Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: “Cucumber Punk” by P. A. Douglas, 2013, Bizarro Pulp Press, Kindle.

Once again I thank Jeremy Maddux of Surreal Grotesque for suggesting another Bizarro book.

P. A. Douglas is no stranger to lurid literature, just read such horror pieces as “The Old One” and “The Dark Man”. “Cucumber Punk”, on the other hand, is his first foray into the world of Bizarro and this lift off is with a loud ‘bang’ --- er ‘big squash’ from Gallagher’s ‘Vege-matic’.

Here tell the tale of Veg-Heads, yes people with vegetables for heads, being hunted by lumberjacks; with a dash of romance; a fling of the forbidden fruit --- er --- vegetable just for good measure. Hey this is Bizarro. This is logical, after all there is a food shortage here and the Lord knows the food chain will never be the same.

This story gives a whole new meaning to being pickled. And you thought harvesting organs was controversial. This story isn’t though.

It is entertaining and fast paced. It is a one sit read much like that bowl of potato chips --- once you turn one page you can’t just stop at one. The an-ti-ci-pation of where the story turns next is gut wrenching in terms of cleverness and belly laughs.

Of all the books I have read this year this is one of the most original and best put together.  “Cucumber Punk” is not your daddy’s Mr. Potato Head --- it is a Helluva lot more fun.

Okay, one more I’d rather not have a V-8 --- I’d rather have this book.

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