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Episode 7 is LIVE!

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MattyLovesPodcast episode seven: “There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’ (or this podcast).”

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Fs8lpuu6KD0

Published on Aug 14, 2015
Matt and “Dr.” Tom are excited about their upcoming fall sporting events.

Good news! The DEADPOOL trailer is totally awesome.

Bad news! FANTASTIC FOUR, not so much.

Matt is already pumped up for STAR WARS this December.

What would Matt and Tom do with the FANTASTIC FOUR franchise?

What to watch on NETFLIX:
SENSE 8 (pilot)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP – the BANKSY documentary
LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU – documentary on director Richard Stanley’s failed attempt to complete his work on 1996’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Matt and Tom rip through some of their FAVORITE TEAMS in the history of entertainment. Comics, television, sports–no one is safe.

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Episode 6 is LIVE

Time for Friday fun. I guess you could wait until the weekend, but c’mon.

Matty

MattyLovesPodcast episode six: “The History of Comics According To Matt and Dr. Tom, Part 2”

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/wVaR9q-Jk3U

Published on Aug 7, 2015
— In the mid-90s, did anything substantial happen in comics story-wise?

— Matt still digs the original AGE OF APOCALYPSE.

— Check out the SUPERMAN run by JEPH LOEB and ED McGUINNESS.

— KINGDOM COME still plays.

— Tom has bad luck with comic book collections.

— Matt and Tom wish to be friends with KEVIN SMITH on a first name basis. Read: DAREDEVIL: GUARDIAN DEVIL.

— Would you listeners consider 2003-10 (or maybe even now) to be the “event era” of comic book history?

— Matt and Tom run through their most recent years of reading and collecting comics.

ENJOY!

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Book Review: Cucumber Punk by P.A. Douglas

Cucumber PunkCucumber Punk by P.A. Douglas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been a year since I first became aware of the Bizarro literary scene. At first glance, it seemed like an impenetrable world of twisted, gleeful horror, often sex-charged and certainly offbeat. As I explored the genre, the definition of “bizarro” seemed somewhat slippery. Bizarro-focused websites seem to avoid concrete parameters for the writing. My modern brain wants to categorize and label everything it sees. Time to give it a break and just read it, man.

Scanning the titles, seemingly impossible protagonists come to mind: Anthropomorphic sloths, washing machines, pigs, and what all. The titles are often iconoclastic, pornographic, and punk rock/gothic/geek. There’s certainly a shock value that comes with the first glance, but does it continue to challenge your personal paradigms upon reading? I’m not completely convinced that it does.

Admittedly, I’m still a newbie when it comes to Bizarro lit, but I am certainly familiar with the term “Mondo-Bizarro,” which informed many of my film viewing choices back in the day. So being a man approaching middle-age, I cannot help but keep Mondo in the back of my mind as I continue to explore this transgressive literary scene.

Cucumber Punk is a rocking read concerning a cucumber-headed gutterpunk. Prior to picking up the book, and as a writer myself, I was mostly curious about how P.A. Douglas would pull off the concept. How does one get into the mind of a cucumber, as such? A punk rock cucumber at that?

I am interested to see how other bizarre writers handle these wriggly concepts, but Douglas carried it through in a very direct and accessible manner. The Cucumber Punk simply has a cucumber head and is reluctantly in love with fellow, tomato-headed gutterpunk. Aside from these physical curiosities, they are essentially human characters playing out their roles in a breezy book that features a fair bit of social commentary.

The book is as punk rock as its hero. There are no highborn literary aspirations in this writing. It’s fun and furious, with three chords and an anthem. Surreal and satirical, a tight read that perhaps lacks a bit of depth, but this isn’t that kind of book. Sometimes it gets a little sloppy, but that’s a part of the fun. There are many fun characters that populate its landscape and if you have spent any time in a punk rock/hardcore/goth scene, you are sure to see someone you recognize.

For years you heard that it’s important to eat your vegetables. Turns out that was the worst advice anyone could have given you.

4/5 Middle Fingers.

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Tom Lucas Rocks the Blogger Book Fair

July BBF button copyLooking for some new authors, books, and bloggers to check out? Well, get yourself a few gallons of your favorite beverage, a pallet of Hot Pockets, and a cozy cushion for your butt, because you’re about to be sitting in front of the computer for most of your waking hours.

Next week, July 22-26, is the Blogger Book Fair. It’s a virtual exhibition hall filled with indie authors, publishers, giveaways, contests, and other surprises. There’s so much going on I can’t even figure it out. Looks damn exciting and fun way to find a new favorite or twelve. Just check out this list of participants: http://bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/

And here’s the event list: http://bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/p/events_5.html

So yeah, get nutty on this.

I’m doing my part over here on ReadTomLucas. First off, I’m reducing the price of the Kindle version of Leather to the Corinthians to $.99 for the week. By Grabthar’s hammer, what a savings. It’s a risk-free deal. If you hate the book, you’re only out a buck. If you love it, you got it for a song.

And hey, if you like it, would you drop a few sentences down on Amazon for me? Thanks, you are the awesomest. Did I ever tell you how good looking you are?

I’ll be posting every day next week, each day featuring another Blogger Book Fairian.

Or it is Fairite?

Here’s a sneak peek at my line-up next week:
July 22: Adele Park, Empress of the Audio Book
July 23: Tuan Ho, Exemplary Blogger of Movies and Books
July 24: Sharon Blayliss, Master Builder of Worlds and Histories
July 25: D.H. Aire, Gatekeeper to Realms of Fantasy and Magic
July 26: Dan O’Brien, Prolific Necromancer of the Apocalypse

And on the flip side, these folks will feature me on their blogs as well — so treat them like family.

Get to know these awesome authors and bloggers right here on ReadTomLucas next week. Hope to see you there.

The Greatest Novel That Never Was

Flashback Fridays! Hope you had a great week. No complaints on my end.

So here’s the back-story on this week’s post. Years ago, I was an Editor/Writer for The South End, Wayne State University’s student newspaper. Unlike many college papers, ours was a M-F daily. As the Entertainment Editor, I had a small staff of writers and a daily quota to fill.

My writers always delivered. I am still very proud of the staff I put together. However, on this particularly freezing February day, I found myself in a bind. It was 3pm (deadline time) and I didn’t have any stories to run. So…without much thought for ethics, I decided to write up a book review/author spotlight for a book and author that didn’t exist. I just wrote a feature about a book that I would love to read. I think at the time I may have just finished reading Naked Lunch for the first time.

Looking back at this article, I am amused by the fact that some of the fictitious novel’s qualities can be found in my own novel. At the time, I had no plans for a book. Perhaps a subconscious message sent to my future self? Not sure. The pen name on the article…Stanczyk was a famous Polish court jester. I’ve since used the title and some of the names for other writing projects.

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop: Part One

Hail New Visitor!

If you are new to my blog today, then chances are you are coming via the AMAZING Suzy Duffy (author of the best-selling WELLESLEY WIVES), who was cool enough to bring me into this literary chain of awesomeness.

Now, I realize that I might not be the typical author you would check out, but at the same time, I am often surprised by who connects with my work. Next week, I will have a brief Q & A so you can get to know me better, as well as 5 more sweet authors for you to investigate. I’ll thank you in advance for supporting Indie pub. It is the now and the future. Never have so many voices been given an ear. This is an exciting time for the written word.

My blog is filled with poetry, short rants, and a few other surprises — but my biggest focus is THE BOOK.

005_leather_cover_title01Leather to the Corinthians is my first novel. It’s a surreal dypstopian satire that has been favorably compared to Ready Player One, Snow Crash, Transmetropolitan, and John Dies at the End. You can learn more about my strange fictional world here on my blog or maybe just zip on over to the Amazon page, where buying it is dangerously convenient.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you next week!

It’s my Version of a Super Sunday!

MASS MEDIA SUNDAY!

fireThe kid is on FIRE!

I have a guest poetry slot over at http://sunshinefactor.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/a-poem-from-guest-poet/

…and a promo up on a very cool UK indie press site.http://www.theindiepedant.com/?p=11000. They will be interviewing me next month. I think I need to pay a visit, they always treat me well there.

It’s almost like having a publicist working for me today. NICE.

 

Some other things coming up for the blog…new poem some time this week, I’m taking a dip in the Blog Hop pool, and maybe another surprise or two. Stay tuned!

 
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