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The Steel Breakfast Era: A Postmodern Zombie Novel Paperback – June 29, 2012
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"Carlton Mellick III is one of bizarro fiction's most talented practitioners, a virtuoso of the surreal, science fictional tale."
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"Bizarre, twisted, and emotionally raw--Carlton Mellick's fiction is the literary equivalent of putting your brain in a blender."
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The book takes place during the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Our narrator lives in an apartment building populated by freakish humans, an odd cult, and metallic monstrosities known as "Tik Worms" that turn people into freakish metal/human hybrids. When he finds out how to make a human being out of an odd assortment of parts that may or may not be human, he decides to make a companion. But his companion, Cyn, has some odd quirks, such as cannibalism and a necrophilia and these become apparent as time goes on. But, things are about to change for them. Help is coming in the form of a team of aliens that look like the rejects of a bad Kaiju kids show. But are they the heroes or the villains?
Right in the intro to this book, Carlton Mellick III explain that this book is an homage to Japanese Cyberpunk films like Tetsuo the Iron Man, which is one of my new favorite films. I can definitely see the similarities when it comes to the role of the "Tik Worms". Yet this book is so much deeper than some kind of homage to Shinya Tsukamoto and George Romero's third "Dead" Film "Day of the Dead".
The underlying theme is that no matter how much we try to shut out the outside world we need to let some things in, primarily love. This book is an ode to the need for companionship and interpersonal relationships in our lives and how it makes us human. This is a complex idea, an idea that is not normally found in an author's early work. particularly a young author.
This book is a great quick read.Read more ›
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From the opening pages, I knew this was no typical zombie book. There is a refreshing and unique spin that was quite a bit more than I expected. Read morePublished 22 months ago by amazon customer
Mellick's introductions always seem to articulate the book's intent; I mention this because after reading the intro to Steel Breakfast Era, I felt like the story was the perfect... Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Vincenzo Bilof
It was weird and choppy. There was no explanation of anything. It barely focused on the zombies. I was very disappointed. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Rubygirl