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Burnt Popcorn and Cheap Perfume [Kindle Edition]

Thomas C. Archer
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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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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  • Print Length: 271 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G91LAI
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark but humorous November 26, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A visceral, take-no-prisoners tale of a man in crisis December 23, 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. 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 Phenominal! August 7, 2008
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 Fun... in the dark sense of the word! June 16, 2008
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost my biography...almost November 22, 2010
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. I also have another co-worker who "accidentally" burns popcorn at least once a week. I work in a bursar's office doing programming/tech support. My boss is a massive tool. I hate my job and it makes me sick to my stomach every day that I'm here. So, obviously in many ways (more than I care to mention) I identify with the protagonist. That being said, I thought the book was interesting but not as well-written as I'd hoped. The dialogue was really stiff and the word "past" was spelled "passed" at least twice (pet peeve of mine). SEMI-SPOILER: The ending? A bit of a fairytale and trite. The last line super-corny and not much of a revelation. There were some parts that were intense and interesting, but some parts that seemed completely unnecessary. But, it's a pretty short read (took me about 2 hours) because the typeface is big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Raw, Believable Page-Turner May 17, 2009
The gritty, in-your-face, Bukowski-esque feel of this book will have you plowing through to the end in one sitting. From the blunt intro to the very believable paternal pounding the reader is held captive, unable to look away. A strong empathic bond with the protagonist kept my fingers itching on the corner of each page, and I uttered a cheer as Michael released his pent up rage at the end. I think everyone can relate to co-workers like the ones Michael is forced to endure, and Mr. Archer has you running right along behind him as he wends his way through the dark, sleazy, booze-blurred world Michael inhabits. This book has it all- meaningful massage parlor encounters, alienation, lost love, hangovers- the works! Bravo Mr. Archer. I look forward to more in the future.
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