In an alternate version of the future where Hitler had conquered the entire world during WW2 and developed society into his vision of utopia, an SS officer is on a mission to find and exterminate the last imperfect human on Earth. Following his trail leads the young Nazi to a small town hidden in the middle of the desert; a place that has been cut off from society for so long that it has developed its own strange and disturbing culture. Thus begins Mellick's dreamlike adventure that takes a young descendent of Adolf Hitler's design and sends him down the rabbit hole into a world of imperfection and disorder, where even the laws of reality itself don't seem to apply. A tribute to both Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll, "Adolf in Wonderland" is a perfect read for fans of the bizarro genre.
Hitler in a Strange Land.....
By J. Krall "Horror/Bizarro/Noir Author" - February 20, 2008
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Carlton Mellick III and so I started reading already expecting to like it.
That being said, this review will be a fair one.
If you do not know anything about the literary genre known as Bizarro, then you should probably look into that first to see if this is your cup of tea. Otherwise, you may be totally taken for a loop and then feel the need to come on here to give it a bad review based on its "weirdness". (I've seen that happen with other bizarro books on here.)
Yes, ADOLF IN WONDERLAND is weird. It's supposed to be. But it is not weird for the sake of being weird. There is a method to the strangeness that is inside. This time it is a cross between Kafka and Alice in Wonderland in an alternate version of our world. It has the quality of a children's book meaning that the moving of the plot as well as the dialogue has that simplistic quality that you will often find in children's literature. Because of... read more
Bizarro goes down the Rabbit Hole
By David W Barbee - December 11, 2008
I've read many of Carlton Mellick's books and I have to say that each one shows us unique and strange worlds, and yet all of them are distinctly his. Adolf in Wonderland is no exception. Here Mellick is riffing on Lewis Carroll's classic, but he throws in the themes of Nazism and perfection as a stark contrast to a weird world where normal just doesn't exist.
Reading Adolf in Wonderland feels like tumbling down the rabbit hole itself, twisting in an ever downward spiral. The story warps and turns, and of the few things that are explained, they don't make logical sense (it all makes perfect nonsense, though). Just as one surreal, scary, and disgusting situation screams past, Adolf is thrown into another that is even more strange, more sick, and more twisted.
All the while Adolf balks at the bizarre and, right up to the very end, believes that he can still accomplish his mission despite the enormous setbacks. The point, as the afterword says, is that the more... read more
Is it Adolf? Is it Wonderland?
By Schtinky "Schtinky" - March 16, 2008
When you're a fan of the bizarro genre, this is your cup of tea. Reading 'Adolf In Wonderland' was like taking an acid trip. Mellick's bizarre worlds and bizarre characters take over your mind and the journey is inevitable.
In a world where Hitler has won and perfection rules the world, two SS officers are dropped of at a deserted train station in search of a town that contains an imperfect being to be eradicated. All they find is a miniature, deserted doll town before both officers disappear.
The youngest wakes up as the sole resident of a local bar. The bartender calls him Adolf because the name Adolf Hitler is on his uniform. His briefcase is missing, along with most of his memories. Adolf is in Wonderland, or should I say Freako-Land. This is a world where Dakar spiders can shrink you down to eat you, where there's tiny buglike cockroach people, and Sadness Daemons who live in the walk-in mirrors. Adolf is in Wonderland, and he's going to go down the... read more
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