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The Brothers Crunk

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Thank you for the ARC copy! I really appreciate it! This was yet another fun read by the author. I will continue to read his work.
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Trigger warnings: cannibalism, parasites, blood/gore, death, murder, implied genocide, forced imprisonment (of supernatural beings), possible psychotic break

Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two traveling breakfast burrito salesmen. After losing a third member of their party they find something in the desert they sets off a transformation in one of them. Follow them as they travel Planet Japan in search of a living and the events that take place after this discovery.

I’ll start with positives. I really liked the brother main characters. Reynold in particular was very funny at points in the story and I liked following him. The narration for the audiobook version of this was mostly amazing. There’s a kind of space slug later in the book that I didn’t like his performance of but other than that he did a great job.

 This wasn’t my favorite William Pauley book ever though. I had so many questions that never got answer over the course of the story (which I can slightly understand since this is so short but I’ve read novella that have managed to world build before). 

What happened to the world to turn it into a post apocalyptic world?
Why did Japan seemingly come out on top and why are two British and/or Irish the people that came out on top there?
Is there a rest of the world outside of Planet Japan?
Why are the only weapons ikr video game controllers? Why are they jacked directly into someone’s body in order for them to work?
What’s the deal with the wasp women? Are there other human animal hybrids like that out in the world?
Can someone really be called a traveling burrito salesman if they never sell a single burrito?

The author dumps you into the world here with zero information or explanation as to what is going on. I spent the majority of the book super confused as to why things were happening (I had no idea what was happening or why it was happening for a very large chunk of this book) and wondering if this was a sequel to something else in a series I’ve never heard or but I’m pretty sure they isn’t t case.

There was a surprising amount of blood and gore in this for such a short length. I’m just happy he didn’t try to shove gross sex stuff in this like he has with a couple of his other books.

Overall I have no idea if I actually recommend this. Maybe for fans of horror on the more extreme side but I hesitate to call this a horror book despite all of the death that goes on in it (if it’s a supernatural man made being that’s doing the killing is it still murder). If you really want to read a William Pauley III book I recommend The Tower or The Astronaut Dream book instead they are both much better than this one.
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The Brothers Crunk by William Pauley III is a masterclass on why I love this genre.  I loved it! William Pauley III has become one of my favorite authors in record time.

I received a review copy of this book from the author/publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Brothers Divey and Reynold Crunk are two breakfast burrito salesmen with their van attempting to survive in the post-apocalyptic world of planet Japan. Their requirements are simple as all they seek is more meat for survival. However, weird events unfold taking place when Divey comes across a cyborg corpse amidst desert and transforms into something weird! Reynold follows his brother into a more bizarre city of Tokyo where there are no rules and Nintendo accessories are used as real weapons.  

I thoroughly enjoyed Tub Fight and I had great expectations from this story. William Pauley III manages to keep the mark high with this story as well. The story keeps getting weirder and gross. It kept me engaged and confused throughout the story. The plot is unpredictably bizarre. The vivid imagery of Pauley is a great characteristic of the story.

While the central emotional tone of the story is weirdness, it still manages to create an emotional bond with the brothers. This quick paced humorous bizarre audiobooks is a complete experience on its own. 

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Connor Brannigan and kudos to the narrator. Connor does an amazing job in portraying different characters with his accent. I loved the book and would definitely recommend the audiobook version for the best experience. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing the audiobook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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I received a copy of this audiobook free from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

Do you enjoy knowing what's going on in any given scene of a book? Do you like things that make sense and are explained logically? Do you hate non-sequiturs and chaos, and revel in order and realism?


This book is ridiculous in the best way possible. It's basically the author just having fun with a cool little 8-bit Nintendo 80s cyberpunk world he's built, and not worrying too hard about stakes, or a coherent plot, or explaining anything to the reader. Now to be fair, it's possible I picked up a book in the middle of a series and just haven't realized; I know the titular brothers are in another book set in this universe, so maybe I'd understand better if I'd read that first. But honestly? I kinda think that would take away the fun. Listen, if I want detailed, intricate worldbuilding, I go to China Miéville. But let's face it, it's not always a super easy ride. This, though? It has enough of the feel of weirdness and surrealism inherent to the world, but it allows enough room for the reader to just go with it and not have to remember the evolutionary needs of eight different species of cactus-based aliens (I'm exaggerating, but come on, Perdido Street Station is dense).

There's also a lot of really funny bits in this! I listened to the audiobook version, which was super fun and had audio effects, and a narrator who was able to do different voices and accents and still remain completely understandable.

My only gripe is that it's really short. On the one hand, it does mean the sort of loosey-goosey, rollercoaster ride feel is very enjoyable (nobody wants to ride a rollercoaster for an hour at a time, it stops being fun). On the other hand, a smidge more length would have allowed more fleshing out of the cool stuff like wasp women and the Damned Dirt Devils. (Although again, I'm really hoping there's more in the other books, which I will definitely seek out.) On the other hand, why do I have so many hands???
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Once again William Pauley III has made me giggle while listening to an audiobook.  A fun and quick listen that made a long drive enjoyable.  I’m glad I listened to this one after I listened to the Doom Magnetic trilogy.  This one fell right into place.  Highly recommend.

My thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an advanced copy.
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The brothers crunk by William Pauly the third is probably one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It is a sci-fi western with a liberal sprinkling of cyberpunk. It follows the titular Brothers as they try to make their way through a desert wasteland and Survive some of the bizarre characters they meet along the way. The narrative starts out bizarre and it only gets weirder once the brothers meet a character who is some sort of imprisoned cyborg AI. This novella read something like a psychedelic experience and if you like your sci-fi weird then you may very well enjoy this book. Worth making a trigger warning for a fair bit of gore.
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I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.
The story follows two brothers in a dystopian future.
I don't have much to say other than it was not to my taste. The only reason I finished it was because it was so short.
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This was such a unique story, amazing writing as always, interesting, fun storyline and overall a brilliant book!
I absolutely loved everything about this and highly recommend reading it! 

Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for an AudioARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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When Davey and Reynold Crunk get lost in the desert they run across a robot that likes to make duck kebabs and playwith auto parts. They call him purple and he eats Davie and rearranges Pete into a flesh blob. When the robot falls asleep and Reynald takes the chance to cook a duck because Pete the blob is hungry he hears Daisy tell him the robot is meeting up with his five robot friends and not to follow them because it is too dangerous and just forget about him. Despite right now old in Davie are complete idiots right now old loves his brother and refuses to let him go so follow them he does. This is one of the weirdest strangest books I have read from William Pauley three with the exception of the man who turned it to his bathroom.  I love his books and this is a great example of why what a strange and offbeat story in one I highly recommend. I received this book from NetGalley and doomsday press but I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.
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I have read most of this writers works and I have to admit, that even I was like wha?? in parts of this one. Not a bad wha? just a what the heck am I reading kind of wha?

So in here we have a pair of brothers, just trying to live their lives. Then an incident in the desert changes everything. I am not really sure I could describe this story and make it make sense, so lets just say that its basically a mario game come to life.

I really liked it and snorted out loud at the "you are talking to a pile of meat" comment. Yall know I love audio, but the downside to audio is that I cannot highlight passages to share. This one had so many good passages.
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Thank you NetGalley and doom Fiction Audio for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.  

One thing you can always count on with a story by William Paulei III is you never can know what to expect! I don’t want to ruin any of the “what did he just say?!” moments but there are plenty! I listened to this after Fight Tub because I enjoyed the deadpan horror satire style and this didn’t disappoint. Definitely out there but it stretches your imagination for sure!
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I'm still trying to process what I read, but what an inane ride around a post-apocalyptic terrain and inside a troubled group of men and the mind of he who was left behind. What a bizarre-o world to live in - and you know, in the end, can we say that we find someone who can thrive there?

This might not have been my fave of Pauley's, but he does take his genre to a variety of levels with the brother's undying relationship and trust in each other and proving that fraternal love will outlast robot corpses and chip implants.

Connor Brannigan really has a fascinating range and bravo to him to tackling another novella chock-full of a diverse set of characters ranging from relatively sane (everything's relative though I suppose) and completely, thoroughly insane.

Thank you to Doom Fiction for the advanced audio book to review.
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This was such a wild listen - this story feels like being in a nightmare in such a fun way, with really videogame vibes. Gore and cannibalism normally both really freak me out (god knows why I thought this was something I should read haha) but this was so darkly funny and entertaining that it didn't bother me as much as normal, and the story really had me rooting for Reynold despite all the ickiness! Really good fun, quick listen. Thanks for the free copy!
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When I read the tittle the brothers Crunk I immediately knew who they were, and to tell you the truth I was dying to know how their business after the cockroaches would be (this is a continuation story of the two brothers in “Hearers of the Constant Hum”, and to tell you the truth, it gets much more weird, strange and all that is possible for it to be, hahah. 

And in the end I still don’t know if it was all a dream, a drug induced episode or something in between to make this story even better, I had the pleasure to listen to the audiobook, and like I always say, William Pauley III writing the story and Connor Brannigan reading is like gold over blue, I really enjoyed this audiobook and I really recommend it, if you like weird stories, where things are never like they seem to be in the beginning, then this story is for you. 

Thank you NetGalley and Doom Fiction, thank you for the AAC and this is my honest opinion.
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This book was an absolute fever dream. I just love William Pauley's writing style and the incredibly imaginative stories he tells.
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This is a short audio book. Definitely worth a listen if you like over the top/fast action/computer game based horror and humour madness on steroids that has only tentative links to the real world. But this story doesn’t take place in the real world (not mine anyway), and I hope the real Japan is nothing like this either. Advice -don’t eat the Buritto/Jerky Brothers’ food even for a bet!!!!! Thank you to William Pauley III and NetGalley for the audio ARC. The views expressed are all mine.
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Thank you for providing me the opportunity to review “The Borthers Crunk". I am appreciative and leave my sincerity review voluntarily.
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Another amazing offering from William Pauley III - A short horror/ sci-f tale of 2 cannibalistic brothers in a dystopian universe.

Divey Crunk and Reynold Crunk are brothers, unfortunately Reynold doesn’t have many braincells to rub together and so is a huge liability. The story is linear but, only in the manner of a fever dream, every time you think it can’t get much weirder, turns out you’re wrong!

The characters are fun and creative with nods to video games and film (I am getting serious Mad Max vibes throughout) sprinkled with steam punk. If you are into dystopian fiction and horror with the fun of robots and other futuristic beings, then this is for you.

Connor Brannigan is fantastic as usual. As a London native, I must say I am impressed with the Cockney accents, often they are very Dick Van Dyke and make me cringe inside terribly, but these were actually very good and believable!
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I would love to have a peek inside William Pauley III’s mind but I would also be terrified to find out what I would see. He has one of the most unique and haunting writing styles that can make some of the darkest scenes beautiful. 

The Brothers Crunk is an old-school video game fever dream. There are so many references that I couldn’t stop smiling. From using an NES Zapper as a real gun to imputing the famous Konami code on a controller that is inside their own arm. 

It seems every one of Pauley's works just needs to be experienced. Go in knowing nothing and be prepared to be creeped out and mind blown with all the terrifying gory details. 

William Pauley III is the best there is in creative horror writing. Check out this book and any other book by Pauley.
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