I recently became aware of American author Tom Lucas. He dropped by my little and new blog, leaving a rather poetic and profound comment on a post I’d written (Grammar Nazis). In fact, his comment was so damn poetic and profound it made me wanna check out his work, and, I’m kinda glad I did. I went and read the Look Inside for Leather to the Corinthians, quickly discovering it’s fantastic writing. Tom Lucas’s style reminding me of established works such as Ready Player One and Snow Crash, but adopting more the satire of UK favourite Ben Elton. Anyway, here’s a little bit about the talented author, Tom Lucas and why you should both check out and buy his work.
Born in Detroit, Tom Lucas kept to himself, read comics, broke things, and started fires. One day when he was older, he started writing and got a bunch of tattoos. Tom struggled while earning quality teen angst credibility. To make money, Tom flipped pizzas. To save money, he drank really cheap beer. In college, Tom changed majors several times before deciding that an English degree would be a sound choice. Never one for consuming great literature, but rather a copious consumer of media, Tom worked his way onto his college’s daily newspaper, reviewing films and eventually becoming the Entertainment Editor. Eventually, he left those hallowed halls to become a journalism and creative writing professor by day, and a rogue author by night. When he isn’t writing, Tom likes to drive fast and take chances.
SYNOPSIS: Leather to the Corinthians
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 will meet a young SOLDIER, who fights to survive the melee, as he loses his humanity along the way! Leather to the Corinthians is an absurd postmodern fable that defiantly flips a middle finger at modern American life. Through the perspectives of its multiple characters, it explores the absurdities of organized religion, the military, big business, fast food, advertising, sex, and the media. Witty, with bitter undertones, its story possesses a satirical spirit as it plays with traditional story structure, phrasing and cultural references. Its multiple layers encourage return visits as its characters have many more unique tales to tell.
OPENING EXTRACT: Leather to the Corinthians:
I know that you really didn’t want me to get into the wage wars, but I really didn’t have much choice. I was not born with a silver spork in my mouth and there is no denying otherwise. I was put on this green grocer to work. I know that now.
I have joined the General’s Army. Now I know that we always went to the King for his Deals but I’m in it for the Perks and valuable Cash & Prizes. The bottom line is that there are two types of people in this world: Servers and Customers. You know what father taught was always right…if I work hard at the first, I might become the second.
Work on the General’s line is difficult and I must still deal with the rush. However, I’m beginning to see the Lite. The rumors of continued outright aggression towards the King leak about, and I can’t help but think that the General is thinking about closing up early for the King. This is known in industry lingo as Dis-His-Franchise. I am resolved and ready to fight. I will fax or e-mail you as often as possible.
Your son’s name here,
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