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Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume [Kindle Edition]

Thomas C. Archer
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"A highly addictive book. Gripping, powerful, laugh-out-loud funny, painfully sad. Archer is a writer with a big future."
(James Frey - A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard)

"A dark, twisted, bitingly funny novel. Everyone should read it."
(Jonathan Maberry - Patient Zero, Ghost Road Blues)

Sandwiched between obnoxious coworkers who reek of burnt popcorn and cheap perfume, Michael O’Donnell is a short step away from a total meltdown. Recently promoted in a career that is destroying him, Michael escapes the stress of his nightmarish world by embarking on a self-destructive journey through Philadelphia’s sexual underground.

As his dangerous behavior takes him through Philadelphia strip clubs and massage parlors, all the way to swingers resorts and nude beaches, Michael is forced to confront a darkness he has harbored for years, one that will release a hatred and a quest for vengeance. It is this realization that can either save him from future misery or swallow him whole.

Darkly comic, extremely raw, and unexpectedly poignant, Burnt Popcorn And Cheap Perfume chronicles one man’s quest to escape not only a career that is driving him insane but also his growing addiction and his thirst for vengeance against the father who brutally betrayed him.

This is a novel for anyone who has ever felt trapped in a job and a life they could not escape.

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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G91LAI
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark but humorous November 26, 2007
Format:Paperback
While I was reading this book it reminded me of "Catcher In The Rye". The narrator is aliented in his job and outside of it, but is not without strong attachaments to a few. The scenes he describes can be described as dark but at the same time funny. The book held my interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal! August 7, 2008
Format:Paperback
I loved it! Modern day Philadelphia is the setting, and "Burnt Popcorn, Cheap Perfume" gives a whole new meaning to the slogan, `City of Brotherly Love.'
Thomas C. Archer takes you for a ride on an emotional roller coaster like no other, and I walked away wanting more.
His main character is Michael O'Donnell. Mike, as his friends call him, is young, handsome... and extremely unhappy. He's stuck in a dead end job, surrounded by people he cannot stand, and he's desperate for someone to love. But he's also haunted. Haunted every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day, by a gnawing desire to see punished, the father who deserted him so long ago.
While going through the repetitive motions of every day life, Mike goes on a search for personal fulfillment, and, as a result, discovers nothing but the art of self destruction.
I laughed with Mike. I cried with Mike. And more times than not, I even got angry, right along with Mike. His pain became my pain as well.
Mr. Archer is definitely someone to watch out for. His writing style is dark. It's humorous, and it is shocking. Basically, his style of writing is deliciously, "Real."
"Burnt Popcorn, Cheap Perfume," is a must read, an addictive page turner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visceral, take-no-prisoners tale of a man in crisis December 23, 2008
Format:Paperback
Sometimes you want a smoky, flavorful glass of fine Cabernet, and sometimes you want a bracing shot of 80-proof liquid fire that burns its way into your gut and slaps you awake from your day-to-day routine. "Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume" is the literary equivalent of the latter. Laced with profanity, out-of-control sex, visceral unhappiness, and cutting hostility, you should definitely look elsewhere if you simply must have that fine Cabernet.

But if this memorable novel is the kind of burning liquor consumed via quickly-downed shots when you're out with your buddies, it nevertheless comes from a bottle stored on the upper shelf. Yeah, it burns, but it's a fine burn, a good burn. Protagonist Michael O'Donnell's profanity-laced anger and hostility at the world around him is part of a larger, richer characterization and history that, as the story progresses, elegantly reveal why Michael acts the way he does, and why he has some very specific demons following on his heels.

Like the best books and movies, "Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume" is both believable and crazy-out-there surprising. It's the former because Mr. Archer's Michael O'Donnell character is in many ways a normal young man who explores all the things normal young men want to explore, or at least show interest about. It's the latter because Michael takes those explorations to the stratosphere and beyond, as greater and greater distraction is needed from the pain in his life. I'll say this, you won't soon forget Michael's escalation of experience, as he moves from mostly-harmless hedonism to out-of-control near madness.

And what's an edgy novel without some controversy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun... in the dark sense of the word! June 16, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was an enjoyable romp through memories, events, and the emotions of the main character. I laughed out loud many times! A thoroughly fun and entertaining book that, like me, you won't put down until you're finished!
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Format:Kindle Edition
Some time ago I read this mischievous, powerfully engaging work, and am pleased to re-post my original review in the Kindle Store, now that Mr. Archer's novel is available as an e-book. Here's what I had to say when I first read the book in 2008:

Sometimes you want a smoky, flavorful glass of fine Cabernet, and sometimes you want a bracing shot of 80-proof liquid fire that burns its way into your gut and slaps you awake from your day-to-day routine. "Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume" is the literary equivalent of the latter. Laced with profanity, out-of-control sex, visceral unhappiness, and cutting hostility, you should definitely look elsewhere if you simply must have that fine Cabernet.

But if this memorable novel is the kind of burning liquor consumed via quickly-downed shots when you're out with your buddies, it nevertheless comes from a bottle stored on the upper shelf. Yeah, it burns, but it's a fine burn, a good burn. Protagonist Michael O'Donnell's profanity-laced anger and hostility at the world around him is part of a larger, richer characterization and history that, as the story progresses, elegantly reveal why Michael acts the way he does, and why he has some very specific demons following on his heels.

Like the best books and movies, "Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume" is both believable and crazy-out-there surprising. It's the former because Mr. Archer's Michael O'Donnell character is in many ways a normal young man who explores all the things normal young men want to explore, or at least show interest about. It's the latter because Michael takes those explorations to the stratosphere and beyond, as greater and greater distraction is needed from the pain in his life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost my biography...almost
I bought this book after searching for a FB group for people like me who hate the stench of cheap perfume - one of my co-workers bathes in it. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by cleverer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a ride!
I read this book as it was recommended to me by the author and coworkers.
In some parts it is non-stop laughing at the insights of the main character. Read more
Published on March 10, 2010 by Joe S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Raw, Believable Page-Turner
The gritty, in-your-face, Bukowski-esque feel of this book will have you plowing through to the end in one sitting. Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by B. Corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly honest
If you have ever worked in an office, sat in a cubicle, or had to put up with annoyingly invasive co-workers, you must read this book. Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by R. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Once you get past the language and the technical stuff, this book is amazing! It takes you to places you have often thought, but would never dare to actualize. Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by D. Palamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Disenchantment seeks salvation
From sarcasm comes the truth..........All of us were afraid to say it but Michael tells it like it is with no sugar coating. Read more
Published on November 29, 2008 by Claire M. Young-anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars If Bukowski worked in computers...
...he would've written this book. This book is filled with raw emotion that all of us can identify with in one form or another. Read more
Published on October 14, 2008 by C. F. Perry
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