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Ultra Fuckers Paperback – February 26, 2008

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Editorial Reviews

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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

From the Back Cover

Praise for Carlton Mellick III

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

"Carlton is an acquired taste, but he hooks you like a drug."
- HUNTER SHEA, author of Forest of Shadows

"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

"Discussing Bizarro literature without mentioning Mellick is like discussing weird-ass muttonchopped authors without mentioning Mellick."
- CRACKED.COM

"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
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (February 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929668
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,055,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this novella, but not as much as other Mellick works.

The theme -- that there is something truly monstrous about bland corporate suburbia -- is one I can appreciate, but I think it could have been presented with a bit more subtlety, as it comes off somewhat heavy-handed.

But if you can get past this theme slapping you across the face, you'll find an ultra fun story that bends reality in a way only CM3 can. The book is tight, quick, and extremely to the point, and I like that.

And about that lack of subtlety I mentioned: One often gets the feeling that CM3 is deliberately being unsubtle in his books, and this creates a hard-to-describe effect which often twists around and redeems the book's lack of subtlety. If you are a fan of trashy cinema and other forms of lowbrow art, you're probably familiar with this effect. There is definitely some of that at work in this book; I just don't think it works as artfully as in Mellick's other books.
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Tony and Tammy are running late to a dinner party being given by Tammy's boss. As soon as they drive into the gated community, they find themselves in the middle of a maze of identical streets and houses. Tony is lost. Not only does he lose his way, but he also loses his wife. Now is he faced with trying to find his missing wife, running out of gas, and possibly starving, as he cannot find his way out of the neighborhood either. And that is just the beginning...

Mellick has done it again. I really loved this book. Not only is it relatable, as I'm sure most people have felt suffocated by the stereotypical sheep-like suburbs in Western society, but most people have been lost at some point. This story is more subtle than his other stories, which I definitely appreciated, but at the same time, it is very eerie. And let's not forget the cover...so cool!

This is a great book to start virgin bizarro readers on, but that is not to say that any bizarro fan, new or seasoned, wouldn't like this book. It is creepy, fun, and a little slice of Mellick heaven.
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Tony and Tammy are late for a business dinner party. Nothing too serious at first but soon they discover that the gated community where Tammy's boss lives is an impossible maze to navigate, especially due to the fact that all the streets and houses look exactly alike.
Eventually, they find themselves just driving around aimlessly, hoping they'll catch a break somewhere and that Tammy's boss doesn't fire her for being so tardy.
And so begins the strange adventure that is Mellick's Ultra "Flippers". Immediately hilarious as well as a scathing social satire along the lines of his previous novel, The Menstruating Mall, this book is probably one of Mellick's most accessible for those unfamiliar with his work. More absurd than extreme--my own personal preference--it has easily climbed to the top of my favorites list, proving yet again exactly why Carlton Mellick III is the king of the new bizarro genre. Clever and entertaining, this is the perfect read for anyone sitting outside the box of "normality" and shaking their heads at the medicated masses of our current culture. Highly recommended.
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This is one of my favorite Mellick novels. In fact, I think I'm overdue for a re-read. This one has a definite theme; the rapid growth and consumption caused by urban cloning...er, development. Such an engaging, intelligent read. But, of course, this IS a Carlton Mellick novel so you can rest assured there is plenty of absurd mayhem thrown into the mix.
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I became intrigued by this book as I am a major fan of the Japanese Band Ultra F*****s, so I ordered this from Amazon. When I got it, I found out that it was not a novel but a novella, and slim one at that: it's 95 pages long, printed in large font, generously spaced and with plenty of white area (including 2-3 pages between each of the book's eight chapters), the tale probably has only about 20,000 words; I'd call it a short story in book format.

Author Carlton Mellick III is ambitious, trying to create a new literary genre called "bizarro", although there's nothing too bizarre about this book, which seems to be largely modeled on the Guitar Wolf movie, "Wild Zero". In the tale, our heroes Tony and Tammy drive into an Arizona gated community where every home looks the same, quickly becoming lost to the world. The gated community becomes a maze, the homes and their inhabitants inhuman and sterile, a one-eyed girl with a goldfish mohawk (that's the "bizarre" of bizarro talking there) enters the picture, as eventually also do the Ultra F*****s themselves, Kawai Kazui, Tom Nagata and Izumi Headache. The Ultra F*****s leave destruction wherever they go, spouting nonsense phrases "Ultra jet lifestyle! Ultra **** them dead", making it clear that Mellick has never really observed the actual Ultra F*****s themselves, which have plenty of nonsense phrases of their own, like "Do you like punk? We are psychedelic warrior" and so many others. The story ends with a revelation of sorts and another orgy of destruction. Mmmm...
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I absolutely loved this novella by Carlton Mellick III. At first, it just seems like your general getting lost on the way to a company party story, and then takes a complete 180 turn, and drives you straight into a flaming brick wall. From houses where nobody lives (or do they?), to drive thru food stops where nobody works, a one eyed woman with fish for hair, a city that is building itself, and a troupe of crazy Japanese men who have spray painted part of the town to their liking, this novella is just all sorts of nuts. The ending part of the book also punches you in the face with a whole bunch of craziness that you just can't get anywhere else but with a Mellick book. Even though the novella isn't very long, I still say it is worth the money, a great quick read.
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