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Lord Tyger (Grandmaster Series)

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Kidnapped by an insane millionare bent on recreating the famous Lord of the Jungle, Ras Tyger is raised in a remote African valley by people he believes to be apes.

Heroic, and beautiful, he is master of his world. And he rules his kingdom with sex, savagery, and sublime innocence. 

But the laws of nature and those of man are about to collide....
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Titan Books (first published 1970)
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Jim
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 2fiction, 1paper
Farmer is great. He made Tarzan real. Excellent. It's been far too long since I read this & having recently re-read Tarzan of the Apes & The Return of Tarzan Tarzan Series #2 , it's time to read Philip José Farmer's take on it again.

If you were crazy & could find a big, closed off valley to raise your own
Tarzan in, what would he be like? Well, here's your chance to find out.
Edward Erdelac
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brad
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I get a call from Pulp Fiction Bookshop letting me know that Lord Tyger had arrived. "It's a gorgeous cover" I'm told.

I cannot argue with that assessment - full credit to Titan books for such great package. Not only do we get a reprint of Lord Tyger but we also get an introduction by Joe Landsdale - the guy chosen to finish Edgar Rice Burrough's unfinished Tarzan novel and a foreword by Paul Spiteri. These extras add so much to the book (This isn't limited to Lord Tyger I'll be discussing mor
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D.M. Dutcher
Ras Tyger is a tarzan-like figure in Africa. He has a lot of sex with the people of a local tribe, who then turn on him. He also has the same questions Tarzan has about his upbringing. Essentially this book is writing Tarzan all over again with a focus on 70s new-wave "realism." Lots of transgressive sex, and a bit of meta-commentary.

Honestly, it sucks.

By making Tarzan realistic, you strip a lot of the fun and purpose of the character. As a commentary on Tarzan himself, it's incredibly weak, wit
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Michelle B
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really this is garbage. One star is overly generous. Farmer comes across as a frustrated porno writer. From this and his pseudo biographies one gets the impression he had wet dreams of a foursome with Jane, Pat Savage, and Dejah Thoris. It's a total insult to anybody who likes Burroughs or Tarzan.
Ron
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Farmer has taken the most boring of pulp fiction and given it life by injecting honest information from anthropology, the Bible, Arthurian legend, and modern psychology into the tale (as well as making small metaphor of white imperialism a part of it). Ras sees ideas as living things that might manifest, and the primary goal beyond survival for him is sexual pleasure, which few books from this era explore so deliciously.

A great contrast is seen when Eeva enters the picture, full of the repressi
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Guy Gonzalez
A surprisingly good read that holds up as Farmer combines old school pulp pacing with solid storytelling chops to spin an engaging "What if Tarzan were real?" tale. The plot "twist" is telegraphed pretty clearly early on, but Ras Tyger's evolution is fascinating, even down to his appropriately cynical epilogue.

I picked this up a couple of years ago on a lark, well before I'd read any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' work, whom Farmer credits as an inspiration, not solely for the famous character his own
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Ralph Calhoun
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this. I have read all the ERB Tarzan books and re-read mots of them, the first five in the series at least 2-3 times each. I did not need the last hospital scene as I like a more innocent Tarzan (Ras) but over all it was a fun read as Tarzan books were meant to be. ERB's characters are a big part of who I am, and they were friends in my childhood and youth who I continue to re-visit. Through them I read Farmer's "Mother was a Lovely Beast" then the Riverworld series, "Tarzan Alive" and f ...more
Sequoyah
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, american
This is certainly not the same author who wrote Venus on the Half-Shell. This Farmer's descriptive prowess was delightful. He described the jungle, the animals, the weather, the people so well that is was a vibrant image in my head.

With his penis, Lord Tyger certainly ruled the land. His story surely brought you in and kept you there, whether it be from riding crocodiles, the genocide of entire tribes, or having sex in cages hung on trees, the novel certainly did its job. I suppose I should rea
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Bill Ramsell
This book scatters concepts like: Does the "Noble Savage" exist? How does nature vs. nurture stack up? Is the destruction of individuals justified in the quest for the perfect being? All this and lots of sex. Mr. Farmer is one of my very favorite authors from way back and I was delighted to find that I had never read this novel. Grand adventure in the old pulp style, with a fine helping of ethics, and the wicked humor that nearly always marks the novels of PJF. Read! Enjoy!
Travis
A surreal take on the Tarzan legend with a clever pay off.
Farmer tends to go overboard showing us the gritty and grim truth of how a jungle boy would act and the details that tend to get glossed over in jungle adventures.

Shame we never saw a sequel, as I'm curious what Farmer could have done next.
Stephen Theaker
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Cairnraiser
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
How do you build your own Tarzan?

This is the story of Ras Tyger, a hauntingly familiar figure... but something is not quite like the Lord Greystoke of Burroughs' books.

A dose of anthropology is added to the mythology of Tarzan in order to create Ras Tyger. A creation of a mad god!
Evan
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun summer read for me. Especially since I had recently read the original Tarzan novel. This book is about a young man who has been raised in an isolated valley to be just like Tarzan as the project of an insane billionaire.
Erik Graff
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Farmer/Burroughs fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
It's rather amazing this book hasn't been made into a movie yet. In the meantime, if you recall the original Tarzan and don't mind representations of sexual excess, this will likely amuse you.
David Blecher
Jan 27, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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John
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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