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War Slut (Avant Punk Book Club) [Paperback]

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"In a future where everyone in the world has been drafted into the military, there is only one enemy left to fight... ourselves."

Five exhausted soldiers are sitting in the middle of a frozen Arctic wasteland, waiting for something to happen. They don't know why they are there or what they are supposed to be doing. Their superior officers have stopped giving them orders, their food supply is running low, and they are unsure whether or not their enemy actually exists at all. Once they lose their war slut (a transmorphing sex cyborg), the soldiers leave the safety of their camp in order to get it back. Only what they find out in the dark icy landscape is something far beyond what they ever could have imagined.

Part "1984," part "Waiting for Godot," and part action horror video game adaptation of John Carpenter's "The Thing." WAR SLUT is a fast-paced dystopian tale of the dark and the absurd.



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Pages   105
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 18, 2006
Publisher   Eraserhead Press
ISBN  1933929537  
ISBN13  9781933929538  


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The Futility of War, Freedom, and Love  Sep 11, 2008
I recently read two CM3 books back to back, Sea of Patchwork Cats and War Slut. Both had similar themes, the dominant being futility. In Patchwork, there was a futility in existence after everyone else on the planet committed suicide, while in War Slut the futility was in war and the reality of freedom. Both exhibited the futility of love. Overall, I found War Slut to be the better of the two.

It tells the story of a regiment of soldiers being repositioned from Northern Africa to the Arctic to fight one of the last remaining battalions of draft dodgers, those who would dare go against the government policy that everyone - man, woman, and child - join the military. There is often a knee-jerk reaction to anything involving military within our present political and military climate and CM3 is quick to point that War Slut is a work of absurdism not reality. But underlying the absurd is a sly comment on the upper echelon at work in our country today.

In typical Mellick fashion, the ending wraps everything up in a pretty Seinfeld-ian bow. Is freedom worth everything you have to give up to attain it? CM3 will make you wonder.
 
Mechanization of a Still-Life Soul  Jun 23, 2008
Stretching the fabric of sanity, Carlton Mellick III's "War Slut" crafts a haunting vision into the future of military duty, political interest, and religious fanaticism. Another work of Bizarro fiction from Mr. Mellick, inspiring revelations about the dangerous implications of collectivist thought and belief structures.

A band of forgotten soldiers blindly follow orders, continuing an arctic mission that was set in place months after the supposed "war" had ended - a war pitting everyone against draft-dodgers, anarchists and other rebels. The title of the book refers to a soldier engineered by the government, serving as "sexual relief" for the rest of the platoon. The group is set to extinguish the last remaining anarchists, but encounter something quite strange, yet familiar - still life.

Irony is a dominant trait in our society, and Mellick's "War Slut" reflects this amusing reality by saturating the reader with consistent inconsistencies. Fighting a war against anti-war sentiment proves that there is, in Mellick's world, no one or nothing left to fight. Because of his passing today, I feel compelled to quote the brilliant George Carlin, a man who appreciated the humour in irony: "Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." (Carlin).

The general theme of the book is the keystone in irony's archway. The soldiers lack any sort of individuality. They are simply a link in a chain; orders given to them before they were born. Their doll-like enemies have what they don't have: Free Will. Thomas Carlyle's writing speaks about war in the same vein as Mellick's: "Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity; men now even die, and kill one another, in an artificial manner." (Carlyle, The French Revolution, vol 1, book VII, chapter 4) The mechanization of war has turned citizens into robots, carrying out orders without thought or question. Thus, war is de-humanizing.

Simultaneously, I found this book funny, frustrating and frightening. When paranoia and apathy compete for dominance in our world, the future becomes a Carlton Mellick vision. I was confused by why Mellick decided to name this book after one of the lesser, seemingly-more mechanized characters. After exploring the theme, I realized that the war slut was the most convincing and humanized character. She demonstrated the ability to love, despite the fact that she was artificially created to solely engage in military debauchery; it's kind of sweet when you think about it.
 
I smell a fart of greatness  Apr 21, 2008
He stinks in a good way and I want more. Bald man with lammy chops shall rise to the bottom of the middle and produce a booger to save humanity.
 
Fast paced action thriller  Nov 23, 2007
War Slut is a faced paced bizarro action thriller told from the point of view of a soldier trapped in the middle of an endless ridiculous war. The story is bare-bones minimalism which matches the bleak arctic setting beautifully. The characters are strange and funny, I have a new fictional crush on the War Slut character who I think is as cool a science fiction character as Pie-oh-Pah from Clive Barker's Imagica. I love Mellick's short novellas, I think this author has really mastered the format of a story that is short enough to digest in one sitting and yet has enough story to keep me thinking about it long after, it's like watching a movie. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read.
 
Arctic Sci-Fi Bizarro....  Aug 19, 2007
Oh, where oh where do I begin?

First, yes, this is a 105 page novella. Another review called it a "pamphlet" but he is very wrong. Regardless, quality should be above quantity anyway.

Okay. Next, the actual story takes place sometime in the future and is a fast paced story of military paranoia. It's on a small scale (think John Carpenter's THE THING) and as the story goes on, things get very very creepy.

I'd say that this is more sci-fi with a slight bizarro edge to it. I can totally see this being made into a movie. The ominous overtones make the reader very nervous about what's going to happen next. Still, despite this feeling of danger, verything just flows perfectly and the imagery (again, one of Mellick's strengths) makes it a worthwhile read.

In my opinion, it also seems to be a commentary on the dehumanization of one's enemies.. or at least that's what I got out of it. It comments on war, society, religion, as well as sex. Very thought-provoking but also very enjoyable.

For the ladies, there is also a bit of a love story, too.

So, for those wanting to dip into bizarro but don't want anything TOO weird just yet.. then WAR SLUT is a great choice.
 

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