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Leather to the Corinthians Paperback – December 4, 2012
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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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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$$ (a frustrated virginal lackey at Sell Inc., and not to mention a perverted cannibal). Again, for me Tom Lucas changes gear here, introducing some truly mesmerizing geek-boy smut, though since there are suggestions of geek-boy smut throughout, the gear change into fifth feels consistent, and you won’t suffer any off-road collisions or whiplash.
So, is it worth a read?
A resolute YES at that: this début, from Tom Lucas, very much deserves to be read, and yet by no means is this a book for everyone or anyone. Leather to the Corinthians is an offbeat, counter-culture, cult-book for an acquired taste; perhaps, for a jilted generation who appreciate the cynicism of the corporate world and the horrors of business jargon (“are we all on the same page”?).
What, I’m certain of, is all those who chance to read this writer’s début, would agree Leather to the Corinthians is a technically brilliant work; Tom Lucas is an imaginative, gifted, and muscular writer, who playfully de-constructs the modern tendency for BS with a consistently madcap, humorous and anarchic tone-of-voice that often crosses the border, from utter lunacy, into the profound.
I heavily suggest you BUY IT, READ IT... CONSUME IT, and then, whilst eating a taco and slushing down a void-of-nutrition-slurpee, perhaps sit down and rethink your constant need for the consumption of all the other cr*p in your life?
NB: Very glad to hear a sequel is in the pipeline – Fat A$$, Scratch and the Soldier are all characters you’ll want to learn more about.
This is exactly how I feel about Tom Lucas's novel - it's like I found a new record that I'm eager to share. If it fit into a genre, for me, it would be literary punk rock. And it is good, damn good. Don't be fooled by the use of words like raw, daring, and different - true, these characteristics made me work a little bit, but it was well worth it. This book was laugh-in-my-sleepy-time-tea funny (literally and figuratively), imaginative, and more than anything, thought provoking.
Yes, there are more than a few explicit scenes (an apocalyptic loss of virginity had me really thinking), raving interludes, and a whole lot of death and destruction. But if I learned anything from Tom Lucas, we can't take life too seriously and sometimes it's okay to sit back and laugh at the mess we have created. Tom Lucas wrote one heck of a book, I am so happy to have discovered it. I feel like a kid again, ready to show this book off to my friends and thirsty for more. Now if I could only find my Fugazi shirt and Nofx hoodie...