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review 2014-03-24 12:37
Reddick... Red-dick... Red Dick???
The Squid Whores of the Fulton Fish Market - James Ward Kirk,Charie D. . La Marr,Stephen Cooney,Mike Jansen

Weird things catch my eye.

So when I saw this I *knew* I had to read it. I mean Squid Whores, no way could I pass it by. That being said, this is not my usual brand of weird. This is off-the-wall, laugh out loud, kind of weird.

This was hilarious. Even if you don't care for the story, the names alone will have you laughing. "Willie Reddick" - go ahead, say it out loud. Say it again, this time space out the syllables. 

There are a wide variety of characters. You have the aforementioned Mr. Reddick, he's a cop. And then, you've got Cal Amari, the pimp. A wide variety of squid hookers, and their muscle. Dee Paulson, a lesbian in hiding, cooking channel celebrity. And the disabled white boy in a wheelchair who thinks he's a thug.

This is basically the story of Reddick trying to track down these squid whores who are drugging their customers and then robbing them while they're knocked out.

Even though they are supposed to be the bad guys, so to speak, I found myself not wanting them to be caught. I liked the squid whores and their personalities. The ending was fitting, I suppose, and I definitely wasn't expecting it.

For what it was, I really did enjoy it. It made me laugh and kept me interested. I definitely didn't know what was coming at any point. 

The only problem I had was that in my mind, squid are small, so I'm still trying to figure out how a person can have sex with a squid. And, yes, I am that weird person who is actually thinking about this.

*Copy received in exchange for an honest review.

Source: kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com/2014/03/review-squid-whores-of-fulton-fish.html
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review 2014-01-19 00:00
Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie
Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie - Charie D. La Marr I was going to say a little about each story as this author deserves all the accolades one could bestow upon her. *Pause*

Custody - The Orosco Family poodle is very talented and performs in the circus. The poodle is raped in front of the audience by a competing circus mutt. The Orosco's take it to court to see what can be done.

Dalton Stickles Joins the Rodeo - ...or not

El Raton - Santiago, the contortionist, performs the circus wank.

First of May - Newcomers to the circus must work their way up. Deedles doesn't like the attention Pixy is getting and decides to put her in her place.

Fredo the Fish - Bernard got job at Ocean World for the summer while taking a break from school as a MIT enginner student and it ruined his life.

Hocus Pokeher - A magic act gone wrong.

Houdini, Clown Shoes and The Book of the Dead - A time travel story.

Little Darcy Sings to Children - Satanic music kills

Sealina and the Seal - Tino wants Sonya as a lover, but the seal she trains comes between them.

Smoke and Mirrors - The Funhouse isn't fun for everyone.

Sur le Cirque - A beast without his beauty.

Tarot Cards, Elephant Spunk, and Cotton Candy - The Ringmaster is nothing without his voice. De-balled.

The Battle of Showgirls - Two females battle it out for the top spot.

The Circus Waffles Go to the Big Top - Ghetto trailer-parkers go to the circus. Crazy!

5 stars - The Clowns Go Down - Clown attack. This is a story for those who were ever scared by a clown.

5 Stars - The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze - Francois doesn't perform as fluid in the bedroom as he does in the air. Maybe he should keep the acrobatics to a minimum.

*Un-Pause*

Okay, so I wasn't that lazy after all. There are more stories, but I feel this is enough to get an idea of what's in store for you.

This read is about the weird, the misunderstood, magic, madness, acceptance, knowing who you are, and where you want to be - amongst other things.

It took me a minute to acclimate myself to the "circuspunk" style. It was awkward at first, figuring out if it was supposed to be funny or gross, or just weird. Around the 3rd story I just read with no expectations and the stories made their own kind of sense. I laughed, I nodded, I sympathized. It was utterly refreshing reading something so new and unique.

I'd suggest everyone give this read a try. It was the perfect blend of genres and there's sure to be a story just for you.

Fantastic job, Charie!

*I was given a copy of this read in exchange for a honest review*

Check out this review and more on http://ravenousreads.blogspot.com/
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review 2013-12-11 01:50
Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie - Charie D. La Marr
Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie - Charie D. La Marr

Book – Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie 

Author – Charie D. La Marr

Publication Date – December 6, 2013

Type – Stand Alone (short stories)

Genre – Humor, Shock Factor

Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Book provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis

Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie is a book of short stories in a brand new genre—Circuspunk. It contains 26 stories about the circus, carnivals, sideshows, midways and fairs featuring clowns, magicians, freaks, carnies and the crazy cast of characters that go along with them.

 

 

“This ain't your mama's roller coaster ride! That is unless your mama does acid before hitting the amusement park!” says Mimi Williams, author of Beautiful Monster.

 

“Hate clowns or love them, you are going to enjoy reading her zany and sometimes poignant look at a world we both love,” adds Jim Rose of the Jim Rose Circus and author of Freaks Like Me.

 

This is a wild ride of stories that begins with the rape of a circus poodle by one of the show’s rescue mutts and doesn’t let up until an overweight daredevil Elvis impersonator becomes a circus stuntman—diving 35 feet into a flaming kiddie pool of water. In between, the combination of satire, splatter and the wild and wacky will have you laughing, with brief respites of stories that will touch your heart and make you think.

 

 

A professional clown for 9 years, Ms. La Marr tells it like it is, like it should be and like those of you who with clown phobia would like it to be. Put on your rubber nose, put your big shoes up on the coffee table and enjoy Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie.

 

The first Circuspunk book ever!

 

Review

OMG – I don’t even know how to start this review or get out everything I want to say…..I had soooo much fun with this….and I never imagined in a million years that I would.  When the author approached me about this book, I was hesitant at first because I didn’t think it was my normal genre of books.  I am so happy I gave it a chance because there were times my sides felt like they were gonna split with the sarcastic humor from the author!!

 

 

 “Circuspunk” - combine humor, satire, shock factor, exaggeration, sarcasm and splatterpunk genres while telling stories about carnivals, circuses and traveling shows – all of this together is “Bumping Noses and Cherry Pie”.

 

What I liked most about this book are the different stories – I think if the author tried to write a book about the shenanigans from one circus troupe, it wouldn’t have held my attention like this book did.  I do have a feeling there may have been some stories in this book that are based somewhat on the truth and experiences of the author while she performed at the circus.  What I’m trying to say is that there is a bit a truth in there with an extreme amount of exaggeration built around the story (or I really hope so…cause it would be shocking if this isn't the case).

 

 

Think about it – we are getting a bunch of stories here from a “seasoned” clown and what it’s like on the inside.  How many of us are there who are petrified of clowns or know someone who is.  Yeah, my son is deathly afraid of clowns and he is 24 years old (sorry TJ).  I used to take my kids every year to B & B Ringling Bros. Circus until that fateful night when my father was watching “Killer Clowns from Outer Space” and my son snuck upstairs (granted he was only around 5 at the time).  When I heard the whining…I found him in a fetal position against a corner rocking back and forth while my father laughed his ass off.  Poor TJ – we never stopped after that episode – he got porcelain clowns from other family members for presents – we didn’t tell him about Pennywise when he got older and had a “family night” of watching “It” on VHS.  To this day, TJ does not feel comfortable around clowns……I think I may get him to read this book to try and overcome his fear of clowns!  Yeah – we are a sadistic family 

 

 

 

Honestly though, there were a few stories I didn’t connect with, but what does that matter when each story is only a few pages long.  If I got to a story I couldn’t connect with, I knew a new story was right around the corner. 

 

Read about a contortionist who wants to perform “oral sex” on himself and about a junior at Harvard who wants to be a rodeo clown.  Read more about the stories of a multi-millionaire who gives up everything to be a clown and about 2 female clowns battling it out for prime spot in the parade.  I think my favorite was the story of a trailer trash family who win tickets to the circus and their idea of a good time.  You will also learn some of the slang of the “Big Top”!  Just have to throw in there that “Bumping Noses” and “Cherry Pie” have meanings you learn in the book.

 

 

 

Wrap-Up

This is such a fun read but may have you cringing a few times.  An easy read for anyone who loves to hate clowns or those who hate to love clowns!!

 

 

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