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He lives in the sewers... and in the black world between stations... the trains shrilly call to one another blind and massive in the dark - black rushing silence, rent by screaming trains ... Like the hideous angler fish of the ocean's deepest places, he is an otherworldly scavenger drifting in currents heavier than avalanches, slow as glaciers, a sea wasp with a bridal trHe lives in the sewers... and in the black world between stations... the trains shrilly call to one another blind and massive in the dark - black rushing silence, rent by screaming trains ... Like the hideous angler fish of the ocean's deepest places, he is an otherworldly scavenger drifting in currents heavier than avalanches, slow as glaciers, a sea wasp with a bridal train of tingling nerves that drift in the sewage time and again tangling in women's dreams. From Michael Cisco, author of The Divinity Student, comes a visionary novel of eros and thanatos. The Great Lover, the sewerman, is the undead hero who nonetheless carries the torch of libido and life. Mischievous Frankenstein, uproarious cartoon demon, mascot of the subway cult, witch-doctor of feculent enchantment and weary veteran of folies d'amour, he stands, or shambles, as our last champion against the monochrome, white-noise forces of Vampirism....

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ISBN : 9781907681066
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 346 Pages
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The Great Lover Reviews

  • Adam
    2018-10-05 02:05

    The title is both hilariously provocative and slightly embarrassing to read in public. This book finds Cisco presenting his most disorienting outing yet. In some way it seems like it could be his most accessible, resembling both a Frankenstein story and a dark urban fantasy where bizarre worlds and creatures exist in a gritty, recognizable urban tableau. This basic outline won’t help much when you are reading it. Cisco’s writing is at its most art damaged and discombobulated, and inventive and beautiful. Tim Powers remixed by William Burroughs. Weird rituals, alien worlds, and surreal mayhem are what you get. This resembles another beautiful book I have recently read, Grace Krilanovich’s The orange eats creeps, and in a just world this book would get the praise that book so deservedly got. Rhys Hughes intro alone is worth the price of this book.

  • Ian
    2018-10-08 01:06

    It's like nothing I've ever read, except it's kind of like Flann O'Brien's "The Third Policeman", Steve Ayelette's "Accomplice" stories, Richard Brautigan, Yasutaka Tsutsui's "Salmonella Men on Planet Porno", and the films of Guy Maddin. It's a surreal, post-modern vampire story. Only there are no vampires in it (just Vampirism). And it's not Post-Modern, it just uses Post-Modernist techniques (that is, according to the introduction). If these statements sound like they're full of contradictions, then that's also kind of like reading "The Great Lover" (where characters are always dying, seducing, decaying, and generally in a constant state of flux). I loved it, I hated it. I was enthralled and electrified, and lost and baffled and bored. But the EXPERIENCE.

  • Brent Hayward
    2018-10-16 02:56

    Some pretty cool nuggets buried under waves of extraneous prose that eventually made me glaze over; I discovered it didn't really matter where I started reading from when I picked up the book. This was the second Cisco I've read and both were in need of an editor and copyeditor who could stand up to the mad Emperor who seems to be running rampant through a lot of new, strange fiction these days. Or maybe I should just stop trying to read these sorts of books. Maybe this is the literary equivalent of wearing pj's in public and using Auto-tune for vocals and I'm an old man who should stick to Henry James. Already The Great Lover has appeared on several 'best of' 2011 lists. I know for certain that a lucky customer at the local used bookstore will be incredulous to see it on a shelf, wondering what fool parted with it.

  • Gaze Santos
    2018-10-09 03:01

    As usual for anything written by Michael Cisco, this was a very synaesthetic experience, making an accurate description of the characters and plot difficult to describe. The main character of the story, referred to in the story as "The Great Lover," is another fantastic and towering creation by Cisco. Following in the footsteps of The Divinity Student, The Golem, and The Tyrant before him, they almost Archetypes for universal yet highly specific experiences. Succinctly as I can, in this particular narrative, we mainly follow The Great Lover is recruited by a group of Subway cultists to make a haven and a new God for himself and the other denizens of the subways and tunnels, deep under the unnamed city. They sought him out specifically because of his awesome powers, for you see, The Great Lover is actually a Demon of sorts. He is the ruler of the sewers endowed with cartoonish abilities. A scatological Bugs Bunny in a derelict, militant world plagued by Vampirism. (Note that I do NOT mean vampires!) Through the creation of a new underground god, Ptarmagent, Duteronome, and others of the Subway Cult hope to escape. Along the way The Great Lover manages to help create a Prosthetic Libido for a scientist that ends up affecting the overall plans of the Subway Cult in an unexpected way.The title itself is obviously supposed to refer to the main character, but taking it as a title rather than name, it can be applied to many of the main characters in the book. Such as the Prosthetic Libido, Ptarmagent, or even Ptarmagent's daughter Vera. The multi-faceted idea of love abounds throughout the plot, along with those of decay and excrement. Even after writing the summary above, I realise that I can't adequately describe the plot or chacaters so easily. I am convinced that due to Cisco's writing style, others will gather a slightly different interpretation of the narrative. Its a visceral yet abstract way of writing that is akin to dreams and synaesthesia. There were also many moments of self-awareness as a narrative that make for a unique reading experience. As difficult as the characters and plot are to fully comprehend, Cisco is always able to anchor his style in conjuring abstract feelings into the reader. Reading his novels are always more of an experience than a story. There is a narrative, but not in the way that perhaps most people would understand as such. Much like William S. Burroughs or Milorad Pavic, Michael Cisco has created his own stylistic mythology which is utterly unique.

  • Charles Baker
    2018-10-04 01:10

    Amazing. Harrowing. Wild. Sensitive and insightful. Mind bending. Strange. Did I mention wild? Loved it.

  • Claudia Piña
    2018-10-21 03:47

    No sé qué pensar o cómo calificarlo.El otro libro de leí de Cisco (The Tyrant) me gustó mucho y se me hizo muy interesante, y éste tiene elementos similares pero es más caótico y absurdo... si es eso posible.Si me gustó y prometo pensarlo unos días y volver con una calificación oficial y una reseña más pulida porque creo que lo merece totalmente, pero no tengo idea de cómo explicarlo.

  • Jen
    2018-10-07 05:56

    Това, в ожесточена конкуренция с The Troika на Степан Чапман, е най-трудната за обяснение и шашава книга, която съм чела. Мога с еднакъв успех да й сложа както пет звездички, така и една. Затова - компромис. Макар да признавам, че имах проблеми с връзката с героите, тайно подозирам, че Майкъл Сиско е гений.

  • Gnome Books
    2018-10-15 06:06

    I wish it were written in rhyming quatrains!

  • Chris
    2018-09-19 23:10

    Contrary to what you might expect, this book is not about a singular human being who is exceptionally good at loving.

  • Mark
    2018-09-30 23:11

    Along with Cyclonopedia, the most inventive and genuinely strange horror novel I've read in the last five years.

  • Roxanne
    2018-10-01 03:12

    Based on the review in the summer 2012 issue of Rain Taxi, I would not like this book.