- File Size: 696 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Bizarro Pulp Press - JournalStone (October 9, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 9, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M61P0CP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Orzone is a different beast. The world has been decimated and recreated. Motley survivors take hope from a shaman, who attempts to harness the power of orgone to strengthen their resolve. A portrait is painted of a world based on spirituality, primal rage, physical transformation, and, ultimately, love. The author's writing is ferocious and reshapes each page into a new dimension of color, shade and image. The experiences of the shaman are intertwined with those of his wife, his enemy, and his colleague. The result is an electric and powerful tale that is as visual as it is visceral. I was moved, impressed and entranced by this story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a bold and adventurous mind.
The first novella Static is the story of a man looking for a woman he loves in a love hotel somewhere in the desert where an orgy is currently happening. It's a modern spin off the Opheus myth who went to hell to retrieve his wandering wife. It's cool, it's thoroughly well-written and I enjoyed the nightmare-fueled anthropomorphism. The orgy seems like a living being. It's just that...it's all there is to it. It's enjoyable like a painting is, except it's 60 pages long.
The best way I can descrive Orgone is that it's like a Jodorowsky movie that was never shot. Except I never really found the philosophical driving through. It's oppressively surreal, violent and gory. I can enjoy all three things with a context, but here it left me out to dry. James Grefe is definitely skilled, the guy can write a spellbinding scene, but there's not much storytelling here. At least not put in any dynamic manner.
The last piece “Orgone” pits two shaman who can channel the esoteric force first suggested by William Reich (who also makes an appearance) against each other in a bizarre world nearly too rich for words. Through it all, Grefe pulls off the surreality effortlessly. Text is used like brush strokes painting vividly rich scenes. A mindblowing book that I am still recovering from, my brain tainted and spellbound.
We've all read, and in some cases written, reviews where the reviewer calls the language lyrical, and in most cases it's easy to see that it's at least partly used to fluff the word count without any real substance or meaning. But in the case of Static and Orgone, it's the absolute truth, and that's not to say that it's like poetry. It is by every definition of the word a fictive work of pure poesy. Bizarro Pulp Press editor Vincenzo Bilof called Grefe's work "image-language, heavy and rhythmic," and I couldn't say it better than that.