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Parasite Milk Paperback – Import, 1 October 2017
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WEIRD WORLD. WEIRD PEOPLE. WEIRD FOOD.
Irving Rice has just arrived on the planet Kynaria to film an episode of the popular Travel Channel television series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Intergalactic Edition. Having never left his home state, let alone his home planet, Irving is hit with a severe case of culture shock. He's not prepared for Kynaria's mushroom cities, fungus-like citizens, or the giant insect wildlife. And the only human companion he has with him on the voyage is an obnoxious, sex-crazed producer named Mick Meyers, who seems more focused on alien sex tourism than scouting locations for the show.
Irving is taken on a crash course in Kynarian culture, tasting the strange local delicacies to getting drunk off the horrific local brews, until they find themselves ending the night at an alien brothel in the mushroom forests outside of town. Irving is completely resistant to the idea of sleeping with a non-human prostitute until he meets the most beautiful creature he's ever seen in his life--a nymph-like woman with pink and purple skin, blue plant-like hair, and flowers growing from her head like butterfly antennae. But after a night of passionate lovemaking, Irving finds himself infected by dangerous sexually-transmitted parasites that turn his otherworldly business trip into an agonizing fight for survival.
From the godfather of bizarre fiction, Carlton Mellick III, author of Village of the Mermaids and Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland, comes an erotic and disturbing tale of sex on the weird side of the galaxy.
- Publisher : Eraserhead Press (1 October 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 130 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621052494
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621052494
- Item Weight : 127 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.79 x 17.78 cm
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The only fault that affected my appreciation of the narrative was that it is, until its epilogue, told implausibly in first person. This is not a case of a narrator who turns out to be other than who the reader assumed he was, such as one who is revealed to be a ghost recounting the events leading to his death. That sort of plot twist can be thrilling if it’s pulled off well. By comparison, Parasite Milk reads like the diary of an interesting enough adventure, but in its final pages it’s clear that the narrator doesn’t have a diary and couldn’t write in one if he did—the plot not so much twisted as just left hanging.
“So, what am I supposed to be reading, exactly?” is what you’ll ask at story’s end if you’re wired like me.
The appeal of bizarro fiction is in the freshness and unpredictability it gets from giving the finger to convention. If even the basic notion that a story’s narrator ought to be a character who could possibly narrate it seems to you a stuffy, trivial rule, Parasite Milk deserves a pass. If it seems more like common sense, you’ll find this bit of nonsense a bit distracting, but the story has done its job. The baby hasn’t gone out with the bathwater; it just has its foot jammed in the drain.