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American short story author living in Japan.
on July 10, 2011 :
I was intrigued by Bukkake Brawl because of the deep sci-fi angle to the book. I was interested and astounded at the presentation of a dystopian future world that was brutal and violently sexual in many aspects. I would definitely classify it as a science fiction story with erotic/sexual elements.
Most interesting is how it and the three short stories that follow it are constructed - that are all in the 140 character strings of the medium on which the stories were originally written - Twitter. This is a true Twitter eBook - although there has certainly been a bit of editing since it first appeared online, it stays true to the presentation.
Once I got accustomed to the Twitterization of the story, I found the first main story very compelling and intricate. Made In DNA writes an engaging story that truly has you guessing and doesn't fail to deliver on the interesting twists and turns in this brutal, futuristic society.
The follow-on short stories were interesting and thoughtful. Media Whores in particular delivered on a twisted voyeuristic future dystopian society, while the other two were thoughtful and brutal mini-stories, full of interesting word choices and linguistic interplay.
A word to the squeamish - these are brutal, violent, sexual tales that are very graphic and not for the faint hearted!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on May 15, 2011 :
Sex punk is a genre that is often over-looked. Possibly, the whole thing might very well be a niche topic that only intrigues a few people, and excite few more. But that does not stop Made in DNA, and for that matter, he shouldn’t stop, because his works stand out rigid, like a man’s penis being unveiled for the first time to a group of beautiful women.
If you are interested in the prospect of over-sexualized hyper violence playing to the tune of a cyber punk fantasy world where Ghost in the Shell interfaced with La Blue Girl, then Bukkake Brawl is for you.
Let’s start with setting – Yue Fong: a dystopian utopia built on water, a city that grew out of sex and violence. The scene opens in the sex-gladiator battle that the title shares its name with. Bukkake Brawl is just what it is perceived to be. The televised show entertains seas of horny masses with Jizzabels fighting against Jackals, the Jizzabels must mercilessly beat the Jackals into submission, or be raped by them. Meanwhile, the excited crowd strokes and watches, raining semen down on the arena. As Mei, the protagonist of the story puts It, “no one left Brawl with their honor intact.”
What follows is a menagerie of characters, a haughty fellow brawler, Mei’s gangster stable owner, a computer land lord with just enough emotion to be annoying, but not enough to actually care. Made in DNA has them all living in this city-state to sketch out an absurd reality where Venezuelan goons wear tutus with swan jock straps, or where extreme body modification is more the norm than exception.
Add in hyper-sexualized carnage and a revenge vendetta, and Bukkake Brawl becomes a wild ride into sex-punk fantasy straight out of I-don’t-know-what.
Story-wise, the fiction is by no means anything so enlightening as Mitch Albom or sultry as Anne Rice. Made in DNA shares the sensibilities of what he draws from – Japanese porn and futuristic gut rot that the Internet seems to thrive off of. The same effect is in his three other short stories he includes with the package. “Media Whores” features bizarre porn, yakuza, and zombies while “Sammie Versus The Tentacle Rape" leaves nothing much to the imagination as far as synopsis goes.
The shorts are flashy and only as captivating as they are long, but Bukkake Brawl draws the reader in on a classic element of storytelling. A bit of the heroic cycle influences the story. Mei is a Brawler in the pits who sets out to avenge the death of her sister. She leaves her stable, not by her own choice, but goes following her sale to a Venezuelan gang. She finds herself aided by a transsexual cyborg and her army of bunny girls, where she finds out her sister is murdered by a midget with a 20 foot long tendril between his legs. What follows is her journey into the greatest depths of Yue Fong, one that which will make Mei think Brawling is much safer than facing a mutant midget.
Made in DNA is not someone everyone will read. Where phrases like “Force-fed intensive sexual stimuli via nutsak-jacks and nookie sheathes, they had to control their urge to blowad. He who spunked last, won.” are a regular occurrence, most audiences would balk and be too perturbed to read, but for those who wallow in “Ero, guro, nonsense,” this is a treasure trove.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Dec. 02, 2010 :
Having read an earlier version, I have to say Brent has a vivid imagination, and this book doesn't let you down, in a good way...
(reviewed the day of purchase)