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Lana Rivers, a girl with paintbrush hair, is missing, and it's up to Lancelot, her cyborg knight, and Cilia, his conjoined twin, to find her in a world where an oceanic deluge has swept 99.99% of mankind from the face of the Earth and all that remains is a single floating art installation populated by people hooked on a drug known as oil.

Lancelot has been charger by Jessic
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Paperback, 131 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Bizarro Pulp Press (first published March 30th 2013)
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Char
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I was asked by my good friend Nikki, over at Ravenous Reads, if I could help her out with a short bizarro read. I said sure, so here I am!

Now, let me just say that bizarro really isn't my thing. To be honest, I've not read any bizarro of substance-this is my first one. It really wasn't bad.

From what I gathered, our protagonist is some type of cyborg/ machine (Lancelot or Junk, depending on who is addressing him), who's trying to save Lana, a girl with paintbrushes for hair. I very much enjoyed
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Vincenzo Bilof
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

We can look up the definition of “art” as it applies to different mediums, but an artist, if such a thing exists, would tell you that sacrifice is part of the process. Creating anything that is “art” is a primal process that involves blood and emotion, and when the composition is complete, something new is learned or gained by the artist. R.A. Harris conveys this concept in his bizarro novella, “All Art is Junk,” although I don’t know if that was the author’s intention. You see, one may interpre
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Jamie Grefe
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
I enjoyed this a lot, took it down in a few hours. It blossoms under that kind of speed, seems to be something other (or more) than what you would expect, a simple tale. My reading of the piece prompted me to write a lyric essay, which could pass for a reassembled experience of the text if you're interested in that sort of thing: Drum Skin: Fragments on R.A. Harris: "All Art is Junk."

Pedro Proença
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
LANGUAGE

That's what this book is. A masterclass in language.

There's a plot, and it's cool. A cyborg's journey to rescue a girl.

But the language, man... that's just fucking amazing.
Rodney
A unique read that grabbed me right away with the power of the prose. There are some beautiful lines in this book. The characters and locales were of an odd, colorful nature and well done.
I became very involved in Junk's, AKA Lancelot's, experiences as he attempted with all of his might to rescue Lana. I am excited to read the other books from the author.
M.P. Johnson
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This Art Is Not Junk

Cyborgs! Evil art installations! Art theory! Well, not so much art theory, but plenty of violent, intense, often dense (not in a bad way, like Heart of Darkness dense) bizarro prose.
R.A. Harris
May 21, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


R. A. Harris wrote this book called All Art is Junk. Thankfully, his book is so unartistic, as to be pornographic, that the title is not self-defamatory. Judging from this book, all art is junk, if it’s made by somebody like R. A. Harris, who obviously thinks the world shines out of his arse.
Sean Leonard
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, in the future, there lived a young girl named Lana who painted beautiful pictures with her paintbrush hair. Lana’s mother saw great potential in her, and so arranged a bodyguard to watch over her at all times and keep her safe. One day, Lana’s father, Mansell Rivers, a sensitive and unsuccessful artist, decides that he wants her dead. It is up to her keeper to protect her. And so begins the fairytale like story that is All Art is Junk, the debut novel by R. A. Harris. But the s ...more
Lila Lockhart
While I was looking forward to reading this book, I never received the giveaway from the author so am currently boycotting this book. On the off chance that this giveaway gets received (over two months after the win) I am willing to give this book a chance. But until that possible day it is on my blacklist.

I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads; review coming soon!
Donald Armfield
The minute the curtains open. Harris drops a prose surrounding of amazing writing.

Cyborgs are art for one creator but when one is held hostage the knight and shining armor will come to the rescue. Tripped out on oil the drug that hangs in the back drop world of art. All Art is Junk is a read your need to see with your own eyes.

R.A. Harris paints a nasty picture that will give your eyes a visual memory.
Melanie Catchpole
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I struggled with the first couple of chapters of this book but i persisted and wasnt disappointed. It is a lovely story of girl and cyborg, it is like an adult fairy tale, sort of.
G. Brown
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
"There's a Turkish delight. A cat whose gums are slack."

This is the debut novel from a young author who, I suspect, is one of the most original up-and-coming voices out of England. The prose is dense and alien, like the post-art-collapse-apocalypse of the world it describes. If you aren't ready for a poetic rendering of a family drama set in the world of Andy Warhol's Mad Max, this might not be the book for you. But who isn't ready for a mob of people with animals fisted to become weapons?

It's H
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Christopher Payne
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
Lana Rivers, a girl with paintbrush hair, is missing, and it's up to Lancelot, her cyborg knight, and Cilia, his conjoined twin, to find her in a world where an oceanic deluge has swept 99.99% of mankind from the face of the Earth and all that remains is a single floating art installation populated by people hooked on a drug known as oil.

Lancelot has been charger by Jessica Rivers, Lana's mother, to protect Lana at all costs from her malignant and psychopathic father, Mansell Rivers, so when she
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R. A. Harris writes with fury from his home in England. His stories tend to be bizarre, strange, weird, absurd or horrific.

His books have been published by Bizarro Pulp Press and Dynatox Ministries.
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