The San Veneficio Canon

The San Veneficio Canon Struck By Lightening, Resurrected, Cut Open, And Stuffed Full Of Arcane Documents, The Divinity Student Is Sent To The Desert City Of San Veneficio To Reconstruct The Lost Catalog Of Unknown Words He Learns To Pick The Brains Of Corpses And Gradually Sacrifices His Sanity On The Altar Of A Dubious Mission Of Espionage Without Ever Understanding His Own Reasons, He Moves Toward Destruction With Steely Determination Eventually He Find Himself Reduced To A Walker Between Worlds A Creature Neither Of Flesh Nor Spirit, Stuffed With Paper And Preserved With Formaldehyde A Zombie Of His Own Devising The Line Twixt Clairvoyance And Madness Is Thinner Than A Razor Blade In 1999, The Divinity Student Captured The Attention Of Fans Of Dark Fantasy Everywhere, Eventually Winning The International Horror Guild Award For Best First Novel Now, The Divinity Student Has Been Paired With Its Sequel, The Golem, For A Must Have Book The San Veneficio Canon Michael Cisco Has Created A City And A Character That Will Live In The Reader S Imagination Long After This Book Has Been Read At a loss for words after finishing The Divinity Student An incredible work about the power of words and language, told in an intense, surreal setting where nightmares and dreams live together, indistinguishable.One of the most affecting things I ve read in some, time, if not ever. Cisco can most definitely write a scene There are moments in this book moments that are now tattooed onto my brain The book itself, narrative, characters, and location are already fading quickly from memory Cisco is a poet, and a talented one, but I had difficulty enjoying the story The Divinity Student was an uninteresting character who s motivations and psych
A writer should not only know how to write well, they also need to know how to create a scene Everything in this book is deviously well put together. Surrealist fiction is great for about 30 pages Then it s fuckin boring, yo Couldn t finish this.The first 30 pages were interesting, the rest was a real drag When it s all about the image and weirdness, things tend to go flat There still has to be a story, or at least characters to keep you involved At least, that s why I read fiction I mean, if you want to read novels purely for their language and their imagery, why not read poetry instead where there s no story, either, but at leas Surrealist fiction is great for about 30 pages Then it s fuckin boring, yo Couldn t finish this.The first 30 pages were interesting, the rest was a real drag When it s all about the image and weirdness, things tend to go flat There still has to be a story, or at least characters to keep you involved At least, that s why I read fiction I mean, if you want to read novels purely for their language and their imagery, why not read poetry instead where there s no story,
I really wanted to like this, and I really love me some surrealist, grotesque imagery, but this book or these books I guess, this being a collection of The Divinity Student and The Golem made me realize that without a grounded sense of place
Cisco s imagery it s almost too much for me to handle because it s so intense It makes his prose slippery and I find myself reading passages two or three times to ensure that I can imagine what s going on as opposed to understanding I still don t know what this New Weird means waiting patiently
Despite his good intentions and occasional good prose, Michael Cisco fails to make much sense of his scenarios, rendering the book almost unreadable. LOVED The Divinity Student to bits Utterly weird Utterly compelling Didn t make it through The Golem Not entirely sure why.

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  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • The San Veneficio Canon
  • Michael Cisco
  • English
  • 10 August 2017
  • 189481567X