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  • Hardcover: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company (19 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451676891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451676891
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 905,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SAM DOLAN is a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his fi....

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Okay, let's not patronise ourselves here, let alone the author: I read this novel because Owen King is the son of Stephen and Tabitha King (and the brother of Joe Hill) Actually, that's not quite true, because I read Owen King's first book ("We're All In This Together: a Novella and Stories") because of his parentage -

- I read "Double Feature", though, because it was by Owen King. My tastes lean predominately towards science fiction novels and horror short stories, although I do try to read a little bit of everything (young adult, crime, realist literature) but the only two mainstream writers whom I follow and read everything by are John Irving and Margaret Atwood; Irving for his generosity of character and Atwood for her acerbic wit.

When I read Owen King's novella in 2006 I immediately thought, 'This guy's got the whole tragic-comic thing down pat.' And "Double Feature" confirms King as the rightful heir to John Irving with the enthralling tangibility of his characters and situations, which have all the pathos but none of the pretension of real literature. Alas, King has one other thing in common with Irving - 7 years between books!

But if the calibre of this book is anything to go by then a 5-something year wait will be worth it.

So just how good is "Double Feature"? Put it this way, his father's "Carrie" is a terrific novella padded out with mock government agency reports, despatches and newspaper excerpts; this mother's "Small World" is a robust, intriguing debut; his brother's "Heart-Shaped Box" a rollicking read whose climax was too cinematic with its ILM `special effects'.
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If you want to have a thrill about the world of plugged-in apps-ed smart phoned communicational networked big-brothered society and how to survive in it, read the book and have a good trip to the other side of the other side of the moon, the one you can only imagine, neither light nor dark, just virtually mental if not psychic.

You have to understand the structure of the book to be able to follow the story. The "main" story, situated in 2011, is told in Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 under the title of "The Long Weekend" that covers four days of Sam Dolan's life from Thursday night to Sunday around or just after noon.

The first part deals with Sam Dolan trying to produce his film "Who We Are" as a project within his film and cinema studies on his campus in 2002-2003 with a subsequent transitional flashback to 1969 when that Sam was far from being born yet. It tells the meeting of Booth Dolan, Sam's father, and Allie, Sam's mother. Between Part 2 and Part 3 we have a similar transitional flashback to 1991 when Booth Dolan visited his son's fifth grade class and then left home for a certain Sandra with whom he will have a daughter. Between part 3 and part 4 another and last transitional flashback goes back to 2000 and brings in Allie's death of a massive heart attack on the shoulder of a street in their city after retrieving a turtle from the middle of the roadway.
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I really enjoyed Owen kings other book "we're all in this together " so I was quite looking forward to this one.
Sadly I've given up. When you get to page 100 and not a single thing has happened that interests you or grab your attention, then I think it's time to give up.
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didn't put it down. now looking forward to other books from this author. has suggested getting these on kindle to save storage next time.
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HASH(0x90d785d0) out of 5 stars terrific debut novel 19 Mar. 2013
By scott snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with Owen King's writing while reading the stories in his wonderful collection, We're All in This Together. What I loved most about those stories was how they were at once these intimate portraits of flawed, fascinating, endearing characters, and, simultaneously, these wildly imaginative narratives that could lead anywhere.

For me, this book works the same magic, but on this huge scale. Sam Dolan's story is, on the one hand, completely intimate in how it's presented. King has created this terrifically rich, engaging, relateable, wonderfully frustrating, and ultimately inspiring character in Sam. His hang-ups, his longings, his struggles with his father's long shadow... all of this is masterfully, intricately depicted. On the other hand, the scope of the book - it's incredibly colorful cast, the layers of plot, the hilarious detours and fascinating informative bits, about everything from film history to baseball to crime show re-enactments... It's a book that's inspiring in both its expansiveness, and its deeply compassionate and brilliant character work.

Hilarious, searingly smart, with huge heart, DOUBLE FEATURE is easily one my favorite books in a long time.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d78624) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 11 April 2013
By Mandy D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. It was well written, thoughtful, and funny. From the start I found the characters interesting. There is someone for everyone to identify with. When reading, I found myself chuckling and nodding my head often. I read the book straight through in 2 days. It was so good I simply could not put it down. I loved the way the book flowed. It seemed to undulate from past to present and back again. I am sure this was no easy task, but Owen seemed to do it effortlessly. I have tremendous respect for his talent and the way his literary voice shines through in this work. I have already recommended this book to many of my friends and family. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for such a clever and inviting writer! Well done.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x913c25e8) out of 5 stars Self Help for the Down and Out 10 Aug. 2013
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I am not really surprised that this is a great read, full of characters you wouldn't actually mind knowing, terrific hooks in almost every scene, rolling along to a satisfying conclusion. What I didn't expect was how laugh out loud FUNNY it was. Both a coming of age story and a manual for fighting depression, this was one of my most satisfying reads of the year. I can't wait for the follow-up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9149cc0c) out of 5 stars Apple both close and far from the tree 11 Oct. 2013
By Roy L. Pickering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I didn't realize when I picked this book out at the library that the author is Stephen King's son. Once discovered, I tried not to let that influence my evaluation. It turned out to be relatively easy because although the literary gene certainly passed down the family tree, Owen has his own unique voice that stands aparts from his dad's creepy one. I enjoyed this novel, even if the pile up of coincidences at the end was a bit much. Sam, the hero of Double Feature, is a well developed character who keeps getting in the way of his own happiness. He feels short changed by his parents divorce, a father he both sort of emulates and is unable to connect with, the early death of his mother whose only sin was loving an unworthy man, and the mutilation of his directorial debut. You want Sam to move on, achieve some measure of closure, accept the imperfections of loved ones, make another movie, get the girl. But for much of the story he is determined to stick with the one thing he has mastered above all - the art of brooding. Enough quirkiness and amusement is scattered about the pages to prevent Sam's journey from feeling especially somber. The narrative often feels directionless, which may bother some readers but I don't find to be a negative trait in a book so long as the writing is strong and engaging. When someone is trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do with the life they've been given, a certain amount of meandering about is inevitable. I was reminded of the movie Garden State, which is a good thing as I'm quite fond of that movie. Events of great impact have already taken place, an unknown future of vague promise lies ahead, but the moment at hand seems to mostly be about hanging around and waiting, no longer a child but perhaps not quite an adult, probably stalling. I was also reminded in a more superficial manner of one of my favorite movies, Cinema Paradiso. Like that wonderful film, Double Feature is in large part on ode to the movies. Whether it's an intellectual art house film or a campy cult classic or a Hollywood blockbuster with dazzling special effects, we accept the enjoyment that movies have to give us for a couple hours in dark rooms and then we return to the real world. Loose ends tend to be tied up by the time credits roll. Epiphanies have been reached. We walk away satisfied that events came full circle and we return to our own lives where things don't need to conform to rhyme or reason. They just are. I look forward to Owen King's next book and to seeing what direction his literary career will take. It's off to a fine start.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d78aec) out of 5 stars Not a book for me. 4 Aug. 2014
By P. M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So this author is surrounded by writers in his real life. His wife Kelly Braffet is an author I have read and liked, his Brother Joe Hill's books have been fantastic, his mother Tabitha King is an author, and then of course there is his father Stephen King. So the fact that Owen King decided to be a writer, is really no surprise. What was a surprise was how boring this book was. If you are going to write a book with quirky eccentric characters and a less than conventional storyline like a John Irving, or Wally Lamb book the writing has to be interesting, and pull the reader in from the start. This book has all kinds of creative writing gimmicks- a paragraph that lasts for multiple pages, a plot line within a plot line within a plot line, etc, the problem for me was I didn't care about anyone in the book. I felt like there was an inside story I was not privy to, like an inside joke, and I was looking in but would never be made part of the group. Yes the author can write, but for me the subject and the characters were just one dimensional and not at all interesting.
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