I couldn’t resist posting it in lieu of...more
C-minus, son. C-minus; the ski lift, brown cigars, pig hearts, sheep hearts, calf hearts, the weather report as opera, government moons. "Is that you, Bunce? Mr. Bunce?"
Eventually from a third to end autopilot gleaned the rest of the analysis, weight applied...more
[I read some of the sequel, though. Not near as good or fun.:]
[And the guy even came to talk to us, and he seemed okay. Maybe somehow different than what I would have imagined, but who knows.:]
But, so, it's pretty spacey and futuristic. But actually not that abstract or ludicrously sci-fi or unintelligible, hard to read. [So the opposite: pretty easy to read, and fun.]
Maybe it's almost a little simplistic. Like, not too much action. Only one o...more
What do you say about a novel that you’ve liked, but didn’t particularly like?
Let me try that again: what can one say when you’ve enjoyed reading a novel, but didn’t especially like it?
Again, I need to try that again. Beginning with a question (you know, the way we often begin reading novels, or, perhaps, anything else) wasn’t the best way to get going.
Reading Ohle’s Motorman was fun, period. (channeling Cock Roberta, there; read the novel—you’ll see). It’s not that I liked the story, such as...more
‘Motorman’ was out of print for decades until a few years ago a small publisher from New York brought it back to life. Or semi-life, should I say, because they still don’t want you to know. The cover is minimalistic; except for a bizarre illustration, it only tells you the name of the book and its author, all in a very small font. The back is absolut...more
Theres absolutely no telling whats going on in this clusterfuck: and this type of whimsy ei...more
Some novels you read to nostalgica...more
It takes place in a bizarro, Brave-New-World-like world, in the future? Or on another planet? In any case, there is plenty to recognize but the lay of the land is much changed. The prose is understated, but infused with a deep, barely audible heartbeat of intensity. Read Ben Marcus's intro, and then I challenge you NOT to read it.
I still have a lot of questions about Motorman, in all seriousness. This is one of the best "experimental fiction" books I've read in a long time, mostly because of how much fun and psychadelic it is. I like how this book unravells, but the section that I found the most disorienting was near the end when Moldenke gets on the boat to cross the Jelly River and then... (???) (!!!). Having finished this book a week ago, I've already forgotten how it ends.
I feel a further reading could make this a five star book...but I'm not reading it again.