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Death by Zamboni Paperback – November 10, 2000
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"I don't read often, but I read this book from cover to cover because D. D. Katzman forced me." -- David Yow, singer from The Jesus Lizard
Quirky, brazen & endlessly clever. A twisted cartoon world of bizarre episodes that defy conventional logic. WEIRD and COMPELLING. -- Barbara's Bookstore Review (Chicago)
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Answer these questions:
1. Have you ever clamped clothes pins on your genitals?
2. Do acid flashbacks accompany thoughts of the Gibb brothers?
3. Have you ever uttered "Zoinks" without intentionally referencing Saturday Morning Cartoons?
4. Have you ever fantasized about making love to someone in mouse ears?
5. Do you prefer your comedians tripped out on amphetamines?
6. Is your personal contact with sweatshops a weekend "Rollback" the prices excursion to Wal-Mart(tm)?
7. Do you get all angsty when you hear the promo words "Who will be voted out tonight?"
8. Are you a fan of books that are "too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts"?
10. Do you see things in a Rorschach test?
11. Have you ever, either in this life or the next, made love to a mime after it mimed its way through a death match with Jewish hitmen?
12. Do you see the connection between "it" and "is"?
13. Pink banana hammocks?
14. Do you hide your reading problem from friends and family?
15. Satan Donuts?
16. Does bowling in and around seminal fluid turn you off?
17. Have you ever ridden a Zamboni (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more)?
18. Do you have a conscience?
19. Are you a superfreak?
If you answered yes to some of these questions Death By Zamboni is for you. Of course, if you answered no to some of these questions Death By Zamboni is for you. If you answered maybe to any of these same questions then Death By Zamboni is also for you -- maybe.Read more ›
This book melds both perfectly together.
Throughout we have the mystery of the missing man, and our PI is hot (well, not hot, more like lukewarm, well no, more like cold coffee warm, no, not really. He's really cold, but he still isn't too bad). Anyway... there is a definite storyline here that is structured and established. There is also enough ridiculousness that one is never quite sure what comes next. And what comes next may be a new twist in the investigation, or something so silly you can't stop laughing.
It is very cleverly written, and there are moments where you think your hand holds firmly to sanity, and then it is kicked away violently by a steel-toed boot. The boot, of course, belonging to a mime.
Get this. Read it. If you like the strange and the bizarre, and don't mind having your brain explode right outside of your skull. It feels so good!
And a shout-out to Peter Sellers? Classic!
There is no way around it: you have to like nonlinearity, digression clever word play, and randomness to like this book. Do henchman-mimes do it for you? If they do, you'll like this book. Do you like the idea of Bruce Willis getting his groin bit off?
Luckily, I enjoy these types of things from time to time. And I can suspend my disbelief long enough to get through a bizzaro book (is that the right term?) like this one.
You have to suspend more than your disbelief, you also have to suspend your sense of scale. You have to believe, for example, that Abrams Tanks can pulled out of someone's pocket on a second's notice.
As for the main character--though the book is abstract and bizzaro, it also has a hard-boiled detective. I'm not sure this is the fairest comparison, but the main character/ narrator reminded me a lot of Fletch. You remember, the 80s Chevy Chase detective with the one-liners (it was also a novel). That's not a bad thing. Fletch was probably the last great Chevy Chase movie ever made.
I also think linguists would like this book. The most enjoyable part of this book for me was having to watch carefully everything I read. The author constantly tricks you into misreading everything. One example is when the character says he comes in "guns a-blazing." You have to be suspicious enough at this point so that you're not caught off guard a paragraph later when he's trying to put out the fire that has started because of his guns.
In short if you like word play, random references, random everything, silliness, and Fletch one-liners, this book will probably be for you.
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I dare you to try and read this without laughing approximately 96% of the time, it's impossible - IMPOSSIBLE. The other 4% is reserved for breathing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Taffy Bennington
This book was the most entertaining book I've read in ages. It was perfect for someone whose mind never stays on one finite line. Read morePublished 24 months ago by peb671
<b>Book Info</b>: <u>Genre</u>: Satire/Parody of PI Noir
<u>Reading Level</u>: Adult
<u>Tense, Person, POV</u>: Past tense, first person, POV of... Read more
I liked this book for many reasons. It is funny for one. Even though this is not his newest book the writing is funny in a way that is fresh and unique. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by FMH
I love me my donuts- Satan Donut and Etta Donut, that is. Very unusual characters (especially their names), funny situations, and finally I came across a mime that didn't make me... Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by chessie
Death by Zamboni by David David Katzman is satire with a capital S. There is no subtlety here. It is in your face. Parts made me cringe, parts made me laugh out loud. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Coral Russell
DDK's books remind me how much I like reading, laughing, thinking, pink sprinkly donuts, and breathing.
I pulled this little guy off my bookshelf and re-read it. Read more
This is not your average sweet American tale about a young man's journey for redemption. No seriously, it's not even close to that...it's better and much more hilarious. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Bitsy Bling Books
I kind of want to marry this book. I kind of want to marry it and have its little book babies. If I existed solely as an anthology of modern woes, serious and emotional, pulling my... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Kristin Hope