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Ass Goblins of Auschwitz Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"This book is a Eurosleaze fairytale that's better than the Da Vinci Code and should be on Oprah's Book List! Pierce is one of the weirdest, most imaginative writers around. Toxie-approved!" - LLOYD KAUFMAN, director of The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist
"I am slightly afraid of it. It looks kind of contagious." - WARREN ELLIS, author of Transmetropolitan and Crooked Little Vein
"In an era when very little remains shocking, Pierce might have actually managed to create a genuinely disturbing work of fiction, the literary equivalent of Schindler's List rewritten by the Marquis De Sade and filmed as a Tim Burton animated feature." - THE GUARDIAN
"Truly disgusting! A fascinating mix of William Burroughs, David Cronenberg and Lenny Bruce if you were to take all three and drop them into a blender. Pierce is a writer with a truly warped imagination." - KEITH J. CROCKER, director of Blitzkrieg: Escape From Stalag 69
"Strange? Check. Fascinating? Check. Thought-provoking? Check. Fun to read? Yes. In between all the filth, there is humor [...] a reading experience I will never forget." - PINK BULLETS
"If you are a fan of novels like Naked Lunch, Skin, or any other strange bit of fiction, you must read The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz...It's one of the best entries in the Bizarro fiction genre." - LIVING WITH A NERD
"A must read." - THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW
"From the opening chapter up until the poetic melancholy coda, this book is a relentless journey." - 10K BULLETS
"It's as if Ren & Stimpy made a Nazi exploitation movie!" - DAVID W. BARBEE, author of Carnageland
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Did you even know that books like this exist? The Ass Goblins of Auschwitz is one of the most bizarre, grotesque, and disgusting books I've ever read, but for the life of me, I wasn't able to put it down. I literally read the entire 104 page novella in an evening. It's a kick in the pants and a shock to your system you won't soon forget.
First of all, let me address a few criticisms I had about the piece right off the bat (so we can get to the good stuff). The use of Nazi imagery is tacked on in the worst way. It's quite probably a very self-aware decision by the author to provide additional marketability to his concept and add a sort of shock-rock factor. The ass goblins themselves have nothing to do with Nazi Germany. Swastikas are mentioned abundantly, and Adolf Hitler is the name of the most hideous and powerful of ass goblins, but Auschwitz is merely the city they live in, and it really has nothing at all to do with World War 2, the holocaust, real Nazism, Germany, etc. The story would've been just as strong without the additional Nazi imagery plastered on for added appeal. I might argue that in some ways it distracted from the otherwise impressive originality of the story because so many other authors have used the same trick.
Another critique many might have of this book is its use of children as protagonists in such a dark and violent world. The story makes no qualms about tearing children apart, having them being turned into "cider", subjecting them to forced cannibalism, mutation, and just about every unfortunate circumstance you can imagine (like eating your own organs). That being said, the word "Children" in this story is tacked on just as much as the Nazi imagery. The characters behave entirely unlike children in their maturity and complexities, and it's more correct to say that they belong to a species of children whose homeworld is called "Kidland". And that leads into the recurring theme of the novella: childhood/innocence lost.
At least, that's what I thought the theme to be. Much ado was made about the loss of childhood, about how the Ass Goblin scientist (the White Angel) was performing experiments to make the ass goblins happy like children were in their natural habitat, and about how the children, after undergoing certain (spoiler-free) changes, could never go back to really being children. Keep your eyes out for this theme if you choose to read the book and let me know if you agree or not.
The things I loved about this book though were what made it so enthralling. The imagery used was well-described and aggressively original and imaginative. The ass goblins are quite unlike any other thing that has appeared in fiction to date. The characters are also given just enough time to develop enough for us to understand them, yet at times I felt as though they were merely vessels of a much greater story.
The writing style is anything but amateur and there were some truly great lines scattered throughout the piece. The plot is very coherent despite the absurdity of the premise, and the ending, though maybe a bit rushed, is an epic scene that is to be read at least twice.
Do I recommend this book? Well, yes, definitely. But if you are not into bizarro fiction, cannot stomach gore and grossness in your stories (and there is LOTS of both), or are offended by the Nazi overtones or the graphic abuse and killings of "children", then you should pass. Those of you able to approach the book with a truly open mind are likely to come away either with mixed feelings or, like me, immediately searching Amazon for more content by the same author.
If you feel uneasy with descriptions which could just as well be construed as pornographic, do not read it.
If you don't want to read a story centering on pain inflicted on children, do not read it.
In fact, I am not sure about the book myself. Maybe it is an awful book. Right now, I do not think so, right now I see it as work of a genius.
What I see is a allegory on innocence and oppression, surrealism beng used to bang the message right into your head, with no escape route for your rationality. The story is evil and dirty, you feel contaminated by reading it and especially by your reaction to it. Nonetheless it is a strange story which pulls you in, so you have something for your mind and your conscience. I love it, your mileage may vary.
The book tells the tale of a camp called Auschwitz run by sentient Nazi buttocks. Staffed by the captured denizens of a kids paradise Auschwitz is a terrifying place similar to the real one. The book follows conjoined twins 999 and 1001 as they become embroiled in a plot that will lead to the undoing of the Ass Goblins.
Mr. Pierce doesn't make jokes in this book. It may sound funny on the outside but inside its as grim a novel as Schindler's List and The Pianist were as movies. I personally applaud him for doing this since a comedy about the holocaust is just sacrilege and it adds to the emotional context of the story.
In all this is a must read book for those of us who want a good and thought provoking read. If I could give it a million stars I would.
In Pierce's vision, Auschwitz is not a concentration camp, but an entire world controlled by the titular Goblins. In this universe's Auschwitz, children from another world called Kidland are ruthlessly tormented by the Goblins, forced into slavery, manufacturing, and being manufactured into, various implements.
The story follows two conjoined twins as they try to find a way of escaping the hideous world they are trapped in, encountering enough dream-like obscenity and disturbing imagery to give readers cause to shake their heads in wonder.
Cameron Pierce possesses a fierce and unstoppable imagination, and while you may not enjoy where it takes you, you have no choice but to marvel in wonder at just how creative it is.
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Okay, this is both depressing and fun. There’s a bunch of kids in a nazi concentration camp.Read more