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  •  Yes, Flow My Tears is very fine (6+ / 0-)

    and I enjoyed Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch too. I'll have to check out Deus Irae, thanks.

    Small confession: I've actually never re-read either Gormenghast or the Bulgakov - they just struck me as having unique flavors. I originally read Gormenghast when I was going to the oldest boarding school in England (The King's School, Canterbury - pretty weird in itself), and it was like a marvellous caricature of my school. For instance, the scene where the boys are sliding on planks, firing spitballs at each other, and jumping out windows, while the master sleeps.

    That may account for how compelling it was (and why I so preferred the first volume). I think I'd still enjoy it now, but that world is pretty harsh and sinister if you let it sink in.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 07:35:23 PM PDT

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    •  Palmer Eldritch might be my fave of his (4+ / 0-)
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      cfk, Brecht, RunawayRose, Dumbo

      (along with Androids, Ubik, Maze of Death, A Scanner Darkly, and Flow my Tears  --guess I'm a fan).  Deus Irae is a rewrite of Dr Bloodmoney from earlier (50s) in his life.  

      •  Hmmm... I can't remember (4+ / 0-)
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        Brecht, Urizen, cfk, RunawayRose

        Dr. Bloodmoney, so I'll guess that I didn't read it.  I'm reading the wiki entries on that and Deus Irae, and although there are some slight similarities, they still sound very different.  They both have a post-apocalyptic world and a main character who is armless and legless.  But the main character in Deus Irae kills Lufteufel without ever knowing who he is or was.  Most of the story is about his pilgrimage to see Lufteufel in order to paint his portrait for village church.

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