- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (November 10, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936383993
- ISBN-13: 978-1936383993
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sea of the Patchwork Cats Paperback – November 10, 2011
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"Easily the craziest, weirdest, strangest, funniest, most obscene writer in America."
- GOTHIC MAGAZINE
"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
"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
"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
"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."
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"Everyone in the world committed suicide at the same time." That's the opening line of this book, and as far as opening lines go, I'd have to say it's a good one. It sets the whole strange, dream-like, and faintly depressing tone for the novella.
The protagonist of the story is the only person in the world who didn't commit suicide--because he was too drunk to pull it off. The man tries to find a place for himself in the newly empty world, but one night the house he's staying in floats out to sea, and he eventually arrives at a strange building shaped like two giant, nude, conjoined women. Then he meets some very strange women (the snake woman on the cover image of the most recent edition is one of them). There are also a lot of cats and a monster.
This book was pretty cool. I'm really not much into cats, but that's OK because these cats are kind of creepy anyway. It's a very enjoyable read.
Sea of the Patchwork Cats definitely doesn't fall in to this category so I expected to read it quickly and move on. I was surprised that I really enjoyed it. It has the quality of a dream in that it takes several sharp turns in ways that are unexpected and illogical. While there are horrific moments, overall it is a beautiful story with a strong element of heartbreak. The only drawback was an ending that was a little unsatisfying to me; on the other hand, I have no idea how CM3 could have ended this surreal story any differently. Highly recommended.
"A must-read for Mellick enthusiasts who also adore the twilight zone. It is a story that has been passed down from generation to generation. The story of conjoined twin goddesses floating peacefully in the middle of the sea. Many who have seen them, usually on calm starlit nights, swear that they are the sirens of mythology, luring sailors to their doom. Others claim that the twins are not live women, but an ancient structure carved to resemble two females sitting back to back. A few believe they mark the gateway to the lost city of Atlantis, or a gateway to the spirit realm. But on all accounts there is one consistency: if you listen closely, at the right distance, you will hear them on the wraithy wind... dozens and dozens of meowing cats. Sea of the Patchwork Cats is a dream-like tale set in the quiet ashes of the human race."
This is the set-up for the story, but much of this is not covered in the text of the book, so you'll have to be familiar with the legend before you begin. This is a three act book... first everyone is gone except for one man, who watches tv and drinks until the electricity quits. Then the house he is in is floating on an ocean that brings him to a mysterious place...
I enjoyed this one a lot, perhaps one of my favorites by Mellick. The chapters are very brief, and this novella is barely over 100 pages, but it is a very entertaining story well worth the price. This is a very funny book with a unique narrator who is a 67 year old drunk. The characters he encounters along the way are vintage Mellick. You have to read the book to get the full effect.
I'm a teacher.. and if one of my students wrote this, I'd quickly tell them to start submitting it to publishers. No doubt about that. So just ignore those reviews for the readers probably just weren't in the state of mind to really enjoy it.
I won't go into the whole plot but what I will say is that it is indeed like a dream. The back of the book compares it to the twilight zone and that's true though I think this has more aspects to it. There are allusions to deviant sexuality and experimentation that I'd like to see explored later on (perhaps in a sequel?) There's even a part that reminded me of japanese "tentacle" anime though maybe that's a coincidence.
Being a cat lover, I also liked the inclusion of so many cats but I guess that just makes me a dork.
As a warning, I'd recommend NOT making this your first CM3 book. It's good but try some other works first.
All in all, if you like surreal tales that drop you into a strange world with hints of deeper realities, pick this one up.