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Lord Tyger

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Savage, heroic, and beautiful, Ras Tyger is master of the world. And he rules his kingdom with sex, savagery, and sublime innocence. Until one day, the insane reality of his existence begins to unfold.
Mass Market Paperback, Signet (Q 5096), 289 pages
Published July 1st 1972 by New American Library (first published 1970)
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Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 1paper, 2fiction
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.
Farmer's jungle adventure novel (he wrote a couple toying with classics like Tarzan & Doc Savage) has a multimillionaire madman create an isolated jungle valley as a laboratory for trying to raise a real-life Tarzan. In Ras Tyger, he's had partial success, using hired talet to impersonate ape-parents. The result is less the romantic notion of a Noble Savage and more a murderous bully & rapist. Ras follows his heroic journey in decidedly unheroic fashion, eventually to confront is maker i ...more
Edward Erdelac
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Half the fun of this book is figuring out what is going on. Ras is raised in a unique way. Why? His world is bounded by cliff walls & he is unique within it. There are a couple of villages, but they think he is a ghost. His parents claim to be apes, but then they claim a lot of things that don't make much sense & he has only his senses & the odd education they give him to judge.

I read this with a group & had to laugh at the comments about his morals. It's pretty obvious that he's
D.M. Dutcher
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Neil Fairall
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apparently the author has a fascination with Tarzan. This is a "what would happen if someone really fell into the situation that Tarzan did?" type of story. It is rude, crude, funny and lots of fun to read.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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.
Charlie Eckhaus
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Long-held and finally read somewhat irreverent take on Tarzan. The final chapters were masterful although hardly surprising. Admirably suitable writing style for this setting.
Engel Dreizehn
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much a homage and absolute deconstruction of the Tarzan mythos and archetypes...what if the Tarzan stories actually were played out in real life?
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Guy Gonzalez
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Ralph Calhoun
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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!
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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!
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Shelves: f-sf

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Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-sf
Teils teils. Macht teils auf Realismus ist aber doch über Strecken unglaubwürdig. Einige Hardcoreporno-Einlagen. Gegen Schluss habe ich ernsthaft die Lust verloren, darum viele Absätze übersprungen
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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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