Why did I read it: I’ve been toying with the idea of reading this book for awhile.
How I would rate it: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Road Warrior Werewolves versus McDonaldland Mutants…post-apocalyptic fiction has never been quite like this.They call themselves the Warriors, their enemies call them the Bitches. They are a gang of man-eating, motorcycle-riding, war-hungry werewolf women, and they are the rulers of the wasteland.
A century after the fall of civilization, only one city remains standing. It is a self-contained utopian society protected by a three-hundred-foot-high steel wall. The citizens of this city live safe, peaceful lives, completely ignorant to the savagery that takes place beyond the walls. They are content and happy, blindly following the rules of the fascist fast food corporation that acts as their government.
But when Daniel Togg, a four-armed bootlegger from the dark side of town, is cast out of the walled city, he soon learns why the state of the outside world has been kept secret. The wasteland is a chaotic battleground filled with giant wolves, mutant men, and an army of furry biker women who are slowly transforming into animals. Trapped on the wrong side of a war zone, Daniel Togg makes new friends and new enemies, while uncovering the mysteries of the people living in the wasteland and how they came to be there.
Review: Confession Time. I went into Warrior Wolf Woman of the Wasteland feeling like it couldn’t possibly in its wildest dreams remotely resemble the sort of thing I like to read only to wind up feeling like Warrior Wolf Woman of the Wasteland was way more along the lines of I want to read than most of what I’ve been trying to force myself to finish reading lately.
As unusual and occasionally obscene as this book was, it was also really, really enjoyable. Everything about it was so cleverly conceived and so well done that it’s sort of mind-boggling considering this is the story of man-eating wolf women vs. mutant men vs. the Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese. I really liked the ideas at play here particularly that of the McDonalds Corporation taking over, women becoming increasingly wolfish the more sexually active they are and the fearful way men in power seek to control everyone through food and religion only to ultimately combine the two.
I feel like it’s hard to say too much without giving a lot away or spoiling the way the storyline unfolds, but even if the summary or anything I’ve typed thus far seems like the makings of a ridiculous, epic joke, that isn’t how it comes across in the book. Yes, everything that happened in Warrior Wolf Woman of the Wasteland was decidedly bizarre and certainly unique, but somehow it all worked in a way that didn’t feel accidental or merely fortuitious. Although very few characters outside of Daniel were all that likable, it was pretty easy to care about the vast majority of them. Their issues and relationships were a lot of fun to read about. I also really liked the general unpredictability of what was going to happen in regards to any single one of them.
Some parts of Warrior Wolf Woman of the Wasteland didn’t sit as well with me as others, but nothing seemed to really be there simply to shock or dismay a potential reader. And just about all of it seemed to fit the mood of the novel and the character’s personalities. The most significant of the complaints I could have is that no library anywhere near me seems to own a single book by Carlton Mellick III, which leaves me with no choice but to probably buy them since the odds of my co-workers ever looking at me the same way again should I request any of his titles is relatively low.
In conclusion, incredibly good. If you enjoyed Yarn by Jon Armstrong or the occasional Grindhouse film, you owe it to yourself to get ahold of Warrior Wolf Woman of the Wasteland ASAP. Obviously it is not a one size fits all sort of book and if you’re not sure how you feel about B-Grade anything, I wouldn’t recomend this book to you. Particularly not if you plan on eating McDonalds any time soon.