Burn, “Baby Jesus Butt Plug”, Burn

“Reading Carlton Mellick III‘s BABY JESUS BUTT PLUG is like hopping into an LSD-filled time machine with David Cronenberg, William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, and George Romero at the controls. This tale of office drones and disposable clones is a splatterpunk odyssey, a cautionary tale of corporate omnipotence, and a possible blueprint of the future of the nuclear family. Touching, poignant, horrorific, nightmarish, and beautiful all at the same time, BABY JESUS BUTT PLUG is the work of an uncompromising visionary who lances the boil of his seething imagination with the tip of his pen…” —TRENT HAAGA, star of Terror Firmer, Troma’s Edge TV, and co-writer of Citizen Toxie

The GOOD:

 Sad, Bizarre, Beautiful,December 13, 2010

This review is from: The Baby Jesus Butt Plug (Paperback)

The infamous `Baby Jesus Butt Plug’!

I am almost hesitant to believe that this book’s detractors have even READ it. Anyone reading this book will instantly see that: yes, it’s as weird as it’s name- but it’s also brilliantly moving and powerful. I was really surprised by that when I first read it, and soon found it wasn’t a one-off: Bizarro Fiction has its comedy side to be sure, but a goofy name doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get stupidity- more often than not you’re going to get a story that actually makes you think and has something to say, without shoving it down your throat and screaming in your face.

The book features a husband a wife (Mary and Joe), who get a Baby Jesus. In their world people keep babies as pets. Baby Jesuses though are generally used as sex toys. However Mary and Joe’s Baby Jesus is a little different… a little evil.

The book has a writing style reminiscent of Roald Dahl, but with strong David Lynch overtones. I’m a big fan of the Bizarro books that have a children’s novel style of writing- they use a bare minimum of words that manage to do more for (and in) the imagination than a book three times the size would do.

I look forward to reading more of Mellick’s work.

The BAD:

Strange, sometimes silly, and somewhat stupid,June 3, 2004

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“imdateless” (Somewhere in the USA) – See all my reviews
 
This review is from: The Baby Jesus Butt Plug (Paperback)

One of the least appealing stories that CM3 has written. I couldn’t figure out what the meaning of it was, other then a rampant romp through a weird reality where cloned creatures are kept as pets. Strange, sometimes silly, and somewhat stupid – this story is all about just being a story for story sake (unlike CM3s other novels). Not one of his better works.

It wasn’t what I had expected it to be. Written in under the guise of a “fairy tale”, I found that for the most part, the nonsensical interactions the characters had with each other seemed a little too absurd for my liking.

I came across this little story after reading his other works, and was pleasantly dissappointed. Maybe I just need to read it again, but unlike his other works, I didn’t feel any connection to the story, nor understood if there were any subtexts or themes within.

Who knows, maybe it’s just my brain running out of my ear and pretending to be just a jelly sandwich.

And The UGLY:

Are you kidding me?!?,October 4, 2010

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This review is from: The Baby Jesus Butt Plug (Paperback)

I own a Baby Jesus butt plug. Yeah, that’s where I’m coming from on this one. I thought it truly was Divine Intervention to find there was a book by the same name. I absolutely *adore* and have voraciously read all the authors Mr. Mellick was likened to in the previously published reviews of this and his other works. Here, I thought, would be the perfect pairing of gifts to give out to friends of mine just as twisted in their humor and literary tastes as myself; a butt plug AND a book deliciously dark in their contexts.

Couldn’t be further from the truth.

As the saying goes – Garbage In, Garbage Out. A completely nonsensical, disjointed, third grade vocabulary, not even remotely funny or sulci tickling, typo containing “novella” that never had a point to begin with to ever go anywhere with it. A GREAT concept with the poorest execution. Which, in truth I shouldn’t be so harsh to judge as that runs rampant in every facet of today’s “entertainment” culture – books, television shows, movies – and has come to be what is expected from the apathetic masses.

You are better off reading the synopsis and letting your own imagination run riot with it than spending the seven bucks and change this “book” (and I use that term loosely) costs. If I weren’t so damn ethical, I’d request a refund of my money from Amazon on this one. Alas, I’ve already read it and I think that voids eligibility for a return. Need to go and double check…

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~ by MorbidbookS, Extreme Fiction Publisher. on April 28, 2011.

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