Thursday, August 13, 2015

The book everyone is talking about! (Well, maybe not everyone...but quite a few!)

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From pages 1-2 (paperback edition)...

…So how’d a guy with such an honorable and impressive lineage end up as just another anonymous schmuck with dreams of being a Hollywood screenwriter? Hell if I know.
Well, maybe I do. See, I was a pretty voracious reader when I was a kid. Hemingway, Twain, Chandler, Hammet, Matheson, Crichton and, of course, King: I loved them all. But it wasn’t until the winter of my sixteenth year that things really kicked into high gear for me. I had broken my leg in a skiing accident and was forced to spend quite a bit of time lazing about at home. One day Dad brought me an anthology of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories. “The Murders at the Rue Morgue,” “The Black Cat,” “The Premature Burial,” “Loss of Breath,” “The Oblong Box,” and—good God!—“The Tell-Tale Heart.” I was utterly and absolutely blown away by those stories, devouring every delicious word.
And I love movies. Pretty much anything by Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, the Bond flicks, Dario Argento, and the whole Roger Corman-Vincent Price oeuvre.
But while I was always a big fan of horror and thriller movies, my love of film really took flight in 1991, when my dad took me to a tenth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
He put me in the car and said, “You’re gonna love Indian Jones.”
I had absolutely no idea who this Jones fella was, but I sure did find out! A couple hours later I was sitting in that darkened theater completely mesmerized by it all. From the opening shots in the Peruvian jungle, to the stealing of the golden idol and escape from the booby-trapped temple, the raid on Marion’s tavern, the Well of Souls and all those slithering snakes, the down-and-dirty fist fight at the airstrip, pursuing the Nazi truck convoy, the U-boat on the Aegean Sea, the final confrontation with Belloq and the gratifyingly gruesome destruction of those evil Nazis. And finally—that last shot—as the Ark of the Covenant is consigned to the oblivion of a government warehouse. Holy fuck, what a great goddamn movie!

What some Amazon readers have said about Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen:

“A look into the not-so-glamorous side of being a Hollywood screenwriter!” 

“Loved the book!”

“…definitely an adventure ride.”

“The unvarnished truth about what life is like for the aspiring screenwriter in today's movie climate.”

“Very entertaining…awesome story.”

“…so fun…”

“…great humor…”

“…creative scenes…”


“It's WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN for the 21st century.”

“This book is a lot of fun.”

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