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Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus (The Chaos! Quincunx) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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"Here are Bébé Cadum with his enormous smiling visage and Corsair Sanglot in their returning personages Bébé Lala and Signor Minor cavorting over the baroquely surrealist pages of these major Minor Episodes ... our beloved Robert Desnos would have chortled in delight: so do we."
-- Mary Ann Caws, author of The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter
"Like a beguiling house of mirrors, Minor Episodes bends, twists, fractures and deforms reality through phantasmagoric visions, orgiastic inventions and a mischievous use of language. Don't be deceived by its title: there is nothing minor about this major accomplishment."
-- Martine Desjardins, author of Maleficium
"Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus is a wonder. Garry Thomas Morse most certainly has Salvador Dalí, Miguel de Cervantes, André Breton, and that rude rocker Gargantua, courtesy of Rabelais, in his corner. His novel, with its themes of sex, money, and intrigue, and with its over-current of hilarity running amok, explodes from the page. To say this novel is on steroids is to downplay things. A careening, giddy ride is ahead, a mad word-dash to realities you've never even dreamed of. Transportation guaranteed!"
-- M.A.C. Farrant, author, creator of My Turquoise Years
"The real reaction would be screaming catatonia, and too many authors would go too far into the alternative and just effuse us to death Pynchonian; but here the characters are true denizens of their milieu, something rarer in fiction than it might initially appear, and give us the reactions of, like, really arch action heroes. Oh! It's camp! And Minor is an antivillain for our times who puts the Baudribbles and drabbles in DeLillo's Cosmopolis to shame."
-- Martin McCarvill (LibraryThing)
About the Author
Grounded in the work of Arthur Rimbaud, Robert Desnos, Ezra Pound, Jack Spicer, Rainer Maria Rilke and his Native oral traditions, Morse's work continues to appear in a variety of publications and is studied at various Canadian universities, including UBC. He is the recipient of the 2008 City of Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Artist and has twice been selected as runner-up for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.
His upcoming book of fiction is Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour (Fall 2013), which resumes The Chaos! Quincunx series.