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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Peter Sotos is one of those rare writers who can say, 'The words I write are me,' or at least as close as anyone can come to communicating who they are in words.
--Thomas Ligotti

We do not find in Sotos the customary delusions about childhood misery and wounded lives. For this latter-day homo sacer, wounds are not to be healed but poked and worried until they bleed. Sotos is
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Published February 13th 2013 by Nine-Banded Books
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Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was difficult. I'm convinced there is genius in Peter Sotos's writing but I'm not sure I have the stomach to figure out how. ...more
James Steele
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
For as short as it is, it's a very challenging read. These stories are dramatic monologues from the point of view of child rapists, pedophiles, and people who otherwise derive pleasure from the suffering of others.

The first story is from the point of view of a man who has just abducted a little girl and is forcing her to do all sorts of unspeakable acts. But hurting her isn't enough. He wants to know her. Know the innocent life he's destroying. Know the family he's hurting by taking her away, ra
Anita Dalton
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book at 3:00 in the morning and didn’t really sleep that night. I read it in one sitting and though it only took a few hours to read, when I was finished I felt hollowed out. Sick. Queasy. Not unlike how it feels when you crash after a speed bender. Jittery and empty yet all too aware that sleep is not coming. Parts of this book were like being flayed. I think anyone who was ever victimized finds Sotos a daunting read, but of all the books he has written that I have read ...more
Ben Arzate
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is a very difficult book to recommend. Sotos is a powerful writer with a lot of talent, but reading him makes one feel like you've had someone take a shit on your soul.

Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To a large part it's about journalistic integrity, a sort of shock treatment. ...more
Deyth Banger
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chance-deserve
This guy has graphic and explicit content beware folks!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unlike “Selfish, Little”, which engrosses the reader in a filthy, pitiful world of shame and degradation, “Tool.” reads as an almost embarrassing work of gratuitous abuse that, apart from occasional moments which hint at the author’s later potential, seems to go little beyond anything more than mere provocation and shock. There is very little depth and some of the sections end up repeating the same form, which may be intentional, but the result is tedious.

Maybe it was a fresh take in the early 9
May 13, 2014 added it
This will be eye-opening, and then desensitizing, and then you feel like you need a shower, and then you want to shove everything you love into a black hole and never come out.

Read an excerpt here, and expect all of the trigger warnings. All of them. And don't say I didn't warn you.

Chris Gugino
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
uh, jesus. where to start? at first, it makes yr skin crawl. you're inhabiting a really uncomfortable headspace. then, it makes you laugh (the chapter where he describes his arrest had me rolling on the floor, cracking up). and by the end, he's brought you to tears.

not for the faint of heart, obviously.
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Peter Sotos (born April 17, 1960) is a Chicago-born writer who has contributed an unprecedented examination of the peculiar motivations of sadistic sexual criminals. His works are often cited as conveying an uncanny understanding of myriad aspects of pornography. Most of his writings have focused on sexually violent pornography, particularly of that involving children. His writings are also consid ...more

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