get it, you will like it.
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When you pick up Cybernetrix, there's not much information about what's in store for you. For me, all I'd heard was the phrase "Tron sex," and that was enough for me to buy it. You kinda have to be a Tron fan (or at least know about it) to get all the visuals in this story. But pretty much everyone already likes Tron. If you don't like Tron, give it another try, or at least see the super-CGI sequel.

But don't be fooled. This isn't some "Scary Movie" parody that takes the Tron story and slaps a few gags and perversions on it. In fact, Mellick tells this story with complete seriousness. It's set in a world whose culture is permanently stuck in the 80's. This was somewhat interesting, but almost unnecessary, as Mellick doesn't stray too far into the real world to show us why people are so obsessed with the 80's. The main theme of the real world seems to be the debasing drudgery of the modern cubicle drone (similar to another great movie, Office Space). And since the real world kind of sucks, everyone yearns for the escapism of Cybernetrix, a vast virtual reality world similar to Tron. The Cybernetrix is almost exactly like the Tron world, but Mellick renamed it seemingly to avoid a lawsuit from Disney. It works out, since it doesn't hurt the story and NOBODY wants to see Disney angry.

The protagonist is Wesley. He's a normal guy who's never experienced Cybernetrix, so he provides us with a fresh perspective. We see what Cybernetrix means to the human populace, and Mellick shows us the details of this world that really do make it seem better than real life. There are some people who spend their entire lives in Cybernetrix, playing games and doing normal stuff that seems so much cooler with all the neon colors.
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