The characters were memorable and unique. You definitely feel as though you are right there with them as they navigate the Red Zone and progress through the game. Aug 03, Thinkingbandit rated it it was amazing. Apr 26, Dustin Reade rated it it was amazing. The cover of this book states that this novel is a combination of Battle Royale and Return of the Living Dead. I would agree that this is a fair assessment of this book in several ways. The book starts much in the manner of Battle Royale with people being gassed and waking up to be informed that they must now survive one another and the survivor will be returned home.
The survivor will also move ont The cover of this book states that this novel is a combination of Battle Royale and Return of the Living Dead. The survivor will also move onto a better standard of living. To make it more difficult, the survivors must also fend off nearly indestructable zombies much like those in ROTLD. The next Battle Royale similarity comes in the equipping of the contestants. They are each given a back pack containing a weapon and other provisions to aid them in the contest. Unlike Battle Royale, the competition is being televised and robot cameras hover around to film the contestants.
Many plot twists are added as the story progresses. I suppose this is all because it is what is considered "bizarro" fiction. With this being my first bizarro reading, I can only assume that bizarro means that the stories should become complete ludicrous from time to time. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's my take on it thus far. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. They move quickly and speak. They mostly request the brains of the humans in whatever language they speak, but do say some other things from time to time. The zombies mostly want brains, but eat other parts as well. These are your really good teeth zombies who are somehow able to bite through human skulls.
Biting through skulls is more believable than some of the other things heaped at readers in zombie films and literature. The zombies infect not only through bites, but by puking up some type of green vomit. I must say, I liked this at first and then started to dislike it a few chapters into it. Later, I began to enjoy it again. Well, I might say less enjoy than want to see how everything tied together. The story amused me at times. It entertained me at times as well.
Unfortunately, I find it hard to follow in some places and was annoyed by some attempts by the author to be offensive. In some ways, I felt this might be what it would be like if Chuck Palahniuk wrote a zombie novel. I got the idea that the author was going out of his way to be disgusting at times. If that's his thing, that's his thing. All in all, this didn't leave me dying to read more of Mellick's work. I am not totally against giving him or bizarro fiction another chance. It just isn't anywhere near the top of my reading lists.
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Zombie completists and fans of the strange should check this out. Others might want to avoid it. It definitely isn't for everyone. For about 50 pages of Zombies and Shit , I thought I had stumbled across the greatest B-grade zombie novel ever written. The set-up is note perfect: Random group of 20 low-lifes are kidnapped and forced to compete in a reality game show that basically demands they be the first to escape from a zone crawling with zombies. Only the first will be air-lifted to safety.
The rest will all be left to die. Carlton Mellick III then pops the metaphorical cherry on the cake by having the zombies in this nas For about 50 pages of Zombies and Shit , I thought I had stumbled across the greatest B-grade zombie novel ever written. Carlton Mellick III then pops the metaphorical cherry on the cake by having the zombies in this nasty game be the kind that can talk and even hold conversations for awhile after they've died ala return of the Living Dead. As a concept, this is what I call sheer brilliance It then gets even better as Mellick quickly emphasises no-one is safe and this will most definitely not be a predictable read.
I was fairly salivating as my first two plot-based assumptions were quickly and ruthlessly proven wrong. The unknowing interactive backgrounds between the characters also displayed a welcome and greater complexity than what I expecting. But what starts out so promisingly soon takes a few too many turns into the bizarre for my tastes.
It all gets completely ridiculous, and any sense of horror is therefore gleefully discarded by Mellick, who instead aims to outdo the ludicrousness of each previous contestant versus zombie fight scene. By the time one character is revealed to be view spoiler [a recognisable cult figure from the 80s hide spoiler ] , I realised I was meant to just be laughing and going with it. Which is fine - because aspects of the novel are very funny - but not what I had been gleefully gearing myself up for. In addition, Mellick's writing can at best be described as workmanlike, with a number of sentences hanging together awkwardly and many others seeming to miss necessary words.
Regardless, the bottom line is this: Zombies and Shit is - one extraordinarily disgusting scene excepted and the less said about that the better! Anyone who enjoys absurd forays into over-the-top, unrealistic, comic book like violence with a straight forward narrative, will enjoy the hell out of this. Dec 21, jasmine rated it it was amazing Shelves: With a solar-powered car, a solar-powered shotgun, and the cure for the zombie virus, Scavy and Mr.
T drive off, into the setting sun, toward a brighter tomorrow.
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I think I'm going to With a solar-powered car, a solar-powered shotgun, and the cure for the zombie virus, Scavy and Mr. I think I'm going to make a habit of declaring every Mellick book I read as the best book I've ever read - he's genuinely talented in a way that expands way beyond this genre, in an honest to god literary way that makes me envious as fuck. I was reeled in by the zombies - I'm a big, big fan - and the fact that I'm kind of circlejerking about Mellick lately, but it turned out to satisfy me in a lot of other ways.
I got my fix of zombie gore, obviously, but there was a whole lot fucking more lurking between the covers of this goddamn masterpiece. I can't say enough about how fucking perfect this book was. Mar 02, Gunne rated it really liked it Shelves: Battle Royale with zombies, as adequately described by Mellick himself.
This is by far the longest novel he's written, if I'm not wrong, and I like it very much because it gave me time to get to know the characters. I have to say I felt more attached to them compared to most of the characters he's written, aside from just rooting for them. However, I think there's a lot more potential for Mellick to make his characters really loveable.
I like them enough, but when bad things happen, it's "aw shu Battle Royale with zombies, as adequately described by Mellick himself. I like them enough, but when bad things happen, it's "aw shucks" for 3 seconds and let's move on with the plot! I'm not asking for crazy emotional scenes, and I do understand the lack of focus on secondary characters that exist only as zombie fodder, but there were a few moments I wish were a little more drawn out.
Maybe it's a lot to demand, but if anyone's capable enough, it's Mellick. It gets a little frustrating to see the arcs not fully realised, even though it's just an inch short!
That said, this book was reaaaally action-packed, a blast to read, quite the page turner, and I enjoyed it as much as Crab Town. Mellick has a talent for explaining away far-fetched concepts, making them believable. There were a few times when characters said something, and I was like, "But I thought you said These plot devices are weirdly logical in their frames of insanity! Jul 31, Sandpiper rated it did not like it.
Have you ever had a kid tell you something and he gets really excited and starts making up stuff along the way? That's what reading this book was like. I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece, but I was expecting something half-way readable. I've read a few books with damned-awful writing, but the story saved it. But the w Have you ever had a kid tell you something and he gets really excited and starts making up stuff along the way?
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But the writing and execution for this book was just so bad that nothing could save this book for me. Not even the awesome story idea. Not so much with this book. Oh yeah, long boring info dumps, which could've been tolerable if the writing wasn't extremely bland. They asked for his money, but Brick told him no. He beat one of the punks unconscious with his bare fists. He dislocated one of their shoulders. He sent another running off into the alleyway.
Aug 02, Tabitha rated it really liked it Shelves: Heads up to those with a delicate stomach!
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This is one of the strangest books I have yet to read, with that said I got a huge flipping kick out of it! If you think you can handle some really crazy stuff and you are jonsezing for some zombie action — you should definitely give this book a try. It is a quick action packed read. One of the things I loved about this book was the photo roster at the beginni Heads up to those with a delicate stomach! One of the things I loved about this book was the photo roster at the beginning of the book and throughout the book.
It shows you thumbnail black and white sketches of all 20 zombie survivalists. As you progress through the book it shows you the photo roster again a handful of times with the people that have had their goose cooked blacked out. An important thing to note is this book swaps points of view almost every chapter to a different character.
Some of this had me laughing out loud, while a few short bits had me biting back the bile rising in my throat. I think it gives you a real glimpse into what could potentially happen if the zombie crud were to really hit the fan. This goes way beyond gritty. I highly recommend it to the veteran zombie fan who is in need of something new! Jan 20, Frank rated it really liked it.
It's surprising too because at first glance this story would seem to harness every cliche the zombie genre can throw at it. Yet powered by Mellick one of a kind writing voice it is nothing but original and new. There are punks, nazis, nerds, hippies, robots and Mr.
The zombie say "Brains! Like every great zombie book, the story is about the living and not the dead. The story does have the feel of The Running Man. It is centered around a reality game show. This is all action.
The amount of characters does not muddle the story. Mellick is masterful at managing the characters and keeping the flow of the story fast paced without confusing things. This is the first Carlton Mellick story I've read. He reputation precedes him and he did live up to all the hype.
I can't wait to get into more Mellick and I recommend this as a great starting place for anyone wanting to check him out. Set in a post zombie apocalypse world, the story narrates the struggle of 20 people taken from the Copper quadrant the poorest one in Neo New York to participate in a "Battle Royale"-type reality show, where they have to fight each other, as well as hordes of zombies, to win a upgrade in life: Moving to the Silver Quadrant, and gaining passport to visit the Gold and Platinum quadrants.
This novel is Bizarro at it's best: Strange sex scenes, ultraviolence, futuristic concepts introduced in conveniently righ times. But it's also one of the most emotionally-infused zombie stories I've ever read. You end up rooting for multiple characters, despite knowing that for one to win, the others have to lose. It's really emotional, you feel sad when a beloved character dies, even if the description of his or hers death is "Bizarro-like". The ending was just right. If you want to be initiated in the Bizarro genre, this is the book for you.
And how about that "Laurence" character? Jan 17, Greg Bates rated it really liked it Shelves: In the introduction to this book, Carlton Mellick mentions that he hasn't had this much out-and-out FUN writing a novel in a very long time. I can definitely feel that exuberance coming off every page of 'Zombies and Shit'. Mellick writes with the intensity of a manic six-grader gleefully plotting out his detailed zombie apocalypse fantasy i'm with him, by the way - Return of the Living Dead-style zombies are WAY underrepresented in the zombie canon.
Just when you think the book has hit a ceil In the introduction to this book, Carlton Mellick mentions that he hasn't had this much out-and-out FUN writing a novel in a very long time. Just when you think the book has hit a ceiling in how big, how ridiculous, how utterly weird it can be, it one-ups itself with flamethrower Nazis, zombie cunnilingus, or robot-zombie-Mr. Despite all of the book's flaws mediocre writing quality, a deus ex machina ending and an overreliance on the trope of cutting a character's death scene with flashbacks into their backstory , the whole experience is much more enjoyable and readable then the sum of it's parts.
Somehow, it just works. Anybody looking to get into the whole 'bizarro' genre and really, what are you waiting for could do far, far worse then to start here. Sep 17, Melissa Bennett rated it liked it. I wasn't real impressed by this story. This is my 2nd bizarro book and at the same time my 2nd Carlton Mellick book. I enjoyed the first book I read of his called The Cannibals of Candyland.
This one, not so much. It was like a cross between Hunger Games and Running Man with zombies in it. Sounds cool but there was not a lot of originality to it.
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I really didn't care for a whole lot of the characters either. I mostly liked reading about the Merc Punks, Laurence and Scavy. The others were just ok I wasn't real impressed by this story. I will buy a book based on its cover alone. I love promoting authors. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Author Interviews Dec 17, 7. Apocalyptic Jul 15, 3. Comedy Aug 29, 1. Giveaways Aug 18, Guest Post Jun 28, 2. Author Interviews Jan 8, 9.
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