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Pyrotechnicon, Being a True Account of Cyrano de Bergerac’s Further Adventures among the States and Empires of the Stars, by Himself (dec’d)

Adam Browne

Coeur de Lion Publishing (2012)

ISBN: 978 0987 158 734 (e-book)

Reviewed by Jason Nahrung

Dated on the day of the author’s death, this work is unabashed in its address to the reader: life after death, take it as read, in whichever way you wish. For this tome, purportedly by Cyrano de Bergerac, famed duellist, satirist and free thinker of the early 1600s, is the third book – until now, merely dreamed about – of Cyrano’s science fiction trilogy, of which the first two volumes were published shortly after this death.

It begins with a kidnap of fair Roxane by a foe best described as a billiard table. There are houses made of birds. People with lanterns for heads, whose speech is illuminated upon their face most eloquently. Language, improbability, a Sun King made God, tongue in cheek and turn of phrase, death, all have their place in this remarkable journey, and some are less challenging than others. Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Macrae and Keith Stevenson (eds.)

coeur de lion press (2006)

ISBN: 0-9581390-1-6

Reviewed by Kathryn Linge, July 2007

When I was first presented with c0ck in late 2006, I was very pleasantly surprised. Smaller than your average, black and shiny, the c0ck volume is very tactile and, frankly, I can’t help but fondle it. It’s so sweet! I believe my first words upon seeing it were Oh it’s much smaller than I expected!, but I assure you, dear reader, that it was a pleasant surprise, and not at all the disappointment that a small c0ck might be assumed to be.

This is the first clever thing about c0ck.

The second clever thing about c0ck is its title. I defy anyone to overlook it and the unusual spelling (that’s cee, zero, cee kay) should mean that a web search would find it for you in amongst all the pornography (should you wish to). From the Forward by editors Andrew Macrae and Keith Stevenson, we learn that c0ck seeks to “question and problematise the male perspective from within”.  Read the rest of this entry »

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