From Publishers Weekly
The novel version of Kaufman's 1985 cult classic film stays true to the original while throwing in modern references to keep the story fresh—or at least as fresh as a novel preoccupied with head crushing and bodily fluids can be. Weakling Melvin Ferd lives with his mother and works at the local gym as a "mop boy," tormented daily by weight-lifting thugs. When Melvin jumps out a gym window to escape forced sex with a goat, he lands in toxic waste and emerges as a deformed superhero, the Toxic Avenger. Toxie, as he is affectionately called, becomes the symbol and savior of Tromaville, a New Jersey city that has become a toxic waste dumping ground, "a punch line to a nationwide 'Who Farted?' joke." Toxie proceeds to dismember the town's evildoers, including everyone in the corrupt government and on the police force. Much of the novel is adolescent exposition, serving only to get to more gore, sex and toilet humor—which is, of course, the point. If you're already a fan of the ferociously juvenile Troma Entertainment oeuvre, you'll have no complaints; otherwise, you might want to save your money and hang out at a local middle school instead. (June)
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About the Author
Lloyd Kaufman is the founder and president of Troma Entertainment, the oldest and, arguably, the longest-running independent film studio in history. Troma's library includes the early work of stars such as Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Kaufman has written, produced, and/or directed more than twenty-five films, including The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, Terror Firmer, and Tromeo and Juliet, and he is the author of two best-selling books, Make Your Own Damn Movie! and All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger. He lives in New York City with his wife, Pat, who is the New York Film Commissioner.