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What would you do if you were a few months from collecting early retirement—a pension for which you’d sucked up and sycophanted almost twenty years—when your obscenely overweight and extremely crass boss told you that if you didn’t raise the company’s market share by the end of the year, you’d be out on your ass without a dime? If you’re Sky Thorne, Senior V.P. of Tailburg What would you do if you were a few months from collecting early retirement—a pension for which you’d sucked up and sycophanted almost twenty years—when your obscenely overweight and extremely crass boss told you that if you didn’t raise the company’s market share by the end of the year, you’d be out on your ass without a dime? If you’re Sky Thorne, Senior V.P. of Tailburger—a fringe fast food chain whose specialties are batter dipped, deep-fried meat patties and 96-oz. beef-flavored shakes—you’ll get to work on as many harebrained, desperate schemes as you can think of. And if that means launching a marketing campaign that asks the public, “Why just abuse your body when you can torture it?” then damn it, that’s what you’ll do! Because Sky Thorne is ready to fight dirty and do anything necessary to earn the pension he sees as the reset button on life, liberty, and the pursuit of unadulterated deep-fried happiness. Red Meat Cures Cancer is a hilarious and poignant romp through a world of excess, and marks the arrival of a great new satirical voice in American literature.


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What would you do if you were a few months from collecting early retirement—a pension for which you’d sucked up and sycophanted almost twenty years—when your obscenely overweight and extremely crass boss told you that if you didn’t raise the company’s market share by the end of the year, you’d be out on your ass without a dime? If you’re Sky Thorne, Senior V.P. of Tailburg What would you do if you were a few months from collecting early retirement—a pension for which you’d sucked up and sycophanted almost twenty years—when your obscenely overweight and extremely crass boss told you that if you didn’t raise the company’s market share by the end of the year, you’d be out on your ass without a dime? If you’re Sky Thorne, Senior V.P. of Tailburger—a fringe fast food chain whose specialties are batter dipped, deep-fried meat patties and 96-oz. beef-flavored shakes—you’ll get to work on as many harebrained, desperate schemes as you can think of. And if that means launching a marketing campaign that asks the public, “Why just abuse your body when you can torture it?” then damn it, that’s what you’ll do! Because Sky Thorne is ready to fight dirty and do anything necessary to earn the pension he sees as the reset button on life, liberty, and the pursuit of unadulterated deep-fried happiness. Red Meat Cures Cancer is a hilarious and poignant romp through a world of excess, and marks the arrival of a great new satirical voice in American literature.

30 review for Red Meat Cures Cancer

  1. 5 out of 5

    April Reynolds

    This book was crass, full of profanity, illicit sex and the main character, Sky Thorne, is a liar, a cheat, and willing to even break the law in the name of greed. While trying to improve sales of Tailburger, a fast food chain that has contributed to the gross obesity of the American public, he resorts to linking the company with a porn sweepstakes that ultimately gets him arrested for the web site's loose stance on monitoring minors access. As a Christian and a vegan, there was really nothing i This book was crass, full of profanity, illicit sex and the main character, Sky Thorne, is a liar, a cheat, and willing to even break the law in the name of greed. While trying to improve sales of Tailburger, a fast food chain that has contributed to the gross obesity of the American public, he resorts to linking the company with a porn sweepstakes that ultimately gets him arrested for the web site's loose stance on monitoring minors access. As a Christian and a vegan, there was really nothing in this book that would draw me to read it, other than the fact that I won it on Goodreads. That said, I have to admit that the humor was clever and very funny and I was impressed at the complexity of the plot, as well as the details involving food service, federal regulations and other topics in the book that showed a great deal of research which made the book seem more like a true story. Ultimately, the story is really about Sky's search to find peace of mind in a world full of greed and excess, of which he has become a chief offender. With a very surprising ending, I would have to say I was glad I saw it through and experienced the entire book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Starbuck O'Dwyer is a satirical mastermind. The only thing that could make this book better would be to make a film adaptation. Shuyler Thorne is a CEO in the fast food industry. With Americans becoming increasingly concerned about their health, Sky is under pressure to bring up sales in a dimming market. a as a purveyor of greasy goodness, he finds himself doing things he finds morally reprehensible for the sake of maintaining his pension. *I received a copy of this book for free. The review is Starbuck O'Dwyer is a satirical mastermind. The only thing that could make this book better would be to make a film adaptation. Shuyler Thorne is a CEO in the fast food industry. With Americans becoming increasingly concerned about their health, Sky is under pressure to bring up sales in a dimming market. a as a purveyor of greasy goodness, he finds himself doing things he finds morally reprehensible for the sake of maintaining his pension. *I received a copy of this book for free. The review is my own, honest and unsolicited.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    I finished this book three days ago but I took this long to stop laughing. Starbuck understands business compromise. The troubles that follow logically one step at a time easy to see. Any given decision is easy, but the troubles are hilarious. From page one to the end, I laughed on every page.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    In an age when everybody is going vegan and PETA people are as vicious as hitmen when they strike, Schuyler Thorne doesn’t have it easy when it comes to peddling the food at the fast food joint where he works. Filled to the brim with colorful characters, mooching brothers, idiotic bosses and desperate glad-handing politicians being the least of them, Red Meat Cures Cancer details one man’s mad scramble to make a living and keep his head above water. It’s hysterical, musing, audacious and rather In an age when everybody is going vegan and PETA people are as vicious as hitmen when they strike, Schuyler Thorne doesn’t have it easy when it comes to peddling the food at the fast food joint where he works. Filled to the brim with colorful characters, mooching brothers, idiotic bosses and desperate glad-handing politicians being the least of them, Red Meat Cures Cancer details one man’s mad scramble to make a living and keep his head above water. It’s hysterical, musing, audacious and rather witty. I wouldn’t have the burgers, though, if I were you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Larock

    This book was very different from what I normally read but I'm really glad I read it. Let me start off by saying that my favorite part of this book is the "Torture Me" campaign. I mean when you want to eat junk food why not go all the way. This book is a great read. At some points it may be slow but once you get into it you can't stop. This book was very different from what I normally read but I'm really glad I read it. Let me start off by saying that my favorite part of this book is the "Torture Me" campaign. I mean when you want to eat junk food why not go all the way. This book is a great read. At some points it may be slow but once you get into it you can't stop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Such a fun read that will have you laughing out loud. It certainly is an entertaining way to pass an afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I received this from LibraryThing Member Giveaway for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Croley

    This book was a fun, silly read. I enjoyed it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I can describe this book in one word. Fun! I didn't know whether to like Sky or hate him. You will laugh, your jaw will fall open and you will shake your head. I really enjoyed it. I can describe this book in one word. Fun! I didn't know whether to like Sky or hate him. You will laugh, your jaw will fall open and you will shake your head. I really enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

    Humorous but not quite on level with Christophers Moore and Buckley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne Martin

    this is a satire of American life, not only of meat industry, for those who did not get it. How people want the best, the most, whatever comes after most. The fight Sky engages in to promote Tailburger and its fried burgers is lost from the beginning, but he does not know it. The actions he gets involve in are just insane, but founded on a very sane motive : save his pension, the one he will get after 20 years of work for Tailburger. But everything fails, the NBA player hired to promote the burg this is a satire of American life, not only of meat industry, for those who did not get it. How people want the best, the most, whatever comes after most. The fight Sky engages in to promote Tailburger and its fried burgers is lost from the beginning, but he does not know it. The actions he gets involve in are just insane, but founded on a very sane motive : save his pension, the one he will get after 20 years of work for Tailburger. But everything fails, the NBA player hired to promote the burgers dies of a peanut allergy, the movie ((Kill Bill style) meant to use the burgers is a flop, and PETA, I mean SERMON, sorry, gets more and more important. You get a complete satire painted with thick brushes, no excess is too much. Just wondering if Starbuck O'Dwyer really hates red meat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This send-up of the fast food industry has some funny moments, but mostly fails to hit the mark. It might have helped if there were at least one character who wasn’t either amoral or moronic. Stupid character names like Frank Fanoflincoln and Traylor Hitch don’t help matters either. The conclusion is rushed and amateurish, almost as if O'Dwyer had decided he was tired of writing the book and wanted to end it as quickly and dumbly as possible. One of the customer reviews on Amazon notes that the This send-up of the fast food industry has some funny moments, but mostly fails to hit the mark. It might have helped if there were at least one character who wasn’t either amoral or moronic. Stupid character names like Frank Fanoflincoln and Traylor Hitch don’t help matters either. The conclusion is rushed and amateurish, almost as if O'Dwyer had decided he was tired of writing the book and wanted to end it as quickly and dumbly as possible. One of the customer reviews on Amazon notes that the book was originally vanity published before being picked up by Vintage, and that seems about right.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Red Meat Cures Cancer by Starbuck O'Dwyer I had a hard time getting into this book but about half way in I knew I had to finish and I still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I did find some parts of the book funny but some of the story was just a bit too serious to see the humour in. Although I did like his other two books this one just didn't do it for me. I still look forward to more from this author and this book has not turned me away from reading more. I received this book from the autho Red Meat Cures Cancer by Starbuck O'Dwyer I had a hard time getting into this book but about half way in I knew I had to finish and I still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I did find some parts of the book funny but some of the story was just a bit too serious to see the humour in. Although I did like his other two books this one just didn't do it for me. I still look forward to more from this author and this book has not turned me away from reading more. I received this book from the author for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Streeter

    Couldn't really get into this one. Maybe my heart wasn't completely in it or I was expecting something else. I was looking for sarcastic, I suppose. But nevertheless, I wasn't keen on it - it felt like I was reading a primary school assignment where you have to recount your weekend. I might have to try to pick up another time, but for now WE'RE ONTO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS BOYS Couldn't really get into this one. Maybe my heart wasn't completely in it or I was expecting something else. I was looking for sarcastic, I suppose. But nevertheless, I wasn't keen on it - it felt like I was reading a primary school assignment where you have to recount your weekend. I might have to try to pick up another time, but for now WE'RE ONTO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS BOYS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    This was an interesting satire on the meat industry, similar to "Thank You for Smoking" I may have liked it more as a film, it was difficult to keep interest in a character that wasn't very likable. I think we were meant to feel some pity for his situation and root for him, but anything bad that happened was brought on by his own choices. This was an interesting satire on the meat industry, similar to "Thank You for Smoking" I may have liked it more as a film, it was difficult to keep interest in a character that wasn't very likable. I think we were meant to feel some pity for his situation and root for him, but anything bad that happened was brought on by his own choices.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    DNF - I tried to stick it out with this book, but it was just not something I could make myself do. Satire is obviously not for me. I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Beth Laychak

    I wish I could give this book a negative number. All the characters are just terrible people, I felt no connection to them at all. I think the best way to describe it: The movie "Thank you for Smoking" done poorly. I wish I could give this book a negative number. All the characters are just terrible people, I felt no connection to them at all. I think the best way to describe it: The movie "Thank you for Smoking" done poorly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gregg

    Like a good TV sitcom, full of hyperbolic characters, from-the-gut jokes, a barely tenable plot and a lefthanded swipe at corporate culture. A good, easy read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Far fetched tale of what a small time burger restauarant will do to improve sales. Biggest drawback is the use of "clever" names like "Cill Blinton" are distracting. Some laughs but overall...pass. Far fetched tale of what a small time burger restauarant will do to improve sales. Biggest drawback is the use of "clever" names like "Cill Blinton" are distracting. Some laughs but overall...pass.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda L.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dale Bogardus

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michele Shurbet

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colin Jelliffe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim Strickland

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess Cochrane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Stansbury

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bill D

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