Item description for Teeth and Tongue Landscape (Avant Punk Book Club) by Carlton Mellick III...
In a world made out of meat, a socially-obsessive monophobic man finds himself to be the last human being on the face of the planet. Desperate for social interaction, he explores the landscape of flesh and blood, teeth and tongue, trying to befriend any strange creature or community that he comes across.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 22, 2006
Publisher Eraserhead Press
ISBN 1933929553 ISBN13 9781933929552
Availability 0 units.
More About Carlton Mellick III
Carlton Mellick currently resides in Portland, in the state of Oregon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Teeth and Tongue Landscape (Avant Punk Book Club)?
Great book, but not perfect. May 30, 2008
Although this book is great and highly recommended, it is not perfect. If you are a completist, or just big a Mellick fan, by all means get this. The new cover is worth it alone. The authors note is the same for both versions. I would recommend purchasing "Angel Scene / Teeth and Tongue Landscape (Eraserhead Double #2) (Paperback)" as well. It is avalible here on this site, and comes with wonderful illustrations by Brian Doogan. I feel you are really missing out if you don't get to experience them. It is only 4 more dollars and comes with another great story by Richard Kadrey.
Ruminations on Loneliness and the Nature of Acceptance Dec 8, 2007
Carlton Mellick, bizarro author extraordinaire.
This is my second of Carlton's work in the novella species of writing, the first being the Baby Jesus Butt Plug. This novella contains many many scenes of the main character's loneliness while walking the scorched fleshy surface of a crucified earth. Along the way he meets various strange peoples now populating the landscape in a manner rather akin to the Wizard of Oz without all the pointless questing. Well, I take that back. The quest here would be the main character's search for friendship-belonging, as Carlton might put it.
There are many subtlety sly comments on the nature of how one makes friends and trys to fit in as they make their way through the cardboard world we now reside in. One particularly telling scene involves the main character questioning the rules of a specific region, not so he can defy them, but so he can quickly commit them to memory to make himself conform with what the others expect of their kind.
While the sociological portions of the story were expertly crafted, I did wish the more bizarre elements had been described in greater detail. This is not to say they weren't described at all - you had an idea of what was going on around the main character, but it wasn't quite as consuming an environment as the one that envelops you in the aforementioned Baby Jesus Butt Plug. Considering this was one of the author's earlier works, I'd chalk this one quibble up to that.
Overall, this is a great read. If you like a bit of social commentary with your bizarro and you've ever wondered what it might be like to live inside your own mouth - look no further.
Excellent story Nov 27, 2007
I read this book and Sausagey Santa by Carlton Mellick III at the same time and loved both of them. This book is set in one of the coolest surreal landscapes (think Salvador Dali) made out a flesh with hair and bones and STDs and all the disgusting bodily functions, but in its own way fascinatingly beautiful.
The plot is a very strange and touching love story as the protagonist journey's through this strange and unknown world learning its secrets. If you like surrealism you'll love this book. This author writes some of the most bizarro and enjoyable books out there.
Jodorowsky meets Dr. Seuss... Aug 30, 2007
This was the first "bizarro" (and Mellick) book I've ever read. I first read it a few years back but recently reread it. It actually got better the second time around.
Yes, I compare it to Dr. Seuss in that it reads almost like a children's story especially in the dialogue. Nice ironic wit abounds. In terms of the plot, I'd say it's similar to the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky especially in terms of pacing.
The imagery is vivid and grotesque. A whole world made of flesh? Yes, complete with STDs and flesh-metal hybrids and deadly electric jellyfish demons.
I know that some casual readers will complain. They may say "What's the point?" or whatever. They have lost that ability to enjoy stories as STORIES and not as intellectual fiddle-faddle to discuss in order to impress people. If you just sit back and enjoy the imagery that the author gives you, the trip will be well worth it.
The theme of the book, if I can perhaps theorize, is the destructive tendencies of the human race as well as the pointless diversions that we occupy ourselves with (shopping malls, sports, trendy clothing, etc). But the message (if that's what it is) is very subtle. You don't have to agree with it in order to enjoy the FLESH of the novel.
Mellick's reliance on flesh imagery reminds me of David Cronenberg's (Videodrome, Existenz) multiplied about fifty times. This is what Cronenberg may have filmed if he put himself on a diet of bizarro literature and surrealism instead of venturing into his new subject matter (crime).
Anyway, if you like weird worlds and wet, sometimes disgusting imagery and sex, then pick this one up!
What a bloody mess our lives can turn into Dec 17, 2006
Our protagonist returns to his village once day, in a world made completely of meat, to find the village empty. Terrified of being alone, he strikes out into the meaty landscape, hiding from demons underneath scabs where a beautiful metal woman rescues him. He can't understand her, but he loves her anyway, though her fingers are sharp as razor blades.
Together they travel until they meet a Themroc who gives him a note making him a Themroc and directing them to the city of Themroc, populated by a people who all use the name Themroc. Along the way they pass a dangerous city of strange jellyfish that chew electricity as they fall from the sky and try to capture human souls with their charged tentacles.
Our protagonist becomes unhappy in Themroc, especially after his metal wife is cooked and eaten, and discovers from Themroc that there is one last remaining society of humans living underground. The Night Serpent takes him there, and now he must find his happiness among humans again.
This is one of the most bizarre stories I've ever read, but you can expect nothing less than the edge of insanity when you read Carlton Mellick III. I love this author, though I'm not sure I'd want to stand next to him in an elevator. If you love horror/punk and the psychotically strange, then you will love this book. Enjoy!