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Tentacle Death Trip Paperback – April 9, 2012
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"Feelin' drab and norm? Need dazed? Shoot up with this hell-poppin' BIZARROization of 5 post-apocalypso drivers/1 DEATHrace/FreAkS.s./mutants/mystery/and more tentacles than Cthulhu, and WHAM!-CRASH!-ThrAk! all yer ills are cured!"-Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. author of The Orphan Palace
"Krall has quite a flair for outrage as an art form." -Edward Lee, author of THE BIGHEAD and THE DUNWICH ROMANCE
Top Customer Reviews
Sure, the initial premise seems straightforward enough. Cue movie-announcer voice, in an apocalyptic near-future etc. etc., the crumbling ruins of society, radioactive mutants, food scarce fuel scarcer, ultimate in entertainment and competition is the death race.
With souped-up, customized, uber-weaponized mean machines. And drivers who are chosen partly for skill and partly for sheer larger-than-life character or personality. There’s the spoiled rich girl, the hard-drivin’ bible-thumper, the cross-dressing slaveboy, the occulty/cyborg dude, and our protagonist. The everyman, the good guy in a bad world, who’s already found out to his sorrow that niceness is a dangerous liability.
The five of them are brought to the starting gate and introduced to the race’s sponsor, Mr. Silver. The prize is the chance of a lifetime, the course is laid out, the rules are simple … and off they go.
What follows is the high-speed road rage you might expect, as the competitors seek to eliminate each other while avoiding their own destruction. Obstacles along the way include hostile swarms of flying teeth, robot monsters, cannibals, cultists and zealots.
But wait, there’s more! Because the finish line is at this miraculous city that’s arisen from the ocean depths. Destination R’lyeh (though in the Atlantic instead of the usual South Pacific). The drivers who get that far might be inclined to wish they hadn’t, and we’re also shown in a series of flashbacks how they reached this point … as, for some, their pasts return to haunt them.
It’s a weird, weird, extremely weird book. It would make one wild movie if the effects budget could hold up. Like the race it describes, it’s high-speed and pretty much non-stop; once you start reading you’re most likely in it for the duration.
The characters were a little too cartoonish for my liking, especially when Krall decided to pour some emotional depth into the gas tank.
Also, the book got interrupted each time to explain the history of each of the five race car drivers. Spending a lot of time talking about five characters, who are all basically doing the same thing, made it a little repetitive. Fun part is that you can pick a driver to root for and hope (s)he survives. Almost like a choose your own adventure book.
I had fun, but I enjoyed Squid Pulp Blues, Piecemeal June and Fistful of Feet a lot more. I recommend all of them. This one, I'd recommend if you're looking to turn your brain off for a cartoon-like book about a weird car race where only one will survive.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
2025 - The last millionaire in the country recruits five of the best race drivers to compete in a deadly race across New Jersey with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. The prize: the winner will be allowed to live in the recently risen city of R'lyeh for the rest of his days...
I say this every time but this may be my favorite Jordan Krall book yet. While a Cthulhu-laden homage to Deathrace 2000 at first glance, Tentacle Death Trip rises above its roots and delivers one hell of a ride.
Krall crafts a larger cast of characters than he normally works with and does it well. You have Samson, the loner with a tragic past, Junko, the cross-dressing former sex slave, Gabby, the cold hearted mall girl, Mamma Hell, the Christian with a shawl of human skin, and Drac, the man with the tentacled car. All of the racers have distinct personalities and Krall does a great job playing them off of each other.
The denizens of the post-nuclear wasteland of New Jersey are an interesting menagerie. You get a tornado of human teeth, mutants, cannibals, a giant marionette, and assorted other beasties.
Another thing I liked was the way Jordan Krall was able to incorporate flashbacks into the narrative without stopping the momentum of the story.
The only bad marks I can give this book are because of the ending, but that's a matter of taste. I shouldn't have expected it end much differently considering R'lyeh was the prize.
Four easy stars. Jordan Krall is an author to watch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its very hard to come across originality when it comes to Lovecraft stories. This one is a nonstop ride along.Published 6 months ago by Rogu3 Knigh7
A fun read. This is Mad Max meets Death Race 2000 meets Lovecraft. Some great characters and a strange landscape.Published 15 months ago by A. Reeder
My two main fiction interest are crime and bizarro. Most of the time, these two interests don't intersect. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Christopher Rhatigan
Death Race meets Cthulhu in all the best possible ways. Tentacle Death Trip is sick and twisted fun. Read it start to finish in one night, wasn't like I was going to sleep anyway.Published on May 17, 2014 by Sheryl Westleigh
Made me want to run every car off the road, shoot the driver and take off. The day I finished the book I got a ticket for following too closely on the Interstate.Published on March 27, 2014 by Cody Taylor
This was another great fun and weird read by one of the masters of the bizarro genre. This time Jordan takes us on a wild crazy ride in a post nuclear America, where Death Races... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Buckeye Nick
Jordan Krall has not left much hope for the future of humanity. It's bleak, desolate and teeming with atrocities. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Nathaniel Lambert