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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard City Books And Noise; Expanded edition (June 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977634000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977634002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are very few ways to get inside the mind of a lyricist. One way is through reading their diaries, the other through sleeping with them. Eric's book is the more entertaining of the options. It's a raw look inside the heart and mind of a rock 'n' roll spiritualist whose struggles with love (Chaplin) and versus the world (Keaton) are laid out bare like an exhibitionist on a double-dare --Alternative Press Magazine

Raw and personal, brutal and bold. With elements of boyish humor, adolescent wickedness and rock-star charm --Metro News

the sound of a powerful new voice in contemporary American literature. Victorino's brand of punchy prose often draws comparisons to the likes of Charles Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson. This debut collection of poems and short stories draws a dangerously thin line between the heartwarming and the horrifying... Eric Victorino then mischievously walks that line all the way to the last page. Defiant, triumphant, hopeful and wise --Amazon

Raw and personal, brutal and bold. With elements of boyish humor, adolescent wickedness and rock-star charm --Metro News

the sound of a powerful new voice in contemporary American literature. Victorino's brand of punchy prose often draws comparisons to the likes of Charles Bukowski and Hunter S. Thompson. This debut collection of poems and short stories draws a dangerously thin line between the heartwarming and the horrifying... Eric Victorino then mischievously walks that line all the way to the last page. Defiant, triumphant, hopeful and wise --Amazon

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5 out of 5 and everyone should buy this and then check out his new book coming out very soon.
Patrick F.
All of the short prose entries are an interesting look into the life of a true artist, chronicling his life in a very personal way.
Patrick Wall
He is able to tap into the shared human experience by expressing his own unique, individual experiences.
Hollie Slagle

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaian Mohammadi on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
When this book came out, I knew Victorino mainly for his musical passion ranging all around the SF Bay Area. A sense of excitement came over me when I found out this local artist had just completed and designed a book of virtually, his life story- in a poetic fashion. I always thought it was important to support local art, but when I actually started reading the book, I realized how sincere it was. In this book of poetry and prose, Victorino opened a wormhole to his brain so in a sense, the viewer can look at the world and art with an unbiased opinion. Sure, there are hints of religion, politics (more so, an important take on the left) and mind-opening narcotics, but like the universe, it is balanced out with the positive. Stories of love and lust are celebrated in this book, along with heartbreak and homelessness. All in all, this book is as good as DARWIN's THEORY OF EVOLUTION! I would also recommend this author's 2nd book, "Trading Shadows For Sunshine."
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After months of harassment from Eric via MySpace, I finally quit drinking long enough to set aside some money for his book. (Just kidding.) Anyway... I am really glad I did. Coma Therapy is the first poetry/prose book I have enjoyed in a very long time. I truly appreciate the honesty of the work, even if it were to turn out it isn't all truth.(Thank you, James Frey, for making me doubt every autobiographical account that is published.) I don't care at this point, because this is a collection of poems and stories that can affect the reader. I was reminded of the late Jim Morrison's poetry, only Coma Therapy is more intelligible and you can even read it if you aren't in a Hunter S. Thompson-like haze. (The lack of lizard-king repetition is also a plus.) With each page, I was drawn further into the text. It all seemed so personal that I felt like I was reading a journal without the author's knowledge and wanted to absorb as much as possible before he walked in the room and caught me read handed. It takes a very gifted writer to let their guard down and write with such candor. Victorino does not censor the text for fear of an outsider's judgmental prejudice. I only wish I possessed the courage to write without inhibitions, as Eric Victorino has been able to do in this book. In conclusion, thank you Eric, for constantly reminding us on Myspace about your book. I just started reading it for the third time. My favorite pieces include: "first kiss girl", "sweet, cherry red", "it's a people business", and "one of the most terrible things I have ever done (and a great friend.)" What am I saying? They're all friggin' good. Just buy the damn book and support a talented writer and musician.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hollie Slagle on January 28, 2006
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Coma therapy is captivating. Victorino's writing style is engaging, uninhibited, thought provoking, easy to follow, full of raw energy and emotion. He is able to tap into the shared human experience by expressing his own unique, individual experiences. Reading this fresh new work is like relaxing in front of a campfire, drinking a beer, and having a good conversation with a dear friend.

After reading each piece I was left with a different reflection, thought and emotion. Everytime. This is what a writer should endeavor to accomplish with their readers. Victorino's writing found a way to connect with me as a reader, however I doubt this was intentional. His prose is so personal that it reads like a diary almost. Perhaps that is the magic of it all?

Coma Therapy is a must have not only for Strata fans, but for the artists, lovers, dreamers, thinkers of this generation. I would encourage everyone, from all walks of all life, to add this book to their collection.

This book was entirely self published, which is quite an impressive feat in itself. Victorino deserves to be very proud of this project, and if you love great literature you should support him by purchasing this book.
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Eric Victorino (Strata, The Limousines) is one of my favorite vocalist/lyricists and this is his first stab at a book of thoughts, stories, poems, and ideas.

"Coma Therapy" is easily relateable and most of the stories are short, concise and void of any babble.

Eric rants about many things including apathy, the truth about being on the road, our need for true and sincere feelings and relationships, meeting the "devil" and how their are "monsters everywhere."

He helps you see the beauty in the little things in life.

You can feel every word and after reading this you will definitely not feel lethargic, unconscious and unable to feel as if you were in a coma. You will be alert, appreciative, and ready to arise to the occasion that is life.

Simply put "Coma Therapy" is a journal of thoughts and stories about life and all its' splendor and sadness, but it never dwells on the sadness. Come Therapy appreciates the sad, happy, dirty, seedy, and beauty that is our lives.

5 out of 5 and everyone should buy this and then check out his new book coming out very soon.
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I read this book for two reasons: The first of which is that I am a fan of the musical group "Strata" in which the author, Eric Victorino, is the lead singer. The second being, Eric personally asked me to read it..and being an artist myself constantly yearning for a greater audience, I decided I would help him pay the rent by buying a copy. It wasn't that spontaneous however, I started reading my friend's copy...and after the first two poems I decided that a great piece of literature such as this deserves a place amongst my shelf of classics.

It is written in a very artistic and impressive way that reminds me of Jack Kerouacs revolutionary spontaneous prose. It is metrical in yet lyrical...prose in yet romantically composed as poetry. I can safely say that I was intrigued 100% whilst reading the entire book and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, reader or not. You don't need to be a performing artist to feel emotion when reading this, but it helps.
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