It's now day 28 of Bizarro Fiction month, and I've decided it's finally time to review a book by my favorite bizarro author: Carlton Mellick III' Naturally, this means I was looking forward to Sea of the Patchwork Cats. His books tend to be strange and funny, and I like strange and funny.
"Everyone in the world committed suicide at the same time." That's the opening line of this book, and as far as opening lines go, I'd have to say it's a good one. It sets the whole strange, dream-like, and faintly depressing tone for the novella.
The protagonist of the story is the only person in the world who didn't commit suicide--because he was too drunk to pull it off. The man tries to find a place for himself in the newly empty world, but one night the house he's staying in floats out to sea, and he eventually arrives at a strange building shaped like two giant, nude, conjoined women. Then he meets some very strange women (the snake woman on the cover image below is one of them). There are also a lot of cats and a monster.
This book was pretty cool. I'm really not much into cats, but that's OK because these cats are kind of creepy anyway. It's a very enjoyable enjoyable read.