#ReadAnFnBookFridays: ‘The Dick’ by Jimmy Pudge

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One thing we all need to remember is just because the digital version of a book doesn’t cost $7.99 or more, doesn’t mean it sucks. All that usually means is it’s either a writer who doesn’t have the support of maga-publisher behind them, unless it’s a promotional sale, or it could be a self-published work by an author who is just doing whatever he can to find an audience.

Unfortunately, it’s almost a necessity or most self-publishers to offer their works at low prices to lower the consumer’s anxieties about spending money on what is likely to be an unknown commodity. The problem with this is there are plenty of wannabe writers in this self-publishing scenario who don’t have friends brave enough to tell them they should spend a little more time with a project before putting it out there for the world to see.

Jimmy Pudge

Jimmy Pudge

These writers are the bane to the existence of authors like Jimmy Pudge, author of this week’s book The Dick and a previous week’s book Kitty’s Revenge. Pudge, who self-published The Dick via CreateSpace, actually tells interesting stories, and he tells them well.

That’s what I’ve determined after reading two of his books.

The Dick is about an aging, former porn star named Jonny Sausage, who while searching for a new identity in his post-porn career decides to become a private investigator.

When sausage was laying pipe for a living, he was the equivalent of John Holmes, Ron Jeremy, Lexington Steele, or even the fictitious Dirk Diggler. His piece might be considered a weapon by some, and he ain’t afraid to use it.

His PI work eventually gets him involved with a vampire whose family members keep moving on to a new stage of dead. His investigation subsequently drags him into other social situations where his previous life both works for him and against him. It also leads him into a situation where he has to deal with a girl who was important to him in his youth.

Is this one of those stories that has a dozen layers of plot and sub-plot, that makes some kind of statement about the human condition, or offers some insight into culture and philosophy? Hell no. What it is, though, is a quick, entertaining read, that never really lulls and keeps propelling the reader forward.

I want to say more about it, because there are some story elements that funny and surprising, but I don’t want to blow its load before The Dick has a chance to do it on its own.

What I can do, is pretty much assure you there will be another Jimmy Pudge sighting on future editions of Read a Fuckin’ Book Fridays.

In the meantime, though, why don’t you go read a fucking book or something.

#ReadAnFnBookFridays: Kitty’s Revenge by Jimmy Pudge

Title: Kitty’s Revenge

Author: Jimmy Pudge

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Kitty’s Revenge wreaks of I Spit on Your Grave, but doesn’t every rape-revenge piece ever written?

I won’t go as far as saying Kitty’s Revenge is identical to the story of I Spit on Your Grave, but the basic elements are there.

In I Spit on Your Grave, a woman is beaten and raped by some hillbillies in the woods, and then she seeks revenge on them. In Kitty’s Revenge, Kitty Hawkins is find herself working as a hooker-turned-stripper who is abducted  by a mad man who was one of her johns. Kitty sets out to get revenge on not only the man, but her other stripper “friends” who assisted the mad man in torturing her.

Ok, so the only element that is similar to I Spit on Your Grave is the fact that a woman who was physically abused is determined to get revenge on the people who hurt her. I think everything that has this type storyline reminds me of Spit because I saw spit when I was young and it was my introduction to stories of this nature. Now that I think about it some more, it might be more akin to They Call Her One Eye.

Kitty’s Revenge has scenes of brutality and sex that rival scenes from Brett Easton Ellis’s book American Psycho. If you read the book, you know how much more graphic and sick it is than the watered down movie.

In Jimmy Pudge’s story, there are fingers getting chopped off, anal bead strangulation, penis biting and chewing, tooth picks in the eyeballs, and eye surgery with a survival knife, and those are just the highlights.

Kitty begins the story with her life in order and on the right track. As it moves ahead, she encounters tragedy after tragedy, before she is finally driven to violence. By the end, escaping a bad situation is no longer the option that got Kitty out of tight spots before, and she chooses to fight back.

Pudge does a good job of keeping things moving ahead and giving the reader a glimpse of what is going on in Kitty’s head as she manages situations.

Good shit.

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Jimmy Pudge

I found the book browsing Amazon for bizarro fiction titles. Pudge has written a number of books that fall into the category of the weird. Kitty’s Revenge has some elements of what one would expect in the bizarro genre, but it isn’t so far out there the concepts are hard to grasp. It’s just a gritty tale that one might have seen made into a film that might have been shown on 42nd Street back in the heyday of cult films. The revenge factor is an obvious connection to this era; so is the over-the-top violence and sex; and there are even elements of the typical kung fu and blaxploitation script.

Check it out when you can. In the meantime, why don’t you read a fucking book or something.