#ReadAnFnBookFridays: ‘McHumans’ by Kevin Strange

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When Ricky isn’t banging the crippled girl in the dead body cooler of the human butcher shop, he’s trying to save the human race from becoming fast food for Cthulu and his minions. 

In the world Kevin Strange, of Strangehouse Books, created in McHumans that’s humanity’s only purpose — food.

Ricky is a killer, albeit a reluctant one.

His job in this world is to kill the people who will be processed into food. it’s a job that gets complicated. For example, when his buddy is outed for conspiring in an escape plan and implicates him while being interrogated by one of the old ones, he is forced to kill or be killed.

Kevin Strange (Photo from StrangehouseBooks.com)

Kevin Strange (Photo from StrangehouseBooks.com)

When the time comes for a big celebratory feast, Ricky coerces some of his other kitchen cohorts into doing everything necessary to save the species.

Strange created a world that is kind of like a combination of South Park and Spongebob Squarepants and the classic works of H.P. Lovecraft. While he doesn’t fall into Lovecraft’s habit of being overly verbose and peppering his stories with unnecessarily big words, he does bring Cthulu into the mix, has a character named Chef, and feature an underwater world.

McHumans is yet another quick, entertaining read with out of the ordinary circumstances, humor, and a twisted sensibility. It’s the kind of book we love here at Acid Pop Cult. We had enough of that War and Peace shit in high school and college. We like books that are fun and entertaining.

While Strange might not save the world with this book, Ricky might in the story, which is good enough for our recommendation.

You can pick up the Kindle version on Amazon for cheap.

This is the second Strangehouse Books title we’ve featured on Read a Fucking Book Fridays. The first was Alien Smut Peddlers From the Future. They’re two for two on good reads to this point.

And just a not here, you might notice that every Read a Fucking Book Friday selection has a digital version available, and there is a good reason for this. I’m about as blind as a mole driving his Mercedes straight toward the setting sun. No matter how hard I squint and strain, I can’t see shit without a little help. In the case of reading books, that help comes in the ability to make the text on my Kindle big enough for people 10 feet away to read along with me.

So whether you’re damn near blind, or whatever, it shouldn’t stop you from taking some time this week to read a fucking book or something.

#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.

Ladies and gents, the first ever #ReadAnFnBookFridays Book: The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole

The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole

Authors: Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon

Paperback: 334 pages (It’s also available in a digital and audio format.)

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Welcome to Chapter 1 of Read A Fucking Book Fridays here on the Acid Pop Cult website, where every Friday you’ll find a new post about a book, or at the very least, something book related.

Now that we have the introduction out of the way let’s get down to business with The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole.

The Bizarro corner of the fiction world can be found underneath the mushroom growing beneath the water fountain between the restrooms deep inside that nearly extinct beast known as a book store.

It’s an anything goes genre whose authors often craft worlds with images resembling a mashup of artwork by Salvador Dali and H.R. Geiger. Bizzaro Central is a good resource for familiarizing yourself with the Bizarro world.

The problem I’ve had with “Bizarro fiction” is occasionally I’ll find one of these surreal stories that leaves me wondering what the fuck is going on, rather than WHAT THE FUCK!? as an expression of amazement.

The Apocalypse and Satan’s Glory Hole is full of amazement.

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The time for the apocalypse is nigh, but God just says fuck it and rather than managing the end of this world, he trips off to another galaxy to start over with fewer humans.

This doesn’t stop The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from going ahead with their mission, and it definitely doesn’t stop Satan from unleashing every demon in Hell to wreak havoc on Earth.

Thanks a horde of doped up, horny hippies having an orgy on a gaping hole in the Earth at Burning Man, a plague of cockbugs are released and the ground is fertilized for Satan’s emergence.

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Angels are pummeled, humans die en masse, zombies form armies, the Four Horsemen appear on a talk show, the antichrist is killed, and it’s up to an acid head, a one-armed monkey with a heroin problem, cops dressed in B&D gear, a porn shop owner, a crew of heavily armed, militant lesbians, a Stretch-Armstrong-like doll, and a reclusive blogger to stop it.

Fittingly enough, Las Vegas, Sin City itself, becomes ground zero for every bit of it. Gotta love that. In fact, I love that almost as much as I love the abundance of glory holes available as mankind meets its doom. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

The story moves ahead quickly as it ties all of the character threads together for the big climax. Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon do a good job of walking the line between truly disturbing and utterly hilarious.

It’s a damn good read.

Here’s a snippet of the audio book:

The Kindle version of it is currently just .99 on Amazon, though I’m not sure how long that price is going to last. So get it now before the real world’s apocalypse begins when the world economy totally collapses in the not too distant future.

And hey, whether it’s this one or another one, why don’t you go read a fucking book or something.