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Tumor Fruit

by Carlton Mellick III

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I have been a fan of Carlton Mellick III for several years and it seems that his writing gets better with each book. In his latest bizarro tale, which checks in at over 300 pages, we find Peter, a friendly/simple "space pirate", Zana, a prostitute with puppy flowers (aka tumor fruit), and several others trapped on an island after crash landing on the planet Barack. As you might expect, this is no ordinary planet: seas of acid; toxic air; poisonous plants; and dangerous alien life. Unlike some of his shorter works, this book fleshes out the characters quite a bit and getting that back-story made their actions and decisions that much more understandable and potent. Another nice aspect of this book is that you are never quite sure who will live or die, or if they will even make it off the island.

There are some disturbing moments, but if you're up for a page turning bizarro island tale, you should check this one out. You won't be disappointed. ( )
  crmass | Aug 28, 2012 |
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"Eight desperate castaways find themselves stranded on a mysterious deserted island. They are surrounded by poisonous blue plants and an ocean made of acid. Ravenous creatures lurk in the toxic jungle. The ghostly sound of crying babies can be heard on the wind. Once they realize the rescue ships aren't coming, the eight castaways must band together in order to survive in this inhospitable environment. But survival might not be possible. The air they breathe is lethal, there is no shelter from the elements, and the only food they have to consume is the colorful squid-shaped tumors that grow from a mentally disturbed woman's body."--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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