King of the Worlds

King of the Worlds This dark comedy explores the lost universes of disgraced idol Dylan Greenyears Dylan had always wanted to live as many lives as he could that was the appeal of being an actor But at the end of a brie

  • Title: King of the Worlds
  • Author: M. Thomas Gammarino
  • ISBN: 9781634059084
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • King of the Worlds

    This dark comedy explores the lost universes of disgraced idol Dylan Greenyears Dylan had always wanted to live as many lives as he could that was the appeal of being an actor But at the end of a brief, bright stint as a Hollywood heartthrob, Dylan loses the lead in Titanic and exiles himself and his wife to a recently settled exoplanet called New Taiwan For a while, lThis dark comedy explores the lost universes of disgraced idol Dylan Greenyears Dylan had always wanted to live as many lives as he could that was the appeal of being an actor But at the end of a brief, bright stint as a Hollywood heartthrob, Dylan loses the lead in Titanic and exiles himself and his wife to a recently settled exoplanet called New Taiwan For a while, life beyond Earth seems uncannily un wondrous Dylan teaches at an American prep school, raises a family with his high school sweetheart, and lives out his restlessness through literature But then a box of old fan mail and the hint of a galaxy wide conspiracy offers Dylan a chance to recapture the past As he tries to balance this transdimensional midlife crisis against family life, Dylan encounters a cast of extraordinary characters a supercomputer with aspirations of godhood a Mormon fundamentalist superfan an android Frank Sinatra an old school psychoanalyst a sampling of his alternate selves and, once again, the love of his lives.King of the Worlds throws cosmology, technology, 90s pop culture, and religion into an existential blender for a mix that is by turns tragic and absurd, elegiac and filled with wonder.M Thomas Gammarino is the author of the novel Big in Japan and the novella Jellyfish Dreams Kindle Single In 2014, he received the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Hawaii s highest literary honor He lives and teaches in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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    1. Matt Mitrovich

      Originally posted at: amazingstoriesmag/2016/10/Did you ever finish a book and say to yourself: “What the hell did I just read?” That was the feeling I got after reading King of the Worlds by M. Thomas Gammarino.King of the Worlds is technically an alternate history, but with a strong dose of science fiction and some secret history just for flavor. In this timeline, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is an unparalleled success leading to an increased interest in science and a fat budget for NASA. Coupled [...]

    2. Alexis

      Very much a WTF book. I've been describing it as The Strangest Book I've Ever Read. I really only picked it up because Gammarino posted a comment on reddit about how he wrote a book with Mormons in it. What can I say, I'm an easy sell. The writing was fine and the story certainly had twists and turns. The footnotes about the new world were a bit much (could have used more showing than telling in that case). I also didn't care for the sex scenes; I get it, the main character had lots of affairs, [...]

    3. Debara Zeller

      3 1/2 stars. It's hard to be objective, since I know and like the author. At any rate, I did enjoy this book (with the exception of a chapter involving S&M--not sure why that had to be included), and I'd read more of his stuff.

    4. Lara Cowell

      Entertaining, humorous, and clever read--well-paced, with care-about able characters and a fully imagined universe, although I personally found my reading fluency disrupted by the frequent insets providing minutia re: different elements of the futuristic setting.

    5. YiShun

      Like Richard Ford's The Sportswriter, if the sportswriter were endearing and inadvertently funny. Races to the end. A weird, wonderful pageturner.

    6. Kanani

      Two and a half stars. I have to start by saying that I am not a huge fan of science fiction. I love fantasy, with its witches, dragons, and prophecies. And though complex magic systems are wonderfully exciting to me, reading about complex science systems is not, and this is the huge obstacle in loving sci-fi. Again, it was an obstacle in really enjoying this novel. It's many asides, though cheeky and fun in many cases, were distracting and sometimes tedious. I also had difficulty relating to (an [...]

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