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Talking Man

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A World Fantasy Award nominee

"A genuinely fresh imagination at work!"
—Michael Moorcock

"Any novel that encompasses John Deere tractors, tobacco planting in the South, wizards at the end of Time, a six-mile wide Mississippi Canyon, singing magic, and a '62 Chrysler racing to the North Pole is covering an awful lot of ground ... Bisson covers that ground as if it were the mo
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Avon Books
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Nov 14, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
I really wanted to love Talking Man. I wanted to love it because 1) Terry Bisson is a terrific guy and, though this is the first of his books I've read in its entirety, I've loved his short stories in the past, 2) Michael Swanwick piqued my curiosity about it many years ago when he praised it in his seminal essay "In the Tradition...", and 3) Bisson is participating here in a project I find truly compelling and undervalued: injecting a strong dose of magic into a gritty contemporary American set ...more
David Gillette
Apr 06, 2013 David Gillette rated it it was amazing
Just delightful. It's a sprawling high-fantasy trilogy in under two hundred pages, and set in America (a couple of different Americas, actually). It uses roads and cars as well as "Borgel" or "Nine Princes in Amber." It has a sense of place and a sense of scale. It's an astoundingly controlled book. There are obvious parallels with "American Gods," but that book is so long and aspires to be so universal that I find it loses its way. Also, in "Talking Man," Bisson's protagonist is slightly more o ...more
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Dec 20, 2008 The Sheila rated it really liked it
The creator of the universe may also be a bad-tempered old whiskey-swilling car mechanic, and his worst enemy may be his ex-wife (in a Chevrolet, but not really). A road trip across the American Myth to the cold heart of the world. My only complaint is that there wasn't more of it--if you're going to work on the level of myth, you need to be prepared for that grand and complicated scale. Somewhere between this and American Gods would be absolutely perfect. But closer to this.
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Jun 27, 2016 Bob Nolin rated it it was ok
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Dec 09, 2008 Jack rated it really liked it
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A beautiful and strange story, unlike anything else I've read. Bisson introduces with equal aplomb the sound of an old John Deere A tractor (Boom chunk chunk chunk boom chunk chunk) and the sight of the six-mile wide Mississippi River Canyon, with fishermen dragging out 1700 year-old catfish as big as a house. In the best possible sense, a book full of magic.
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Jun 23, 2015 Omer Oral rated it it was ok
It's too tiresomely personal and difficult to go into. I never grasped what it tried to hint, and I do not certainly wonder it.
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Terry Ballantine Bisson is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his short stories, including "Bears Discover Fire" (1990), which which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as They're Made Out of Meat (1991), which has been adapted for video often.

Adapted from Wikipedia.
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