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Death by Zamboni Paperback – November 10, 2000
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"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)
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Answer these questions:
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"?
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I dare you to try and read this without laughing approximately 96% of the time, it's impossible - IMPOSSIBLE. The other 4% is reserved for breathing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Taffy Bennington
This book was the most entertaining book I've read in ages. It was perfect for someone whose mind never stays on one finite line. Read morePublished 18 months ago by peb671
<b>Book Info</b>: <u>Genre</u>: Satire/Parody of PI Noir
<u>Reading Level</u>: Adult
<u>Tense, Person, POV</u>: Past tense, first person, POV of... Read more
I had a tremendous amount of fun reading this book. The humor is excellent and I love how fluid Katzman is in transitioning from one improbable idea to another. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by D. S. Atkinson
I liked this book for many reasons. It is funny for one. Even though this is not his newest book the writing is funny in a way that is fresh and unique. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by FMH
I love me my donuts- Satan Donut and Etta Donut, that is. Very unusual characters (especially their names), funny situations, and finally I came across a mime that didn't make me... Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by chessie
I love bizarro stories, I love wild and crazy--I mean, so wild and crazy that you completely forget your own name. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Martin D. Gibbs
Death by Zamboni by David David Katzman is satire with a capital S. There is no subtlety here. It is in your face. Parts made me cringe, parts made me laugh out loud. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Coral Russell
DDK's books remind me how much I like reading, laughing, thinking, pink sprinkly donuts, and breathing.
I pulled this little guy off my bookshelf and re-read it. Read more