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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bedhead Books (November 10, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0615113575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615113579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,975,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Death by Zamboni is like the Itchy and Scratchy Show on acid." -- Aaron Roy Even, author of Bloodroot

"I don't read often, but I read this book from cover to cover because D. D. Katzman forced me." -- David Yow, singer from The Jesus Lizard

Quirky, brazen & endlessly clever. A twisted cartoon world of bizarre episodes that defy conventional logic. WEIRD and COMPELLING. -- Barbara's Bookstore Review (Chicago)

About the Author

David David Katzman is powered by polyester and ancient spaghetti with magical properties. A painter, writer, comic book addict, contemporary art lover and recovering actor, David(squared) resides in Chicago with two cool cats, and something, something, something. This is his first novel. He can be reached at deathbyzamboni@gmail.com, and, yes, his first and middle names really are David.

Customer Reviews

I LIKE donuts, but I LOVE Satan Donut.
Frances Winkler
The humor is excellent and I love how fluid Katzman is in transitioning from one improbable idea to another.
D. S. Atkinson
The book has twists and turns (in the sadistic nipple tweaking kind of way) that make it worth your read.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Simkulet on April 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Unauthorized Death By Zamboni Reader Qualification Quiz designed to determine whether or not you should be allowed to buy a copy of Death By Zamboni or if you must wait for the Death By Zamboni mini-series on CBC(tm).

Answer these questions:

0. No?
1. Have you ever clamped clothes pins on your genitals?
2. Do acid flashbacks accompany thoughts of the Gibb brothers?
3. Have you ever uttered "Zoinks" without intentionally referencing Saturday Morning Cartoons?
4. Have you ever fantasized about making love to someone in mouse ears?
5. Do you prefer your comedians tripped out on amphetamines?
6. Is your personal contact with sweatshops a weekend "Rollback" the prices excursion to Wal-Mart(tm)?
7. Do you get all angsty when you hear the promo words "Who will be voted out tonight?"
8. Are you a fan of books that are "too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts"?
9. Gouda?
10. Do you see things in a Rorschach test?
11. Have you ever, either in this life or the next, made love to a mime after it mimed its way through a death match with Jewish hitmen?
12. Do you see the connection between "it" and "is"?
13. Pink banana hammocks?
14. Do you hide your reading problem from friends and family?
15. Satan Donuts?
16. Does bowling in and around seminal fluid turn you off?
17. Have you ever ridden a Zamboni (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more)?
18. Do you have a conscience?
19. Are you a superfreak?

If you answered yes to some of these questions Death By Zamboni is for you. Of course, if you answered no to some of these questions Death By Zamboni is for you. If you answered maybe to any of these same questions then Death By Zamboni is also for you -- maybe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Clausen on February 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
WARNING: Some spoilers!

There is no way around it: you have to like nonlinearity, digression clever word play, and randomness to like this book. Do henchman-mimes do it for you? If they do, you'll like this book. Do you like the idea of Bruce Willis getting his groin bit off?

Luckily, I enjoy these types of things from time to time. And I can suspend my disbelief long enough to get through a bizzaro book (is that the right term?) like this one.

You have to suspend more than your disbelief, you also have to suspend your sense of scale. You have to believe, for example, that Abrams Tanks can pulled out of someone's pocket on a second's notice.

As for the main character--though the book is abstract and bizzaro, it also has a hard-boiled detective. I'm not sure this is the fairest comparison, but the main character/ narrator reminded me a lot of Fletch. You remember, the 80s Chevy Chase detective with the one-liners (it was also a novel). That's not a bad thing. Fletch was probably the last great Chevy Chase movie ever made.

I also think linguists would like this book. The most enjoyable part of this book for me was having to watch carefully everything I read. The author constantly tricks you into misreading everything. One example is when the character says he comes in "guns a-blazing." You have to be suspicious enough at this point so that you're not caught off guard a paragraph later when he's trying to put out the fire that has started because of his guns.

In short if you like word play, random references, random everything, silliness, and Fletch one-liners, this book will probably be for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rigsby on July 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Death by Zamboni sleuths in capers like Encyclopedia Brown if he were a noir Bugsy, winking nods at the far side, while doing the pee dance with a Monty Python.

Now that I've gotten your attention, let me just begin by saying that DDK® didn't write this book- I did. At least that's what echoed out of my head as the inside read words he'd placed there. That is to say, it is a book for all seasons and great minds alike. It's quite something to discover your very own twin exists inside the author of a book!

I mean... haven't you ever wondered what the dialogue roving through another person's head looks like? Could another be contemplating the same thoughts as your very own? Read it and find out for yourself!

Also, where did such specifically used references which quantify as deja vu familiar, come from? Things only carry resonance when you've felt them enter your own axis of lifetime- could that be part its magic? What is it "they" say? A genius is one who can illustrate that which we cannot draw for ourselves? Perhaps this is a testament to that very skill.

Bonus: This book also comes dressed up in song and makes its reader jig in its giggle-hardy cleverness.

To whit! This page-turner is liberally sprinkled with it, in every nook and cranny, like a generous dose of salt over your shoulder. I know it brought me a sense of luck as I toted it from place to place in my back pocket. Much like the misfit penny I stumbled upon, I was so glad to have made this book's acquaintance!

Dare I additionally mention falling prey to its puns? Riddled into visual free-form, where once they were naught? Imagine it parallels breathing life into limb. From manna into man or in other words- this takes the cake and IS the body of Christ.
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David David Katzman (who really really has the same first and middle names) is an obsessive creator. When he's not writing, he's painting or performing improv and rarely can be found sleeping. He has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University and a Master's degree in English Literature from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Chicago.

You can find him online at:
G+ at https://profiles.google.com/deathbyzamboni

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