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"Death by Zamboni is like the Itchy and Scratchy Show on acid." -- Aaron Roy Even, author of Bloodroot

"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)

About the Author

David David Katzman is powered by polyester and ancient spaghetti with magical properties. A painter, writer, comic book addict, contemporary art lover and recovering actor, David(squared) resides in Chicago with two cool cats, and something, something, something. This is his first novel. He can be reached at deathbyzamboni@gmail.com, and, yes, his first and middle names really are David.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bedhead Books (November 10, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0615113575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615113579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Unauthorized Death By Zamboni Reader Qualification Quiz designed to determine whether or not you should be allowed to buy a copy of Death By Zamboni or if you must wait for the Death By Zamboni mini-series on CBC(tm).

Answer these questions:

0. No?
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"?
9. Gouda?
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.
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I love bizarro stories, I love wild and crazy--I mean, so wild and crazy that you completely forget your own name. But I also like a complete story, an adventure, a quest, a mystery to solve.

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!
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I had a tremendous amount of fun reading this book. The humor is excellent and I love how fluid Katzman is in transitioning from one improbable idea to another. I do have to warn readers not to be misled by the title to be expecting zambonis, knowing how upset zamboni fanatics get when they are promised zambonis that never arrive, but anyone who loves wild and bizarre humor will dig this book. I had fun and Katzman is more David than I will ever be, primarily because I only have "David" once in my name. I think that says it all.
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WARNING: Some spoilers!

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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