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The Postmodern Mariner
by Rhys Hughes (Goodreads Author)
A short book of implausible adventures featuring absurdities, anachronisms, exaggerations, outrageous puns, pirates, mythological beings, giant cups of tea and the occasional metafictional trick... Travel with Castor Jenkins and the Postmodern Mariner into worlds undreamed of by sane people!
Published June 21st 2008 by Screaming Dreams
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I've gone from The Smell of Telescopes, one of Rhys Hughes' earliest books, to this, one of his most recent. The decade or so that separates them is immediately obvious (or at least it seems to be - perhaps these stories date from the same period and I'm just imagining a difference!): the lines are cleaner, the twists less superfluous, the jokes funnier. There are three distinct sections (I rather wish The Smell of Telescopes had been divided up in the same way to save me a bit of brainache!).
I am currently re-reading The Postmodern Mariner by Rhys Hughes. I've read it several times already, but it's such a clever book it begs to be re-read often. As Moorcock says (of Hughes), "He makes the metaphysical political, the personal incredible, and the comic hints at subtle pain." There are books out there that get far more attention than they probably deserve. This book deserves far more attention than it gets. It's difficult to find now. Fortunately a new book is slated for release this...more
While some of the humor in these short stories emerges out of intertextual references, there have been instances of intertextuality in fictions by other writers that I have found more satisfying, including D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel, Stephen Dobyns's The Wrestler's Cruel Study, Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair and Timothy Findley's Famous Last Words: while the references in those latter works are motivated by the kinds of narratives in which they occur, Hughes’s allusions frequently seem gratu...more
Light in tone and very funny but still dangerously reality warping, this another wild and almost indescribable story collection from that Welsh captain of the imagination, Rhys Hughes. From Flann O’Brien style tall tales, Monty Python surrealist romps, to Jack Vance styled picaresques these will give you a treasure trove of groan worthy puns and bizarre characters. A joke that seems obvious but appears here for the first time is that of China Melville (sailing the Perdido of course) searching fo...more
A writer of Fantasy and Magic Realism who often uses comedy and absurdism to examine philosophical issues. Known for his original ideas, intricate plots and entertaining wordplay.More about Rhys Hughes...