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In all fairness, I did expect clownsin line of Pennywise from It than the clowns that were in this book I thought I was reading a horror book, but it was too much humor for it to be called horror in my opinion I did like the Clown world and the characters It was just not what I had expected and also, even though it had its charming moments, I just couldn t really find myself enjoying the whole book Some parts were better than the other But I must admit that even though I felt that it In all fairness, I did expect clownsin line of Pennywise from It than the clowns that were in this book I thought I was reading a horror book, but it was too much humor for it to be called horror in my opinion I did like the Clown world and the characters It was just not what I had expected and also, even though it had its charming moments, I just couldn t really find myself enjoying the whole book Some parts were better than the other But I must admit that even though I felt that it wasn t my kind of book wasn t it in any way bad It was well written and I love the idea of a mafia type of family of clowns I really liked Little Bigtop and its clown population But I was just not totally taken with all the stories in the book.The book has six parts, every part is independent, but they still are connected to the whole story You can say that every part have a different character that s the focus of the story I liked the first part best because it was a great introduction Little Bigtop and the Bozo crime family Earl Berryman, a veterinarian, is on his way to help a lion for Don Bozo The problem is that he is terrified of clowns Great story, I love the ending The rest was also ok, but the one that I felt really wasn t that interesting to read was Funny Business with Buggy Buttons You would think that everything going bad for Buttons all the time would be funny, but it just get s annoying The last part, the Wedding Day was also a bit weak, but at least the bridezilla made the story a bit fun I was mostly quite tired of Uncle Jojo and his problems towards the end of the story.I think Vinnie Blue Nose was the one I liked the best out of all the clowns Captain Spotty was also alright and of course I must mention Bingo Ballbreaker, he may not be the smartest of all the clowns, but he sure is the hardest to kill.Would I readYes I would, now that I know that ishumor than horror I just need to be in the right mood forAnd, I do hope if it will beClownfellas books that Vinne Blue Nose will be in it I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a blog tour at TLC Book Tours.Review also posted on A Bookaholic Swede and It s a Mad Mad World I am not a fan of clowns, but what makes this book so great is that I was made to root for horrible characters Jimmy Bozo ClownFellas Tales of the Bozo Family is a collection of loosely connected six stories of a mobster family of clowns These are stories of rivalry the French are trying to take over , colourful and original weapons exploding pies, bullets that make people depressed or the ones that make people die of laughter and so on , murders, revenge, jealousy, betrayal, black humour I am not a fan of clowns, but what makes this book so great is that I was made to root for horrible characters Jimmy Bozo ClownFellas Tales of the Bozo Family is a collection of loosely connected six stories of a mobster family of clowns These are stories of rivalry the French are trying to take over , colourful and original weapons exploding pies, bullets that make people depressed or the ones that make people die of laughter and so on , murders, revenge, jealousy, betrayal, black humour and, weirdly enough, even love the one that works for clowns anyway Info dumping is avoided through retrospective The alternate past present scenes chapters clear up many issues All the stories have one linchpin, my favourite character in the book Vinnie Blue Nose I didn t really like Funny Business I hated Buggy Buttons Clowns are either born or made by using Happy Juice The unfortunate ones become monsters and end up in The Sideshow, the part of the city where even the toughest clowns fear to enter That is only explored in one of the stories I loved it.Anyway, with the exception of Buggy s story I loved this crazy, over the top clownish take on Mafia Provided by Random House Publishing Group Hydra via NetGalley. Carlton Mellick III may be the most imaginative author writing today and this book doesn t disappoint It belongs to a new genre called bizarro fiction, which is exactly like it sounds Like horror fiction where the primary component is fear, bizarro focuses on weirdness like most of the titles from the cult movie section of an old school video store And there s no better genre for an imaginative author to be working in these days There are no restrictions besides obeying the logic that s as Carlton Mellick III may be the most imaginative author writing today and this book doesn t disappoint It belongs to a new genre called bizarro fiction, which is exactly like it sounds Like horror fiction where the primary component is fear, bizarro focuses on weirdness like most of the titles from the cult movie section of an old school video store And there s no better genre for an imaginative author to be working in these days There are no restrictions besides obeying the logic that s associated with a particular setting, following a plot structure, and trying to make the story as entertaining as possible And Mellick s books areentertaining than those of most other authors.Bizarro is often mistaken for a subgenre of horror Although the books are often horror, this isn t always the case They can utilize ANY genre and they re usually absurd, surreal, and comedic often dark And most of them contain heavy elements of fantasy, but not all of them For instance, besides being bizarro fiction, Clownfellas is a comedic crime fiction book with strong elements of fantasy.Normally Mellick is a small press author and EXTREMELY prolific, usually releasing 4 books a year This is his first book from one of the big top 5 publishers Although it s an E book only release, it deserves a print edition.The majority of his books are short novellas, while this release consists of 6 novellas with overlapping characters and plots You can probably figure out what it s about from the title clown mobsters And like all the best stories with criminal protagonists, Mellick makes them extremely likeable and often uses flashbacks to recount their pasts.The concept that this book is based on is fantastic Remember prohibition in 1920s America Well, comedy has been declared illegal in this world instead of alcohol Just as prohibition created much organized crime, the banning of comedy caused men to drink Happy Juice in order to transform themselves into clowns and provide comedy for the masses Although they engage in other nefarious ways to make money, this seems to be their 1 source of income.I highly recommend this book, particularly if you want to read something unlike anything you ve ever read before unless you re already familiar with Mellick 4.5 Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Mellick puts a new spin on mob life by creating a world where clowns are the kings of the criminal underworld The six stories all link to the Bozo family, kingpins of Little Bigtop where they rule the illegal comedy clubs, clown brothels and laughing gas trade With the French clown mob now muscling in on the action it s up to the clown capos to ensure that business is kept lucrative and any probl 4.5 Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Mellick puts a new spin on mob life by creating a world where clowns are the kings of the criminal underworld The six stories all link to the Bozo family, kingpins of Little Bigtop where they rule the illegal comedy clubs, clown brothels and laughing gas trade With the French clown mob now muscling in on the action it s up to the clown capos to ensure that business is kept lucrative and any problems swiftly dealt with There s some great world building in this book, the author seems to have had all kinds of fun modifying aspects of mob life into a believable and engaging world One where laughing bullets cause you to laugh yourself to death, hats and balloons are used as weapons and if you re not born a clown you can become one by drinking Happy Juice.Characters were a little bit hit and miss with Vinnie Blue Nose being by far my favourite clown and I wished he had featuredheavily in the stories During the first story it was hard to keep track of all the different clowns but as the stories continued they stood out a lotwith Mellick giving some of them character growth.Only one story wasn t as engaging, the story of Buggy Buttons was not up to the standard of the other stories, Buggy was not a likeable character and I ended up feeling impatient to get done with the story and back to the other clowns.Mellick s has created another amazing read, it s a world that I hope we seeof in the future so I sincerely hope this is not the last we hear of Vinnie Blue Nose and co.Highly recommended I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for an ARC of this book I loved this book It is one crazy ride with a mafia clown family There are several stories about the different clowns in the Bozo Family or the clowns that work for them My favorite clowns are Vinnie Blue Nose, Hats Rizzo, Pinky Smiles, and Captain Spotty Don Bozo is the boss of the family and he has one messed up, crazy clown son named Jimmy He is in all sorts of trouble in this book But it s great I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for an ARC of this book I loved this book It is one crazy ride with a mafia clown family There are several stories about the different clowns in the Bozo Family or the clowns that work for them My favorite clowns are Vinnie Blue Nose, Hats Rizzo, Pinky Smiles, and Captain Spotty Don Bozo is the boss of the family and he has one messed up, crazy clown son named Jimmy He is in all sorts of trouble in this book But it s great regardless They all live in Little BigTop It s not just a carnival, they have houses, stores, run businesses, it s a whole other world that involves clowns It s not just a clown book, it has real people in it as well The rival clown group is called, Le Mystere, they are a French clown gang It s all so crazy but awesome at the same time Humans have the opportunity to try to become clowns by taking Happy Juice, but sometimes it don t work and it makes you a mutant instead of a clown So you are carted off to another part of town where they live because they are very dangerous I forget what their part of town is called though Either way they are creepy There is a whole list of cool characters in this book and things that only clowns can do I don t want to give away any spoilers Let s just say if you want to read something very different and totally cool, here is your book I had some great laughs even though there are plenty of mafia related activity as well Clown lovers with especially want to read this book www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com 4.5 stars I think it broke into my top 5 Mellick stories Not a huge fan of e readers, but this one is only for the e reader At least for the time being Mellick hooked it up though for 99 cents for a limited time from normal 5.99 price so it was a no brainer purchase He s been one of my favorite authors for years and one of the most original in the game. .READ DOWNLOAD ♎ ClownFellas: Tales of the Bozo Family ☢ Carlton Mellick III goes past silly, through weird, detours around dumb, blasts through bizarre, and gets to a place where the normal physics of narrative no longer apply You will never be the same Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother andHomelandIn a topsy turvy world where clowns are killers and crooks, Little Bigtop is a three ring circus of crime, and no syndicate is dangerous than the Bozo family From the wildly original mind of Carlton Mellick III comes the short story collection ClownFellas an epic mob saga where life is cheap and the gags will slay youFor years, the hard boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Myst re, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city If that weren t enough, they ve got to deal with the cops, the Feds, the snitches, the carnies, the mysterious hit man Mr Pogo, and the mutant clowns over in the Sideshow district With the odds stacked against them, the Bozos must fight to survive or die laughingPraise for ClownFellas Mario Puzo meets Barnum Bailey You just can t look away as the ridiculousness escalates Publishers Weekly The most original novelist working today The most outrageous The most unpredictable These aren t easy superlatives to make however, Carlton Mellick may well be all of those things, behind a canon of books that all irreverently depart from the form and concepts of traditional novels, and adventure the reader into a howling, dark fantasyland of the most bizarre, over the top, and mind warping inventiveness In my opinion, ClownFellas is his best work to date Edward Lee, author of City Infernal and Header I rarely enjoy clowns which is ironic since I ve been one for over four decades but ClownFellas is great on so many levels, irony being one of them What can I say besides I love itGreat read, and funny as hell I have been accused of being unfunny before, and after the trial I had to enter the Witless Protection Program This is funny Barry Lubin, aka Grandma, longtime Big Apple Circus clown If Martin Scorsese and Ronald McDonald had a baby, this would be it Each story is clever, multi layered, and filled with witty dialogue A must read This Is Horror Mellick s writing is wonderfully descriptive and wildly imaginative I was utterly delighted, amused, and engrossed ClownFellas is a gem The Qwillery A rollercoaster ride through a strange world that borders on our own reality a story that is just as difficult to define as it is to put down Examiner Mellick has created another amazing read Highly recommended Kitty Horror Carlton Mellick III introduced most readers to bizarro decades ago, and he s one of the few who s still carrying the torch It seems like a lot of writers pass through bizarro on their way somewhere else I think, for a while, bizarro was in the spot where horror movies where in the 70 s and 80 s.If you were a young director back then, and you wanted to make a movie, a horror movie was the way to go The locations were usually cheap cabin in the woods, rundown farmhouse , the actors were usuall Carlton Mellick III introduced most readers to bizarro decades ago, and he s one of the few who s still carrying the torch It seems like a lot of writers pass through bizarro on their way somewhere else I think, for a while, bizarro was in the spot where horror movies where in the 70 s and 80 s.If you were a young director back then, and you wanted to make a movie, a horror movie was the way to go The locations were usually cheap cabin in the woods, rundown farmhouse , the actors were usually first timers and sometimes last timers , and because movies as dumb as Friday the 13th could make a shitload of money, studios didn t have to get too involved, which was perfect for a director trying to show off their vision.Maybe some of you don t like that I called Friday the 13th stupid But it s pretty stupid If you haven t seen the original, I guess spoilers are coming I wouldn t normally worry about it, but I have to side with anyone who says that they started reading a review of a bizarro book filled with stories of a clown mafia, and they were surprised to find a spoiler for an old slasher When I put it in words, it doesn t even make sense But here we are If you re familiar, you probably know that the killer in the original Friday the 13th isn t Jason, it s Jason s mom She s pissed off because camp counselors were fornicating and smoking wacky grass and doing whatever camp counselors do in these old movies Based on the Friday the 13th movies I ve seen most of the first 4, plus Jason Goes to Hell like 17 times camp counselor seemed like a good job if you wanted to spend a couple months drunk in the woods And who doesn t want to do that What s dumb about the Jason s mom thing is that we aren t even aware of her as a character until the end of the movie So it s not like a viewer could watch and figure out who the killer was, and it s not like a tension builder, just wondering how one of the characters we ve seen is getting away with all this.Imagine a game of Clue, but at the end the murderer is Admiral Buttsecks, a character you didn t even know was in the game until the end Wouldn t you feel cheated Also, Colonel Mustard would probably be relieved that his ridiculous last name was overlooked because he was preceded in the military by someone with an evenridiculous last name And is Colonel Mustard a real military colonel, or is he a Kentucky Colonel Googling googling Okay, there s a whole history He s usually a military colonel But this search has put me on to some highlights from various versions of the game 1996 UK Similar to his 1949 counterpart, he is given an updated andpsychotic look He wears a yellow tuxedo and is an expert in weapons and conspiracy.Apsychotic look Well, that s really something.1972 US Portrayed in photograph as an elderly buffoon, wearing a tweed suit and sporting white fuzzy mutton chops and moustache He wears a monocle for the first time and has an exaggerated uptight expression.Hey, hey, hey No buffoon wears a monocle A gasbag, perhaps, a dilettante, MAYBE, but a buffoon 2002 US Acubist rendition of 1996 US Mustard, Michael Mustard is a retired military man trying to pen his autobiography to supplement a dwindling income.Ah, the 90 s and 2000 s, a time when someone could actually make a living by writing a book so we all had to pretend it was really difficult so we could keep everyone from getting in on the action.Discover the Secrets Col Mustard had been completed reinvented as Jack Mustard, an ex football player come sports pundit.Well, that s just dumb.Back to Friday the 13th, having the killer be a character we haven t seen is a total cop out.Back to Clownfellas Because this is, after all, a book review, not a movie review or board game review.Oh, but first, a board game review Clue sucks if your dad plays it with you, refuses to go easy on you because you re a kid, and you have no fucking idea how those logic puzzles work and how the clues in the game could lead you to the killer.Oh, and a movie review while we re at it I only saw Clue when I was young All I remember is boobs This is a boob heavy movie with no actual nudity Possibly one of the most salacious movies with no nudity in it that I ve ever seen.The Maid, obviously.But then there s Miss Scarlet.Somewhere there s a WAREHOUSE of footage where this character s top just fell off, I guarantee it Where is this warehouse Heaven, as far as an adolescent Pete is concerned Am I saying that an adolescent Pete would basically consider it heaven to watch 2 second clips of a lady topless Forget laying around on clouds or reuniting with grandparents Look, it s most of a boob Clownfellas.My first Carlton Mellick III was The Menstruating Mall Menstruating is a hard word to spell Like diarrhea Why are all these words so hard to spell It s like every word that has to do with fluid ejection from the body, someone decided to make it hard to spell.In the years that followed, I read lots of others like The Baby Jesus Butt Plug, Satan Burger, The Faggiest Vampire, Punk Land, Cuddly Holocaust lots of others.And then I read Quicksand House and Tumor Fruit in pretty short order, and I saw some growth Haha, get it Tumor Growth Carlton Mellick III, somewhere along the line, had become a good writer He was always interesting, always had great ideas, but he was a little like Philip K Dick I always liked Dick, but there were certainly moments in his books where you had to ignore some of the writing and stick with the story.CMIII started writing better His characters made you feel things In Tumor Fruit, there was some tenderness In Sausagey Santa, things were weird, and they were also truly hilarious.Clownfellas might be his best.The book is a series of stories tied together, all stories about the Binzo crime family Without giving it all up in the review, there s a mob of clown dudes, a city called Little Bigtop, and things are pretty bonkers from there BUT, the book doesn t skate on being weird for the sake of being weird It s fun, the stories are like episodes of the Sopranos, the fun ones, and the book would probably work without the clown thing Which might make it sound like the clown business is unnecessary, but I see it as the clown part being a great spice that makes everything a little better.Mellick is writing books that aren t just bizarre, they re good, and the bizarre is an additive rather than the main focus He deserves a lot of credit for that.And he deserves credit for sticking with bizarro Clownfellas makes me think he could make a move to other genres if he wanted to It kinda makes me suspicious, based on his crazy ability to crank em out, that maybe he IS writing in another genre under another name.But he s still in the bizarro game, and he s making the world richer for it.I loved my first bizarro, and it s an exciting future where other readers will pick up their first bizarro and it ll be this good A very funny send up of mafia tropes, with several serious turns that spin into bizarro land everything you d expect from the wonderfully strange and fantastic CMIII. Random HousePublishing Date July 2015ISBN 9780804179355 Genre FantasyRating 4.8 5Publisher Description For years, the hard boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Myst re, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city.Review The cover should have Vinnie Blue No Random HousePublishing Date July 2015ISBN 9780804179355 Genre FantasyRating 4.8 5Publisher Description For years, the hard boiled capos of the Bozo family have run all of the funny business in Little Bigtop, from the clown brothels to the illegal comedy trade But hard times have befallen the Bozos now that Le Myst re, the French clown Mafia, has started moving in and trying to take over the city.Review The cover should have Vinnie Blue Nose on it This is a collection of stories showcasing the Bozo crime family, a collection of clowns genetically altered with Happy Juice with various offshoots and genetic varieties Listen very carefully or read You need to beg borrow or steal a copy of this novel It is fugging fantastic I don t know where to start The stories are inventive, the overall plot and concept is brilliant, the character development is superb, the movement is constant and entertaining and develops the characters wonderfully The clown weapons are at once hilarious and deadly I fell over laughing when all the clowns shouted in terror that He knows how to mime and subsequently makes a machine gun out of thin air I really liked Bingo Ballbreaker, Pogo and Captain Spotty Even the French Clown syndicate Le Mystere and the sideshow story lines were great developments This should be a movie GET IT