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Lumberjacked Paperback – September 4, 2010
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Essentially, `Lumberjacked' starts out with a really repressed and impoverished sort of father-daughter relationship. When Melissa goes off to college, she experiences the freedom of exploration that most youths cannot wait for when escaping from the binds of family. As Melissa and her dorm full of distinctly different and cultural characters explore themselves via a distorted sorority, they become caught in a horror story that is ages old.
This book has moments that make you ask, `Did that really just happen? Did she really just say that?' But the open-minded crowd will be more amused by these unnatural situations that make you think- Where on earth did the author think of this? This adds a degree of uniqueness to the depravity. There are several stories going on at once and some really strange twists to chew over. If you want a quick read that will entertain you with much traumatizing imagery, then dive in, but be sure to be prepared!
I must fall into the category of people who are not easily offended and who have a depraved sense of humor because I found Lumberjacked both over the top, and still somewhat disturbing. The disturbing part isn't the violence or the sex as much as the thought that the West Virginia depicted in this work is unfortunately not distant enough from our own world for comfort. The humor is there mixed in with the erotic and the horrific, but it is very much a gallows kind of humor frequently seen among law enforcement, soldiers, and emergency workers trying to survive the worst mankind can do itself. I wish I could say that much of this work doesn't ring true to humanity at its worst, but Mr. Bottles has a sharp eye for both the humorous and the tragic, both of which are depicted in plenty in this story.
I was pleased that the author managed to pull off a couple of unanticipated twists in the story quite effectively. I saw all the patterns, but missed the inevitable connections until it was revealed by the author. There was a nice use of foreshadowing as well. I'm looking forward to reading the next works of the author.
It is a fascinating journey, exploiting stereotypes and situations that you sometimes suspect in your dark subconscious mind might (or could) happen and when you read Lumberjacked you find yourself saying "He's not really going to go there with the story, is he?" Oh, yes, he does!
Rich Bottles Jr does an incredible job tying in past, present, and future events in this story and a well-researched piece. It is a very clever book and one of the few that I actually reread immediately upon finishing it. The book is not dry, that's for sure. Is it a story about an old town in West Virginia, a handful of crazed lumberjacks, a train station manager, a sorority, or that of a college freshman? How are their lives connected? I won't put a spoiler in here, Dear Reader, that's for you to find out.
As for me, Lumberjacked is erotica-meets horror-meets gut-busting comedy all wrapped into one. It is an exciting read, but keep an open mind because it's explicit, gritty, and most of all, jaw dropping and axe grinding. Enjoy the ride!
The premise, however, is a classic slasher formula. A group of college freshmen--beautiful, nubile, college freshmen, I hasten to add--embark on a scenic tour of rural West Virginia, where they run afoul of a pack of good ol' boys possessed by the spirits of murderous lumberjacks. Buckets of gore spill in myriad, imaginative ways, but Bottles' brand of "humororrorotica" avoids being predictable with plenty of detours and misdirections, none of which can be described in polite company.
Bottles' style is as broad and crude as a dirty joke on a men's room stall (it makes Edward Lee's redneck stories look like Shirley Jackson--and I mean that as a compliment), packing his tale with kinky sex, unashamedly over-the-top violence, and ludicrous, VERY politically-incorrect humor. Yet he keeps the action moving smoothly and never fails to be entertaining.
For fans of backwoods bloodshed, LUMBERJACKED goes down like a fast-food banquet--quick, hot, and satisfying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lumberjacked is definitely one of those books that reads the same way a can of beer drinks; get through it, and you'll have a good time on the way AND when it's over. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sven McGaha
Sex doesn't sell when you can't write. My preschooler could have written better and it would probably be more entertaining.Published on April 14, 2013 by yomamma
Axe wielding maniacs, out of body experiences, sorority girls, random offers of oral satisfaction, what's not to like? Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Daniel bromley