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Leather to the Corinthians: A Book Review

Leather to the Corinthians by Tom Lucas

Gather round all you tattooed, lost soul wandering, Wi-Fi/Lo-Fi mutants! Come! Come listen to the hypnotic beat of my drum! Join me on trip to the Village, a strange and surreal place, where an epic battle will determine the fate of the human race! The GENERAL is determined to win this war as the insane clown insurgent wants to settle a score! He’s got a bone to pick with his nemesis the KING, the mad ruler of the Village who only cares about celebrity status and bling! You’ll meet a young SOLDIER, who fights to survive the melee, losing his humanity along the way!

At the root of this evil is the sinister SELL INC., whose CEO’s implants light up when he blinks! Then there’s poor PETER, the dull corporate drone who only wished to be left alone. His boss sends him on a mission to shut the Limp Pigeon down, what a pity since it’s the only good sex club in town. But alas! Good news! The pigeon is set free, when Peter discovers a vixen of virtual reality–not to mention the fulfillment of a very special fantasy!
Folks, I know you that you must be feeling the stress, of this big post-apocalyptic mess, but no worries as you’ll cruise with SCRATCH MICROPHONE, who’ll make sure to get you out of the danger zone. Just take a pill and you’ll chill with his mellow vibe as he leads the good people of his DODGE TRIBE.

Now, if you stay faithful through this crazy crusade, then you’ll earn FR. EVERHARD’s eternal praise, and that’s a slam dunk in the eyes of the BIG RED J! Hey, why not become an Official Sidekick today?
Friends, I know you may be feeling that life is a curse, but listen up–it could always be worse!

Your Gratitude Should Really Begin Now.

Culturally relevant, this book starts off with a kick. Lucas holds nothing back in this zany spin on consumerism and the chaos of cultural backstabbing. The characters are unreal and the plot is thought-out. The bizarre twists and turns leave for a strange read. I will be honest in saying that I didn’t really understand where the book was going when I first picked it up. I think the reason why I was a little lost at first is what makes this book bizarro. It has just too many damn ideas floating around within the pages. But it’s this flood of ideas that cause it to remain weird as the plot unfolds. There were times when, after grasping the work, I became confused again. Pushing past this, I was glad I finished the book. It was irritating at times, but… if you want to see corporate chaos in a bizarro setting, much like Broken Piano for President by Patrick Wensink, then pick this book up!


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My name is Pat and I frequently stop in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at indie-inside.com


Monster: A Book Review

By Pat Douglas

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don’t like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady – for the future of the universe.

Monster runs a pest control agency. He’s overworked and has domestic troubles – like having the girlfriend from hell.

Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Mart. Not the most glamorous life, but she’s happy. No one bothers her and if she has to spell things out for the night manager every now and again, so be it.

But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road, her life collides with Monster’s. He doesn’t catch raccoons – he catches the things that go bump in the night. Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons.

Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell? She actually is from Hell.

Okay, first off… Monster isn’t actually a bizarro novel. I know what you are thinking: Why did you post the review about it here at Bizarro Central? Well hear me out. First, I assume that most of you are avid readers in general. It’s more of a fantasy novel, but if you’re a bizarro fan, I’ll say that there are lots of details in Monster that scream bizarre. Examples: The opening scene is of a yeti in a grocery store eating all the ice cream, but he only likes a special kind. One of the main characters changes colors every day. Another is a man made of paper, and yes, at some point he does catch on fire a little bit. Also, the cell phones in this book are actually babies! It may not be bizarro, but it’s bizarre enough to be worthy here at BC.

Second, I assume that a lot of you guys are also writers, and if you’re a writer of bizarro fiction this book would be a perfect inspirational read for thinking outside of the box. If writing bizarro is already thinking outside of the box, then reading this book for inspiration would be thinking outside of the outside (if that makes sense). This novel is a wacky ride for any lover of ‘different’. It starts out with a fast pace and keeps a steady rhythm throughout.


Have a book you want reviewed?
My name is Pat and I frequently stop in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at indie-inside.com


The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade: A Book Review

By Pat Douglas

I just finished reading The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, edited by Cameron Pierce. It took me a little while to get through this book because I was reading other books at the same time. Here is the thing… it is kind of hard to write a review on an anthology, because it showcases more than one author. More than one writing style. More than one good story. And more than one not so good story. All anthologies are like this. I have read several anthologies in my time and have yet to find one that didn’t have at least one story in it that was bad. Not every story in an anthology is going to be the life changing story you were meant to read. Although this is true for this anthology, I enjoyed this one the most.

The one thing that I noticed different about this anthology from all the others is the story lengths. Most anthologies have word count guidelines with their submissions. As a result all of the stories are about the same length. With this one you had some full novella length stories and some that were so short they only covered half the page. I enjoyed this. In fact some of my favorite stories were the short ones.

Anthologies are a lot of work when it comes to editing, and I just wanted to also note that Cameron did a really awesome job editing it. Throughout the entire book I think I only noticed one ‘oops’. And even then it was not a big one. A round of applause to Cameron. His hard work shows in this collection.

In this book there is something for everyone!

With that, I loved the artwork and studied the art for a while… wondering if any of the stories in the book were somehow tied into the cover art. Who cares! That cover art was freaking awesome.

So, to sum up my thoughts on this anthology: Loved the diversity in story lengths. Cover art is great. Edits are very clean. Although a few of the stories weren’t to my liking, this collection kept my interest more so than any other anthology I have read. There is something for everyone is this book, fan of bizarro or not!

Note: Why did I post these two strange photos with the cover art? Because there were stories in there that made feel both of those emotions. If you have ever felt like that, chances are it was while reading Bizarro of the Decade!

Have a book you want reviewed?
My name is Pat and I frequently stop in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at http://indie-inside.com


Vampire Guts in Nuke Town: A Book Review

By Pat Douglas

Guts is a bad motherfucker in a bad, bad world. The government nuked the sky ten years ago to combat a super fast spreading virus that turns humans into blood thirsty, ravenous killing machines that look more like giant, mutated bats than people. The new sky kills these “vampires” instantly, but at a cost. The entire planet is slammed with mega-high doses of radiation every time the sun comes up, completely changing life on earth as we know it, and completely decimating what little civilization there is left. In Nuke Town, Guts wakes up in a strange motel with no memory of how he got there. A brother and sister duo are the only two humans in sight, but are they friend or foe? As the paranoia sets in, and Guts begins to understand the true implications of a nest of sophisticated, mutated vampires, he must use all the cunning and skills that his years in the wasteland have taught him if he hopes to survive the horror that awaits him in …VAMPIRE GUTS IN NUKETOWN!

Vampire Guts in Nuke Town, by Kevin Strange.
This book is splatter-thrash-gore fest-frenzy-smash! If that were a genre, I guess. Ha, anyway… this was my first time picking up a book by author, Kevin Strange. So I didn’t really know what to expect. The cover it strange. The publisher is strange. The author is even strange. Well that’s just a lot of strange! And it fits: This book is strange. And the truth is, that is the best way to describe it. The opening chapter lays the work for the world you will be entering. From there we meet the main character and move forward into a weird tale. If you can get past that first little loll in the book then you will be glad you did. The farther in you get the grosser it gets. Kevin has a knack for the descriptive. When the guts and goo are splattering across the page you can smell it. You taste it. It’s nasty. And when you think it couldn’t get any deeper, the gritty grime keeps on coming. This is what I liked and hated about the book. I enjoy a book that can make my stomach turn, but at the same time I felt like it was a little over done at times. Gore just for the sake of gore rather than letting the story flow. Although there were some up and downs with pace, over all, I was happy with the story. I loved the characters and all their quirky little defects. The pace was strong and engaging.

If you’re looking for a new twist on vampires… a bizarro twist that laughs mockingly at Twilight, then look no further. This book will make you throw up while laughing.


Have a book you want reviewed?
My name is Pat and I frequently stop in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at http://indie-inside.com


You are Sloth: A book review


So, I just finished reading You are Sloth, by author Steve Lowe. It was a great read. I will say first, though, that we as readers need to know what a sloth really is. And when it comes down to it, the sloth is slow. And based on the pace of the first few chapters of the book I was beginning to think that the book was going to be a cliché of coincidence. A slow book about a slow character. After a few chapters the book really picked up though.

The thing that stuck out the most for me is the way in which it was written: The title is ‘You’ are sloth, and that’s how it reads. The book is written in 2nd person,  as if you’re the main character. I liked that. It sucked me in. The longer I read the book, I thought that it was just going to be a weird story about what life would be like as this animal. But just when I was getting my hopes up the book shifted in an unexpected direction. And from there on out the pace became frantic and the twists and turns were constant. I really enjoyed this book a lot. The characters were strong, and who better to write this book than a guy that actually looks… well, slothy.

Also, talking snakes and homosexual robots. To the slothmobile!

But enough of that. Go read this book!

One last note: my favorite part about the book cover is the unfinished embroidery on the wall. How lazy is that?

Have a book you want reviewed?
My name is Pat and I frequently stop in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at http://indie-inside.com


Book review: Bigfoot Crank Stomp

By Pat Douglas

Bigfoot Crank Stomp by Erik Williams (pictured below) is a fast-paced frenzy of chaos and fun. I first picked up this book because of the title and the cover. That’s right… you can judge me. I judge books by their covers, but what can I say? I enjoy seeing decent artwork. If it looks tacky to you, the content inside probably is too, but this title and cover had me sold. The concept was also great. Who doesn’t want to read a book about bigfoot killing people while on meth?

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Like I said, it’s fast paced (with plenty of blood and guts).  And yes, plenty of meth. In the starting two chapters it got a little confusing because it introduced a sizable number of people. Once I got past that point I was able to pick up on who was who and enjoy every last breath each one of them took in their dying days. If you are looking for a quick read that leaves you laughing, gritting your teeth, and shocked, all that the same time – this book is where it’s at!

One more thing… in the last few chapters of the book I was beginning to feel let down. But just wait. That very final chapter brings it home and leaves you smiling when you finally close the book.

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Have a book you want reviewed?

My name is Pat and I will be frequently stopping in with bizarro book reviews. The types of reviews I do are simple, short, and to the point. If you want me to review your book just shoot me a message. My goal is to do at least one Bizarro Central Review a month. If I can get around to more than that, awesome. But no promises. You can check me out at http://indie-inside.com