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Cybernetrix Paperback – May 6, 2008

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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? The most unpredictable? These aren't easy superlatives to make; however, Carlton Mellick may well be all of those things, behind a canon of books that all irreverently depart from the form and concepts of traditional novels, and adventure the reader into a howling, dark fantasyland of the most bizarre, over-the-top, and mind-warping inventiveness." --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 most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale." --CORY DOCTOROW, author of Little Brother

 
"Mellick's career is impressive because, despite the fact that he puts out a few books a year, he has managed to bring something new to the table every time... Every Mellick novel is packed with more wildly original concepts 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 with genuine, unbridled outsider madness. As such, it borders on genius, in the way only 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 transgressive weird fiction is to me the most vibrant, exciting, genre-mangling scene in all of strange literature today. And no one holds dominion over this blossoming underground phenomenon like the godfather of Bizarro, Carlton Mellick III. With the most impressive sideburns in imaginative lit since Isaac Asimov, and a brain that squirts out more shamelessly playful originality in any given chapter than most artists will accomplish in their entire lives, he's the poster boy. The Elvis. As well he should be." --JOHN SKIPP, co-author of The Bridge
 
"It's not unusual to blow through a Mellick book in one sitting. They're fast-paced with an endless number of surprises, making it tough not to keep turning pages. When the end comes, I'm left with that done-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 in themselves, Mellick is a true artist." --THE GUARDIAN

"His fiction blends bizarre scenarios mixed with horror, action, and even more bizarre actions to create fiction that toes the line between the absurd and the dark places of the mind... Shocking yet entertaining" --THE EXAMINER


"I imagine Mellick as a Willy Wonka-type character, someone with personal access to another world, a world of his own creation, but due to its mind-bending energy, he's lost control of it, and it continues to thrive even without him there 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 the mutton-chopped author 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 like discussing weird-ass muttonchopped authors without mentioning Mellick." --CRACKED.COM
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933929731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933929736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,836,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first review i have written on Amazon. I felt compelled to write something since there was nothing under this amazing book.

I have been a Carlton Mellick fan for some time and i must say he gets better and better as each new book comes out. If you are not that attracted to the bizarro scene, you can still completely enjoy this novel. This book isn't overly gross (though there are some graphic sex scenes)or too whacked-out for you to understand. It reads in the same vein as the 1980's movie Tron, where a sort of 'no good' guy hears about a new mysterious gaming phenomenon called cybernetrix. He tries it out and gets addicted, pretty soon, his reality mixes with the games and eventually get gets trapped inside the game. I'm totally not doing the novel justice, there is so much more to it, I got hooked within the first few pages, I laughed out loud, and was completely satisfied by the end.

I suggest (as well as the author does) to watch Tron before reading the book. I had never seen Tron before because i thought it was a lame kids movie but then I rented it from the library, watched it, loved it, then started reading cybernetrix, and now I'll never be the same, and i don't want to be.

If you are into Tron, Bizarro, Video-games, and post apocalyptic-ism then buy this book.
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This is spoof on TRON. It's is a quick and really entertaining read. But, for the first time, I felt Mellick could have done more. It didn't live up to its potential. There's a love story, and usually I love Mellicks love stories, but this one was a little cheesy and too much of the book focused on it instead of going into the world of cybernatrix, which I felt needed to be explored more. I'm not saying it a bad book. It's actually real good. At times its incredibly suspenseful. And at times its funny as hell. I like it better than TRON. I just thought it didnt live up to its potential. Thats all.
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I was really surprised by this book. It's my fourth Carlton Mellick III book. I've previously read "Satan Burger" - loved it, "Electric Jesus Corpse" - meh, and "Razor Wire Pubic Hair" - I'm either too dumb or too smart to like it. I was actually ready to give up on reading anything more from CM3, but "Cybernetrix" makes me want to continue reading his books. I lent it to my brother and he said, "It was better than I expected it to be." And he owns a taser, so he'd know.

I'll save you an explanation of plot details because, as it turns out, there's a plot summary on the main page for the book. CM3's introduction urges you to watch "Tron" before reading the book. I did. It was a good idea. It had been forever since I last saw it. I found there was one thing that movie was missing: sex. But I knew this book had sex in it before I watched "Tron," so, like, the chicken and the egg.

"Cybernetrix" bravely steps up and fills (or creates) the demand for Tron people having sex, although that's not the main focus of the book. Maybe it's about technology or addiction or free will or love. Maybe it's about copyright infringement. I don't know; I'm not a lawyer.

CM3's introduction also states he wrote this book as seriously as possible because the story was the worst idea for a book he ever had. Telling the story in this straight-forward, dispassionate manner, gives the story more... legitimacy? I guess. It also shows a different style of writing, perhaps growth, and a lot of talent from a guy whose books have been categorized as anti-novels, gonzo fiction and, most recently, bizarro fiction.

I'm not an expert on bizarro - or anything - but this book doesn't seem like your "typical" bizarro fiction. Crazy plot, yes.
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This is Mellick's loving homage to the sci-fi classic Tron. You don't have to love Tron to love this book. Though it does help if you've at least SEEN the film. Yet another bizarro tale from the man who writes like no other. From the first page the reader is plunged into this strange world. One of my personal favorites from Mellick. I seem to have a lot of those.
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The author recommends (re)watching the classic Disney movie 'Tron' before reading this book but I went through it straight ahead, expecting some kind of fun/gaudy neon fanfic and finding instead a solid love story between a computer bot and a human. So the protagonist, Wesley, starts joining the Cybernetrix every night, a virtual landscape where people can play gladiator games, drink 'electric tea' or have all kind of awkward sexual intercourse. He then falls in love with Xiva, a bot character created in order to fill in the gaps when players are missing. He finds himself willingly wanting to come back every day (addiction issues) until the system goes wrong: the Cybernetrix starts leaking into the real world. Quirky yet superfun read, I particularly loved the admins in the game and the dull dynamics of Wesley's "real" existence.
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One word to describe this book, "Awesomeness." What a fun read. And what a good idea for a book. Go back 25 years and revisit Tron, A movie ahead of it's time. Now I want to see Tron again because this book is so good.

There is nothing I didn't like about Cybernetrix. The name is clever. The cover art is futuristic and retro all at once. The story is interesting, fast paced, and a pleasure to read. The ending was a surprise and very satisfying. Also, the book has an 80's feel to it which fits perfectly.

Mellick's writing style is excellent. He reminds me of Vonnegut in that the words just flow off the page. It's like someone is telling the story instead of you reading it. He makes it seem so easy you think you could write it, but you can't.

The cyber world Mellick has created is very cool. Though based on Tron, Mellick adds enough wrinkles to make it his own. It's a more adult world which is better and more intriguing. There seems to be just the right amounts of action, violence, and suspense. The hot bot cyber sex scenes are a bonus.

Cybernetrix is an excellent, fun, action packed book that does not disappoint. You should get it, you will like it.
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