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All-Monster Action! Paperback – April 11, 2012
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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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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.
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. Mostly due to the fact that I'm a bit of a sicko and this one had a nice abundance of bizarre perversion. The nature of the story is unique and the only other person I have every seen attempt it is Frank Grow with his film Love God. (Well worth tracking down if you can find a copy.) Also The Care & Feeding of Sea Monkeys fed quite nicely into my keen sense of perversion. There are enough little weird tidbits in this story it could easily fill a novel. I'd really like to read more about Ramdu's employer and his wife with the "milkmaid" implants.
Since I'm also a huge PKD fan the Wage of the Dinosaurs kicked some mega sci-fi ass. From talking kiosk's, time alteration and a lone man in a dead end job. It has all the fixings even if it wasn't written as an intentional ode to PKD.
Now that the trailers are over, grab yourself a few cold ones for the Main Attraction!
The main attraction is split into three tales; Kungmin Horangi: The People's Tiger, The Island of Dr. Otaku and All Cities Attack. The first two were previously published and the third All Cities Attack is (I assume) written for this collection. These three stories are the namesake of the collection and the highpoint of Giant Monster literature. I hate giving anything away in reviews, in fact reviews can many times ruin a good yarn, so with that I'm not even going to tell you a thing about these three; come on the damn book is cheap! BUY IT!
This was beyond a doubt an extremely entertaining and fun read. Cody is a fantastic writer who easily blends words into a rich tapestry that let my imagination run rampant. He has a unique voice that crosses over into several genres and yet never loses the voice he started with. I don't think that is an easy feat for any author.
I only hope it doesn't start to go downhill like the zombie, with every second book going up for sale either King Kong or a child friendly Rodan. That's right folks leave the Giant Monsters to the experts, leave them to Cody Goodfellow!
Great damn stuff!!