Sea of the Patchwork Cats

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Everyone in the world committed suicide at the same time . . .

Thus begins the surreal tale of an old man living alone in an empty world after everyone else on Earth killed themselves for no particular reason at all. In search for other survivors, he drifts in a floating house out to sea until he comes to a mysterious structure in the middle of the ocean. It is a building shaped like two giant nude women conjoined at the back. And issuing from ...

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Overview

Everyone in the world committed suicide at the same time . . .

Thus begins the surreal tale of an old man living alone in an empty world after everyone else on Earth killed themselves for no particular reason at all. In search for other survivors, he drifts in a floating house out to sea until he comes to a mysterious structure in the middle of the ocean. It is a building shaped like two giant nude women conjoined at the back. And issuing from a lighted window, echoing on the ghostly wind, is the sound of hundreds of meowing patchwork cats.

Sea of the Patchwork Cats is a sad dreamlike tale set in the quiet ashes of the human race. A must-read for Mellick enthusiasts who also adore The Twilight Zone.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781936383993
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 760,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Tame for Mellick, but worth the read!

    Ordinarily, I'm loathe to recommend Carlton Mellick III's books to my more conservative neighbors as a means of introducing them to the bizarro genre due to the somewhat, shall we say, controversial elements in his work that might offend the cult of the closed mind. Sea of the Patchwork Cats surprised me quite a bit by veering away from that path.
    Cats involves an older man named Conrad who manages to be the only person on Earth to not suddenly kill himself not by divine fate, but because he's too drunk to successfully stab himself. Holed up in a random house, drinking himself further into oblivion, he wakes up one morning to find the house floating on a vast sea. Add in frozen genetically modified runaways, a house in the shape of conjoined twins that keeps adding to itself to see to its occupant's needs, a limitless supply of cats, and you have the seeds of this highly entertaining short novel.
    Well worth reading and passing along to all your friends, I don't know that this would be the best introduction to Mellick's work (not representative enough), but it does serve as a nice doorway into the bizarro genre in general for newcomers wanting to know what the genre is all about.

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