Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bizarro Fiction Month Day 24: Hypno-Hog's Moonshine Monster Jamboree

It's day 24 of Bizarro Fiction month, and it's time to review Hypno-Hog's Moonshine Monster Jamboree.

While I did enjoy this,  I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Andrew Goldfarb's other stuff that I've read. This book does have a lot going for it. Goldfarb's illustrations, are wonderfully bizarre. The plot is silly and funny. The only are I felt a bit let down in was the characters; I felt they read too much like a cavalcade of hillbilly stereotypes.

The book begins with a rain of weird skull frogs. The frogs land on Herconium Slogg's pig farm, where he makes money by frying up pigs ears as a local delicacy. Naturally, Slogg fries up the frogs too, and they prove popular and tasty. More frogs end up landing in the local moonshine still, and apparently make for good moonshine ingredients. Unfortunately, the frogs have the side effect of turning anyone who ingests them into a freaky mutant, and eating too many will apparently turn you into a cannibal.

While this sounds like a recipe for a horror movie, it isn't. All of the mutations tend to be humorously bizarre, and even the cannibalism it comical, almost cartoonish. The whole book is just kind of silly and generally enjoyable. I think the best part was Goldfarb's illustrations.

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