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"Disturbingly entertaining" - Philadelphia Weekly

"Exquisitely detailed, dark and humorous Los Angeles fiction about the angriest man in the world." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"His tone is about 60 percent deadpan, 40 percent dead serious -- which is approximately the ratio that makes his new novel, 'Loom of Ruin,' so funny." - The Washington Post

"It's packed with so much action, violence and black comedy you'll swear you stumbled into a movie written by Kurt Vonnegut" - LA Weekly

"In the universe of The Loom of Ruin, human society has become a malevolent machine that's not just indifferent to our happiness but actively working to prevent it, as though it had not only become somehow sentient but also discovered that it hated us." - Chicago Reader

About the Author

Sam McPheeters was born in Lorain, Ohio in 1969. He is the former lead singer of Born Against, Men's Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes, and the founder of Vermiform Records. His columns, essays, profiles, and short stories have appeared in The American Prospect, Chicago Reader, OC Weekly, Punk Planet, The Stranger, Vice, and The Village Voice. He lives in Pomona, CA with his wife. The Loom Of Ruin is his first published novel.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Mugger Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984807802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984807802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book reads like a movie. The author is so descriptive, you can easily picture everything unfolding, without being able to predict what will happen- just a couple of aspects that put this book in my top 10 list. There are many more reasons to love this book, but you should just read it, & see for yourself. The humor is spot on, and the ending is priceless. Highly Recommended!
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As a fan of Sam's writing, I was going to own The Loom of Ruin no matter what. However, as a reader, I'm pretty critical. I understand why you haven't pulled the trigger on buying this. Either you've never heard of him, or you're afraid that Sam has lost his edge, that the quirky character names and 109 chapters are a little too cute. To be honest, there were a few turns of phrase that made me feel that way. Like McPheeters was writing like a mere humorist.

It works, though. LOR works as a novel. If you can put in the time to get halfway into the world of Ruin, you'll be rewarded, as the mess of characters and situations comes into focus and problems are solved in a deeply satisfying manner. As someone who spent $16 on this book, I feel comfortable telling other people to buy it.

The Loom of Ruin's impact will depend on how many people buy it. It may end up being a cult classic or it might be required poolside reading this summer. In fact, it's not too far-fetched to imagine The Loom of Ruin occupying the spot in high-school curricula that Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse 5 held in the late 20th century.

Eleventh graders of 2034 will enjoy the violence even if they don't get all the jokes.
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I just finished this book and now I am sitting down to write my first online review of anything, ever. This is the level of feeling McPheeters's work, and this book in particular, inspires in me. Directly after reading it, my gut reaction is that The Loom of Ruin should be on the bestseller list. It has all the elements of a book blockbuster: page-turning suspense, action, emotional drama, absurd comedy and a story that flashes with all the bells and whistles of a Hollywood screenplay (plot twists, surprise connections, explosive ending!). All while (spoiler) outlining the total annihilation of Hollywood and the American way of life. This is an enjoyable trick; it is no secret that people thrill (myself included) at watching their destructive impulses play out writ large in the safety of an artistic work. Any number of contemporary blockbusters signal the public's willingness to participate in the mass fantasy of complete destruction. The fictional representation of this mass current of negative affect in the Loom of Ruin is certainly the main character, Trang Yang. Less a fully formed character than a force of nature, it is hard not to cheer Trang on as he looses his wrath upon greater Los Angeles like an avenging angel. Trang's motives (and the shadowy forces surrounding them) are slowly revealed through the book and by the end the feeling of catharsis is very real, despite the slim slivers of hope offered by the author for redemption. The Sabbath quote that serves as the book's parting remark slyly winks at you that this is all only for the old horrorshow fun of it all, that we can revel in the aesthetics of apocalypse without necessarily advocating for it.

This is also a punk trick-appealing to those dark instincts while dancing around the actual ethics of it all.
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By Mr P on March 27, 2012
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Ive been a fan of his work forever, nice to see something longform. His writing is even better at this length: the character development and layering were fantastic. Can't wait to see what his followup is. Enthusiasts would do well to be on the lookout for Exploded View Quarterly, Sam's upcoming literary mag with Jesse Pearson.
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After enjoying Sam's writing for Vice over the past several years, when I heard he was working on a full-length novel I immediately knew that 2012 was going to be a bright moment in my life. I found the Mugger website and ordered my first copy immediately. Even the back cover makes me laugh.

Upon arrival, I realized that I was laughing out loud several times in a few pages. It is written with the timing and delivery of a great stand-up comedian, and yet it is one of the darkest and most cynical satires I've ever seen.

Within several hours I had gifted my first copy to a friend that I knew would love it, for her birthday. This was a massive sacrifice on my part, but I immediately ordered a second copy. Please note that Amazon doesn't (yet?) sell this book in Canada, so as a Canadian I'm paying a premium to have Amazon US ship these books to me.

Anyhow, it turns out that the entire book was crafted to make me laugh. Actually, forget laughing -- I can't remember the last time one book reduced me to tears on public transit. Once, I actually found myself hyper-ventilating. People definitely thought I was mentally ill or having a health emergency.

The only bad news for me was that it ended. I have a new favourite author. Thank you, Sam McPheeters. You are a hero in my world.
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If you're familiar with McPheeters, it's probably through his tenure as the frontman for the oft-called "seminal" (a term cheapened by major music outlets these days to describe mediocre piss-stains who blew their wad on a single decent release...in this case completely applicable) hardcore heroes Born Against. Older people who like to read probably continued to follow his stellar work writing for Vice.

Well this is his first novel and it's fantastic.

I kinda wanted to hate it. Well, not wanted to, but just figured I would. Because, more often than not, being able to string together an essay or a lyric sheet doesn't translate to a fictional narrative...let alone a novel.

You'll heard the word "absurd" and that's apt. You'll probably see reviewers say "a surrealist trek into a seedy Los Angeles terrain of angered souls begging for..." and that's somewhat on point, I guess, if you suck at writing reviews of great things. Others will just say "dude, cool book."

This is extraordinarily impressive. It maintains humanity through complex humor, sparing no one, and entertaining throughout. There's no need for hyperbole here. It's simply a great novel and I am grateful to have it.

Laughing out loud (lol'ing if you're under 18 or own an iPhone) when reading a novel is rare. It happens here.

Breezing through each page with great immediacy is indicative of a phenomenal read. This book has numerous infectious qualities and like any good disease, it festers and affects well.

I hate reviews that's detail too many details. So I'll spare you any insight or opinions of content.

All I can say is, from one anonymous Internet user to another, is I promise, as much as that's worth, you won't be disappointed.

I can't wait for the next one.

P.S. Homeslice is on tour. Check him out.
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