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The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous by [Peddicord, Louis]
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NOTE: This novel has absolutely nothing to do with a former rock star who called himself Alice Cooper.

Rather, "The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous" is a suspense thriller, a saga of questing men and women, and a multi-layered love story. It is a wide-ranging, fully-realized novel wherein lives are ripped apart and rebuilt . . . minds are lost . . . murders are committed . . . children are born, and souls are lost and regained.

Much of the novel's action takes place at Holy Mansion Monastery, a place of studied calm sequestered in the midst of the ongoing dysfunction of the modern world. A handful of monks there along with Brother Gilroy, abbot of the Monastery, are placidly going about their lives when one Alice Cooper, an escapee from an imploded marriage, crashes into their lives. Alice has always had dreams of fame for herself and when a dead derelict inadvertently offers her a shot at such fame, Alice jumps on it with a vengeance.

Needless to say, complications ensue. There is first the matter of Benjamin P. Cooper, CPA, Alice's discarded husband, who descends into a world of frightful madness and who relentlessly pursues Alice over the years to come. There is also Bradford Hymen, a Maryland State trooper who believes his life has been ruined by this wanton woman. Not least of all there is a thuggish federal government which knows full well that it knows best when it comes to how we work our lives.

Through it all, Alice Cooper has as her guiding star this notion of fame—she must have it, come hell or high water. Ultimately she does achieve everything she's wished for, and "The Real Alice Cooper" is an account of the rewards that flow from that mania -- along with the price of the quest.

The children she bears, the new mate she treasures, the bright and shiny future Alice Cooper explores—these are all grist in the storytelling. It is a telling that is rich in fabric and context while unwrapping the skein of motivations and miscues that mark any individual's life. Alice and so many of her companions in this years-long saga become real to the reader—both as unique people and as object lessons in our own quest for meaning.

About the Author

The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous is one of Lou Peddicord's four novels. His other books include The Late Jay Gould May Be Alive and Well, Mr. Mahoney Has Left The Building, and But When She Was Bad.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Louis Peddicord (Dec 2 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A45EB0G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By A Customer on May 31 2003
Format: Paperback
More addictive than espresso...
A novel you won't put down until the final page, and one that you will surely pick up again and again.
The writing, the language, the often sarcastic and witty interactions amongst characters makes this novel one of the best I have read in years. It will keep you coming back for more.
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HASH(0x9ed89e40) out of 5 stars A terrific book Jan. 9 2001
By Ade Mulligan - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a novel you can't read just once. I finished "The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous" on a Monday night and the next night started in on page one again. It's addictive like that.
The second time around, you can open it up anywhere and just start reading. It's so engrossing, and the language is so flowing that, right away, you'll be caught up in the story again. You might be reading about flaky "Alice" herself . . . or the straightlaced Brother Gilroy . . . or the hugely-endowed Benjamin P. Cooper, CPA . . . or poor, tubby old Dottie Rosenthal . . . or wistful little Cathy Moriarity . . . or one of the two coolest monks you've ever met, Brother Zachary and Brother Brother . . . or a group of local townies who are unintentional comedians . . . or even a pair of Dobermans who smile and never bark. Whichever character you chance upon, it's like meeting an old friend -- and hearing them talk to you in their own distinctive voices.
"The Real Alice Cooper" is a genuine trip because it pulls you in and it doesn't let you go. You get wrapped up in all the people who pop in and out of the book and you find yourself enthralled. Just as amazing, the novel doesn't insult your intelligence. The action is always logical and plausible. The same with the characters: Even when two women take up with the same lunatic man, one after the other, it's somehow so inevitable that you know this is why they say life imitates art.
It's a terrific book and a great experience. After you read it, you'll feel a little more alive and a lot more appreciative of what you have.
HASH(0x9ed89e94) out of 5 stars One of those books you treasure for life... July 13 2013
By K. Mitnick - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you love to read, there are (if you're lucky) a few books that stay with you for your whole life. In my case, I have been fortunate to have found "The Old Man And The Sea", "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" and "A Confederacy of Dunces." All of these have been given by me as gifts to people whom I care about. Other books have been recommended, but none like these.

And now, at this late stage of my life, I have now found a book which goes on that list (in no particular order).

"The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous" is now on that short list. Sure, there are many other books I've enjoyed reading over my lifetime, but this one is in a special class.

From the first couple of pages, the story and its incredible characters grab you and hold you tight until the last word, at which point your only thought is that it should have been twice the length.

Rarely will you read a book which tells a story of relationships this well. Alice Cooper is a character you'll never forget and one you will wish you could have known in your own life. Having said that, this book is filled with such characters. Their interactions are beautifully portrayed and as you move on reading, they endear themselves to you. There are parts of this book that will have you laughing uproariously. A couple of the scenes involving Trooper Hymen of the Maryland State Police had me laughing to the point of tears. A couple of these scenes are good literature's answer to a human version of Wile E. Coyote. Even the pair of grinning Dobermans, Peter and Paul, are right up there with the most lovable dogs you've ever known. (In fact, my sister once had a Doberman who smiled at me EXACTLY as Peter and Paul are described.) I am sure that this is one of those pieces of American literature that will continue to be read a hundred years from now.

If you are looking for something that will rise above the run-of-the-mill novel we all read regularly, this book MUST get on your bucket list. I promise you that if, by reading this review, you get this book, you will not only thank Louis Peddicord for writing it, but you'll thank me for telling you not to miss it.
HASH(0x9ed8c18c) out of 5 stars Irreverent take on moral certainty Jan. 20 2013
By Leapin' Literary Lurkers - Published on
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I am certainly in agreement with most of the positive comments regarding this book and particularly appreciated the deliciously wacky (and occasionally irreverent) storyline enhanced by the spot-on comedic phrasing of Mr. Peddicord.

The reader is drawn into a world featuring unorthodox ideas for change and contrasts in mindset and lifestyle. With the characters we face the dilemmas of modern life, depiction of violence, mental illness, role of government, family, money, religion, fate...and, of course, fame.

We are urged to question moral certainty and explore alternate theories of life, living and the lure of the forbidden.

We listen to the voice of conscience urging right or wrong. The subsequent internal dialogues were captivating as were the caricatures of power and sex---embodied in the cartoonishly hapless (and dog bait) Trooper First Class Brad Hymen and the sex-crazed margarita-swilling Dottie Rosenthal. Benjamin P. Cooper, CPA occupies a class of his own.

There is a "however" to all this...I found myself is a quandary regarding how to balance the amazing writing talent of the author with so many word errors in the text. As he requested after a similar review for his Jay Gould book, I have emailed Mr. Peddicord a lengthy list of needed corrections.

They fall into a couple of categories and include such things as:
1. Stumbles over proper names (Adolph for Adolf Hitler; Bismark for Bismarck ND; Rubic's for Rubik's Cube; Thackery for Thackeray; Scarlet for Scarlett O'Hara, etc.)
2. Wrong word: "mangrove" for "mango"; knife "sheaf" for "sheath"; "clammers" for "clamors"; "viscous" for "vicious"; "canon" for "cannon"; "burberry" for "barberry"; and the frequent misuse of "discrete" when he meant "discreet."
3. Trip-ups with foreign terms or punctuation: It's tabula rasa not rosa; flagrante delicto not delicta; éminence grise not eminence gris; que sera, sera not c'est sera, etc.

In the case of the Jay Gould book, the author said he was issuing an updated version, and I would anticipate the same will happen with Alice Cooper.

I remain in awe of Mr. Peddicord's creative genius and found the last few chapters of the book to be as impressive as anything I have ever read. As he so aptly phrased it "Life is the unexpected, unpredictable, and unanticipated."

The thought-provoking nature of his writing and use of irony, humor and parody make his books something to savor.
HASH(0x9ed8c6a8) out of 5 stars 5 Star Thank-You Jan. 22 2013
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The other reviews pretty much say it all. I would only say the same things so will just say that the whole time I was reading this book I was thinking how did I never run across this author before? I felt both cheated out of the chocolate as well as grateful to be allowed to eat some now. Very intelligent book, has some twisted black humor that will keep you both laughing and questioning your sense of humor at the same time.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed89f54) out of 5 stars From Alice herself May 31 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
More addictive than espresso...
A novel you won't put down until the final page, and one that you will surely pick up again and again.
The writing, the language, the often sarcastic and witty interactions amongst characters makes this novel one of the best I have read in years. It will keep you coming back for more.