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Carnageland Paperback – October 5, 2009
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"Carnageland is one of the most insane SF stories I've ever read. Like a gory video game come to life, it is non-stop ultra-violence, an extraterrestrial fever dream straight out of a 1940s sci-fi pulp novel. Carnageland is jam-packed insanity, a fast-paced ride full of blood and humor. It's like a Mars Attacks sequel written by a mental patient. And I mean that in a good way. Recommended." - JORDAN KRALL, author of Fistful of Feet and Squid Pulp Blues
"Were you a dork in high school? Did you play Dungeons & Dragons or read books featuring knights, wizards, elves, hobbits, and clerics? Do you hate these things now? Would you like to see these characters and creatures of fantasy killed in the most brutal of ways? If so, Carnageland is the book for you. It's Takashi Miike's Izo meets the Shrek movies if Izo were a little green alien rather than an undead samurai." - BRADLEY SANDS, author of My Heart Said No, But the Camera Crew Said Yes!
"Call it "Shrek" as directed by Quentin Tarantino." - KEVIN SWEENEY, co-author of Sideshow P.I.
"Basically, this story has extreme sex and violence, and clever cartoony ideas connected to fairy tales and alien invasions. If that sounds like an ideal combination, Carnageland is your book." - AWESOMER THAN THOU
"All hail the Captain Crunch-powered id monkey! Its fun, it's violent, it rots your brain. In other words, buy it now." - WITHERSIN MAGAZINE
"Carnageland is a fantastic addition to the Bizarro world, and deserves a place on your bookshelf." - LIVING WITH A NERD
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Luckily, I was definitely super-ultra-wrong about my iffy-ness. Depriving myself of this, would have been really, really stupid.
It's one of the most dementedly cute books I've ever read! All these horrendous and horrible events happen, but it manages to be ridiculously cute. I mean I "Awwwed" in a couple places.
It's like a deranged fairy tale. If I had clinically insane little kids, this is what I read to them for a bed time story. While they listened, they'd munch on home baked Ninjabreadmen cookies, and play with 898 figurines with fully working trumpet penises.
Speaking of symbolism, as a math professor, it is my job to highlight some of the key symbolism in this tale. (Actually, that's not true: as a math professor it is my job to make fun of English professors who look for key symbolism; but let's ignore that.) The goals of conquest put forward by Inpire Inc. are symbolic of the imperialism of Western Civilization. The struggle of 898 to control his skin flap while trying to eradicate fairy tale creatures is clearly symbolic of a child growing up and getting rid of the trappings of childhood while trying to figure out what in the world is going on between their legs. The pornoconomy is symbolic of pornography, because sometimes symbolism doesn't have to be at all subtle. And the Ninjabreadman is symbolic of Geddy Lee, because anything that awesome can only be symbolic of Geddy Lee.
All-in-all, a fun, deprived tale. Unfortunately, a little short--but there's a sequel at David Barbee's website, and it can be conquered for free.
Carnageland is an interesting read. There's little character development; the characters are what they are. There's some repetition in the action. But I loved the hell out of it. Why? Well, it's the same reason that I love the hell out of Corman flicks or SciFi (now, the oddly named SyFy) original movies. Because they're like sugary confectionary Saturday Morning cartoons for adults.
If you're looking for a sympathetic character and massive development, or even scientific gadgetry in your sci-fi, then bypass this book. If you watched Saturday Morning cartoons, like B-grade movies and twisted fairytales, then you'll absolutely love this book, like I did.
Remember Sherman and Peabody? Yeah, those two. They were always messing with history. Fractured Fairytales did the same. Now, imagine that land, twisted by Todd McFarlane, and invaded by aliens. There you go...that's kind of what Carnageland is.
It opens with 898 preparing for invasion. Inpire, Inc, the world where these "invaders" come from, is a pretty cool place, and I'd love to see more of it in the future. Aliens are selected by an epic claw (just like Toy Story..."the claw is our master"!) as the chosen invaders. Well, 898 gets selected to decimate a planet filled with fantastical beasts...slightly twisted fairytale creations. And decimate he does. If you've ever imagined some of the fairytale creatures getting slaughtered in horrific fashion, well, now's your chance to see it unfold. (On a side note, my favorite twisted character was the Ninjerbread Man...'nuff said.)
Carnageland is a fast read - almost too fast, `cause I wanted more - and fun. It really is like Roger Corman got his hands on the works of Piers Anthony and went to town.
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