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Leather to the Corinthians Paperback – December 4, 2012
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Do you remember the commercial, "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste"? Tom Lucas demonstrates what happens if kids don't trash their brain with drugs - they can become powerful writers! In my estimation, he is the Einstein of creativity. This book would also make a terrific movie.
I really appreciated the full-length author biography and interview someone had with Tom. When I come to the end of a great novel I feel sad that now it's done, so I read about the author in order to prolong the pleasure just a tiny bit. So often when I read a book that I really like, there is but one tiny paragraph about the author on the back cover, and I am left disappointed. Not so in this case!
Debbie Loesel Stanton,
Writer, Blogger and Poet
What i think impresses me most is the writer is obviously a very intelligent guy and this is what he did with it. the writing is funny and weird in all those ways monty python was. sometimes it is absurd, sometimes the characters will have you laughing, and sometimes there are real what the hell moments. I would say use the look inside function, or if you have prime then borrow it. give it a chance beyond the first few pages and you will see what i mean
From the very first sentence you'll need to strap yourself in as you are plunged without ceremony into the crazy and convoluted world Tom Lucas creates for us. Hold on tight as you meet a range of intriguing (and often repulsive!) characters, each vying to get ahead in this amped-up world of consumerism where money is King and life is cheaper than the junk food that sustains it.
"Leather to the Corinthians" is like a slightly more coherent and tightly structured Naked Lunch, infused with the same kind of surreal satire and black comedy that William Burroughs so brilliantly employed.
I really enjoyed this book, it's ridiculously imaginative and like nothing else being written at the moment that I am aware of.
Anyway... within Leather to the Corinthians there are certainly echoes of Will Self’s Book of Dave, and English readers will undoubtedly think of Ben Elton’s Blind Faith, but for my money (or discounted coupons), Leather to the Corinthians represents an off-the-wall marriage between Idiocracy and the somewhat zany Snowcrash, all with a flavoursome mistress putting-out in the form of Chuck Paluniak. It even had the dark undertones of an Anthony Burgess as an omniscient character addresses the reader directly, and throughout there are Tom Lucas’s inventive turns of phrase and creative language kicking-in all over the place: “Hensonian”, “Foogle”, and “Mall Sunday” to name but a few of the kicks.
Side note: my favourite, and in my opinion the strongest chapter in this work (the moment it truly comes alive), is chapter 14 and the introduction of Peter aka Fat A$$ (a frustrated virginal lackey at Sell Inc., and not to mention a perverted cannibal). Again, for me Tom Lucas changes gear here, introducing some truly mesmerizing geek-boy smut, though since there are suggestions of geek-boy smut throughout, the gear change into fifth feels consistent, and you won’t suffer any off-road collisions or whiplash.
So, is it worth a read?
Yes!Read more ›
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