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The Perils Of Praline

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    From Out In Print

    Despite its title, this is not a post-holiday diet/workout book. It's not even a heart-smart warning against the evils of Paula Deen cuisine. Instead, The Perils of Praline is a short, sweet, sexy satire by Marshall Thornton that will have you smiling even in your worst moods.

    Peter "Praline" Palmetier is a young man who moves from Lumpkinville, Georgia to Hollywood in search of his lifelong love, Dave G-better known as Contestant Number Five on the reality TV show, "House Bound." Praline, of course, has not yet met Dave G, but that's a mere formality. He comes out to his pot-dealing mother, packs his "Eat a Peach" t-shirt and sets out for the big city, where he finds adventure, sex, danger, sex, love and more sex.

    Thornton has his tongue firmly planted in his cheek and his finger on the pop culture pulse. The targets he skewers are easy but well worth his attention-the closeted anchorman from Box News in particular-and he never lets the action flag. His Palmetier is a cute, innocent sap just savvy enough to be interesting, and his humor springs from situation and character, never stooping to the cheap laugh . most of the time. But I mean that in the nicest way.

    There is even a love story here between Praline and his by-default-roommate Jason, who sticks by Praline through jealous boyfriends, internet infamy, unwitting prostitution and a casting couch session with the aforementioned Dave G. When their rocky road brings them together at the end-which you knew it would-it gives Praline's trials and tribulations a substance they otherwise wouldn't have had. The Perils of Praline is a light, buttery read that leaves no sugary aftertaste.

    Just the thing to whet your appetite for the challenges of the New Year.

    Reviewed by Jerry Wheeler

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    Madcap sexy satire of a small town Southern boy in Hollywood

    Peter "Praline" Palmetier is on a mission. The 20 year old small town Georgia gay boy is moving to Hollywood, to fulfill his dream to meet someone he saw on a "Survivor"-like reality show, whom he is sure will instantly fall in love with him and they'll live happily ever after. Within several days of arriving in Tinseltown, without having met his idol as yet, he has already had to run for his life from a jealous boyfriend, had sex (filmed by the paparazzi) with a right-wing cable news personality, been photographed from a helicopter as he ran naked alongside a freeway, got his boss' job (by sleeping with his bigger boss), and become the subject of a planned made-for-cable sexploitation film. Just when it couldn't seem to get any crazier, his conniving, pot dealing mother comes for a visit, hoping to turn Praline's exploits into her own "fifteen minutes" of fame.

    This is an over-the-top, madcap satire of the usual "country boy comes to Hollywood" fable, with significant erotic sexual content. It's an amusing, light read, although I thought it did get a bit cartoonish at times. Will Praline live happily ever after with his original "dream man," or will his love take a detour elsewhere? Read and find out. Three stars out of five.

    - Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

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