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5.0 out of 5 starsAnnie’s story really caught me off guard!
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2019
This novel doesn't pull any punches, but it's worth the beating. Bottom line, Gorb is Gorb.
A psychedelic picaresque adventure through everything—the weirdness of American life, of capitalism, of language, of the mind, of interactions between beings, of being itself. Through the one big catlike eye of Gorb, a hyperproximal translator who moves through a town like an intergalactic Leopold Bloom (if Bloom could file a psionic request to dip into others’ minds rather than just delivering us to them) we have the privilege of seeing things anew, without preconceptions, a rare literary treat. The slapstick absurdity of the characters, from pseudo-cockney homeless individuals to buxom housewives to loquacious professors to cats who speak cat to Snargl'narg the Univitable, at first leads a conventional reader like me to see this novel as merely a playful romp, but it is also a devastating adventure into intimacy, as well as a philosophical inquiry into the nature of civilization, that thing that we’ve created together that keeps us from knowing one another. I won’t spoil it, but it starts with the amusement and discomfort of recognizing yourself in characters you had previously found ridiculous and ends with the beauty and horror of ultimate empathy.
It’s also damn quotable, full of beautifully crafted phrases and wisdom like: “[Humans'] thoughts were fragmented. Their linguiverses were schizocratic. Every infected brain was imprisoned in its personalized world of make-believe, obsessed with fictive tensions narrated by entropy and culture...their experience of the ultraverse was more reliant on defining than perceiving. Once they had defined a thing, they tended to stop perceiving its actual qualities, perceiving the definition instead." I won't say this book is a cure for this predicament, but it is a powerful counterforce.
If you a squeamish about the experimental, don’t be afraid: this novel is witty but also open-hearted and unpretentious. A therapist once told me to deal with my OCD thoughts by following them to their ultimate conclusion...maybe I don’t need to do that anymore. Read it and enjoy resetting your brain. In other words: a great read for writers.
5.0 out of 5 starsA high-octane mindf^&* trip through the strangest world of all: our own
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
A heady, playful, subversive, hilarious take on our world as seen through the eyes of an (innocent?) alien observer, hanging its razor-sharp wit and raucous imagery on the already-destructive structure of Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." This book is for people who like: horse races, horse racists, lobsters, philosophy, iconoclasm, shellfish, men named Crazy Horse, women named Hard Luck Annie. It's a book for head trippers, day trippers, and bodice rippers. The illustrations, reminiscent of vintage blacklight posters, are a fine accompaniment to the formally experimental and irrepressibly irreverent prose. This will be the book you shove into the hands of all your friends and say, "%$^&, man, you gotta read this."
5.0 out of 5 starsA Journey Through Humanity by the Way of A Galactic Visitor
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2018
I went into this book not quite knowing what to expect, but what I experienced was far more rewarding than I could have imagined. Take The Canterbury Tales and its musings on human nature, add the sci-fi conventions of something along the lines of Doctor Who, and tie it all together with beautiful art and philosophical musings on the nature of humanity, our society, and existence in this universe as a whole. While the initial few chapters take some adjusting due to the nature of the writing - without giving anything away, it's a distinct part of the narrator's character development - it's a challenge worth taking. This book is thoughtful, creative, hilariously cynical, but it still offers hope at the same time. You're fated to read it.
Think the worst of your neighbors. Vonnegut in the era of Breaking Bad. An early season of All in the Family, with R. Crumb in the writer's room. There is an autobiographical film of familiarity left on these pages. A dust left from a broken suburban paradise. Best wash your hands after reading. But read this book you should. A few times, just to unpack what's really being programmed into your psyche. Don't ask me what that may be though. It's up to the Author to know and yourselves to suss out.
It was good, I enjoyed it. I think you will too. This is the third time I've tried writing this review and I'm not even sure this one will work, but since I mentioned it, it will definitely work. If you want to know more about the book read the other reviews they are very good. Again, since this is my third attempt I have no idea what I wrote before but does it even matter at this point?
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat an out of this world, extraordinary Book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
Not for your normal humanoid, but this book is for true intergalactic explorers. Get settled in nice and comfy with your weird wild and wonderful self for this wild ride with Gorb as your leader, just remember Gorb merely is... I've only started down this rabbit hole, but my senses are already tingling with excitement as I thumb through this psychedelic thriller.
One of the best reads I've had in a long time. If Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and House of Leaves had a baby, you would get this mind opening/brain tuning work of art known as Gorb in the Schitzocratic Linguiverse. If my prayers are answered they'll make a movie out of this one day. Seriously, do yourself a favor and don't pass this one up