The Twist

The Twist The Barnes Noble ReviewBritish author Richard Calder Dead Girls Cythera Frenzetta et al is at the forefront of a new wave of delectably bizarre science fiction authors like Paul Di Filippo Cory Do

  • Title: The Twist
  • Author: Richard Calder
  • ISBN: 9780671037192
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Barnes Noble ReviewBritish author Richard Calder Dead Girls, Cythera, Frenzetta, et al is at the forefront of a new wave of delectably bizarre science fiction authors like Paul Di Filippo, Cory Doctorow, Steve Aylett, Karen Michalson, and Allen M Steele who appear to walk a tightrope between insanity and genius This daredevilry is fully on display in CThe Barnes Noble ReviewBritish author Richard Calder Dead Girls, Cythera, Frenzetta, et al is at the forefront of a new wave of delectably bizarre science fiction authors like Paul Di Filippo, Cory Doctorow, Steve Aylett, Karen Michalson, and Allen M Steele who appear to walk a tightrope between insanity and genius This daredevilry is fully on display in Calder s The Twist, a dark love story set in an alternate Wild West that is a kind of cosmic bridge between Earth and the planet Venus Following a psychogeographic event that connected western America to Venus in the 1950s, lawless frontier towns like Tombstone are now inhabited by goth cowboys who wear black lipstick and eye shadow, shape shifting Venusians who hunger for freshly detached human souls, wild neo Nazi youth, and cannibalistic changelings called zanies Nine year old Nicola Newton is traveling west with her parents when they are forced to share a stagecoach with a legendary gunslinger named John Twist and Viva Venera, a beautiful Venusian necrobabe, a depraved cherub waiting for him to die so that she can lovingly consume his soul Nicola, a precocious prodigy who hates her parents and everything they stand for she describes her mother as a morbidly obese, cannibalistic pig spider engorged on the meat of its offspring runs away the first chance she gets and joins up with the gunslinger and his alien lover executioner She is soon guzzling whiskey, killing bounty hunters, and rescuing the world from utter annihilation Intense, sardonic, disturbing, lyrical, and indisputably unique, the aptly titled The Twist is cutting edge science fiction You want twisted You got it Paul Goat Allen

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    1. A surreal western evoking Henry Darger, Angela Carter, and Lucius Shepard(especially the Nazi fantasia of “The Spanish Lesson” and “Bound for Glory”(a chapter bears this title.). A mix of western, 50’s sci fi b-movies, dark fantasy, and an exploration of death. This is a mix of ridiculous and the sublime like all Calder. A 14 year old girl narrates the proceedings like a jaded post grad, people quote Schopenhauer during gunfights, but the hallucinatory imagery and beautiful prose makes [...]

    2. I just don't think this quite ended up being my thing. The world seemed at times richly imagined, but then at others simply confused and I couldn't get a handle on which imagined "where" and "when" it was supposed to be, and also kind of "why." The protagonist was kind of the same, perhaps a bit of how she came across being more important than how she was. It just ended up seeming more of an interesting idea without the proper execution, at least for me. It wasn't bad, but I just couldn't care q [...]

    3. This book paints a very novel picture of the future, with a wild-west edge thrown in. While the characters seem amoral, they are still relatable.

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