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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  11 reviews
He lives in the sewers... and in the black world between stations... the trains shrilly call to one another blind and massive in the dark - black rushing silence, rent by screaming trains ... Like the hideous angler fish of the ocean's deepest places, he is an otherworldly scavenger drifting in currents heavier than avalanches, slow as glaciers, a sea wasp with a bridal tr ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Chomu Press
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The title is both hilariously provocative and slightly embarrassing to read in public. This book finds Cisco presenting his most disorienting outing yet. In some way it seems like it could be his most accessible, resembling both a Frankenstein story and a dark urban fantasy where bizarre worlds and creatures exist in a gritty, recognizable urban tableau. This basic outline won’t help much when you are reading it. Cisco’s writing is at its most art damaged and discombobulated, and inventive and b ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's like nothing I've ever read, except it's kind of like Flann O'Brien's "The Third Policeman", Steve Ayelette's "Accomplice" stories, Richard Brautigan, Yasutaka Tsutsui's "Salmonella Men on Planet Porno", and the films of Guy Maddin.

It's a surreal, post-modern vampire story. Only there are no vampires in it (just Vampirism). And it's not Post-Modern, it just uses Post-Modernist techniques (that is, according to the introduction).

If these statements sound like they're full of contradictions
Brent Hayward
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Some pretty cool nuggets buried under waves of extraneous prose that eventually made me glaze over; I discovered it didn't really matter where I started reading from when I picked up the book. This was the second Cisco I've read and both were in need of an editor and copyeditor who could stand up to the mad Emperor who seems to be running rampant through a lot of new, strange fiction these days. Or maybe I should just stop trying to read these sorts of books. Maybe this is the literary equivalen ...more
Gaze Santos
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
As usual for anything written by Michael Cisco, this was a very synaesthetic experience, making an accurate description of the characters and plot difficult to describe. The main character of the story, referred to in the story as "The Great Lover," is another fantastic and towering creation by Cisco. Following in the footsteps of The Divinity Student, The Golem, and The Tyrant before him, they almost Archetypes for universal yet highly specific experiences.

Succinctly as I can, in this particul
Charles Baker
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Harrowing. Wild. Sensitive and insightful. Mind bending. Strange. Did I mention wild? Loved it.
Claudia Piña
No sé qué pensar o cómo calificarlo.

El otro libro de leí de Cisco (The Tyrant) me gustó mucho y se me hizo muy interesante, y éste tiene elementos similares pero es más caótico y absurdo... si es eso posible.

Si me gustó y prometo pensarlo unos días y volver con una calificación oficial y una reseña más pulida porque creo que lo merece totalmente, pero no tengo idea de cómo explicarlo.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Това, в ожесточена конкуренция с The Troika на Степан Чапман, е най-трудната за обяснение и шашава книга, която съм чела. Мога с еднакъв успех да й сложа както пет звездички, така и една. Затова - компромис.
Макар да признавам, че имах проблеми с връзката с героите, тайно подозирам, че Майкъл Сиско е гений.
Gnome Books
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wish it were written in rhyming quatrains!
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Contrary to what you might expect, this book is not about a singular human being who is exceptionally good at loving.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Along with Cyclonopedia, the most inventive and genuinely strange horror novel I've read in the last five years.
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Based on the review in the summer 2012 issue of Rain Taxi, I would not like this book.
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Michael Cisco is an American writer and teacher currently living in New York City. He is best known for his first novel, The Divinity Student, winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999.

He is interested in confusion.