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"A perceptual Pandora's Box cracks open as one gets a sense of being transported into a surreal, video game-like, sci-fi world where consumption and confusion rule...A cerebral roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their temporal toes!" -- Between the Lines

"Hunter S. Thompson meets Monty Python meets the Marx Brothers meets Naked Lunch...A punning pastiche of the verbal kitsch of late  twentieth/early twenty-first century America" -- IndieReader

"A world of colourful chaos and filth (similar to the one found in Transmetropolitan) with a hint of Lewis Carroll's sense in nonsense (or nonsense in sense) make this book a must read." -- Ramblings of an Aspiring Writer

"A fun read that will appeal to counter-culture enthusiasts." -- The Midwest Book Review

"Lucas holds nothing back in this zany spin on consumerism and the chaos of cultural backstabbing." -- Bizarro Central

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Room 1331 Publishing & Media (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988526107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988526105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Stanton on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I follow Tom on his blog and have always enjoyed his wit and creativity. So it was no surprise that Leather to the Corinthians is a huge blockbuster of unparalleled genius and talent. I laughed aloud at least once on every page, and my husband wanted to know what I found so funny. The plot twists and turns and very amusing characters left me breathless with anticipation for more, and turned my reading experience into fast page turning. There are so many references to big business, consumerism at its worst, old television sitcoms and catch phrases, I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this book!

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
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I had to stop at the end of this one and reflect on it. I think i had fun reading it because he seemed to have a lot of fun writing it.this had some kind of satirical absconded from all reality comic book feel to it. i cant say this is the kind of book everyone will love, i can only tell you that i did. it is a step up, a step outside the box and a step into some kind of commentary on all that is mind bendingly weird but handed over to you in a way that seems very reasonable.
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
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This really is an exhilarating roller coaster ride of a book.

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.
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Leather to the Corinthians by Tom Lucas is a b**$tardi$ed version of the bible, interfaced with the Superman plot, and all offset in a world where consumerism truly is king. You (I mean I) could say, Lucas’s début novel is essentially a satirical, acerbic and anarchic side-swipe at American culture, values and its insatiable fondness for consumption, self-indulgence and WAR! In fact I just have said such a thing, and feel it’s kind of on the clown nose (read the book to understand that sort-of pun/lame joke).

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!
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Satirical novel paying out on fast food in modern society. There is some little gems in here - expressing displeasure like a Tourette's victim (paraphrased) expresses a scenario very elegantly. Unfortunately, the satire was so non-stop that there was little room left for a plot. While I love a satirical novel (Ben Elton for post modern, Terry Pratchett for fantasy), I just couldn't finish this one. If this is a first novel, then I wouldn't mind seeing how the author's next one goes.
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