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Book Title: Animal Money|
The author of the book: Michael Cisco
ISBN 13: 9781621052128
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 454 KB
Edition: Lazy Fascist Press
Date of issue: November 17th 2015
Read full description of the books Animal Money:We discuss each paper, even the latter. In the criss--cross of our conversation the idea of animal money appears. None of us can account for it, none of us can take credit for it.
The idea silences us for a while, as we try to grasp it, each within ourselves. It really is only a chance coupling of two words, but they seem to call to each other. It is immediately obvious to us that animal money does not refer to the age-old practice of rating wealth in head of cattle or otherwise using livestock as money; there is something new in our minds. As far as I can tell, Cisco is the best of all authors currently active in the long-form Weird Fiction / New Weird space.
And there are a ton of qualifiers and retractions and specifications that go along with that, most of them actually unimportant. But I will say that the general speculative scene has over the years become progressively less interesting and compelling to me, to the point that it receives little of my attention or passion, and that has been the case for at least a few years now. There are a few authors I still pay attention to, and Cisco is high on that list. Truthfully, only Reza Negarestani is higher, and he has still not followed up Cyclonopedia yet, so he might not actually count for these purposes.
And even with Cisco being high on the list I've still got his last three sitting unread on a shelf - this sounded too good to skip though, so I gave it a shot.
As the rating belies, I greatly enjoyed this, though I will say that I still feel The Narrator is his best work. He seems to have evolved a bit over the last few years - where in the past I felt his voice was only his own, at times here he sounds a bit like Miéville (via his earliest works or maybe Embassytown), Eco (via Foucault's Pendulum), and a bit like a less theory driven (not as versed in Deleuze, Guattari, Brassier) Negarestani - but the evolution suits the story he's trying to tell, so it's difficult to tell if he has a writer has changed or if he only adapted for the needs of the narrative. Even all that said, his voice is still firmly his own, just influenced.
At 780 pages this book felt a bit too long at times, but Cisco is doing a lot here, and covering a lot of ground - he's really telling at least four to five different narratives all wound together, so while there is some bloat : : and it's likely what put this behind the more crystalline The Narrator for me - what I've noted as bloat is surprisingly minimal for a book of this size.
All that said, I'm not sure who I would recommend this to outside of people who are already fans of Cisco. It is more difficult that mostly anything currently circulating in the Speculative space, but it's too Speculative (there are aspects of this particular book that make it more genre that anything he's done prior) to really push off on those who like dense literary experimentation (unless they also overlap into some Speculative tastes).
But it's good, and reinforces for me that Cisco is an author to continue to stay aware of (and hell, maybe I'll read those three I've got sitting at some point).
Read information about the authorMichael 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.
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