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The Loom Of Ruin Perfect Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"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
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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.
This is also a punk trick-appealing to those dark instincts while dancing around the actual ethics of it all.Read more ›
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.
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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I really enjoyed the creativity and dark humor of this book. The storyline was fun and held my attention from beginning to end. It was very hard to put this book down.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have long been a fan of both Sam McPheeter's musical projects, writing, and art in general. Seeing Men's Recovery Project in Milwaukee, WI, year of our lord 1996, was a life... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Mike Jon
i will never look at petrol stations the same way. los angeles is in deep trouble. I miss hair metalPublished on November 7, 2013 by bentombed
Loved this. No need to say "as a long time fan of blah blah blah," this is a standalone achievement. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Jesse Michaels
McPheeter's characters make sense of the bizarre 3d strip-mall of LA by revealing layer after layer of subterfuge and deceit in a complex but well-stitched collage of interrelated... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by m.schubert
I sat down with this book, not remembering who recommended it, or what it was about. And then it was over. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Stabeezy
this book was funny and satirical / packed full of people, everyone has an agenda, I wish McPheeters would have given a few more pages 2 some of my favorite characters (like the... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by alisa christensen
Exquisitely original book that rips apart everything you know about L.A. in a short chapters voyage of hilarity and intrigue. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by David W. Moberly