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Inside the Outside [Kindle Edition]

Martin Lastrapes
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

GRAND PRIZE WINNER (2012): PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL
WINNER (GENERAL FICTION) (2012): HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL
RUNNER-UP (2012): NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL
RUNNER-UP (2012): SAN FRANCISCO BOOK FESTIVAL

Timber Marlow is a teenage cannibal who has lived her entire life within a cult called the Divinity of Feminine Reproach and by the time she is fifteen years old she has already killed three men. When Timber takes an opportunity to explore the Outside, she bears witness to some dark and unsettling truths about the world around her and the integral role she plays in it. In this debut novel, laced with scenes of horrific violence and uplifting humanity, Martin Lastrapes has written a one-of-a-kind story about love, friendship, sacrifice, and cannibalism.


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"At once irreverent and prophetic, Inside the Outside is a real achievement.  The story is full of twists and turns, and the writing is sharp and vivid from beginning to end.  In this dark, bold, strange, but always intriguing novel, Martin Lastrapes proves that he is a talented young writer of considerable promise."
 —James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River


"In this debut novel, Lastrapes slips deftly from disturbingly dark to vibrantly tender and every hue and shadow in between, sending the reader on a journey through a place that is as beautiful and alluring as it is horrific.  Deliciously creepy..."
—S. Kay Murphy, author of Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford

About the Author

MARTIN LASTRAPES grew up in the Inland Empire. He studied at Cal State San Bernardino, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition. This is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1846 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615440290
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cannibal Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CIGYCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cannibalism throw you August 1, 2011
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Stephen King once wrote that though he aimed at horror, he'd settle for a scare and wasn't even too proud to go for the gross out. Martin Lastrapes' debut novel is classified as horror (and indeed seems to be rising quickly up the charts), but really it achieves something even more powerful; I'd call it literary terror. This isn't slasher-flick horror. This isn't jump-scare frights. If you look up terror on Wikipedia, right now, it says "The goal of terror is to inspire dread and to paralyze the will to resist the objectives of the perpetrator."

Dread? Check. Paralysis of the will to resist the author's objective? Check.

Martin Lastrapes isn't out to scare you. He's out to terrify you with a cunningly simple tale that alternates between queasy dis-ease and powerful humanity, and his aim is true.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly Delightful July 20, 2011
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This book had me on the verge of tears, laughter, and terror, sometimes at the same time. Martin Lastrapes writes with such vivid imagery, that there were times where I had to put the book down to avoid being overly spooked. His imagery is lush and visceral. His characters are multi-layered, from the most seemingly minor character, to the novel's heroine, Timber; I found myself caring for each character and caring what happened to them. Though many scenes are very dark, which I love, there is also a lightness and sort of hope that surrounds the book's darker corners. I do not want to give any of the story away, but with its many twists and turns, and Martin's fine understanding of the craft of writing, I am confident in saying you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insidetheoutside by Martin Lastrapes September 28, 2012
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Martin is a brilliant writer who takes you on a journey of suspense, appalling, and shocking discoveries. The book is written so well that I found it hard to put it down. I find myself wanting to go back to the book, thinking in some magical way more chapters will appear. I am on edge to see what he is working on next. I hope there will be a part 2 for Insidetheoutside. Ingenious work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomach-churning fun July 15, 2012
By Joshua
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The story line of a cannibalistic cult isolated from the outside world is utterly unbelievable, but Martin Lastrapes sells it so well that I never found myself saying, "Yeah... right..." I happily suspended disbelief through the entire story. The book contains such detail of the cult's world and the minutiae of its daily existence that you'd think you were reading a news story. I have to admit that the lengthy explanation of "sustenance" preparation made my stomach churn (I had flashbacks of Sinclair's "The Jungle"), especially after eating a bunch of pepperoni before bed. I was sympathetic to all the good characters and found that I reluctantly turned the pages, because I feared bad things happening to these people that I grew attached to. I plan to recommend this book to others, provided they have strong stomachs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, the book keeps you reading, but... August 29, 2012
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But that's it. Sure, the storytelling was interesting and I kept on reading because I wanted to find out what happened next. It was easy to picture everything like crafting your own movie, and you would be immersed in it right away. Despite the overuse of "little did she know that in [insert near future], _____ would happen" type of narrative, I thought the storytelling was decent.

However, I also kept on reading because I expected some sort of character development, you know, how various events affect the characters. How people change and grow. I could find almost none of this. Timber sounds like an empty shell of a person once she starts working within the cult, and she remains that way to the end. She does not find a meaning or purpose for her life; if she did, the readers cannot find out, because so little of her thoughts are revealed in the later part of the book. She ultimately does not find a a way to be her own person, either. Same lack of development goes for other characters, such as Goldstein, Luscious, and Ginger. While the author gives good background on many characters, they do not move forward (or backward, or anywhere for that matter) as a result of current events in their lives. So when the readers reach the ending, it is as if there is more story to be told and developed, but the book is chopped off.

Overall, I was very disappointed for all the potential that was never realized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read July 14, 2012
By Barbara
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I don't usually add a comment to items with many comments already but I just had too. Inside the Outside is a really great read. It's Dexter meets Warren Jeffs and like Dexter the characters are so human you can't help but like them. You'll feel bad that you do like these amoral, creepy, and deeply flawed characters, but there you have it. You'll turn the last page and wish for more. I know I look forward to reading everything and anything this author writes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Chantel
Format:Paperback
I am very happy that Martin Lastrapes came to visit my Creative writing class with a box of his books and some pretty amazing advice. Obviously he's not just a good writer, but he's a pretty cool person too.

Alright so here is what I will say about the book: I was very very curious about the idea of a cult that eats human flesh. It felt so real, the details made me wonder about the possibilities of this kind of thing actually existing. The first part of the book, for me, was all about curiosity. I wanted to know how these characters could do these things and live so strangely. I did care for Timber and was willing to follow her throughout her journey. I found myself reading faster and faster in certain parts because I just needed to know if she was going to be okay-if she was going to make it out.

My favorite character was Lucious. I fell in love with his kind nature towards his family. The sanctuary he provides is definitely something that made me love him even more. My heart squeezed for these characters-- the struggles they have seen and the strength that they show. (I won't say anymore about it, I don't want to give anything away.)

I did find myself most into part two of the book. I enjoyed her adjustment to the outside and how they managed to form a loving unit out of such broken pasts. The struggles that they face do not exactly go away in part two either. (Again, I won't say too much) Part one still haunts my curiosity though. Every time I drive up the 15 fwy I think.. "what if.." "oh man, what if?"
"what if" can be a scary thing to ponder, but I just love to do it!

It was refreshing to read a book that the setting takes place in familiar places... Victoria Gardens! Hello!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
This was a really interesting book. The story kept me from wanting to put the book down.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story about how a cult can affect a person
Great story about how a cult can affect a person! It is gruesome but the characters are developed with care and passion and you really get to know what motivates them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DaveReadsALot
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This was such a fresh take. It was interesting, thrilling, at times exciting, but not outlandish. This would make a mini series or movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jamin Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive cool
Really enjoyed reading this story I discovered by accident. Good story, unusual, characters you care about. Nice job - please write more!
Published 7 months ago by Susie
2.0 out of 5 stars Goes to say: even though one can write, doesn't mean one can tell a...
If I wanted to read a book about sex, I would have bought 50 Shades of Gray. This book is, to put it simply, not worth reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patricia J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thriller
This was exciting book, very fast paced & well written. Great characters.
Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
As a world renowned author myself, I should be jealous; nevertheless, I heartily endorse this book. If you are looking for heavy meaning and irony, it's here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samuel Clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars One GREAT book!
I think I could use a stop watch to time how little time it took me to read this entire book. It NEVER got boring, was always interesting and with a lot of emotion, good and bad. Read more
Published 9 months ago by gelatojunky
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
I am not a literarary critic, I just know what I like, and I liked this book. The author stepped outside the lines of a lot of things, which opened the door to anything. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rona
5.0 out of 5 stars I HATE TO SAY THAT I LOVED THIS BOOK, BUT I DID!
This book was gruesomely awesome! I wanted to tell everyone I knew to read it but I was afraid they would think bad of me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jodi
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More About the Author

MARTIN LASTRAPES won the GRAND PRIZE at the 2012 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL for his debut novel INSIDE THE OUTSIDE.

He grew up in the Inland Empire, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition from Cal State San Bernardino, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, wonders if he'll ever be famous enough to be on "Dancing With the Stars," thinks good stand-up comedy is rare and under appreciated, is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it's too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from "M*A*S*H," wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.

He is also the host of THE MARTIN LASTRAPES SHOW PODCAST HOUR. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on the official website MartinLastrapesShow.com. New episodes every week.

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