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The Big Meat Paperback – July 1, 2017
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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
"The most original novelist working today? The most outrageous? Themostunpredictable? These aren't easy superlatives to make; however,CarltonMellick may well be all of those things, behind a canon of booksthatall irreverently depart from the form and concepts oftraditionalnovels, and adventure the reader into a howling, darkfantasyland of the most bizarre, over-the-top, and mind-warpinginventiveness." --EDWARD LEE, author of Header
"Carlton Mellick III is a genius with an insanely beautiful imagination." --JOE AUGUSTYN, writer of Night of the Demons
"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 mosttalentedpractitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictionaltale." --CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother
"Mellick's career is impressive because, despite the fact that he puts out afewbooks a year, he has managed to bring something new to the tableeverytime... Every Mellick novel is packed with more wildly originalconcepts than you could find in the current top ten New York Times bestsellers put together." --VERBICIDE
"Mellick's guerrilla incursions combine total geekboy fandom and love withgenuine, unbridled outsider madness. As such, it borders on genius, inthe wayonly true outsider art can." --FANGORIA
"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
"I'm a huuuuge Bizarro fan. This new strain of cheerfully transgressiveweird fiction is to me the most vibrant, exciting, genre-mangling scenein all of strange literature today. And no one holds dominion overthisblossoming underground phenomenon like the godfather of Bizarro,Carlton Mellick III. With the most impressive sideburns in imaginativelitsince Isaac Asimov, and a brain that squirts out moreshamelesslyplayful originality in any given chapter than most artistswillaccomplish in their entire lives, he's the poster boy. The Elvis.Aswell he should be." --JOHN SKIPP, co-author of The Bridge
"It's not unusual to blow through a Mellick book in one sitting.They'refast-paced with an endless number of surprises, making it toughnot tokeep turning pages. When the end comes, I'm left with thatdone-too-soon feeling that I always love experiencing." --RAZORCAKE
"A wormhole of disturbing surrealism and absurd satire." --VICE MAGAZINE
"Carlton Mellick III exemplifies the intelligence and wit that lurks between its lurid covers. In a genre where crude titles are an art inthemselves,Mellick is a true artist." --THE GUARDIAN
"Hisfiction blends bizarre scenarios mixed with horror, action, andevenmore bizarre actions to create fiction that toes the line betweentheabsurd and the dark places of the mind... Shocking yet entertaining"--THE EXAMINER
"I imagine Mellick as a Willy Wonka-type character, someone withpersonal access to anotherworld, a world of his own creation, but dueto its mind-bending energy,he's lost control of it, and it continues to thrive even without himthere to pull the strings. And I like the idea of that." --BOOKIE MONSTER
"The imp of the perverse." --3AM MAGAZINE
"Just as Pop had Andy Warhol and Dada Tristan Tzara, the Bizarro movement has its very own P. T. Barnum-type practitioner. He's themutton-choppedauthor 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
"Discussing Bizarro literature without mentioning Mellick is likediscussingweird-ass muttonchopped authors without mentioning Mellick."--CRACKED.COM
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One is that it's going to be entertaining as hell. He comes up with crazy ideas you want to read about that you haven't read about before. Kaiju fiction? There's plenty of that to go around. But a Kaiju story where the beast is already dead? Wouldn't you like to see where that story is going?
It's going to be weird. Not only does this book examine the issues that might arise from the corpse of a giant monster, but it packs in so many details which fit right into the world of the story, but would otherwise be unimaginable concepts to the reader or would otherwise seem too random or way out of place. The characters flesh this weird world into its grotesque and claustrophobic glory in a fashion which is textbook Mellick, yet utterly unique every time.
It's going to be earnest. The main reason why I think Carlton Mellick continues to write book after book and continues to have entertaining and engaging ideas packed throughout is because Mellick writes about his passions. His love for kaiju fiction shines through this book as with many of his other books pay homage to particular tropes or genres which he wants to put his own unique stamp on.
I loved this world as I do with so many other settings Mellick creates, and the story was engaging and I loved the way it was fleshing out. The resolution left me a little unfulfilled. I know Mellick doesn't always deliver the resolution that you want, but even the ones which have unexpectedly abrupt endings (I was going to say 'unexpected endings', but his books are almost always unexpected) seem to have a full-circle "this is where the story must naturally end" kind of closure to it. This one left me wanting more. I had too many questions left unanswered and I would have loved for this book to have spent the time rounding it out a bit more.
No, you haven’t. And neither had I until I picked up this book. Like a lot of Mellick’s work, The Big Meat answers questions you never thought to ask, because those kinds of questions are only allowed to spawn in that sick, twisted, brilliant, mutton-chopped melon of his. I’m pretty sure there’s a government regulation about this.
The is the fourth CMIII book I’ve read, and it’s easily my favorite. But it isn’t just disgusting scenes wading around toxic sludge in post-kaiju Portland. It moves from sick to funny to solemn and back in wonderful strokes. Of course, as with most of his work, entertainment comes first. The characters are well developed, and the story makes an outlandish concept plausible and real.
My only issue with any of the author’s work is his tendency to use present tense a lot, which is something I generally have a hard time reading. However, it didn’t bother me here at all, and half the book (the parts leading up to the monster attack, and the immediate aftermath) are done in past tense.
This is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf. Recommended for anyone except the claustrophobic, easily nauseated, and survivors of gigantic monster attacks.