- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press; 2 edition (January 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1621050424
- ISBN-13: 978-1621050421
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,182,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex and Death in Television Town Paperback – January 13, 2013
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When a story starts with a woman performing an act of self love using a living millipede, you know you're in for a wild ride and Sex and Death in Television Town is wild, that's for sure. There's a ton of gore and even more strangeness.
Cry (aka Sex of the title) is by far the most interesting character in the book. Every time she climaxes, she gets a glimpse into the future. Since she seems to climax fairly regularly, she pretty much dictates where the group goes. The others were a mixed bag. I didn't care for Random, the most ordinary member of the group. Beyond being hermaphrodites, I didn't find the three hermaphrodites in the group very interesting, although Oxy's fate in Telos was good. Jesus Christ was the best gunslinger in the group but didn't do much else.
I'd say the strangest parts of the book happened once the gang got to Telos. The shifting landscape and the color factory were weird but the weirdest part was that the citizens of Telos had televisions for heads and communicated by changing channels.
Any complaints? Aside from it being too short, I think the millipede in the opening chapter desensitized me a bit. A furry gun and a living train don't seem so strange after that.
The book has a western on lsd feel to it. Stagecoaches and cowboy hats meet people with TVs for heads and baby shaped fruit. Yum. There is also a gang of hermaphrodites and a woman with stegosaurus spikes. It sounds really strange but is actually stranger than it sounds.
Sex and Death are the names of two main characters. Sex, the woman with the spikes, is very deadly and very horny. She can see the future but in an unusual way. Death is the dark, mysterious gunslinger. He is more deadly than Sex but not as horny. Together they reek considerable havoc.
There isn't a lot of plot and the book is very short. It's a fast, outrageous read that will likely shock you in some way. Maybe in a multitude of ways.
Sex and Death in Television Town is not a book I can recommend to anyone I know. It wont make the perfect Mothers Day gift and would likely be an inappropriate stocking stuffer. I do recommend it to you though, because you've read this review and that means you're probably a bit twisted anyways.
The premise is great... Sex and Death take over the television town (set to an old west backdrop, but each television has a movie or television show on it that viewers well versed in television trivia will know) and divide the television people onto two sides. Any more would spoil the fun.
Mellick's signature surrealist style is in full bloom here, and his characters are quite interesting. This is a fast read and a great satire about a tv watching nation. Ed Mironiuk provided the illustrations.