Title: No Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod
Author: Philip Jose Farmer
In: Alien Sex (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 3 (On the fence about this one)
My Bookshelves: Aliens, Lust
Dates read: 24th October 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: You got too much invested in the Mafia and General Motoers, I say you gotta kick the money habit too.
If you like Tarzan, you probably won’t like this story… this is a far darker and more twisted version than what Disney led you to believe.
This short story kind of ruined Tarzan for me. It was disturbed, kind of disgusting and really, really weird. Not something that I plan to ever read again. Not the kind of story that I would allow my children to read. But also way more realistic than the Disney version I know (I haven’t got around to reading the classic yet). Which is probably why I found it so sickening – the realism made me go “huh” this is what probably happened, not the nice version with Jane.
One of my favourite things about this short story was the cadence with which it was written. There was a lilting sense to the words. Something that definitely surprised and thrilled me. And also kept me reading, when, in many other circumstances I would have decided to put this aside. After all, I don’t really want my childhood favourites to be destroyed by an incredibly weird story.
Actually, to be honest, this story is just weird. Uncomfortable, filled with bestiality and just downright weird. Which I’m starting to get very used to in this collection… they’re all weird, unusual and not quite what I want to read. But also something I can’t put aside and forget about…