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Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed
You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Mayon burps, spews ash, lava - Phivolcs. Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted again, recording its biggest-ever eruption with ash and smoke being spewed 10km into the air. The plume was the highest from the volcano's Showa vent since it became active again in June , when the agency began taking records for the vent, and is equal to the plume that spewed from the Minamidake vent in October Sakurajima in southwest Japan erupts with 5,m plume.
A New Zealand volcano, which had lain dormant for more than a century, has spewed rocks and ash over the centre of the country's North Island. Volcano bursts to life in New Zealand. Rescuers found Monday the body of a man who went missing after hot water spewed from underground through a hole at a geothermal power plant in northeastern Japan the previous day. Man found dead after hot water spewed at geothermal power plant.
Man found dead after hot water spewed at geothermal power plant Kyodo news summary Volcano erupts in ring of fire. The volcano spewed smoke and ash 1, metres into the air, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from the Karo district in North Sumatra on Sunday. However, I can practically guarantee that the above claims are genuine. View all 10 comments. Jul 25, Janie C. Without a doubt, this is the most incredible road trip ever. This author knows what he's doing.
I am very impressed with Lance Carbuncle's ability to pull this story over the edge without ever crashing. There are many amusing Without a doubt, this is the most incredible road trip ever. There are other references to be caught as well if one is paying attention, um-hmmm. No stone is left unturned. Happy dreams. View all 6 comments. Dec 04, Melki rated it it was amazing Shelves: bizarro , bigfoot-stole-my-skunk-ape , humorous-fiction , love-the-title , dog-is-my-copilot , road-trip. It should have been simple enough - drive a moving van to Florida WITHOUT wreaking any havoc on the way, BUT when part of your cargo is a taxidermied old dude dressed for every conceivable holiday, you're bound to hit a snag or two This was a hilarious, deceptively simple fable about a man struggling to reunite with his best pal.
In addition to a heartwarming story, we're also treated to nifty little footnote factoids about turkey vultures, jackalopes and foreskins. The book also contains my fa It should have been simple enough - drive a moving van to Florida WITHOUT wreaking any havoc on the way, BUT when part of your cargo is a taxidermied old dude dressed for every conceivable holiday, you're bound to hit a snag or two The book also contains my favorite rant EVER, delivered by an Elvis-hating bluesman named Fat Elvis: "Dang boy, you the one gave me that vocabulary book for my edification.
Now you want to make fun of my articulation, enunciation and eloquence. I take umbrage at your affront. Keep it up and I will defenestrate you. Just watch out for the Skunk Ape! Or is it Janet Reno? My Pabst Blue Ribbon goggles are making everything a wee bit fuzzy View all 5 comments. Shelves: own. Let the hilarity begin The problem with most comic novels is that they tend to be, well, not funny. The main character goes from one ridiculous situation to the next and manages to make it somehow believable.
The narrative voice is what made this book so enjoyable for me. He describes these people and the reader immediately identifies. She has red hair, a black eye, and yellow teeth. In his small mind he is all-knowing and all-wise. Like life has beaten him down. Without the facial hair it looks as if somebody has pushed his chin back into his neck.
Many books that make attempts at humor, while not really failing as a book, do not make me laugh. This had me laughing throughout. Cheers to you, Carbuncle! View 1 comment.
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Sep 09, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: most-interesting-title , signed-by-author , fricken-awesome , bizarro , arc-reviewers-copy. This is a hilarious debute novel about a something year old guy, messed up from years of drug use, who lives at home with his mom, his catarac-inflicted, nose repelling, lumpy bodied basset hound, and his stuffed Daddy, and the amazingly action-packed road trip he embarks upon. Hitchhiking Christian Terrorists. Crazy Pedros. An exploding sombrero.
Ziplocked frozen poo. A Clubfoot musician who never stops playing his guitar. And his faithful dog Idjit, relaying important inform This is a hilarious debute novel about a something year old guy, messed up from years of drug use, who lives at home with his mom, his catarac-inflicted, nose repelling, lumpy bodied basset hound, and his stuffed Daddy, and the amazingly action-packed road trip he embarks upon.
And his faithful dog Idjit, relaying important information to him through his dreams. Not to mention a reference to Shaun of the Dead This book is a must read! Carbuncles creative use of footnotes -alone- should be enough for you to want to take a peek. I was lucky enough to have gotten my hands on a copy of this novel via a contest through Goodreads. Carbuncle has an incredible sense of humor, a unique take on the little things life has to offer. This man could write about the ingredients on the back of a tube of toothpaste, and I would be biting my nails in anticipation!
Absolutely one of the best novels I have read this year. Way to go Carbuncle Let me know when the next one is coming out. I'll be the first in line to buy it!
Get in, sit back, buckle up, and get ready for the ride of your life. That was Lance Carbuncle's newest audibook is a Gonzoesque, Jodorowskian surreal road novel that stretches all the way to Florida, otherwise known as the butt-end of America. More important, part of this story is about the meaning that pets take in lonely people's lives. The narrator of this book with a title too long to be repeated is a middle-aged metalhead living on disabilities because of an MDMA trip turned bad and seeks human contact beyond his mother's with an intensity so despa That was The narrator of this book with a title too long to be repeated is a middle-aged metalhead living on disabilities because of an MDMA trip turned bad and seeks human contact beyond his mother's with an intensity so despaired, it is comical indeed.
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Maybe I liked this book because I'm a lonely guy with a dog, but it read like a Surreal, Picaresque adventure novel that only a twisted mind like Lance Carbuncle could've come up with. I wouldn't call it Bizarro. I wouldn't call it exactly surreal. I would call it Carbunclest? View all 3 comments. Jan 13, Georg rated it really liked it Shelves: english , humour. Usually I don't like books containing i dreams, ii pets and iii talking animals.
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So why four stars and not the minus three stars it deserves according to these rules? Because i the pet only appears in dreams, ii the pet sometimes speaks in a scottish accent and iii for the first time I got a plausible explanation for the term "defenestration". Jun 07, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing Shelves: indie-authors-goodreads. It's the timeless story of a man and his relationship with his mutt; however, along the way, the protagonist must deal with the likes of Florida Spunk Ape an ape with a massive erection , Christian terrorists, a hurricane, the not so righteous hand of the law, and his own withering spirit.
The book mixes the outrageous and the irreverent with humorous low brow stuff so masterful and nuanced it ends up doing handstand and becoming highbrow; no joke, the book manages to weave the vile, disturbed, It's the timeless story of a man and his relationship with his mutt; however, along the way, the protagonist must deal with the likes of Florida Spunk Ape an ape with a massive erection , Christian terrorists, a hurricane, the not so righteous hand of the law, and his own withering spirit.
The book mixes the outrageous and the irreverent with humorous low brow stuff so masterful and nuanced it ends up doing handstand and becoming highbrow; no joke, the book manages to weave the vile, disturbed, and perverted into a folk literary masterpiece. Though other commentators have pointed out the books comedic appeal and it is funny I often found myself getting caught up in the folk appeal. Is folk even the right word?
I found that as I was reading the book I was being entertained and given an education in a bizarre kind of subculture. The footnotes do their best to make sure you don't get too lost. If you're the squeamish sort, you might not want to pick up the book; or you might want to pick up the book to find out how the other half live, and how something like a collection of celebrity turds in a refrigerator can be a thing of beauty. As a bonus, a running gag throughout the book is that whenever the protagonist wakes up in a strange place his ass is sore. In short, the author spares no expense in trying to get a laugh out of you.
If you revel in the ups, downs, tragedies and triumphs that plague all of us stuck in life's aftermath then you'll find something remarkably close to a feeling of solidarity in this book. Jan 12, Bradley rated it it was amazing. This is probably my second favorite of Carbuncles books.
If you are looking for a read that keeps you turning pages and enjoy a relatively warped sense of humor than this book is definitely for you. If you happen to also be a resident of Florida you will thoroughly enjoy the urban myths and local spots seamlessly put into the storyline of a man trying to get back to his ugly, old and transcendent basset hound.
View 2 comments. Feb 25, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , love-the-cover , bizarro , acquired , read , reviews. Lance Carbuncle's lunatic genius is on brilliant display in this book, which has one of my favourite covers ever. My kids also really enjoyed my pantomime explanation of what "spewed" meant -- thanks, Lance. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed is the story of the owner's quest to find his beloved dog.
And what a quest it is -- along the way he encou Lance Carbuncle's lunatic genius is on brilliant display in this book, which has one of my favourite covers ever. And what a quest it is -- along the way he encounters the craziest assortment of characters you would ever hope to meet between the covers of a book, including a legendary blues guitarist, a succubus, backwoods taxidermists, and possibly a skunk ape.
One of my favourite parts is when the Pedros wreak havoc on a kitschy tourist attraction, setting off a manhunt for the "terrorists" responsible. It was funny to see the narrator's quirky bad luck, and the snowballing effect as the authorities level ever more serious and ridiculous charges against them. This definitely felt like a statement on the current climate of fear we live in. Plus, I just love the Pedros! That way-over-the-top brutally honest mocking humour towards friends is really "guy" territory. The remarkable part of this book is that there is a real sweetness to it.
Even though any or all of the characters -- including the narrator -- could be grotesque in another setting, here they aren't. They're joyful and kind, all of them willing to help reunite a man with his doggy soul mate. I couldn't help thinking, while I was reading this, that I was probably missing a lot of interesting references -- if only I had read The Odyssey, I thought, I would probably be loving this book even more!
No matter -- it's a terrific read, even if you haven't read the classics. I would definitely recommend this for anyone willing to take a chance on something a bit different, especially if your humour runs toward the absurd.