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Not To Mention Camels: A Wild Trip Through Time And Space

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Three memorable creatures world jump in a meta-cosmic universe that orbits with nightmarish landscapes that thrive on anti-matter, anti-space, and anti-time. What mind and body searing challenges await the Pilger, Pilgrim, and Polder, who are really one man?
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Published September 20th 2000 by Wildside Press (first published 1976)
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Jean-marcel
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
lafferty in novel form doesn't seem an easy thing to handle. At the time I read this book, I thought that possibly I understood what it was about. I laughed a lot, and was surprised by the sudden outbursts of violence and death. The main character resurrects over and over, in many forms and with slightly altered monikers (this to clue you in that he's now operating in a world that might be different from the place you were in the last chapter), but in all his incarnations he possesses a dangerou ...more
Nate D
Lafferty doesn't write sci-fi by starting with What-Ifs and building a plausible world around them, he hallucinates a whole system of existence, then just starts reporting from within it. Ordinary questions, or answers, are tossed to the winds. That's even with this novel being distinctly theological -- besides a casual brutality in line with the old testament, this still feels very, very unorthodox. Non-linear, multiverse-spanning, morally ambivalent, and filled with singularly Laffertian momen ...more
Printable Tire
Nov 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
This book satirizes stuff you never even knew existed. This book is beyond you. Not for the fair of heart.
Robert Wigard
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t know where to begin with this one. I also don’t know how to end this one. And I don’t know what to put between those two extremes. I would give it my Lafferty 5 Star, but I would be rubber stamping my inability to follow the story. However it is Lafferty so even the writing generates four stars.

I had heard this was Lafferty’s hardest, least approachable book, so I was expecting to have trouble following along. However what was happening was plain enough. But I feel I certainly missing t
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Perry Whitford
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Whoah! This book is Lafferty in excelsis! Utter insanity from start to finish, and not for the faint hearted either as it's a brutal gore-fest to boot!

I don't really think it's worthwhile explaining the plot, which seemed to go awry anyhow, but for what it's worth there is something going on involving the astral projection of personalities and the innate human thirst for power.

Only who knows and who cares? Simply dive in and see if you can swim to the end without laughing or punching you
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Arthur
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ah, this book is brutal. Resonating consciousnss circuits, screaming into eternity.
Daniel Petersen
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(The following review is cross-posted from my Lafferty blog: http://antsofgodarequeerfish.blogspot...)

This is probably the most brain-melting work of fiction I've ever read. I'm a huge fan of Lafferty, but I would not recommend the novice start here. (Then again, I once saw someone on a forum say this was the first thing they had read by Lafferty and they were hooked.) The novel's quite exciting, full of very strange and gruesome wonders, but possibly even fuller of philosophical exposition about the multiple identities of one
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Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, published under the name R.A. Lafferty, was an American science fiction and fantasy writer known for his original use of language, metaphor, and narrative structure, as well as for his etymological wit. He also wrote a set of four autobiographical novels, a history book, and a number of novels that could be loosely called historical fiction.