once upon a time there were old gods, and they ruled a world filled with blood and lust and death and transformation. I think I was expecting some bizarro sex romp featuring sexy-weird scenarios that included Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. it has that, sure, but this is far from one of those jokey sex-monster books that karen loves to review. a brilliantly written book and I immediately want to read more from the author. whether it is the exploration of mythology, Devereaux's willingness to go all in when looking at ancient archetypes, the surprising focus on the male sexual drive and what that realistically means for monogamy, the empathy he displays for his weird and monstrous creations, the compassion he has when delving into human (and inhuman) psychology, his nakedly honest appraisal of love... but you should check it out if you want something that is full of tenderness and hope, lust and a lot of it, gore and brutality, excessively explicit sex and death scenes, a reconstruction of pagan and Christian mythology, an exploration of adult relationships, and wall-to-wall dark fantasy.
If you read this book hopefully you have an open mind. If you have children or grandchildren and you have even the tiniest bit of love for them, password protect your e-reading devices, if you have a hard copy of this novel lock it up, treat it like a loaded firearm, because if the little ones ever crack this book open, trust me, their childhood will be OVER.
ok i picked this book up because it was in the horror section at Borders a few years ago.
There are stories that irreverently spoof beloved childhood figures and then there's SANTA STEPS OUT, a novel which finds perverse, maniacal pleasure in taking everything you held sacred as a kid and turning it into something obscene, terrible, and very, very funny.
In the future, I will have a smile/smirk, or maybe chuckle out loud...come the holidays.
I'll eventually check out something else from Robert Devereaux but this felt like a waste of time and was definitely not for me.
What if the Santa Claus you think you know wasn't really Santa? In Santa Steps Out by Robert Devereaux, we are introduced to a world where the Christian angels, mythological figure (like Santa and the Easter Bunny), and even God himself were once other mythological being, but had their identities erased and were cast in new roles by the current being who calls himself God. This isn't a spoiler, You're told as much in the very beginning. There is a sequel, Santa Claus Conquers the Homophobes , which I will eventually get around to reading if it's anything like this book. Still, at the end it did feel like the author might have written himself into a corner and had to resort to deus ex machina to end the book, even while deus ex machina seemed inevitable. With knowledge that there is a sequel, this takes some of the sting out of it, as Santa Steps Out is rather hefty compared to many bizarro books, not to its detriment.
In "Santa Steps Out" the Santa we all know and love, has a pagan past, as does the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny. Although God's wiped away their past memories, this meeting triggers something in the Tooth Fairy and she wants Santa in a bad way....why's this? It's filled with disturbing erotic images of Santa, The Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny that have me looking at the chocolate bunnies in stores sideways as I tap down my desire to run away screaming.
Robert has a well-deserved reputation as an author who pushes every envelope, though he would claim, with a stage actor's assurance, that as long as one's writing illuminates characters in all their kinks, quirks, kindnesses, and extremes, the imagination must be free to explore nasty places as well as nice, or what's the point?