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A Greater Monster Perfect Paperback – November 10, 2011
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It is a jigsaw of writing and you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. A book to ponder and to read for the sheer life on the page.... --Common Ills blog
Brilliant, insane and utterly unique, A Greater Monster offers pure sensory stimulation ... the graphics, concept and narration are pause-worthy, and they all combine to create literary indulgence at its best, its most interactive. --Jen Knox, author of To Begin Again (2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner)
I can't express how brilliant my favorite scenes in A Greater Monster are. In this extraordinary work, Katzman pushes language to do things, which are truly astounding. --Carra Stratton, Editor, Starcherone Press
With unique humor and plenty to think about, A Greater Monster is a fine and much recommended choice. --Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch
Intelligently written and displayed, A Greater Monster is truly like no book I have ever read before. While visions of Alice in Wonderland strayed through the back of my thoughts, this book is so much more. I admire David David Katzman's creativity and the amount of work that must have gone into creating such an exotic literary gift for readers who like to read beyond the lines of contemporary fiction. --Paige Lovitt, BLOGCRITICS.ORG
This is bizarro fiction at its most intense. It contains scenes and unique designs that seem engineered by some Mad Hatter and Chuck Palahniuk cross-breed. --Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk
Imaginative, explosive and poetic. A real trip! ... A brain-singeing look at humanity at its strangest. ... Dark and edgy, like a Blade Runner for English majors. --Judges quotes from the 2012 Independent Book Publisher Awards
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Quickly jettisoning from an urban surface world, AGM delves deep into a bleak, nightmarish Bardo-like landscape populated with a wide and curious assortment of hyperspace demigods. Their actions toward the central character range a full spectrum of intentions, some harmful, others ambivalent, a few helpful. No matter how alien this world may seem, it is also still recognizably our own, in some form. Threaded throughout is an unspoken warning against the careless degradation of our planet's life-sustaining environment.
The salvation/solution to this possible future state comes in the form of ego dissolution, creating an undercurrent of anxiety at first, but in the end proving to be the price paid for achieving unlimited creative freedom. As crazy as AGM comes across on some levels, it is at the same time a very sane book. The writing is highly experimental and full of wordplay. And at the core of it all seems to be a serious treatise on time. Neither denying its validity, nor accepting it at face value, AGM attacks, dissects, and pulls apart time, testing to see if it actually even exists. Whether or not it succeeds at finally unmasking time's true nature, the courageous attempt to do so is a worthy endeavor.
This story is a psychedelic journey with no limitations and infinite possibilities. David is a master of words and uses them not only to tell his story but to illustrate it as well.
And speaking of illustrations, there is a transition in this book that is brilliantly put together. You can tell just by looking at these transforming illustrations just how much time and effort was put into all of it.
To give away any serious plot details about this book would be a dis-service to the reader. The joy of this book is that you can read it 100 times and get 100 different interpretations from it. There is something to pick up with each reading. This is a book that pays off in more ways than one.
Congratulations to David for not only putting this book out there in such style but for doing it all on his own. A task that is much easier said than done.
This is a fine and beautiful production that is sure to take you to a different and fun place!
To me, this one was more than just a book, it was an intense experience. This one read like prose poetry at it's finest. Full of word play, font experimentation,and even a few elements of bizarro thrown in for fun.
You'll want to read this one slowly because if you don't, you could miss so much. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say there are phrases within the book that link to websites that enhanced the reading of the book for me even more so than the wonderful artwork that was squashed between the text of the book.
Seriously, I really loved everything about this one - from feeling high, to the magnificent art work, to the beautifully crafted language, to being sad when the journey was over. I can see why it took David David Katzman 7 years to write this one because there's so many levels to explore once you fall down the rabbit hole.
It's both amazing and a testament to David David Katzman's skill at writing that he manages to infuse any coherent progression of plot into the narrative at all, and to this end he succeeds by giving you a modern day messianic fable, an evolution of thought akin to your last revelation of messianic splendor. And if you haven't had one of those, don't feel left out. Now you can experience one through this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the first of Katzman's books I've read but it certainly will not be the last. Imagine the Phantom Tollbooth on LSD. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Alyssa Brown
This book grabbed me quickly and took me to a bizarre, unpredictable world, a combination of fantasy and reality. A thought provoking book that I have little doubt that Hunter S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Todd C
An exceptional read. As much an experience as it is a work of literature. David has created something very immersive here. The tone shifts from loathing to chaotic to serene. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CBWills
A Greater Monster is a magic carpet ride through the bowels of hell – exhilarating, macabre, and grotesque while still beautiful and inspiring. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jewel
When I finished A Greater Monster I had to sit for a while to process what I had just read. Maybe I should say attempt to process what I had just read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amanda Pounds
I just finished A Greater Monster. I'm not sure what I read but I LOVED it.
How can that be? How did I fall in love with a furry cat bird named Sphinx? Read more
An amazingly unique novel, written by a brilliant mind. A Greater Monster is like nothing I've ever read before, it took me on a journey to a very strange but intriguing world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jocelyn Herrington
I stumbled upon A Greater Monster by chance and have never read anything quite like it. The author's use of prose contributes to an almost trance-like experience. Read morePublished 11 months ago by S. Newman