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Still Life With Brass Pole by Craig Machen
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May 22, 2011

really liked it

The reader will love the writing style of the author, it truly feels like he is telling the reader about events in his life. The reader will literally bite his/her nails in anticipation...and then later in anguish...and smile at the author's personality. The reader will be immediately drawn into the novel. The author describes his adoptive parents and how one abuses him, then takes the reader on a wilder ride through his time of sex, drugs, and steroids. His forays into strip clubs leads to him being hired as a bouncer. Arnold Schwarzenegger is his main focus in regards to body-building, something the author is unabashedly single-minded about. He shares how he seems to be a "sex-fiend" at times, telling the reader without any qualms. Machen is a very likable character; funny, truthful, and unashamed. He reveals his desire to "walk in the light", get married and have children, and improve himself-all admirable desires. The reader will be enamored of Machen, the pages will fly quickly. This novel is great for adults and even young adults.
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