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Muscle Memory (New Bizarro Author) Paperback – October 13, 2010
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...though Lowe uses humor liberally through the book, like the appearance of Terry Bradshaw in a dream and the recurring jokes about bestiality, this book takes a far more penetrating look at the human condition. --I Read Odd Books ireadoddbooks.com/
...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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Steve Lowe has never broken a single bone in his body. (jump to conclusion) Steve Lowe has super powers.
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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!
Never before have I read the bizzaro genre, but I will say, I am in the market for a bit more. This was humor that i felt bad about laughing at, and thrilled to death about reading. It took me to a completely different level of reading enjoyment. Some things just are not laughed about in public, but man, when you get to get that guilty laugh in, it is soooo nice!!
The book starts out with a startling discovery: Billy's pride and joy (and no I'm not talking about his kid) is missing. At first, he is simply too tired to worry about it...until he realized he leaked down his front when the baby cried. Yes, he is lactating, and for good reason. His chest is now covered with his wife's breasts. Looking back into his bedroom, he is laying on the bed still...the day just gets stranger from there.
I honestly don't want to say much more about the book, because there are too many jokes that will be ruined if I say anything else. The humor is dry, the jokes are raunchy and sexist, and some of the situations are just flat out WRONG, but darn it, we all deserve to laugh at the unmentionables when we know it is only in fiction. I would suggest this to anyone with a dirty mind, or at least anyone who can laugh out loud at fart jokes....
I'll be honest. I discovered Steve through his hee-hee-hee-larious reviews that probably made some other poor author schlub weep. He's a funny dude! But when I read the description of his book, I was scared. And not just I-live-in-Oklahoma-and-tofu-scares-me scared. I seriously thought this guy had been dropped on his head. Repeatedly. On purpose.
But now, I kind of feel like I owe him an apology...and possibly some money and my mom's meatloaf. This scary, weird, undescribable story was actually really good! I had an honest-to-god LOL moment in the third paragraph, and I never LOL and admit it.
There really isn't any way to summarize this story without making your friends worry that you took up drinking before 10am again. I'm just going to share it without a word and let them thank me later...with alcohol before 10am
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