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Lux the Poet

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  476 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
There is something about Lux. He’s a thief and a liar; he is selfish and self-absorbed and hopelessly vain. But while he looks like Lana Turner and romances like a true Casanova, Lux is actually more like a bumbling, oblivious Mary Tyler Moore.

Amid shouting mobs, police shields, and the hurled bricks of the ’80s Brixton riots, Lux is searching for Pearl—the love of his l
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 16th 1994 by Fourth Estate (first published January 1st 1988)
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Christopher James
May 22, 2014 Christopher James rated it it was amazing
(T)he Ro(b)in (Ho)od pub sits on the tow path of the river Lee at the bottom of Springfield Park. Back in the day, they didn't mind you taking your beer outside, so you could sit on the grass watching the rowers, with the marshes behind, and the tower blocks of Stratford still further beyond. It was my Sunday afternoon pub.

I don't know how it started. Our weekends began on Friday at the Cricketers. The sort of pub where everybody knew everyone else. Pete and I would usually walk down together, b
Jul 05, 2010 Agathafrye rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, funny
What a strange book indeed. Opening: Lux the genderbending narcissist poet lies underneath a car with copious quantities of cocaine coursing through his body while a riot rages in the surrounding streets of Brixton. Sadly, it's all downhill from here for Lux, but he always has a positive outlook and doesn't let the circumstances of his day get him down. Rather than describe the plotline of this book, which is nearly impossible, here are some random plot elements in no particular order... A gay c ...more
Tree Olive
Dec 14, 2012 Tree Olive rated it it was amazing
I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK! someone stole it from me though which makes me SO MAD, but hopefully they like the book too and hopefully I can get another copy. IT'S AMAZING. total cyberpunk-poetic, the ENTIRE story takes place both during one riot in Brixton (and those really did happen) and during thousands of lifetimes of people and fallen angels that were framed for crimes they didn't even commit and another girl is being hunted down by the computer police for killing her best ...more
Dec 20, 2009 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great. If it were the only thing Martin Millar had ever written I would make everyone I know read it. Compared to his other work, it's only ok. You can see this book lack the smart polish of Lonely Werewolf Girl or even the Thraxas series.

I love all of the characters. I feel that this book moves through moods very well, but I found the two scenes of violence surprising and shocking.
Apr 12, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Read cover to cover on a 5 hour flight from New York. Immensely entertaining, and the last 5 pages made me cry in public.

Essentially the same book as Good Fairies of New York, but that doesn't really count against it. A swirling phantasmagoria of 80s Brixton, Lux wanders through a race riot in a haze of lust, drugs, and vanity. Gay computer hackers, Scottish punks, a thrash metal band, an exile from Heaven, and a corporate eugenics program all bounce their way through the story like pachinko bal
Jan 10, 2014 Willie rated it liked it
Entretenida novela, sin excesivo valor literario, aunque sí se le podría reconocer algún valor contracultural (fue publicada en 1988, toca muy marginalmente temas como el racismo, la pobreza, drogas, violencia, desigualdad, enamoramiento, homosexualidad, etc.; por así decirlo, son parte de la trama, no hay moralismo ni intención de extenderse en ellos). Lux es un antihéroe estrafalario, poeta al que no quieren escuchar, que me cayó simpático. No obstante, ésta es una novela coral, donde son vari ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this book 25 years after I purchased it, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I remembered doing the first time. The story is quite similar to "Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation" in that it's basically a romp around Brixton with our hero trying to avoid meeting people he's pissed off (replace the Milk Marketing Board with the Computer Police for example, or the renegades from heaven Kali and Yasmin with the Chinese hitmen). It's a little too similar and Lux is a little too one-note all ...more
Dec 11, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
I thought I would like this book more than I did. It's a comedy set in the Brixton Riots of the early 1980s, set around the adventures of a narcissistic poet called Lux. In a wonderfully creative mix of storylines, a whole array of other characters run around in Brixton in the chaos of the riots, most of them exasperated at Lux for one reason or another.

Most of all I liked the story of Kalia, who was expelled from heaven after being falsely accused of organising a coup against the gods, and has
Sep 01, 2009 Bonni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: punks, intellectuals, cynics, buddhists
I've read two of Martin Millar's books before this one and fell immediately in love with his wit and dark humor. The Good Fairies of New York was immediately put on my All-Time Favorites list. He is indeed so awesome that from now on he can do absolutely no wrong.

Lux the Poet was all I expected it to be. Fun from the first page till the last. With a hilariously narcissitic dimwit for a protagonist; descendants from heaven, zany scientists aiming to impregnate models with genuis sperm and punk dr
Colin N.
Jul 25, 2011 Colin N. rated it really liked it
In "Lux the Poet" a number of bizarre characters interact and storylines overlap as a riot breaks out in Brixton. The book is a funny and surreal comic novel, and any description will sound bizarre. But here goes.

There is Lux, a vain aspiring poet searching for his girlfriend. A woman depressed about destroying her computer and on the run from a genetics company for having stolen a valuable program. A fallen angel who must perform a million good deeds in her reincarnated lives to make it back i
Leticia Vega
Who knew you could love a guy like Lux when you know you should dislike him. Despite his many flaws, I still loved him. Go figure that angst would be a delight to read. Yes it is heartbreaking and I'm not sure if I'm sick or not. This story was art. It was storytelling. Lux (the character/his story) was like watching a train wreck. I couldn't look away - I couldn't put the book down. I had to watch; I had to see what would happened next. And its ending was poetic.

I absolutely love Martin Millar
May 06, 2009 Robbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So. Apparently this is a repackage of the 1989 version, but the first USA edition. Martin Millar wrote LONELY WOLF GIRL, which I have heard is pretty good so I was intrigued. LUX THE POET, however, is like an LSD trip. But weirder.

The "plot" takes place in the 1985 Brixton Race Riots, which most non-Britains will not have heard of. Lux is a terrible poet, but he looks like Lana Turner, so a lot of people want to fuck him. He is looking for Pearl, the girl he loves, but he is high on cocaine and
Jennifer Wardrip
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LUX THE POET, by British author Martin Millar, offers a fun, eccentric story of a poet in search of eternal fame and fortune.

As Lux searches a Brixton riot for Pearl - the lesbian love of his life - he meets the resistance of those he has wronged while avoiding the brutality going on around him.

Lux's positive attitude of eternal optimism and vanity make this book an enjoyable read. However, this story would not be complete without the escapades of
Not as good as my two current Martin Millar faves, Lonely Werewolf Girl and The Good Fairies of New York , but it bears Millar's mark—a chaotic, nonlinear, meandering, fantastical storyline; self-absorbed characters who bounce off each other, fall in love with each other, fuck each other, try to kill each other; and snappy, hilarious, and surreal dialogue.

Where it falls short is in having a main character (Lux) who is so thoroughly narcissistic and whose motivations are so thoroughly nonsensi
This was one of the hardest books I've ever rated. I don't know if I really enjoyed it, but I don't think I hated it. It's hard to pinpoint the plot. It kind of reminded me of the movie Magnolia where you have a number of characters doing their own thing who eventually connect later on in the story. I got a bit annoyed with some aspects; like Lux's obsession with Pearl, but enjoyed other aspects; like Lux's explanation of his obsession with Pearl. I seriously don't think my review makes any sens ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time getting into Lux the Poet. The quick cuts to so many different storylines and the general feeling of chaos were jarring at first. Because I was busy and wasn't able to just sit and read the book straight through, I read the first third of the book very slowly. When I finally got some time to read however, and was able to finish it all at once the story really came together for me. I became accustomed to the chaos and the wit and charm stood out. The end was swift and sweet (not ...more
Marisa Lengel-zigich
If I could give this no stars, that would be my review. One of the most poorly written books I've ever read.
Jack Bates
Apr 18, 2016 Jack Bates rated it it was amazing
'You'll cry at the end,' Rachel told me, and she was right.
Jun 03, 2009 Chris rated it liked it
My guess is that Millar wrote one story from different point of views and then mixed them together at the same time for the novel. It is constantly switching from person to person as the story goes. You really have to pay attention or you might get lost.

However, this is a good story. It mixes a legend or myth into a real setting (Alternative Reality of Britain, called Brixton)

I'd call it future modern fiction, if I was being all hoidy toidy about it.
Jul 07, 2012 Kyrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, paranormal
I don't know why Millar cracks me up, but he does. Trying to describe the story is hard. I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone - there's a fair amount of casual sex, violence and total weirdness.
There's also a genetic experiment, reincarnation, hair gel, and headhunters (the business kind). If you like hearing bizarre dreams, then you'd probably enjoy this book. Or maybe I just need to go see my therapist more often.
Jun 23, 2009 Alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nowhere near as tremendously wonderful as the other Martin Millar books that I've been reading, but it had a few moments of beauty. The title character is cheerfully and obliviously pathetic, but entertaining and charming in his own narcissistic way. I much preferred 'The Good Fairies of New York' though.

As a random note, the cover image *really* creeped me out.
Ciaran Mealer
Feb 12, 2012 Ciaran Mealer rated it really liked it
I don't know what kept me reading this book. It was vile, grotesque, made little sense mostly, and kept you wondering whether the things happening were all in Lux's head or really there, or even when they were going on. But I liked it. Some perverse curiosity perhaps. I have no idea why, but I did. Maybe you will too.
Feb 13, 2013 Tony rated it liked it
A myriad cast of unnecessary minor characters bogged this down a bit for me. But I suppose that adds to the chaos. And the chaos is indeed necessary. It doesn't really help that Lux is so self absorbed that it's hard to really like him. He is quite entertaining though.
Aug 07, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was about eighteen and had never read anything like it. Not sure if I would still think it was as good, but I do think it was ahead of its time. Kind of the British punk version of Skinny Legs and All.
Mar 29, 2012 Rebekkila marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!
May 05, 2012 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting novel, written in a style I'm not accustomed to. However, it was funny as shit and I couldn't help but love Lux.
So absurd as to be believable, of Brixton where anything can happen in Martin Millar's world, and oh so silly.
Nik Pemble
Dec 01, 2010 Nik Pemble rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite
The book that first got me reading Martin about 2o years on and hasnt lost any of its charm
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Martin Millar is a critically acclaimed Scottish writer from Glasgow, now resident in London. He also writes the Thraxas series of fantasy novels under the pseudonym Martin Scott.

The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub-cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural. There are elements of magical realism, and the feelin
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