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Product Details

  • Series: New Bizarro Author
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...though Lowe uses humor liberally through the book, like the appearance of Terry Bradshaw in a dream and the recurring jokes about bestiality, this book takes a far more penetrating look at the human condition. --I Read Odd Books ireadoddbooks.com/

...this book is sophomoric, filled with ridiculously blatant humor that will have you groaning and guiltily laughing on every page. - Copyright © CCLaP, Jason Pettus --Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

From the Author

Steve Lowe has never broken a single bone in his body.  (jump to conclusion)  Steve Lowe has super powers.

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Steve Lowe is a false prophet, a superstition, a bastard from a basket. They should have put him in a jar on the mantelpiece.

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I would highly recommend Muscle Memory to anyone looking for a fun, quick and comfortable read.
Michael A. Rose
So as to not spoil anything, I won't go into story detail, but I can assure you that you will most likely enjoy the hell out of this book.
William M Miller
Surprisingly thoughtful and emotional, I felt like the characters reacted realistic, even if it is built upon a silly premise.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Rose on December 10, 2010
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It's always a risky proposition: to take a well known trope (especially one that peaked in the films of the 80's) and try to find a new way to spin it. In Muscle Memory, Steve Lowe takes his cue from movies like Freaky Friday and Like Father, Like Son, presenting a tale of bodies switched and swapped all over a small community. Using some clever writing however, Lowe transcends the typical structure of those stories and takes it to a whole new level of absurd and hilarious wonder.

Billy wakes one morning to the dog meowing at him, next to his own body (which happens to be dead) and inside the body of his wife. Soon, his best friend Tucker (who now inhabits the body of his own wife, Julia) and other friends and neighbors (including one poor fellow who's now stuck inside a sheep, leading to some hilarious accusations about his personal life) set out to solve the problem.

A number of theories are put forward in the story, including everything from government conspiracies to alien interventions. In lesser hands, this might become nothing more than a farce, but Lowe creates depth for his characters. They are developed indeed, from the way they talk to the way they think and act. Steve Lowe has obviously spent some time around small town America, because he nails the little mannerisms, casual sexism and low speed drawl of the community, leading to a realistic and funny bunch of people. The protagonist, Billy, is especially interesting, with his everyman charm and his laid-back street smarts, it's easy to find yourself hoping that he'll make it through the chaos okay.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the ending. Without spoiling anything, I have to commend Mr. Lowe on writing a bizarro book with a truly poignant and literary final moment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Armstrong on February 19, 2011
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Awesome book! I really miss mind switch movies and I think it's time they made a come back. Also, Steve Lowe is a really good writer. With this book he has shown that Bizarro can be strange and also have a point. He doesn't just throw a bunch silly crap together and call it a book. He took a bunch of silly crap and crafted it into a really well thought out and entertaining book. [...] when Hollywood inevitably remakes Like Father Like Son or Vice Versa I hope he gets hired to write the script otherwise I'm not going.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Duncan on May 22, 2011
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Too short! That's the only bad thing I can say about this title. The story was so richly amusing, I found myself groaning inwardly when I realized, all too soon, that I had reached the halfway mark on the Kindle version of this book. Is it an original idea? Nope. But Muscle Memory takes a very worn plot device, stands it on its ear and makes it sing like a cuckoo bird. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.

-- Rod Redux, Author of Mort
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mav Skye on February 17, 2011
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Muscle Memory is a jolting joyride and will buck you off on a surprising sentimental note, making you wonder what the f just happened. After you wipe away the tears of laughter, this book will really make you think. I've grown to either be ridiculously grossed out or ridiculously devoted to individual bizarro authors, Steve Lowe has definitely gained my respect and devotion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Eccles on January 3, 2011
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A wonderful cast of characters and a wacky premise make for a fun read. I'm looking forward to reading more from Steve Lowe!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoepfinger on December 18, 2010
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It's not often that I will actually laugh out loud while reading a book. This, however, was one of those times. I think my wife thought I was nuts, or just very annoying, as there were multiple passages that brought out the guffaws. This was humor that was brought about by very believable characters reacting in believable ways to a fantastical situation. As funny as the story was, it also had a good bit of soul to it, and I found myself wishing it were at least novella length.
More, please, Mr Lowe!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kramer on December 3, 2010
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Such an entertaining read. The story is kind of; well, a little like movies such as Like Father, Like Son, Vice Versa, Freaky Friday, etc. But I hate to compare something as great as this to those stories because they're all a big piece of crap. In Muscle Memory you have the best and most bizarre body-swapping story of all time. I think if Kirk Cameron found out about this book, all he could do is shoot himself in the face, out of shame. He needs to realize what a failure he is. In fact, it should be emphasized. Like Father, Like Son could be considered his most successful big-time Hollywood movie (or only?) I like how they cast Dudley Moore as his father in it. That made a lot of sense since he's just as ugly. Anyways, this book craps all over that. (And Kirk Cameron sucks. Please send copies of this to Kirk Cameron.)

The author does a pretty good job of keeping things even and clear so you can keep up with it. It's well set-up in the beginning - the husband is in the wives body, lots of other people have switched minds with the other sex, and he doesn't make it confusing. I think when you're shocked with the image put into your mind of a guy waking up to find out his penis is gone and he has boobs, it's going to stay with you for the rest of the story. Plus the characters are easy to get to know. One of the most hilarious things about this book is getting to use your imagination. And it's written well enough that it's not hard to imagine what this all would be like if it happened in real life. I could totally see my sister in her big, hairy husband's body acting like a total nag.

The story has a lot of really cool stuff going on from the get-go. The main character's mind-swap with his wife didn't go so well, which leads to a shocking revelation.
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