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A cruise ship on the back of a sleeping kaiju. A transgender bartender trying to come terms with who she is. A rift in dimensions known as The Sway. A cruel captain. A storm of turmoil, insanity and magic is coming together and taking the ship deep into the unknown. What will Carol the bartender learn in this maddening non-place that changes bodies and minds alike into biz ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published January 15th 2018 by Eraserhead Press
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Janie C.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something that I am greatly looking forward to this year is the new releases in the NBAS (New Bizarro Author Series). A new title will be released bi-monthly. The first, F4 by Larissa Glasser, is a wild trip on the back of a supermonster. In the preface, the editor states that this story is not a slap in the face with politics. However, every good story has its hero or heroine bucking the system, hence there is a political undertone here. This is an unorthodox journey into the nether regions of ...more
Emily
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We were giving birth to our own version of what we'd wanted the monster to be, now that we seemed to be in control."

F4 by Larissa Glasser is one of the strangest and most entertaining books I've read. There's so much packed into this little book, and it's a wild story. There are three different sections of this novella, and I could have easily read a book for each section.

First off, kaijus have arrived, so of course humans have experimented on them and finally subdued the fourth kaiju (F4) so
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Danger
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL this book was crazy amounts of fun. Fast-paced, ultra-violent, funny, sexual, over-the-top. You read the back cover and say to yourself “how is all this nonsense going to gel together?” yet in Glasser’s realized world of F4 it somehow does. Not only that, it makes sense, in it’s own weird way, both as an allegory and as an insane kaiju sci-fi bizarro adventure. Yeah, I liked this book a real lot.
Rodney
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An impressive debut that is seamless despite how much there is to take in. A multitude of strange ideas abound with a bit of the sociopolitical underneath. This is an exciting and definitely twisted book but just enough of the subtext is there. The writing chops are also solid and refined. F4 maintains a genuine, believable tone throughout the multidimensional madness. I am excited about is to come from Larissa Glasser. This is a great start for the NBAS books this year.
Mindi
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Remaking the universe with love and spunk

This crowded, chaotic novella weaves kaiju, cybernetics, all sorts of monsters, culture wars between cis bros and magnificent trans dykes, and much more into a phantasmagoric, gory, spermy, sweary, sweaty fever-dream with the most heart warming climax. Highly recommended to fellow SJW metalheads, bizzaro fans, and perhaps someone looking to find something that evokes the queer, sfnal kick William Burroughs shorn of misogyny and with more gunplay than the
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S.T. Cartledge
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
It is 2018 and this marks a massive shift in Eraserhead's approach to the New Bizarro Author Series. First and foremost, instead of the November release date, all books up for grabs, now they're trickling the titles out one by one throughout the year, giving each author the time to shine on their own and giving each reader time to digest each book as they come out. There's also a shift away from the standardized covers. The NBAS has always been about capturing a wider variety of voices and style ...more
Zach
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The foreword to F4 says it "isn't about slapping you in the face with politics," and I suppose I can't fault a publisher for wanting to hedge their bets describing a book. But this novella features a transwoman with a plasma rifle fighting through a cruise ship full of demonic right-wing messageboard trolls like some super-aware lost level from Doom. So I need to echo Dril and say that politic's is back baby, and it's good again. Awoouu.

Glasser's voice is festooned in snark, and maniacal creativ
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Katy
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
Larissa Glasser's debut is full-throttle down crazy street in a matte black van, a beer in the cupholder and thrash metal in the cassette deck. The brakes might be out, but you wouldn't know cause you'd never touch 'em.

F4 is the bizarro equivalent of a bad (but oh-so-good) monster movie from decades ago. It's full of surreal action, crazy creatures, queer eroticism, and social critiques of capitalism and transphobia in our culture. This book is a great addition to Eraserhead's New Bizarro Autho
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Jesse Guillon
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


If you’re looking to read a book about the trans experience, well, you’re probably not also after a book about crab-dog parasites and tentacle monsters on board a luxury cruise ship grafted into a kaiji’s body. No, F4 isn’t about “the” trans experience. It’s about a very specific experience within that whole broader spectrum of experiences - the type of personal and emotionally-charged story that can only be told through the warped glass of bizarro fiction.

The world within this horror novella is
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Sonora Taylor
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun, fast read with some unforgettable creatures. Glasser has a talent for introducing the kaiju, its predecessors, and the parasitic bugs in enough detail within a small amount of pages, that I could picture them perfectly and be fascinated by them as they wreaked havoc on passengers of The Finistrade. I also got a good sense of Carol and who she was, and was invested in her as a protagonist.

I didn't feel that same investment with the side characters. I would've liked to see a little
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Jo Quenell
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gory, sticky, pulpy rollercoaster. Imagine if the movie Society took place on a cruise vessel built on the insides of a kaiju, featured strong transgender women as the heroes, and included a cult of alt-right internet trolls. This roughly sums up F4, but barely scrapes the amount of weirdness trapped between these pages. This is violent, bonkers fun, and worth your time if you're looking for something far out of the ordinary. ...more
Becky Spratford
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2019/02/...

Three Words To Describe This Book: Fun, Speculative, Compelling
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Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book has so much going on - but in a good way! It never stops being entertaining while at the same time pushing the boundaries on what you might come to expect from a story with this synopsis. This book has creature feature elements (I mean there are kaijus, after all! OOOH and little parasitic bug monsters!), claustrophobic suspense, themes of trans acceptance and understanding, humor, sex, and LOTS of other sexy things! And all of these things DO end up going together quite nicely to tell ...more
Diversity Horror
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
You can read my full, illustrated review here: https://diversityhorror.blogspot.com/...

I really, really wanted to love this book. As you can see, most of the reviews are positive, which is awesome, and I feel like a jerk only giving it two stars. But I suspect bizarro fiction just isn't for me.

The horror genre is not generally kind to trans-women, frequently depicting them as serial killers and/or sexual deviants. Hell, fiction in general doesn't treat trans people well, forcing them into a vict
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Kevin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up as the reviews seemed to be pretty positive and I enjoy the bizarre sub-genre. When I started reading it the story grabbed me straight away. I liked the characters and a lot of the concepts. Everything was going well until I got about a third of the way in and I just felt the story lost its way. It got pretty boring and I struggled to pick the book up. When I did, I read a few pages and put it back down. The wrap up is okay but not as good as the start of the book. I’d rath ...more
Odile
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Larissa Glasser's 'F4' is filthy, bizarre, ultra-violent, and hyper-(trans-)sexual, and I'm sure it's meant to be all those things. For a few moments, it's also quite melancholy.

It's a novella about a gang of women and a boy, most of whom have penises. They're stuck on a cruise ship, which is grafted onto the dormant body of a massive Kaiju. Within chapters the lecherous passengers of the ship morph into outer-worldly hellspawn, and it only gets wilder from there on out.

There are lots of guns, i
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Andreia
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Larissa Glasser’s F4, real-life kaiju have invaded Earth. F1 and F2 disappeared and F3 blew up but F4 has been captured. Kept unconscious with drugs, it has been retrofitted into the Finasteride, a sleazy, rip-off cruise liner that exists mostly inside F4’s guts.

Carol, a down-and-out trans woman, gets a job on board through her ultra-straight sister Roz, who already works there. Carol is escaping a massive online harassment campaign led by the alt right Ratites. She’s also pursuing another tr
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Patrick
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I had pick this book for Ladies of Horror Fiction February readathon under the category LGBQ+ authors. There were several book suggestions but F4 caught my eye and I wanted to read Bizarro Fiction, I never read one and I was just curious to see what it is.

F4 is pretty insane, weird, and twisted. At first I had no clue what was going on until I kept reading. I Iiked the story for what is was but I'm still putting everything on what I just read. This story is nuts lol! Maybe I need to read some mo
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John Goodrich
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Weird, confrontational, and fascinating. There are a ton of extremely strange ideas all mashed together in this book, and Glasser really makes it work. Carol is our protagonist who pulls us through Poseidon disaster after Poseidon disaster--if the Poseidon rode on the back of a massive kaiju, and was searching for an unfindeable island and was run by a complete jerk.

My one regret is that the book is short. I wanted to spend more time with Carol, but the breakneck pace of the book is well-served
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Carrie Laben
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to bizarro it can be difficult to separate the merely-shocking sheep from the genuinely transgressive goats, but F4 is the latter. It doesn't just fuck with the gender binary but with every binary it can find, including victim/aggressor and hero/villain, biological/mechanical and magic/science, linear/nonlinear and rational/irrational, etc. Not a strong contender for people who want their heroes to be pure and their plotlines to make sense, but if you were looking for that you're o ...more
Sandi
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i am about 3 pages away from finishing, but i couldn't wait to share a post. This book totally shreds!! i'be always been a wannabe goth and reading this book i feel so many new chances and inspirations to express that side of me. It's very fast-paced, and could easily be a 6-volume trilogy and still be just as gripping. but there's a lot here that warrants close and slower reading. Each phrase is jam packed with juicy details and voluminous imagery and smells! this book literally stinks!! also C ...more
Kyle Rader
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat, you know you're in for a ride with this book. Unapologetic in its usage of violence, sex, and humor, F4 reads like an old-school action movie from the 80s and is just as fun. Bizarro isn't for everyone, granted. However, if you're looking to read something unlike ANYTHING you've read before, you'd do well to pick up a copy of this book. Highly recommended. ...more
cosima concordia
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: transwrites
Larissa Glasser's F4 is Bizzaro fiction at its best, featuring a trans bartender contending with fractured selves and wars with Internet trolls on the back of a kaiju (like, you know, Godzilla). From start to finish, it's a roller coaster of the strangest and most delicious pulp. ...more
Michael Knolla
Jul 02, 2021 rated it liked it
400+ pages of ideas crammed into 140 and that is both the strength and for me where it proved just a little too slippery to hold onto.
Gregory Rothbard
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Great fun
John Meszaros
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Finasteride is a luxury cruise ship grafted into the back of a drugged and comatose kaiju, the titular F4, or Fury-Beast 4- so named because it was the fourth in a wave of titanic alien monsters that broke through a dimensional gateway to wreck havoc in our world. Despite being repeatedly bombed to Hell, the creature regenerated too fast for anyone to truly kill it. Eventually somebody figured: why not sedate it and turn it into a cruise liner?

Carol is the bartender on this ship. It’s a dec
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