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Lord Tyger (Grandmaster Series) (Grand Master Novels (Titan Books)) Paperback – July 10, 2012
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Lord Tyger was initially published in 1970. I last read it in about 1997 so this reread was almost like reading the book fresh.
Where do I start? Lord Tyger owes a debt to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan. Farmer reinvents Tarzan for the 1970s would be a simple pithy description of the book but Lord Tyger is more than an attempt to update the Tarzan archetype, it's Farmer's rumination on the whole Tarzan saga.
The title character Ras Tyger (Ras is Arabic for Lord) is the product of a madman's experiment to recreate Tarzan. Farmer brings his trademark realism to the story. Ras is the third attempt at this experiment. The first subject died, the second became intellectually impaired because real gorillas don't have a language. We see just how many concessions have to made to make Tarzan work in the "real" world.
Ras Tyger is raised by dwarves and not apes and he has to be tutored in reading and writing but Ras Tyger is a modern Tarzan. He is able to undertake feats that his inspiration would have undertaken, indeed the story of this novel would have been an exciting adventure for Tarzan.Read more ›
We follow Ras Tyger from early boyhood to young adulthood, as Farmer takes all the situations imposed on him to their logical conclusions. Ras, of course, is not Tarzan. He proves this as soon as he reaches sexual maturity by having sex with just about any female he can pin down, much to the disgust of his 'parents' (actually a couple of little people, who are hired to guide him in the right direction, while pretending to be apes).
Even with all his power and money to bribe governments, eventually other people find the valley in which this insane ERB fan is conducting his grand experiment. Ras meets a mysterious yellow-haired 'angel' and begins to learn the truth. Farmer takes them on a wild adventure, full of danger and death, while never letting go of real-world logic. Victims who would be rescued in the average fantasy novel die and Ras Tyger is manipulated into murdering innocents.
Farmer, ever the joker, even manages to slip in a sly Wizard of Oz reference.
All-in all this is one of "Grand Master" Philip José Farmer's best books and is fully deserving of the epithet, "classic". This new edition also has an enjoyable introduction by Joe R. Lansdale and a new forward by Paul Spiteri.
Recently, Titan Books has begun reprinting a number of classic works by Farmer. While many of these have been books that draw upon the Wold Newton mythos, Lord Tyger is the first entry in their "Grand Masters" series of Farmer reprints; featuring works that do not have explicit links to Farmer's Wold Newton writings. It features an excellent foreword by Paul Spiteri.Read more ›
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Lord Tyger is one of Philip Jose Farmer's best works, and is well suited for Titan Book's Grandmaster Series. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jason Aiken
I love Tarzan.
This is a de-construction of it. And a D--- good one.
Imagine a very rich man having read too much Tarzan and deciding to create one... Read more
'What would Tarzan be like, if he really existed?' is a question Phillip Jose Farmer attempts to deal with in 'Lord Tyger'. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Albert Bowie