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Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment

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Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment is a mosaic novel, a surreal history of a fictional and fantastical European city-state, inspired in part by Venice, The Arabian Nights, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

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Somewhere in the Mediterranean lies the mysterious archipelago of Venera, a city-state drenched in erotic romanticism, fuelled by atavistic rit
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Guernica Editions
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Clay Hackett
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cerebral, intoxicated walkabout through historical episodes in a richly-imagined fictional island city state, replete with allusions to Ballard, Wm. Burroughs, the Surrealists, dime-store pulps, and much more. Ambitious to say the least, but fun as hell, too.
Michael
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
VENERA DREAMS is not an easy read. And, frankly, I was tempted to give up after a few pages in. But somehow this genuinely "weird entertainment" drew me in and kept me hooked, page after page, chapter after chapter. For the adventurous reader, there is much to admire and appreciate here—more than you might find in some novels of two or three times the length. The world building and scene setting. The structure and execution. The brilliance of the conceit. And, yes, the occasional titillation. Al ...more
Marc Ruvolo
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A "mosaic" meta-novel and homage to J.G. Ballard. Thought it was excellent, wonderful dark humor, and the writing is, as usual, top-notch.
Corey
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More strange stories by a master of the form. Lalumière’s linked narratives—all based around the magical city-state of Venera—are full of gorgeous imagery, lush dialogue, and deeply sexual scenarios. It is a dazzling read.

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Venera Dreams

Pungently sensual, this novel it’s a carnal carnival ride, circling around the central conceit. There’s a city-state by the name of Venera, a place where an opium-like drug called vermillion grows. Claude Lalumière’s work is reminiscent of the French poet, Rimbaud, who write in his poem Larmé, “What did I draw from the gourd of the wine? Some golden liquor, pale, which causes sweating.”
The novel consists of a collection of stories, linked by people’s experiences of Venera and its
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Claude Lalumière is the author of the story collections Objects of Worship , Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes , and Altre persone / Other Persons and of the mosaic works The Door to Lost Pages and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment . He has edited fourteen anthologies, including two Aurora Award—nominated volumes in the Tesseracts series. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appea ...more