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In and out of a coma, a man sees his world truncated - legs up the stairs, legs down the stairs, trees out the window - but there is so much more than this: an endless array of dreaming, a steeping in the semi-conscious, a climb through and up and toward all that is mental (col)lapse.
Paperback, 1, 130 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Patasola Press
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Mar 09, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
On a purely language level I think this has to be some of J.A. Tyler's most impressive work to date. It is certainly his most poetic. The lines are just so evocative, they hold an amazing amount of power. I sat down to start and suddenly realized that I had finished without pausing or looking up once from the book. It just held me in there the whole way through.
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Mar 05, 2012 Lisa Basile rated it it was amazing
"Comatose will wreck you. It will make you remember you are dying, and that you have dared to wish it were otherwise, that you have longed for a world that will last. Reading it hurts like shitting pinecones, like digging hole after hole until you’ve buried everything: your stillborn young, your love, your words, the world. J.A. Tyler doesn’t write mythsof creation and destruction. He makes language-shards that refract your consciousness, that draw blood and make you wonder if it’s real. If you ...more
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Mar 09, 2012 Michael Seidlinger rated it it was amazing
A six pack of Guiness, a CAO x2 cigar, and 2 hours of this lacerating, hallucinatory text.

That's how I devoured the book and that's how the book devoured me.

Love the language, but don't love it expecting it to love you back. You'll be shocked, turned to stone, by how it'll treat you. But, like someone with a self-destructive behavioral disorder, you'll keep coming back, page after wondrous page.
May 07, 2013 Ipsith rated it it was amazing
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What kept me reading Comatose was the imagery and the changing tone, yes, but was mostly that way in which I wanted to put together an idea of reality, to piece together which world (that of myth or dream, that of memory, that of overheard sensory detail or comatose stuck-ness) was real, which layer of the palimpsest was dominant, which layer of the ice cream cake was the chocolate crunch. And in the end? I’m still unsure. But that’s what I like the most about Tyler’s Comatose, is that it wears ...more
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Some works you read because the plot, the insidious compulsion to find out “what happens” keeps your eyes lancing back and forth across the page, the screen; some books you read and keep reading because you love the ideas, the psycho-philosophical biscuits of thought, the nibbles; and some books you read because of the ensorcelling language, the shavings of metaphor, the beautiful pockmarks of music in each word, word after word, like a symphany of destruction that enraptures even as the world

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J. A. Tyler is the author of the poetry collection Variations of a Brother War, the collaborative novel No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear (co-authored with John Dermot Woods), and the hybrid novellas Water and Colony Collapse. His work has appeared with Diagram, Sleepingfish, Caketrain, The Fairytale Review, New York Tyrant, Black Warrior Review, and others. For more, visit: www.chokeonthese ...more
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