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Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus (The Chaos! Quincunx) (edition 2012)

by Garry Thomas Morse

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Title:Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus (The Chaos! Quincunx)
Authors:Garry Thomas Morse
Info:Talonbooks (2012), Paperback, 288 pages
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I took three runs at this book but was unable to get through the first two chapters. Even "experimental fiction" needs some narrative drive. A complete muddle.
  dleona | Aug 27, 2013 |
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A unique book --actually two groups of loosely linked episodes, whose plotlines only gradually (and incompletely) become visible. The first series (Minor Episodes) involves a corrupt fabulously wealthy entrepreneur named Minor and his assorted exploitational exploits. ; the second though its characters include a roughhewn hero type named Ruckus, pays much less attention to him; its primary plotline resembles The Carefully Considered Rape of the World in that an alien lifeform is going around having sex with just about every earthling (or technically Duckling) female it can find, though thanks to the availability of abortion most do not actually reproduce.
However, the plotlines are secondary to wildly inventive language and a great deal of ribald humor;.It is a little as if Stand on Zanzibar had been rewritten in the style of Finnegan's Wake. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 22, 2013 |
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As other reviewers have [in a sense tautologically] remarked, if this book is not your cup of tea this book will not be your cup of tea.

It is definitely my cup of tea, which I suspected from descriptions of its contents, which is why I requested it from Early Reviewers. I was not disappointed. It's also published by Talonbooks, which I knew from my lit-studies in a previous life is a major Canadian publisher of [mostly] Canadian experimental literature.

The links to Surrealism are well-deserved. Morse's prose proceeds and cubes up reality in a dreamlike fashion, looping and leashing out in totally unexpected directions / dimensions and bringing back and serving up word-combinations and images such as innocent readers may never have seen or read before. There are characters who persist (at least as much as they do in dreams) and a plot one can follow ... if you're into that sort of thing.

If you are looking for characters you can "identify with" and stories that reflect the way the world "really is," you should probably avoid this book. If on the other hand you have been fascinated by those moments between sleeping and waking where you seem to be hosting someone else's thoughts, I urge you to dive in and enjoy.

The best way to enjoy a book like this one is, I think, to just relax and marvel at Morse's linguistic fireworks. They may do something to your brain -- and that can be a lively pleasure.

My review is unforgivably late. No excuses. ( )
1 vote chexmix | Jun 16, 2013 |
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MINOR EPISODES/ MAJOR RUCKUS presents a pair of surrealist novels. This author's form of surrealism is much more Georges Bataille than André Breton. The prose is so unexpected and the imagery is so dense that the text is difficult to read. As other reviewers have noted, if you enjoy this kind of prose, you likely already know about this book. It has a very small potential audience, but those readers are likely to enjoy this text. Unfortunately, this is not a literary style I enjoy, and I could appreciate this book only at a technical level.
  laVermeer | Jan 25, 2013 |
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In short, if you’re going to like Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus by Garry Thomas Morse, you already know it. This is, as the jacket copy attests, surrealist fiction, and readers seeking stronger narrative threads than you would find in a William S. Burroughs novel should look elsewhere. Unfortunately for Morse, that means most people will probably be looking elsewhere.

While extremely difficult to struggle through, the novel is fairly humorous and the language is often very inventive, though at times (like when a private eye is referred to as an “exclusive dick”), one gets the impression that the author was working his way through a thesaurus looking for cheap laughs.

Again, readers who would enjoy Minor Episodes / Major Ruckus probably know so already. For others, if you’re looking for contemporary surrealism of a slightly more accessible variety, try something by Shane Jones instead.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0889226970, Paperback)


In tribute to the surrealist narrative techniques of André Breton and Robert Desnos, Minor Episodes documents the serial adventures of Minor, the ubiquitous "everymogul" who embodies the economic one percent and keeps musically erotic quixotics on tap. Having entered a "rent in time" that gives each chapter an alternate reality, Minor swaggers through an undersea casino, in-flight blockbuster, bawdy Western, and Kafkaesque job hunt, cavorting with billboard queen Bébé Lala and country-music legend Faith Faith, when not dressing down his shifty sidekick, The Concierge, or haunting the intensely disinterested songstress Miss Sharp. However, danger looms in the form of The Stropper, a serial killer fresh out of a shaving promotion, and an enigmatic ginger-beer icon who has retired from a satisfying life of culinary assassinations.


Major Ruckus, a contrapuntal text and parody of the speculative fiction genre, celebrates the stylistic techniques of William S. Burroughs and Robert Anton Wilson, following a frenzied struggle by various parties to obtain an essential time-travel component, a struggle that includes psychic "dicks," universal call-center operators, aboriginal eroticists, lubricant heiresses, rogue advertisement animations, pornography censors, and alien sperm-bank clones, all to the horrified fascination of hapless meta-writer Oober Mann. But ultimately it is Carl Sagan who creates the most confusion, when his prudish doodle of a woman is sent into space aboard the Voyager probe, triggering a plan to "assist" Earth's declining population through extraterrestrials in the guise of census takers.


Minor Episodes and Major Ruckus introduce The Chaos! Quincunx series.


Garry Thomas Morse is a Governor General's Award–nominated poet and fiction writer.


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