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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Steve Aylett has always gone a step farther than his contemporaries. In Slaughtermatic, he pushed the limits of science fiction, and for that he was named a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. Now, in Lint, he offers the first-ever biography of one of the great minds of our time: Jeff Lint, author of some of the strangest and most inventive satirical SF of the late ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published May 23rd 2005 by Thunder's Mouth Press (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Warwick
Who the FUCK has been hiding Steve Aylett from me for thirty-nine years. I want answers. What is this, a conspiracy of librarians? A booksellers' union grudge? This rebarbative but very funny novel takes the form of a biography of the pulp writer Jeff Lint – a sort of mash-up of Phillip K Dick, Robert E Howard and Alan Moore – and it is filled with more surprising word-collocations and startling throwaway ideas than anything I've read for months. From the opening, I was hooked:

Pulp science
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Bradley
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book is a godsend and has saved me from financial and mental collapse.

When I was young, my father would force me watch old recordings of Lint's Catty and the Major whenever I misbehaved. After developing a tolerance to the emotional damage, Catty and the Major became my favorite program and I began participating in nightly massacres of my neighbor's pets to incur my father's wrath. So he discovered what I was up to and threw out all the Catty and the Major tapes.

After that, I was always
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Steve Lew
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
While we were writing a paper in my 12th grade history class, our teacher gave us some sage advice about what to do when you come up with a dazzling turn of phrase that doesn't serve your thesis: Cut it out and put it in a little box. Aylett apparently had such a box, and has emptied it into this book. These gems, in the forms of the titles of Lint's books, the names of the pulps in which he published when starting out, his critics reactions to his work and his reactions to his critics, often ...more
Simon
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Comedy gods Stewart Lee and Bridget Christie are forever wanging on about this book and it carries an endorsement from Alan Moore so what could possibly go wrong? Well, I’ve finally manged to finish it, at the second attempt, and it really got on my nerves. Linguistically inventive, satirical, pretty short, ace art work, but unfortunately it frequently disappears up its own absurdist arsehole, to the extent that I couldn’t understand what I was reading and then I would immediately fall asleep. ...more
Andrew Taylor
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fake bio of an extremely eccentric, obscure science-fiction writer. Aylett's masterpiece. The book is frequently hilarious and disturbing in a way that is almost impossible to describe. Suffice it to say that like all of Aylett's most memorable characters, Jeff Lint is at war with the fabric of the cosmos itself, and wields language as a weapon. Also in keeping with Aylett, the most preposterous phrases and assertions are welded to a rock-solid earnest delivery. It's like someone trying to hold ...more
surfmadpig
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Googlewhacks
Oh wow.

How to even start approaching a review of this?

Oh, I know - I won't.

EDIT: Look up "Steve Aylett's LINT THE MOVIE" on YouTube!!
R.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
You know how some really great Guided by Voices melodies are ruined by the absolutely absurdist lyrical poetry of Robert Pollard where, like, where he sings something goofily impressionist like "Asparagus reaper vestigial tail" instead of something concrete like "In the morning, at dawn, the boys set sail" (for example)? That's what's kicking me in the nuts about this book. It's a great idea, this book, with, yes, flashes of brilliance, but the author seems to insist on doing absolutely nothing ...more
Stephen Thomas
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
A RESULT, IF NOT QUITE A FULL BELLY

Aylett’s biographical study of the notorious pulp author Jeff Lint is a teasingly exquisite piece. It takes your hand, leads you into the tire-kicking world of the much-maligned writer and shows you so many tantalising insights into his life. I loved it but it left me wanting so much more. What colour were the velvet swatches held by Lint and Herzog in the freezing lot? How high were Herzog’s graph paper barricades? What shape were the gnostic knobs Lint
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Matt
Oct 10, 2007 rated it liked it
Moments of pure genius, sadly watered down to fit 200 pages. Reminds me a lot of Radio 4's 3-part fake biography on Crichton Wheeler, lifelong sufferer of Splicer's Disease. Just as the protagonist of Wheeler's Fortune has an imaginary ailment that quickly becomes tiresome, Lint's mentalism takes a backseat to just about everything else in the book, in effect relegating him to the position of shit-magnet.

That said, read in short bursts, Lint is much more tolerable, and it's mean to pan it
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Rick Diehl
Steve Aylett's Lint is a very silly, very strange little book about what has to be the worlds most difficult novelist Jeff Lint. I really liked the damm thing, but I also have to say that it was nowhere nearly as brilliant as I've been told, although the likes of Alan Moore do not agree.

Excellent surrealism, and a wicked sense of humor still makes Lint highly recommended.
Colin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know what to make of this at first, but now I've finished it I'm... Actually I'm none the wiser. It's a strange, patchy book. The biography of a fictional American pulp sci-fi author, written by a brit. At first I thought the constant British slang (shite, arse, and so on) was a weakness but I think its more of a running joke because its so blatant, especially coupled with other jokes like the crazy exchange rates he uses when converting dollar values to pounds. Most of the ...more
Barkingstars
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Word salad. Your mileage may vary.
Jermaine
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
“When the abyss gazes into you, bill it.”
-- Jeff Lint

An orgy for synthesists, Steve Aylett’s Lint is the false biography of imaginary science fiction writer, weirdo guru and psychedelic wild man, Jeff Lint. Author of such baffling bits of literary vandalism as One Less Bastard, I Blame Ferns and Nose Furnace, Lint is an amalgam of probably dozens of weird personalities. He is alternately William Burroughs, Hunter Thompson, Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, and even underground punk legend Mark
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Ari Brin
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
3.5 stars/ Steve Aylett gives William Goldman a run for his money in Lint, and at times, I had to whip out my phone to triple-check that Jeff Lint was not some real, obscure pulp writer. As in books like the Princess Bride, Aylett is able to distance himself from everything quoted in this book, and criticize or laud it as he sees fit. This gives him a license to literally say anything, and he does.

The genius of the book is in how Aylett presents Lint: as a totally delusional, sometimes
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Mike
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
The fictional biography of Jeff Lint, an eccentric writer who started out writing for pulp magazines like Amazing Stories and Troubling Developments, and later became a cult literary figure. There are some funny satirical bits, especially the section about Lint's time in Hollywood, where he created "Catty and the Major," a children's cartoon so disturbing that it is best remembered for the recurring nightmares it caused. The descriptions of Lint's comic book, his script for a musical version of ...more
Al Young
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I heard of Aylett from Warren Ellis's blog, in which it was mentioned that he was a friend of both Ellis and Grant Morrison. It also probably helps that the book carries recommendations from Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock.

Lint is a fake biography which won me immediately on the first page when it mentions (and I will paraphrase badly) that Lint's first work was published "after being submitted under the pen name Isaac Asimov." The book never gets funnier than that, but it does have its
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Robert
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absurd? Absurd!
Andrew
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the biography of Jeff Lint, a man who, whilst he doesn't actually exist, thoroughly deserves to. A fictional tale of a creative cult figure this book straddles surrealism, nonsense, originality, plausibility, and general audacious inventiveness and is packed with an incredible number of ideas (many of which might fill whole books of their own). I'd put off reading this because I've also written something along mildly similar lines (I hasten to add, conceived well before I knew about the ...more
Thomas Hale
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fictional biography of Jeff Lint, a strange and idiosyncratic pulp SF writer whose career and life were increasingly odd and yet consistent in their incoherence. Aylett has a great flair for description, though the comedy of the book often veers past "funny" and into "charmingly weird". This isn't a complaint - there are some great jokes in here, running gags that build amusingly (like Lint's grudge with a rival author-turned-critic) - but when half the reviews of a book talk about "laughing ...more
nimrodiel
I found this amazingly well written. Although, I had to read it in spurts as it was a bit much at times.

This is an interesting concept, an autobiography of a fictional pulp author. I didn't realize at first that the subject was made up and started racking my brains trying to match up the pulp titles I read as a youngster.

Using a mash up of several prominently weird pulp authors as the idea behind Jeff Lint, this works extremely well. The book is bizarre but extremely funny.

I'm going to have to
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The Book Lender
This is a funny book, although I have a feeling that large chunks of it went over my head, and that it may actually be an hilarious book.

The Star Trek chapter was brilliant, and my favourite line in the book was this:

"On July 13, 1994, Lint had a near-death experience, followed immediately by death."
Unwisely
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Look, obviously some people like this book a lot. I wanted to- it was recommended (via anonymous sign) at the library. But, man. I obviously didn't get it, and after not very long didn't particularly want to. Gave up (even though I was on an airplane). Not sure whether I can count this as a square for library bingo, but it was worth giving up. Not for me!
Nicole
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownbooks2017
Some lines are really funny. Unfortunately, every line is meant to be funny, so the final percentage is not that many landed. I think it may be a bit too madcap for me, despite some genuinely enjoyable moments. Maybe this would have made for a better short story.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Packed with wall-to-wall non sequiturs and grotesquerie, this fictional biography parallels the lives of real-life fringe literary figures, notably Philip K Dick, in all sorts of notionally illuminating ways, but mostly it's just good weird fun.
Nicholas
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was laughing my ass off at the beginning. It wanes a little in the middle, but finishes strong. The biography of Jeff Lint turns out to be a great (nay, perfect) vehicle for Aylett's brand of weirdness.
David
Jul 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is utterly unlike anything else I've read (um, apart from other stuff by the same author). It's truly hilarious, causing me to laugh out loud on public transport, and Alyett's use of language caused me to notice how words are used in a whole new way, at least while I was reading it.
Dan Becker
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a seriously insane book: a literary biography of a fictional, counterculture, cult classic pulp scifi author. Fans of Robert Anton Wilson and Hunter S. Thompson's more unhinged work may appreciate it. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
Matt Hunt
what. the. fuck.

I have no idea what to think of this book. in part it was the funniest thing I've ever read, at other points it was completely baffling bollocks.

confusing, hilarious and incomprehensible.
Jonathan
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished "Lint" - which took way longer than expected for such a short book. But it is incredibly dense and each page is so packed with scatalogical detail that even just a chapter takes ages to digest.
Fascinating, even inspirational stuff though, if not quite as amazing as Bigot Hall.
John
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Catty wasn't Catty.
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May 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
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This is easily one of the most entertaining books I've read in a while. It caused me to laugh out loud in public, which rarely happens. Fully of hilarious quotes. Completely off the beaten path.
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Steve Aylett (b. 1967) is a satirical science fiction and slipstream author of several bizarro books. He is renowned for his colorful satire attacking the manipulations of authority, and for having reams of amusing epigrams and non-sequiturs only tangentially related to what little plot the books possess.

Aylett left school at age 17 and worked in a book warehouse, and later in law publishing.

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