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Desmond Poole is damaged in more ways than one. If he was an underachiever before, he’s entirely useless now that he’s lost his right hand. He spends his time drowning his sorrows in vodka while he deliberately blows off the training that would help him master his new prosthetic. Social Services seems determined to try and stop him from wallowing in his own filth, so he’s ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by JCP Books, LLC (first published July 1st 2014)
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Susan
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Truth be told this book won't be for everyone. It's not your typical M/M fare. If you're expecting a traditional romance, you won't get it here. It's not happy and sweet. It's honestly unlike anything I've read before. And I loved it…FIERCELY.

Your experience with Meatworks lies solely on how you take to Desmond Poole. Desmond is not a hero. Heck he's not even an anti-hero. He's, when you line up the facts on paper, a total loser.

He grew up with nowhere friends in a nowhere job with a nowhere dad
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Julio Genao
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Julio by: ⚣ Marco Manganiello ⚣
eminently excellent.

once in a while JCP writes these characters who read like the kind of dudes who look like they smell bad. but her effortless talent for layering relatable and poignant details with the appalling consequences of their (usually hilarious) character flaws is unmatched in MM.

recommended.
Santino Hassell
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, favorite
5 stars and a new favorite for me.

I don't know what it is about JCP's characters that cause me to make all of these text-to-self connections (Vic and now Desmond) while reading, but they do. But me seeing many shades of myself in Desmond (anyone who knows me will likely be able to attest to this) is not the only reason I loved this book.

Despite being set in an alternate reality where robotics are part of daily life for most of society, it reads real. I can visualize where these guys live, the wa
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B.A. Brock
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Gritty Romance Fans
Recommended to B.A. by: Facebook Group
The characterization of Desmond Poole in “Meatworks” by Jordan Castillo Price is some of the best protagonist work I've seen in a while.

Desmond Poole is a punk, a drunk, and a dirty asshole. He’s disabled and living off the government (though not well), and his ex, Jim, is his social worker.

At this point the faint of heart should probably put the book down. It’s not the rest of our problems if you thought you liked it gritty but then realized that you were a pansy.

If you do stick with it, th
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Xing
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 stars

So Desmond Pool is a 33 year old man who’s living with his newly acquired robotic arm after a near death experience months back. He’s pretty much bumming off of disability benefits and trying to avoid the requirements set forth by his ex-boyfriend/current social worker. Unfortunately for Desmond, there’s only so much he can avoid before his monthly disability check is cut off. And during one of his support group meeting, he meets a young man named Corey – a three year veteran an
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Kaje Harper
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, m-m
This is interesting as a character study, more than it is romantic. Desmond is a somewhat difficult character to like. He lost his right hand in an accident he can't really remember, and since then he has drifted in a fog of pain and self-pity. He's repelled by the prosthetic arm he's been given, and has made no real attempt to learn to use it. This makes day to day living difficult, as he's reduced to doing everything with his non-dominant "meatworks" hand, and using the prosthetic as little mo ...more
Vanessa North
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fucking brilliant.

Honestly, I am so glad Jordan Castillo Price writes the books she does, about characters like Desmond, in places like Riverside.

When I talk about JCP's books, I feel like I imagine an evangelist feels when moved by the spirit (or whatever, I'm not up on my religious-speak). I get so excited, so full of anticipation for someone else to read her books, to see what I see, to get that amazing connection to these...

Extremely ordinary people.

Oh, Corey the rudeboy in his Specials t-sh
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Kat, short for Clara

22 days into 2015 and I think I've already read my book of the year.

Dev Bentham
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Meatworks is not your standard romance. No burly saints here—rather two anti-heros stumbling toward love. They’re both deeply damaged, and not just because they’ve each lost a hand. Gritty realism, pathos, hard-edged prose—it’s all there. As Corey might say, I was gobsmacked by this story. Not for the faint of heart, this book isn’t like anything else you’ve ever read. I recommend it as a love story for the adventurous spirit.
Sofia
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
3.5 stars

Desmond is not a hero to root for. He makes me so angry, and I want to shake him and get him to do, to see. Then I read the author's note and saw that that is how he was written. As a very fallible, quite fucked up guy. And I thought of the many loved ones I have who make me angry, who take wrong decisions, whom I want to shake till kingdom come and about whom I cannot do anything except just my little bit, because it is their life and their decisions and in this world there is free w
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Christina
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, futuristic, sci-fi
I have mixed feelings on how to rate this. The characterization and world-building is 5-star, but the first half moved a little too slow for me, so I'm bumping it to a 4/4.5 star. Did this take away from my love for Des? HELL NO!

This world is set in the future where robotics play a big part of everyday life. Don’t let the sci-fi/futurism scare you, because JCP created a realistic story set in a dark and gritty world. Everything from the descriptive setting to the authentic characters sucked me
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Lenore
My rating is all Desmond—because of what the author did with him.

I'm not very happy with how his relationship with Corey panned out, but this is Desmond's story and I'm happy with where he is at the end of the book so I'm willing to put my other issues aside.

This remains a great read by a skilled author who can create wonderfully flawed, three dimensional, multi-layered characters you can't but relate to and root for no matter how badly they've fucked up or keep fucking up. And that's no easy
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Mel
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s the week of discovering great new-to-me authors I think :-)))) Another winner, and so shortly after I did my first Voinov.

3 things I absolutely loved about Meatworks: the writing, the dystopian world, the protagonist(s)

Meet Des-mond Poole:

I approached my place from the wrong side of the street, without a burger in my hand, with no wrapper to throw over the fence. Which sucked, because I was keen on seeing how long it took the neighbor’s gardenbot to come out and clean up after me.

This just
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Karen Wellsbury
After GRL I was given a copy of this book, and it sat on my bookshelf until Kat said - lets read Meatworks, I still managed to slip a couple of other books in before I admitted defeat and we actually started to read it.

On one hand I'm glad that I did wait, because a lot of the buzz about it had died down,and it was wonderful to start 2015 off with such a truly good book; on the other having discovered how well JCP writes I could have been reading more of her's earlier.

When I was growing up there
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Lila
5 stars

What an amazing, quirky, emotional ride this was...

Meatworks stomps all over usual genre boundaries and tells a truly powerful story through mouth of an antihero if I ever read one.
I believe the biggest strength of this novel lies in the fact that it's multi-layered, it's written to work reader emotionally on several lines at once. It's a story about a guy who lost his arm and can't really deal with it. It's a story about a guy who has to overcome his biggest fear to be with a guy he like
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If someone were doing a case study on the psychology behind self-destructive behavioral tendencies triggered by traumatic injury and subsequent dysmorphic issues, Desmond Poole would make for an interesting test subject. I just made that up. There’s probably no such thing, but that’s Des in a nutshell. Does it make him an unreliable narrator? Nope. If anything, I’d say he’s one of the most honest first person narrators I’ve ever read.

Des is the self-described asshole and antihero in Jordan Casti
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, mm, sci-fi, bgirls

Review by The Blogger Girls.

From the very first JCP book, I fell in love with the covers. There is just always something about them that sets the tone for the story and character they portray that calls to me. The characters are usually on the gritty side, a bit damaged even, but still oh so sexy. At this point, I don’t even have to read the blurbs on one of Jordan’s books to know I want to read it. I can just tell by the cover.

I’m not generally a lover of anything sci-fi related, but that didn’
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Gaby
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars rounded up!

I've read JCP before, and I've always liked her work a lot. If I had to choose a book to introduce her to any of my friends, this one would be the winner. One of the things I like the most about her writing is that she always finds a way to get the reader so involved into the story that you can see it all very clearly. I love her word build up, and I love how her stories flow.

In this particular case she took a topic that I thought I would hardly feel "related to", and turn
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Alexis Hall
Me and the marvellous Elisabeth Lane talked about this over at AAR:

AJH: This your first JCP isn’t it? How did you find it?

Elisabeth: Loved it. Loved the characters, loved the world-building, loved the dark humor. Loved it.

AJH: Oooh gosh. Yes. I find her a really … I don’t quite know the word is. Uncompromising writer? She’s never hesitates to take an idea and run with it. Or allow her characters to be deeply, deeply unsympathetic in often quite unglamorous ways (Desmond is definitely an example
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Ellie
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I want Jim's story!

Will review it as soon as everybody on the BD is done with it.

Full review posted, as usual, also on Ellie Reads Fiction blog

Most of my GR friends and people whose opinion on books I value highly raved about this book so I decided to try it. Furthermore, I was intrigued by the dyspotian setting and the character(s) with disabilities.

It's an engaging, thought-provoking read, skillfully written, leaving a very memorable impression. Told from the first-person POV of Desmond is hi
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Irina
As an emotional person, I judge first of all, how the book made me feel. And Meatworks didn't leave me happy as a typical romance usually would. I disliked Desmond more with each chapter and by the end of the book, I've tried very hard not to judge him, reminding myself that he had to readjust his whole life and start anew. Still, as the author intended to portray him as an unlikable character, she'd managed beautifully.

Instead I admired Jim. He was the only person I loved here - solid, compass
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Irina
Other than being a gritty, visual and unflinchingly honest portrayal of a man and an era, this novel also somehow managed to awaken in me an empathy for its characters I hadn't expected to feel after reading some reviews.
Maybe it's because I'm kind of a shitty person myself, but... I get Desmond (who, btw, literally is Mr Sexy on the cover), I get Corey, and I love them both.

I really need to start letting less time pass between one JCP read and the next, because she just injects joy in my life -
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Heidi
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, dystopia, jcp
I actually adored "Des-mond" the not so likeable, but still loveable looser and, I adored Corey just as much!

I went into this Meatworks Buddy Read (EE, Elena, Tara, Maya, and Mel) with some trepidation. I suggested initially I'd be happy being a lurker, because I really wasn't sure the book was going to do it for me. Maybe a bit too macabre or dystopian? How wrong I was! I'm pretty sure by 12% if not before, I was hooked. It is both macabre and dystopian in such a good way. It's also a bit dark
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Fenriz Angelo
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2017 re-read.

I have a soft spot for this book, it's nice to see i enjoyed this book as i did the first time, i discovered things i didn't see before and that i fully got to understand the nature of Desmond and Corey's relationship. Excellent book, definitely belongs to my tiny list of worthy books to re-read.

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What a fantastic book did i just read!
I've been wanting to read this book since last November and for one thing or other i couldn't get it, until now. I knew it was a good book thoug
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Mónica BQ
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5

This book is fantastic. But I'm still struggling with the fact of whether I actually liked reading it or not.

JCP is a phenomenal writer and much like with Vic from the PsyCop series, Desmond is an amazing character. Reading him was fast-paced and rough and in the end you root for him. But I suppose that I approached this book looking for a Romance and that wasn't at all what I got. Is there love in it? Of fucking course. From Jim and from Corey and from Desmond himself. But the book isn't a R
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Antonella
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know how Jordan manages to produce all the original ideas and excellent books she writes. For sure she doesn't cease to amaze me. Her newest example of amazing is ''Meatworks''. I suppose if I would have read a blurb with the exact description of a fucked up person like Desmond I wouldn't even have given it a try. But it is JCP, and obviously there is much more in him, and in Corey. Jim is also totally different from how we first imagine him according to the first thoughts about h ...more
dammit, liz
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was brilliant, and I'm surprised it's not rated higher. I expected this to be heavier on the sci fi/dystopian stuff, but it was more like a slightly different AU. The story focuses on Desmond figuring out how to be an adult, coping with the ways his life has changed after his accident, learning how to not rely on his ex, and his new relationship with Corey.

JCP's writing is excellent. The imagery was so vivid, and the world building was perfect. No one in this story was a white knight; ever
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Harry
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to read this. I hate the fact that the guy on the cover looks like he has dirty fingernails. I hate the title. I hated the description - some alternative universe with robotic prosthetic limbs? All of it made me cringe. Then I read an excerpt and immediately bought the book. Lesson learned: Jordan Castillo Price is such a wonderfully descriptive, convincing writer that she can make me care about things I wouldn't expect to care about, make me enter worlds I didn't want to enter, an ...more
Jax
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 4-star
I don’t think I’ve ever agonized over a rating as much as I have for this book. Because those reviewers warning that this won’t be for everyone? They’re talking about me. I never would’ve read this book had it been written by anyone else. That cover pic & the blurb would normally send me running: not my kind of story. And it really wasn’t.

I can’t say I liked spending time in this gritty, grimy world where a day spent smoking & drinking on the couch is the biggest ambition. And Desmond was a scr
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Tim Spohn
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin with: This is not your run-of-the-mill Gay Romance.
In fact, I wouldn't even really consider it a romance. There is sex and there are romantic relationships, but it's really a character study inside a great cyberpunk-esque world.
And I loved it.

The cover is great, it immediatly caught my eye.
And by now Jordan Castillo Price has become one of my favourite authors in gay fiction. Mostly because I can really relate to her characters as a gay man, even to damaged and sometimes aweful one
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Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Any disembodied noises, she’s decided, will be blamed on the ice maker.

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