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"ALL-MONSTER ACTION! is hilarious, action-packed, and way too much fun. Over-the-top and wild! Highly recommended." -- JONATHAN MABERRY, New York Times Bestselling author of Dust & Decay and Assassin's Code

"In terms of sheer scope of over-the-top outrageous imaginings--something that they'll NEVER be able to afford the special effects budget to film and if they did it'd make Michael Bay say, "Dude, too much!'--ALL-MONSTER ACTION! utterly takes the cake."--THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

"This is your chance. You only think you're hip--but you haven't read this Cody Goodfellow book, so you're not yet. Now you can be hip, and read something crazy entertaining too. You can't go wrong, man, I'm telling you. You've got to read this thing. I mean, if a book rocks, it rocks, that's all." --JOHN SHIRLEY, author of A Song Called Youth

"Cody Goodfellow's writing etches itself inside your eyelids and chases your brain back into the dark corners where you can't escape. ALL-MONSTER ACTION! has more high concepts in a paragraph than a whole summer of blockbusters: a mad scientist who's passed on like the flu; biotech mutants harvested for fun and profit; and a giant monster arms race that ends in a showdown on the moon. This book is a human's-eye view of the future coming down hard on us, like a Tokyo resident gazing up at the sky and seeing only the outline of a giant foot." --CHRISTOPHER FARNSWORTH, author of Blood Oath and The President's Vampire

"ALL-MONSTER ACTION! is a dirty bomb right to the cerebral cortex--it's sharp, smart, scary, scarring, sexy and brutally funny. And like any good bomb, it's got specific targets in mind: Genre and gender, racism, colonialism, ageism and classism. ALL-MONSTER ACTION! demonstrates again that Cody Goodfellow is some kind of mad-ass genius." --LISA MORTON, author of The Castle of Los Angeles and Monsters of L.A. and Four-Time Winner of the Bram Stoker Award

"One of the most unique and creative works I've ever read. The author is quite obviously insane, but like Colonel Kurtz, he's got a plan. ALL-MONSTER ACTION! is packed with wild, driving energy that carries the reader along like an out-of-control Disney ride. Cody Goodfellow combines genres and crazed pop-cult tropes with finesse and style. Old Mr. Yeats kept bitchin' about 'the centre cannot hold.' Bullshit. With ALL-MONSTER ACTION! Cody Goodfellow proves he can hold the center together and play lead guitar at the same time. Filled with crazed, strange characters drawn from pop-cult, z-grade cinema and zillions of comic books, the pace is frantic and the imagery often makes you laugh while you cringe. What impresses me most with ALL-MONSTER ACTION! is Cody's ability to take cultural icons and clichés and turn them into a funny, intelligent, satiric story that perhaps Max Ernst would have written if he fronted Black Flag. ALL-MONSTER ACTION! made me remember those late nights as a kid, watching amazingly strange films and thrilling to every minute. Cody Goodfellow must have caught those films, too, because his fevered stories have one foot in the past and one foot in the present. Reading ALL-MONSTER ACTION! gave me the same pleasure as the first time I saw 'The Navy vs. the Night Monsters.' Brilliant!"--RICKY LEE GROVE, The Greatest Character Actor Ever (Army Of Darkness, Point Break, Scanner Cop) and the Pizza Delivery Man in Your Mom's Recurring Wet Dreams
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Swallowdown Press (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I once thought that I had ideas. Big ideas. And then I fell into the footprint of a colossal think that Cody Goodfellow thunk. I fell a long way, and when I hit bottom it hurt.

I say this because All Monster Action!, written by this so-called Cody Goodfellow, is bigger and crazier than even YOU believe. The only true way to know is to hop aboard and read. It begins with four twisted short stories set in worlds real and futuristic. We meet some horrific and wonderfully weird monsters in these stories, but then the novel-length main event begins and Goodfellow cranks things up. The scale of death, the perverted origins of the monsters, the budding relationship between human nature and these terrible creatures... it grows larger as you read, Goodfellow's manic narration guiding the way through a rain forest of insanity, each paragraph holding more weird concepts than most books have in their entirety.

Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" comes out this summer, and I think it will be a good monster flick, capturing the genre well. But it won't push as far as this book, and while that movie will have you cheering, All Monster Action will blow out the back of your skull.

And as some sort of rabble-rousing bonus to you, All Monster Action includes some awesome illustrations by Mike Dubisch and Nick Gucker, who draw the best and weirdest monsters around.
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This is just what the doctor ordered! An awesome collection of Giant Monster stories (and a few other critters) collected all together in one place with amazing full page art from Nick Gucker and Mike Dubisch. The cover alone is worth the price, but the art is all tied together with the intricate and poetic prose of Cody Goodfellow.

I've always been a fan of Giant monsters and this is indeed one collection that needed to happen. In a world overly swamped with vampires, zombies and like infestation it is about time that the Kaiju storm the Western Fronts once again and remind us that Godzilla is way more scary (and damn funny) then the atypical haunts of modern fiction. And after reading this I'm now a bonifide fan of Mr. Goodfellow, having only read Spores by him and John Skipp I know for a fact I'll have to now grab everything I can by him.

Now lets dive into this one (a bit), park your butt in a comfy chair and get ready for some drive-in action.

First we get the Coming Attractions...

Doorway to the Sky: A story set during World War Two as the service men stationed on some out of the way island find out a secret of the islanders as they celebrate around their camp fire.

Venus of Santa Cruz: The misadventures of Officer Friendly as he discovers his very own goddess one night.

The Wage of Dinosaurs: A Philip K. Dickesque story of one employee who chances upon the nature of snot, memory and dinosaurs.

The Care & Feeding of Sea Monkeys: In a futuristic world Ramdu Gul, who without the benefits of beauty takes it upon himself to find love at the beach; with some mighty consequences...

IMHO The Venus of Santa Cruz is the main highlight among these tales.
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All Monster Action! is a deliriously bonkers collection of short stories dealing with all manner of strange and wondrous beasties. Things kick off with four short stories under the title "Coming Attractions" which serve as an entree to the utterly deranged "feature presentation" that is "All Monster Action!". Throughout this book I felt as if the writer Cody Goodfellow, had unhinged his scalp and poured the contents of his brain onto the page. This is a gleefully perverse brew of surrealism, post apocalyptic, cyberpunk, horror, sex and science fiction styles topped off with sly digs and stabs at pop culture and commercialism. It is all written in this really fun and flowing style of writing that just keeps you turning the page despite going “WTF???” every couple of minutes or so.

Things kick off with" Doorway to the Sky" which is set during World War 2 on an island in the Pacific behind defended by a rag tag bag of soldiers who have to deal with the odd natives and their worship of this weird sky god. As your starter for the worlds/creatures contained herein this is definitely quite normal. As you start to read each successive story however the freak flag starts to unfurl and fly true and proud. I guarantee that you will be laughing with the sheer incredulity of Goodfellow’s creations and settings. You can just tell that he had a lot of fun writing these stories.

"Venus of Santa Cruz" is a delightfully perverse exploration of lust and obsession by a cop with the strange creature of the title. This is then followed by “The Wages of Dinosaurs” which is about old peoples’ care, recombinant DNA and a wayward loogie. Then you are treated to the headf*** that is “The Care and Feeding of Sea Monkeys”.
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This was an astounding read for me. I've read a few short stories by Cody Goodfellow, but this was my first large-scale exposure to his work. I finished it this afternoon, and I come away with fizzled synapses and a true sense of awe regarding this guy's imagination.

I see the word "insane" come up a lot in review's of Cody's stuff, and that is apt. No properly ordered mind is going to barf up the brain bending ideas on display here. But the thing is, they totally make sense. And they are often horrifying or hilarious, sometimes both at once.

At different times while reading this, Rudy Rucker, William Gibson, and Hunter S. Thompson came to mind. Cody has his own strong voice, to be sure, but while reading some of the detailed and well thought out corporate activity of the near future (Gibson), weirdo-concept sex stuff (Rucker), and his savagely psycho pummeling of similes and metaphors (HST), floated through my reeling brain.

There are enough bold ideas in here to power a dozen books, but Cody just tosses them at you one after the other, page after page, until you are just overloaded. And I have to admit, I had kind of a Sideshow Bob/Rake reaction to the main feature of the book. It was so creatively and purposefully weird and audacious -- it was amazing, then OK, then kind of tiresome, then interesting again, then unbelievably bad-ass in every way. There are so many twists and turns in the last part of the main story, and it ends on what seems like a proper note. So, so great.

Like everyone else, I will also mention the excellent artwork by Nick "The Hat" Gucker and Mike Dubisch. They provide appropriately crazy visuals for these stories.
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