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“Truer to the reality of what would happen if the child of British nobles grew up in the jungle, apart from so-called “civilization.” “Fascinating, provocative, and unique. Like many of Farmer’s legion of loyal fans, I am thrilled that Titan has made many of Farmer’s best works widely available once more. It gives me great pleasure to grant this topnotch novel 5 out of 5 tentacles.” – SheNeverSlept

About the Author

Philip José Farmer was a multiple award-winning science fiction writer of 75 novels. He is best known for his Wold Newton and Riverworld series. In 2001 he was awarded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Prize and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He passed away in 2009.

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Product Details

  • Series: Grand Master Novels (Titan Books)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1st edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad mengel on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
"It's a gorgeous cover" I think as I get my copy - full credit to Titan books for such great package. Not only do we get a reprint of Lord Tyger but we also get an introduction by Joe Landsdale - the guy chosen to finish Edgar Rice Burrough's unfinished Tarzan novel and a foreword by Paul Spiteri, Philip Jose Farmer expert. These extras add so much to the book (This isn't limited to Lord Tyger, all of the Farmer reissues by Titan have great extras)

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.
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What Farmer has done here is to take a long, hard look at the scientific implausibility of Tarzan of the Apes, and what might happen if someone with unlimited resources should try to recreate the circumstances of Tarzan's jungle upbringing with a real baby. This novel is the story of one such baby. He isn't the first attempt of course. The first two fall foul of the impracticalities of Burroughs' original scenario very quickly and compromises have to be made.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean Levin on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Fans of legendary science fiction author Philip José Farmer (the present reviewer's favorite author of all time) know that one of his favorite characters was John Clayton, Lord Greystoke; aka Tarzan of the Apes. Farmer used the jungle lord in a number of his works, the most famous of which was Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke. This fictional biography was built on the premise that Tarzan was a real person whose true adventures and life were just embellished by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This book also introduced the concept of the Wold Newton Family, an interconnected family tree including Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, The Spider, The Avenger, Bulldog Drummond, A.J. Raffles, Professor Challenger, Nero Wolfe, Allan Quatermain, James Bond, Dr. Fu Manchu, and many others. Most of the Wold Newton Family can trace their remarkable qualities to their ancestors' exposure to a meteor that landed in the Yorkshire village of Wold Newton on December 13, 1795. (This incidentally, is a very real occurrence, upon which Farmer grafted his delightful and fascinating pretense). Farmer also wrote an authorized entry in the Tarzan series, The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel. There are other appearances by the ape-man in Farmer's work as well, though few of them use the name "Tarzan" directly.

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.
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