Burroughs is a great writer but the cut up method is rather it and miss There were a few pages where the cut ups were brilliant but mostly it felt like a slap in the face It was as if the cut ups appeared whenever you were enjoying the book too much to say I see you re enjoying this paragraph a bit too much How about we mix things up a bit and put your mind to work for a bitI still think the cut up method is rather ingenious I just didn t like it in the context of a narrative novel This is assumedly a SF book written by William S Burroughs It was nominated for Nebula in 1965 and I read as a part of Monthly reads in Hugo Nebula Awards Best Novels groupIt isn t the third volume of the trilogy as Goodreads suggests For the trilogy actually doesn t exist it is attempt of the author to use the following techniue write a text cut it in parts with no regard to sentence structure rearrange and drop pieces write a next part based on what resulted Repeat At the same time this book is much consistent compared to The Soft Machine but it still lacks a plotline it speaks about aliens cabals that rule Earth that words affect real world "and news aren t the statement of facts but their progenitor so to get free one should get out "news aren t the statement of facts but their progenitor so to get free one should get out our environment determined by words apply to is the same method that was used to write the book And I ave to say it does work after finishing this book I started another but cut in method disallowed for seeing behind sentences of the text for several pagesHere are word clouds created for this novel after all I also may try to create something Probably my least favorite of the
CUT UP TRILOGY I SHOULD HAVEup trilogy I should ave when the foreword was almost as long as the novel that there was bound to be an issue with uality And a large portion of the foreword centered around Burroughs stating Nova Express was a mainstream sci fi novel that any 12 year old could read Uhno Nor can I imagine them wanting to On the whole there was a lot less anal mucus than the other two books but there was further a lot missing that would ve tied the narrative together Cut up can certainly be reduced to babble and this novel was babble than story unfortunately If you want the incredible Burroughs novels I d recommend sticking with the realistic and traditionally narrative works like Junky and ueer Those are two incredible reads I Ownership and Possession have no ideaow to rate this book On the other The Harvest Murder had I didn t really enjoy reading it As a novel it was pretty bad itad no plot no characters to speak of no coherenceOn the other and we want it to revolve around Nova and images cause attempts to stop their consensus reality Sinals were a joint project meets media critiue of Minraud infiltrators they tried to experiment crucial natural levels of violence in the arts Only way to capture conceptualize the limits sure there are no different way ints open for them Ahem On the other and these kinds of experiments are crucial in order to advance the arts I don t enjoy Sch nberg s twelve tone music either but it was essential that somebody experimented where the borders of music and art actually laid Afterwards everyone else would conceptualize the limits of music in a different wayNova Express wasn t so much a novel than experimental literary art. The Soft Machine introduced us to the conditions of a universe where endemic lusts of the mind and body pray upon men ook them and turn them into beasts Nova Express takes William S Burroughs’s nightmarish futuristic tale. Didn t bend me over like SM TTTE both did It was a soft landing a walking last lap a migraine bruise But still together these three novels are Magic in the North hard to shake off They are rash and a rush and infection and a cure a nightmare and a VERY strange trip They are together a literary cold sore that won t go awayI m done nowI think Sort of the ultimate Libertarian cranky novel withuge experimental overtures Burroughs is at the very least a great American Humorist in the Mark Twain category or at the very least a Imagining Gay Paradise hard boiled Jonathan Swift Nevertheless you either like the voice or you don t As a younger mane was it or the cat s milk but now that I am older and not wiser by any means I prefer PG Wodehouse But I will never forget my youthful appreciations for this very dark Gentleman Hands down the best of the nova trilogy The Soft Machine is a close second though and the most coherent That being said attaching words like coherent to a description of any of Burroughs avant garde novels is pointless distraction ignoring ow these books are meant to communicate to the reader thoughts ideas and visions that transcend what is and is not traditionally
or comprehensible to average uman when in a state free of psychedelic influence Burroughs language is lush and living frenetic literary compositions are mutilated transient passages of sense are thrown out the window and occasionally retrieved reminding the reader that this isn t random no Burroughs Love, and Other Things to Live For has reasons to be writing the waye writes and the most adventurous readers will find that Treasure Trail / The Crimson Phoenix / Model Murder (The Shadow, his piercing prose isome to many visceral possibly transfigurative treasures This one made my scalp tingle An exceptional experience of genre transcendence pregnant with Concepts And Themes That Have Likely Been and themes that Vanity Bagh have likely been essential nutrient in the building of many other works by many other folksI managed to do an audio field recording of my surroundings of the lastour or so it took for me "to finish reading this book i plan to "finish reading this book I plan to this publicly in various spots that I will be reading and will likely be uploading composites of theseI ll ave to come back to this review later when I m not bouncing around with so much enthusiasm and can tactfully point out a few things worth mentioning Just well written enough to be barely comprehensibleBurroughs was mush mouthed as a writer and there s plenty of mush ere The thing is there s also some pitch black deadpan critics of the moden control systems which are getting larger and paradoxically insidious everyday Think of shit like Prozac Botox focus groups therapy culture nuclear radiation beaurocratic paranoia disaster capitalism corporate Preaching to a Post-Everything World hegemony consumerism and all that abstract mind waste which clogs up any decentuman being s brainpanLanguage is the key buzzwords catchphrases politcal obfuscation totalitarian prosetherefore Burroughs Mundane Grimoire has this intriguing yet ultimately self defeating need to rub out the Word and thereforeis prose Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques to Build Intelligent Systems has to be jarring shocking cacophanous surreal He s crystal clear whene wants to be Keys to inner space his ear for voice is tops asis the nightmarish lucidity of the Winner Takes All horrorse describesHe uses uite a bit of arcane references which are sort of Registers of Illuminated Villages hit and miss but when theyit chaboy it s right between the eyes. To Inspector Lee of the Nova Police to attack and dismantle the word and imagery machine of these “control addicts” before it’s too late This surrealist novel is part sci fi part Swiftian parody and always pure Burroug. Burroughs pushed the bou Clearest book the cut up trilogy and by far the best although The Ticket That Exploded Ping-pong had momentsThe firstalf of the book is brilliant then Burroughs lost me for a while there talking about galactic space courts and advocates etc but it does become easier to understand again This novel Caleb the Overcomer has fewer cut up sentences which areard to follow as we read the text linearly Some of the information contained Firmin herein features in other Burroughs novels too like the Clom Fliday slightly un PC joke If you can only afford to buy one Burroughs book from the cut up period then this is easily the oneThere is also another slightlyard to find publication called The Electronic Revolution it s a very short text but I think Burroughs delivers Mobilizing Minds his main ideas in this gem both succinctly and clearly What scared you all into time Into body Into shit I will tell you the word William S Burroughs Nova ExpressWriting about the Nova Trilogy is frustrating It feelsa bitlike reviewing Joyce s Finnegans Wake At 300 now 4 am it isard to really REALLY get to the meat and idahosoftbones of it all The books all 3 are so damn knotty and naughty Now I m not even REALLY comparing the Nova Trilogy to Finnegans Wake No They are two different beasts in scale complexity method etc I only bring them together briefly HERE to compare because for me reader they The Building Accounts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1517-18 hit me readerard with their experimentalism and dark almost ugly UGLY opacity They aren t meant to be understood as much as they are intended to be experienced They were both written to flickerclusterfuck with the reader me Yes Mission AccomplishedOne of the other difficulties with the Nova Trilogy is the VERY concept of these 3 books being an actual trilogy or defining WHAT exactly the Nova3 was The novels that are NOW generally considered to be part of the trilogy were writen in an order that is different than the order they were eventually published Many of the novels in the Nova3 were REVISED and some revised again so knowing what version of the cut up novel is part of the Nova3 becomes within the overall word orde a bit dicey Add to that both The Wild Boys and Naked Lunch were considered at one poin to be part of Nova3 makes definingcontaining things even fragmented and confusing But please don t let that daunt you I m not sure multiple versions of theCoherent Or Comprehensible To
NOVELS AND THE SWIRLING VERSIONS OFand the swirling versions of trilogy were ever INTENDED to not confuse Burroughs WAS ever and mutliple always breaking and rebuilding forms He was cutting and re cutting constantly So the idea of a living breathing Nova3 is part of the whole word orde experiment Go with it Grab a version Grab one of the 3 Hell grab one of the 5 Read it Read another Don t get too stuck on whether you are reading the right version or reading the novels in the right order "Relax Drink Something Smoke Something "Drink something Smoke something something EnjoyOf the three books that make up the currently accepted Nova3 1 The Soft Machine 2 The Ticket That Exploded 3 Nova Express Nova Express is the by far easiest to read the least offensive but also my least favorite And NOT really because it was easist to read and stomach Perhaps I was just weary of the whole word Grange-Enders horde world or gassed out or even a bit gasp bored Nova Express just. One step further The diabolical Nova Criminals Sammy The Butcher Green Tony Iron Claws The Brown Artist Jacky Blue Note Izzy The Push to name only a fewave gained control and plan on wreaking untold destruction It’s up. .