The Rampaging Fuckers of Everything on the Crazy Shitting Planet of the Vomit Atmosphere is a collection of three short novels by a master of satire. Mykle Hansen‘s subversive tales capture the smugness of mainstream culture. He thrusts his characters into absurd and humorous situations that reveal the defects in the modern social fabric. With the wit of Christopher Moore, the inventiveness of Terry Gilliam and the rudeness of South Park, Hansen’s surreal fiction is ridiculously fun to read. Three Bizarro Novels: MONSTER COCKS: A poignant tragedy of penis enlargement gone horribly wrong. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF AGNES CUDDLEBOTTOM: A gripping history of the first Starbucks in the anus of an 80-year-old prostitute. CRAZY SHITTING PLANET: A touching parable of love, friendship, and feces.
Surreal, professional, grotesque absurdity,June 11, 2010
I would love to read an annual report penned by Mykle Hansen. I can think of no one better to highlight the latent absurdity protocol and bureaucracy contain. Hansen’s writing encompasses that very rare treat – straight comedy. I view Hansen’s persona as that of every infomercial host you’ve ever seen rolled into a ball of beautiful nonsense. As I was reading this book, an illogical part of me kept expecting (hoping?) to hear the immaculately suited, Hansen at my front door, trying to sell me knives, a professional smile glued to his face. How would I refuse him?
I’m not going to name this collection in my review due to overly sensitive filters. I am going to make an assumption that many of you reading this review are doing so based on the lure this vulgar behemoth of a title holds. It is with great relief that I inform people, such as you, that the book in question lives up to the promise of the title. Let’s be honest, titles can promise so much yet deliver so little (much like an infomercial), so when you’re browsing Amazon with credit card at the ready, decisions can be a tricky beast to master. Let me make this easy for you – if humor is your bag and toilet wall confessions don’t turn you off, purchase this book.
Three stories lurk within these hallowed covers and each of them offers a cornucopia of disgusting bliss to keep you interested. Once again, delving into the subject matter of these stories risks the wrath of ol’ Mammy Amazon, so I will allude, dodge and weave around the point as needed. From privately placed enlargements that go horribly awry to excrementally bombarded wasteland dwellers, this book may have been predicted in an upchuck bucket like tealeaves. It’s truly funny in the best possible sense of the word. It will give your wincing muscles a stellar workout and it will draw the attention of friends browsing your bookshelves.
What I came away with above all else, was Hansen’s talent for the written word. His prose is a joy to read in and of itself. His sentences have melody to them and flow into each other in a way that is all too rare. Without even paying attention to the content, you can still appreciate the rhythm (although, I highly recommend paying careful attention to the content). So it brings us to the subject of author as auteur: Hansen’s persona lingers over the text. I’m not suggesting that it interferes with the unfolding of the narrative, far from it. What we have here is a perfect melding of author and subject. In the guise of the surreal professional, Hansen himself is endlessly compelling. We’ve all had the misfortune of experiencing work instructional videos – if Hansen were to narrate, host and star in these videos, he would a) convince the producers of the video that he was supposed to be there and b) subvert everything professional protocol stands for. And this is why Hansen is so compelling.
It wasn’t my intention to turn this review into such a character study, but as stated, I believe the two are inextricably linked. I award this book my highest recommendation. It really lives up to the title, I promise.
If you like Christopher Moore, stay away!!!,February 12, 2010
I purchased this book after receiving a reccomendation by Amazon tht if I liked Christopher Moore, I’d like this book by Mykel Hansen…this is far from the truth. The blurb on the back cover also mentions Christopher Moore by name and if I was C.M. I’d be suing to have my name removed from it. I’d have given it a single star, but the book title, story titles and a couple of moments amused me briefly.
More often than not I tend to look at reviews as a whole and take the average. This book leaned more toward the higher star raitings and I purchased it. I loved the names of the 3 stories (actually called “novels” I believe) and the name of book is hilarious, however the stories themselves were sorely lacking.
To be brief and to give away as little as possible in the way of spoilers for those that still want to read this book, the first story could have been written in 10 pages versus 60. It’s filled with acronyms and ramblings that don’t add anything at all to further the story.
The second story was actually better than the first, but ridiculously anti-climactic. Longer than the first story, it’s writen in a Q.A. interview type of format with a few naratives and an abundance of unneeded spacing.
The third story was mildly amusing at points (a common theme with the other 2), but where the first 2 had a general plot or central idea, this one never brought that into focus. Two societies of people, the rich and the poor. One in poverty, the other a glut of excess. The end. As anti-climactic as the second story.
All in all, if you’re really interested in this book, try to find it used for a dollar or two, any more than that and…well, it’s your money. I for one won’t be lending this book to others, or reccomending it. I highly doubt I’ll even look in Mykle Hansen’s direction when searching for new authors. MH isn’t close to being in the same league as Christopher Moore, again avoid this book if you’re expecting anything like CM.
And The UGLY:
Terrible.,May 5, 2010
This book of short stories was a total let down. I thought for sure it would have me rolling on the floor with laughter (based on the reviews) – but instead I was hoping each of the shorts would end quickly. The stories ramble, start off and end too slowly, or are just plain stupid. I wouldn’t waste your money on this book! From the other reviews I think you will either love it or hate it … I hated it!