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Review: The Cannibals of Candyland by Carlton Mellick III

The Cannibals of Candyland The Cannibals of Candyland by Carlton Mellick III

from the back of the book
 

There exists a race of cannibals who are made out of candy. They live in an underground world filled with lollipop forests and gumdrop goblins. During the day, while you are away at work, they come above ground and prowl our streets for food. Their prey: your children. They lure young boys and girls to them with their sweet scent and bright colorful candy coating, then rip them apart with razor sharp teeth and claws. When he was a child, Franklin Pierce witnessed the death of his siblings at the hands of a candy woman with pink cotton candy hair. Since that day, the candy people have become his obsession. He has spent his entire life trying to prove that they exist. And after discovering the entrance to the underground world of the candy people, Franklin finds himself venturing into their sugary domain. His mission: capture one of them and bring it back, dead or alive.

My rating: 4 out of 5

Bookshelf: yes

How I got it: bought

 

The descriptions of the candy people are very interesting. I enjoyed reading the different ways the author used candy – both as the chief component of the Candy people’s bodies and as the main feature in their world. The descriptions often got very gory and made me pause for a few minutes (such a wuss!). That didn’t stop me for long because I devoured this in just a few hours. I found it refreshing, since I’ve never read anything this messed up. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve read some strange things, but this was disturbing for the sake of being disturbing. It kinda reminded me of a horror movie. You know no one would ever go back into a house where someone just got their guts ripped out. Yet, they do and we all know we’ll be seeing their blood everywhere in 5 minutes. Plot-wise, the story made sense (kinda) within the context of the book.

This was my first foray into the Bizarro genre. It was disturbing, graphic, gross, entertaining, and I really enjoyed it. Granted, I’m not ready to go on a Bizarro kick, but I’m definitely more open to the idea.  I’m wondering if I liked this so much because it was so “out there” and if the “disturbingness” of the genre will wear off on the next one.  Hmm…