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The Face Burns Red [Paperback]

Greg Simmons
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16 Nov 2012
A dark, twisted, and sexually warped ride on one man's downward spiral, The Face Burns Red is at turns erotic, provocative, funny and disturbing.Former Security Operative Greg Simmons flees the scabrous landscape of Birmingham for the sunnier climes of Los Angeles in search of an imagined "better life".However, memories of an encounter with a blind student begin to impinge upon his ability to enjoy California's celebrity haven and he is forced to contend with the dangerously prurient thoughts swirling in his head.Add to that the vampish new object of his desire and the fact that he can't bear to go out in public because his rosacea has flared up (a skin condition causing a permanent state of facial embarrassment) and he begins to feel even more isolated.Settling into misanthropy, an intense sexual topography emerges as Greg explores his licentious urges without restraint.As carnal boundaries are pushed to the limit, so is Greg's mind. Just how far will he go to satiate his sexual proclivities?

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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: (16 Nov 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1291175482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291175486
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,594,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Simmons was born in Birmingham in 1979. His first book - Rock & Roll Hotels - was published in 2011 by Punk Publishing Ltd. Rock n roll history and a travel guide packed into one, it received favourable reviews from The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Lonely Planet Magazine, and many other publications across the globe.

His second book - The Face Burns Red - was published in November 2012 by Oh the Woe. A dark and sexually twisted novella, it is (loosely) based on Greg's experiences of researching rock n roll hotels in Los Angeles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 7 Jan 2013
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Yes, this book is a little twisted but it is not without humour. The narrator - Greg - makes some wry observations about LA life that may not have you belly-laughing but will, nevertheless, pull at the corners of your mouth in recognition. The author, whilst British, has obviously spent some time in Los Angeles doing some people watching. The darker elements are disturbing in a Bret Easton Ellis kind of way, but pack more of a punch due to their descriptive weight - descriptions that had me thinking about the book even after I'd finished reading it. This will be a book that sticks with you. Either because you love it or are repulsed by it. Would make an awesome film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, challenging, engaging 20 Dec 2012
By Nini
This is not the sort of book I usually buy but I was intrigued by the fact that, according to the author's bio, it is loosely based on his experiences researching rock and roll hotels in LA. Quite frankly, I'm having trouble believing any of it is true as the story negotiates some strange turns. It's like a David Lynch film in book form. But I was surprised to find myself gripped by it. Captivating language and some startling imagery make this an engaging read, but also challenging - challenging in that it confronts us with the nature of inherent desires and presents us with a Sadean outlook on what it is to be true to our desires. This underlying thread is pursued with an existential mindset and, consequently, makes for unsettling reading; but like watching a car crash, you are compelled to look. Well, in this case compelled to read. And read I did. Very quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 Dec 2012
Really enjoyed this got the kindle edition and loved it so brought the paperback. A book with such a dark heart i loved it. So well written just something new and fresh only negative could maybe have done another 200 odd pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my first review for a reason 12 Dec 2012
By Rick
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this is my first review as its the only time ive thought a book worthy of my time. :-)
if you enjoy to put yourself in the authors position when reading, and truly feel the way he or she does then this is definately the book for you.
Reading "the face burns red" i began to picture myself as the main character 'greg' and completely got lost in it, you almost forget your surroundings and back drop of LA.

i'll stop there, don't want to give too much away, id strongly suggest reading it for yourself.....

now to buy 'Rock&Roll hotels'

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