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Muscle Memory (New Bizarro Author) Paperback – October 13, 2010
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
...this book is sophomoric, filled with ridiculously blatant humor that will have you groaning and guiltily laughing on every page. - Copyright © CCLaP, Jason Pettus --Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
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Billy wakes one morning to the dog meowing at him, next to his own body (which happens to be dead) and inside the body of his wife. Soon, his best friend Tucker (who now inhabits the body of his own wife, Julia) and other friends and neighbors (including one poor fellow who's now stuck inside a sheep, leading to some hilarious accusations about his personal life) set out to solve the problem.
A number of theories are put forward in the story, including everything from government conspiracies to alien interventions. In lesser hands, this might become nothing more than a farce, but Lowe creates depth for his characters. They are developed indeed, from the way they talk to the way they think and act. Steve Lowe has obviously spent some time around small town America, because he nails the little mannerisms, casual sexism and low speed drawl of the community, leading to a realistic and funny bunch of people. The protagonist, Billy, is especially interesting, with his everyman charm and his laid-back street smarts, it's easy to find yourself hoping that he'll make it through the chaos okay.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the ending. Without spoiling anything, I have to commend Mr. Lowe on writing a bizarro book with a truly poignant and literary final moment.Read more ›
-- Rod Redux, Author of Mort
I actually finished reading <em>Muscle Memory</em> over four months ago. I've only been writing reviews sporadically this summer (trying to get a bunch of really big projects hurried along toward their conclusions), so I've ended up sitting on this one in particular for way too long. Sorry about that, Steve. As you will know if you've read the one I tore off a while back for <em>Wolves Dressed As Men</em>, I am an unrepentant, unapologetic Steve Lowe fanboy, so I'm not even going to attempt to put up some sort of facade that this is an unbiased review in any way. In fact, if I could just write "read this!" three hundred eight (and a half) times, I'd do that.
Now, normally I'm not a big fan of comedy; if you've read enough of my reviews you'll probably get that impression. But when I find an author who actually manages to come up with good, solid comic timing, I become a fan pretty quick. Lowe, for all that <em>Wolves...</em> was a serious book, is capable of firing off the witty one-liners as well. And where better to do it than in the middle of a scurrilous, jaundiced, obscene murder mystery? And despite this being a comedy, and even better one about switching bodies (and the point at which the main characters discover the law that oversaw the switching of bodies is one of the book's most hilarious), it is at heart a mystery. Our main character, Billy, wakes up one morning and finds his consciousness inhabiting the body of his wife Tina. And here's where it gets interesting: it's entirely possible that Tina floated over into Billy's body... but no one knows, because Billy is lying there quite dead.Read more ›
But the main character, Billy, wakes up to find his wife dead inside his own body. It turns out that she'd poisoned him with antifreeze the previous night, only for the switch to happen. Now she's the one who's dead, but inside Billy's body. Not only does Billy have to deal with his new female body. Not only do he and his neighbors have to discover how and why they've been switched. Billy has to also deal with the fact that his marriage sucked, his wife tried to kill him, and now he has to bury his own body.
Muscle Memory feels like an old school episode of the Twilight Zone, and it makes for quick and satisfying reading. The twists and turns are subtle and deliciously weird. The characters are normal folks put into a situation that is equal parts absurd and dangerous. And as a writer, Steve Lowe has a really great voice that brings across these small town characters and the dilemma they're in. The dialogue feels real and the emotions authentic, lending a lot of humanity to a story about brain-switching, which is normally a silly premise. It's that mixture that makes Muscle Memory a really great bizarro novella. Plus it has Terry Bradshaw in a dress!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I shoulda known something was up when the dog meowed at me.
As so begins a simple little tale that's more Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside than what you might... Read more
This was a fun way in which to spend a half hour. Lowe makes use of the"body switch" technique and has a lot of fun with it. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Paige Ellen
Our protagonist, Billy Gillespie, awakens to his wife's lactating body and finds his own form dead asleep in bed, emphasis on the dead part. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Karl Fischer
I won't pretend my reviews are proper or insightful, that's why I read & not write. But I will say that this quick read was one hell of a visual! Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Scootietoots
This was my first foray into the works of Steve Lowe and I came away very entertained and thinking that I really want to read some more of this guy's work. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Buckeye Nick
This is the second book I have read by Steve Lowe. I really enjoyed the storyline, as I did with the first (King of the Perverts). Both were creative, funny and amusing. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by amazon customer
Steve Lowe's Muscle Memory is a bizarro version of the fairly standard body swap story. I know I've seen the basic concept done before about one billion times. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by Yoyogod
What happens when a town wakes up to find out they are now the opposite sex? Read this book and find out. A interesting read and makes you think about the opposite sex as well. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Dave Anderson
Interesting read, creating a new perspective on everyday life. It helps the reader to step back and appreciate the life you have, not so much because what happens in the story... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by M. Gray