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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Carlton Mellick III

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

"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

"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."
- 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

Customer Reviews

It is full of humor and still has heart.
John McDaniel
A story of one excessively overweight ninja and his piggy bank, that just so happens to look like a small child.
Von
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book whether your familiar with the author or not.
Rob

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Reade on June 25, 2011
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This book is awesome. Plain and simple. The story is full of intense action, with a definite anime feel (which gets skewered in a few places, to hilarious effect),and as usual, Mellick comes up with some oddly plausible explanations for why the people and the world they live in are the way they are.
Surprisingly clean and heartfelt for a book about Ninjas, but not so much you would feel comfortable reading it in church, and an ending that put a smile on my face that weighed seven-hundred pounds.
When I told Basu I liked this book, he grunted
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By Sheldon Nylander on August 18, 2011
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When I try to describe "The Morbidly Obese Ninja" by Carlton Mellick III, there is only word that accurately describes it: FUN! I had great fun reading it. You can tell that Mellick had fun writing it. It is simply pure fun!

The story is pretty straightforward. Basu is a seven hundred pound ninja in a world where corporate espionage is a matter of daily life and hostile takeovers are literally hostile and involve the assassination of company board members. He follows a strict code of ninja ethics and obedience to his masters, the executives of the company he works for. While pulling a job to steal a "piggy bank" containing corporate secrets of a rival firm, he discovers that he is not the only one after them, including a group led by an old ninja rival. Thus begins a game of cat-and-mouse (or ninja-and-ninja) to obtain the piggy bank and return it to their executives.

Heavily inspired by anime, in case you can't tell by the cover, the novel takes place in a future version of California which has been transformed into a psuedo-Japanese type of world. Cosmetic surgery to look like animals or anime characters is common place. In fact, cosmetic surgery to look like anime characters is so popular that they are considered a new race, called animese. Rather than basic weapons, the ninjas wield iKatanas, swords with vast electronic abilities in them that make them more like electronic Swiss army knives than simple swords. These are details scattered throughout the book, but they tend to be done in passing and do not become overbearing. Mellick focuses on the story and the character, and describes the people and places as necessary to paint a picture of the world in which the story takes place, but that is all.
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although it's very short, this is a fascinating little read. i don't limit myself to bizarro fiction, but i find it a refreshing departure from normal literature. as in this case, this modern answer to the old counter-culture novels is not always as intimidating as some titles would lead you to believe. sure, it has it's excessively bloody moments and it's occasional grotesqueries....but they don't consume the entire book. there is plenty of proficient writing in this short, imaginitive tale. mellick is an impressive writer who combines an adept, nonchalant writing skill with an intriguing, inventive story...occasional sick moments, serious prose interlaced with a light-hearted dry sense of humor. he likes to enjoy the world while poking innocent fun at what we hold to be true. i believe this book was meant to poke fun at our fascination with ninjas and japanese animae while the story unfolds like a computer game (thus poking fun at our computer game obsession as well).....but not in a harsh, insulting way. i think mellick knows he is drawn into our human obsessions as well as anyone else, and he just takes a moment in these stories to laugh playfully at the whole scene (including himself) while inviting us to have fun and laugh along with him. i admire the author's reader-friendly writing technique, his vivid imagination and his ability to make a worthwhile read out of a simple 'looking at our world' notion. again, this book is very short...but it's well written, occasionally a bit gross, but it's a unique, story that playfully looks at our world with serious tones and a splash of subtle humor. i'm becoming a fan of this mellick dude....and i can recommend taking a look into his vividly imaginative world.....
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Another excellent outing from CM3. This tale repersents Mellick's attempt to translate Anime to the written page, an atempt he mostly succeeds with via a uniquely twisted take on the genre.

In the future where life is lived in skyscrapers and corporations are governed through the use of ninjas to gain competitive knowledge Basu is at the top of the corporate ninja pyramid. That is until his ninja-master peer and friend, Susumu, turns against him out of jealousy for his position as top ninja.

Transforming himself into man with a Crow's head via cosemtic surgery and taking the same name of Crow Susumu becomes a corporate head and poisons Basu with an affliction requiring him to consume food in inasnely unhealthy proportions. If Basu's calorie intake drops below a certain level Basu will expire. The side-effect to this morbid transformation is Basu becomes far more powerful because of his obesity.

Basu is then hired to retrieved a piggy-bank containing corporate secrets which turns out to be a living child. After escaping with the help of his cosmetically-altered Anime friend Chiya, Basu faces a personal struggle of whether to stay true to his ninja code or to make the humane decision.

Great short novella loaded with strange and thought-provoking concepts. My main issue is the length. I read the entire story in less than an hour. I think te story could have been expanded or in its existing form included as a part of a collection.

Mellick proves entertaining and unique as always though.
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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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