Carlton Mellick III may not be my favourite writer, but he sure is intelligent. I know this because in his Author's note which prefaces Apeshit he defends against the obvious accusation that the book is shocking for the sake of being shocking by saying this couldn't be further from the truth. Instead he suggests he's trying to be interesting for the sake of being interesting.
Well if this is the type of "interesting" Mellick III is pedalling, I think I'll get my wares else where, thank you kindly. Because overly simplistic, almost childlike writing about grossly despicable people doing grossly despicable things gets tiresome and boring very fast. It's also next to impossible to care about any of the characters, so that when they die (or at least when I thought they did), I could muster up little more than a tired cheer that there was one less grossly despicable person I had to keep reading about.
Seriously, I found this one to be extremely painful. It's bizarro, so nothing is supposed to make any kind of realistic sense, but at least with the other Mellick III novel I read, Zombies and Shit, there was a sense of outlandish fun to be had. Apeshit just feels like Mellick III is desperately trying to get his name changed to Mellick !!!
Not for me; may be for others. Enjoy if you can.
1 Cabin in the Woods Story Unlike Anything Else You've Ever Read for Apeshit.