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Santa Steps Out Paperback – October 1, 2000
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In the opening lines of Santa Steps Out: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups, we learn that God the Father had to "cut His vacation short" and is in a "towering rage" about it. It appears that while the archangel Michael was running things, the world got pretty screwed up. "Michael...you know that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are never to cross paths. It's one of our Father's most solemn injunctions." Ah, that Tooth Fairy. She's also got her hooks into the Easter Bunny.
Robert Devereaux is a master of vivid scene setting, especially gory scenes and sex scenes. There is a lot of sex in this book--mostly happy, lubricious sex that is sometimes downright amazing. Prepare for a strange and stimulating ride when you hop in the sleigh with Santa and witness all his adventures. Prepare to see childhood figures--figures known principally for delivering gifts in the night--in a whole new light. Devereaux is exuberantly polytheistic and well-grounded in Greek mythology, so along with the horror and humping, you'll be entertained by some notions about where all these immortals may have come from in the first place.
This signed, limited edition is a beauty to own: it has a full-color dust jacket by acclaimed artist Alan Clark, six full-page illustrations by Clark, a foreword ("Robert Devereaux Boldly Goes...") by David G. Hartwell about how the novel came into being, another foreword ("You Hold a Dangerous Book in Your Hands") by Patrick LoBrutto, and an afterword by the author. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First of all - if you don't have a sense of humor, leave now. Quit reading this review, quit debating about whether or not you should read this book - it simply wasn't written for you. If you are the type of person that likes to laugh at life and doesn't mind the sacred things in life being completely desecrated in front of your eyes - then this IS your book.
I've never read anything like it. That's about the biggest compliment I can make. Modern fiction is just too safe these days. You feel like you've read the same novel or seen the same movie over and over - no one goes for the shock value anymore. So finding Robert Devereaux's little Christmas story was like a breath of fresh air.
Its filthy dirty - I was thankful for my Kindle's built in dictionary, because I'll admit, I learned a lot of new words. Its completely over the top filthy dirty - don't take that lightly when you read this.
But under that - what a story! Somewhere about 1/2 way through the story, I actually grew to really like this ridiculous version of Santa Claus. The guy's a complete moron, making decisions for all the wrong reasons, but his simple bumbling around into one ridiculous situation after another is rather... charming? Hard to use that word to describe this novel, but the characters really take on a life of their own.
For risk of giving away any plot elements - the novel comes to a beautiful epiphany moment near the end ("love the coin...") only to have that beautiful moment ripped away, stepped on and utterly mocked due to Devereaux's twisted sense of humor. You'll see it coming, you'll tell yourself there's no way Devereaux would go there.... but he does :)
The Easter Bunny - where to start with him... I'm now officially creeped out by the Easter Bunny. I won't say why - read this novel and find out for yourself.
Somewhere along the line, God comes into the novel, Greek Mythology comes into play, pagan origins of holiday icons come into play - as some of the descriptions say, nothing is sacred. If you are still reading this review, I trust that you can simply lighten up and enjoy this for what it is.
I read the Kindle edition - no formatting errors at all, and I don't believe I saw a single misspelled word. I appreciate the effort put into the Kindle edition as not all novels lately on Kindle are in that good of shape.
I just finished reading it today - and I've already downloaded the 2nd one. BTW - DO NOT read the Amazon description of Santa Takes On The Homophobes - it will give away some of the plot elements of this book.
Good luck if you decide to read this - I guarantee it will be like nothing you have ever read before.
My reverence of Robert Devereaux's first novel, Deadweight, borders on the worshipful. After recently re-reviewing it, both one of my best friends and Devereaux himself e-mailed me and told me exactly the same thing: to get my hands on Santa Steps Out pronto. So I did (well, a little less pronto than I should have). They were both absolutely correct.
Make no mistake, this book will offend you. Any book containing scenes where Santa Claus cheats on his wife with the Tooth Fairy in the bed of a six-year-old (who's presently sleeping in it) while a voyeuristic Easter Bunny watches is bound to find some way to offend everyone. Most who brave the uproariously funny goings-on between the mythical creatures will probably end up offended by the moral to the story, as well; sometimes the truth hurts, eh? However, as should be obvious from Devereaux's afterword, "Making Light of Santa Claus," the various publishing renegades who championed this book from the completion of its final draft until its publication eight years later didn't show up just for the beer. Devereaux shows, once again, his ability to take the looniest possible situations, things so over the top they make scenes in Dan O'Bannon-scripted films look like documentaries, and still connive the reader into forming bonds. In Deadweight, we found ourselves empathizing with a corpse; here, we commiserate with Santa Claus. Think about it.
You may think I'm stressing this point a little hard, but, well, I am. This book is not for the weak of heart, stomach, eyes, arches, or any other body part. It's the literary equivalent of Peter Jackson's outrageously funny movie Dead Alive, but with far more emotional depth sprung upon the unsuspecting reader. Those intrepid few who find themselves at its gates and make it past the first fifty or so pages are in for a fantastic ride, and the rest are missing out. Certainly in the running for my top 25 (thank you, Amazon, for expanding the lists!) reads of 2002. ****
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