Cameron Pierce

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Includes the name: Cameron Pierce


Tekijän teokset

Ass Goblins of Auschwitz (2009) 68 kappaletta
The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade (2012) — Toimittaja — 38 kappaletta
The Bizarro Starter Kit (purple) (2010) 31 kappaletta
Shark Hunting in Paradise Garden (2008) 22 kappaletta
Amazing Stories of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (2011) — Toimittaja — 16 kappaletta
Abortion Arcade (2011) 15 kappaletta
Lost in Cat Brain Land (2010) 12 kappaletta
Gargoyle Girls of Spider Island (2011) 11 kappaletta
Die You Doughnut Bastards (2012) 8 kappaletta
Live Bait (2015) 5 kappaletta
Lazy Fascist Review #2 (2014) 3 kappaletta
Crawling Darkness (2016) 2 kappaletta
Taut Lines (2016) 2 kappaletta
The Incoming Tide (2015) 2 kappaletta
Lazy Fascist Review #3 (2015) 1 kappale
Dead Bait 4 1 kappale
Lantern Jaws 1 kappale

Associated Works

Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness (1600) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Cthulhu Fhtagn! (2015) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Giallo Fantastique (2015) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta
Bizarro Bazar — Avustaja — 1 kappale

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Cameron Pierce is a sick puppy. Having read some of Pierce's previous work, I knew was to expect in terms of the violence, gore, and sexy stuff, an expectation that I did not have the advantage of when I read Ass Goblins of Auschwitz. In addition, his short story in target="_top">Christmas on Crack should have cleared this up. Which made Gargoyle Girls of Spider Island a bit unexpected. Hold on. I'll explain in a moment.

The story starts with four college students on break in the Caribbean in a boat being chased by pirates. After their boat is damaged and they managed to commandeer the pirates' boat, the four students and one of the pirates wind up on a mysterious deserted island...or so they think. You know things are ominous when Oscar, the main character in the novel, tries to identify their position by the stars but can't recognize any constellations.

The writing overall is very good. It's very descriptive, both in scenes and action, and there's a dark humor, too. I couldn't help but laugh a bit when Oscar accidentally injures Allen. Or I'm just sick, and reading too much Bizarro fiction. Either way, it works in a sadistic way.

The first half of the book felt...normal. Way too normal. And tame, primarily focused on the pirate attack and then being stranded on the island and the relationships between the characters. This is what was so unexpected. Maybe this was Pierce's goal, to lull the reader with a false sense of security and a change of style from his previous work. But the book is really divided into two parts, or could have even been written by two different authors. This first half is quite tame compared to most of the other stuff I've read by Cameron Pierce. It doesn't feel like a Bizarro novel. The gargoyle girls of the title don't even appear until around the halfway point.

Unfortunately, this is also where the book's central problem comes in. The book changes gears way too fast. There's little to no ramping up of the action or weirdness. Instead, Pierce smacks the reader in the face suddenly with what I have come to expect from him, reminding you that you are indeed reading a Cameron Pierce novel. It's a bit like sailing relatively gentle seas with the occasional rolling wave, then getting hit by a tidal wave out of nowhere. This inconsistency becomes this book's biggest failing, at least for this reviewer, as the dramatic change in tone pulled me off the page and reminded me that I was reading a book and not there with the characters. But I think what makes it so jarring is that what felt like the novel's real story is way too short, and that there was potential for a lot more development of the gargoyle girls and the society on the island. They're just sort of there. It felt less than undercooked, even half-finished.

It's a decent book (in terms of quality, not morals), but unfortunately it doesn't achieve greatness with this reviewer. The tone and style change too quickly, and it takes half the novel before the real action that you would expect from the title to even start. As such, Gargoyle Girls of Spider Island by Cameron Pierce earns three bottle of pirate rum out of five.… (lisätietoja)
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sheldonnylander | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 5, 2023 |
If you've noticed a recent trend in my reviews, I've been reading a lot of what gets classified as “bizarro fiction.” I remember when I first heard about it, about a year ago, and I pictured stories that would be weird, off-the-wall, and probably containing concepts or imagery that would be purely for shock value. What I had read so far was okay in these regards, but I was more surprised at the way these authors had chosen not to push these boundaries as hard as I expected.

Then I read Ass Goblins of Auschwitz by Cameron Pierce, a book whose title alone would immediately push the envelope. This is the kind of book that I pictured bizarro fiction would be like when I first heard about it. It's shocking to the point that, if you're not disturbed or even feel the need to vomit, at least early on in the book, then you probably need psychological help.

The story itself is pretty simple. It's told from the perspective of a boy named 999, a conjoined twin with his brother Otto from Kidland, who are prisoners in the land of Auschwitz, ruled by the cruel ass goblins. The only prisoners are children. Some are sacrificed on a daily basis.

The first half of the book deals with describing life in Auschwitz, while the second half is where the full plot really comes in as 999 and his brother become the subjects of an experiment by a particular ass goblin known as the White Angel.

In terms of describing daily life, I'm not sure if the author was attempting some kind of satire or underlying meaning to everything, whether it's the cruelty of adults to children, the jealousy of childhood innocence, or the injustice of a prostate exam. Most of this gets buried under imagery so disturbing that you don't really care about any underlying meaning.

Are there flaws in the book? Well, honestly, I can't really point to any in particular. While the imagery is disturbing and even over-the-top, I'm pretty sure that was the author's goal, so mission accomplished. I guess there are a few logistical problems in terms of consistent character description or actions, but these tend to get diluted in an otherwise consistent novel. So the novel is definitely very proficient technically

At the same time, while I try to be fairly objective, personal opinion and feelings are going to come into reviews like this, and keeping that in mind, I failed to really like the novel. Based on my previous experience with bizarro fiction, the title, and the somewhat silly cover, I expected something that would be a little more satirical and probably a bit offensive but ultimately funny in its offense. I was not prepared for the mental assault experienced, particularly at the beginning. Come to think of it, that's very much what the opening feels like. It's like you're being assaulted mentally by the disconcerting, and it feels a bit like the author is doing it for the same reason that the ass goblins torture the children: Because he can.

At the same time, it's difficult to fault the novel or the author. He had a goal in mind, and if I read it correctly he achieved his goal, even if I'm not entirely sure what that goal was, but at the end I just felt drained and empty over the usual curiosity or wanting more.

Ass Goblins of Auschwitz is ultimately an okay novel, but the assault to the senses can be a bit much, even for bizarro fiction based on my previous experiences. At the same time, it did leave me somewhat morbidly curious about Cameron Pierce's other works, as the novel is quite good on a technical level. But I would only recommend this novel for those who want something more “extreme” in the genre and have a fairly strong stomach. Which I do, but I think I simply wasn't prepared for what I got, like expecting hot buffalo wings that turn out to be atomic.

Ass Goblins of Auschwitz earns 2.5 out of 5 stars (three stars on Goodreads for benefit of the doubt and lack of half-star ratings).
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sheldonnylander | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 5, 2023 |
I can see some people looking at the cover for The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce and saying, “Aw! That's so cute. What could be more innocent than a pickle and a pancake falling in love?” To those people I say, “You haven't read Cameron Pierce before, have you?”

This story is what I would imagine someone would come up with if they had an acid flashback while staring into their refrigerator. It involves a pickle named Gaston Glew from the Pickled Planet, a planet who people and very environment exist in an eternal briny sadness. Gaston Glew is not satisfied being stuck in sadness and believes that happiness, or at least not-sadness, must exist somewhere in the universe. So he leaves his planet and crashes on Pancake Island, a world where everyone is eternally happy and is the last happy place in the universe. While Gaston Glew falls in love with Fanny Fod, a beautiful pancake who is responsible for the world's happiness, things end up going from bad to worse for our heroes.

As one would expect from Cameron Pierce, there's sex and violence without apology in this book, although it is toned down a little from some of his other works I've read. The prose is excellent and flows like rich maple syrup. The character are likeable if tragic in a way, and even though Gaston Glew can occasionally come off as a bit of a phallus (word changed to get through censorship scanners; you know what I mean), he's still identifiably flawed.

Some might focus on the book's commentary on social norms as they relate to depression and happiness, and, yes, I can see this. It could easily be argued the Pierce is putting an almost childish veneer on a story about being trapped in sadness and depression, but how those in persistent states of happiness can act like complete idiots, and a search for a happy medium. After all, the only characters who actually achieve anything in this story are those who suffer from at least some sadness, while the characters who are eternally happy do nothing but dance and act like idiots. It's simple, but in its own way it works.

Occasionally, logic needs to get thrown out the window for the sake of the story, such has how Gaston Glew's rocket boosters actually work. However, if you've read Pierce before, you'll expect him to play with physical rules a little bit. I mean, this is a book about living pickles and pancakes, so how realistic can it actually get? Still, it does stretch the limits in suspending disbelief a few times, even for a story that runs on cartoon physics.

Overall, it's a good story with bizarro elements that's comparatively tame but definitely not innocent. With serious flawed but identifiable characters and easy, smooth prose, I feel comfortable giving this one a recommendation.

The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce earns 4 pints of maple syrup out of 5.
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sheldonnylander | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 5, 2023 |
The best book that I never, ever want to read again.
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kaitlynn_g | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 13, 2020 |


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