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The Fictional Man

The Fictional Man [Kindle Edition]

Al Ewing
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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5/5 'A fascinating tour-de-force, it's hard to see how Ewing could possibly better this exhilarating page-turner.' --SFX Magazine

10/10 'The protagonist's relationship with reality, and his own sense of self, is layered in such a way that his actions slide effortlessly into the ongoing story as well as the personal journeys of the key characters.Ewing retains his easy-going, free-flowing style throughout, constantly unveiling new ideas and perceptions as the novel progresses. It's an effortless and rapid read...the novel works perfectly. Highly recommended.' --Starburst Magazine

'It's ambitious, being a rumination on how fiction works, and how writers tick, as well as providing a rollicking yarn as an overweight, oversensitive and overwrought author chases after a series of elusive McGuffins...This book is smart, brave, funny, and affecting.' --Comic Book Resources

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In Hollywood, where last year’s stars are this year’s busboys, Fictionals are everywhere. Niles Golan’s therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. So (maybe) is the woman in the bar he can’t stop staring at. Fictionals – characters ‘translated’ into living beings for movies and TV using cloning technology – are a part of daily life in LA now. Sometimes the problem is knowing who’s real and who’s not.
Divorced, alcoholic and hanging on by a thread, Niles – author of The Saladin Imperative: A Kurt Power Novel and many others – has been hired to write a big-budget reboot of a classic movie. If he does this right, the studio might bring one of Niles’ own characters to life. Somewhere beneath the movie – beneath the TV show it was inspired by, the children’s book behind that and the story behind that – is the kernel of something important. If he can just hold it together long enough...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (5 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this after seeing a review in SFX and I have been so impressed with it. A great book, set in a world where cloning of humans is outlawed but cloning of fictional characters is not, so Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones are walking around . The plot acts as a satire of Hollywood, a comment on the creative process, how we create and write our own lives.... It covers a lot of bases but keeps all of this up in the air. Funny and thought provoking. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 11 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic read - a page turner. I could not put it down and was engrossed in the concept exploring 'Fictionals'; clones of fictional characters. I found Al Ewing through his comic book writing for 2000AD and will definitely be checking out his previous novels. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind bendingly good 1 Aug 2013
By kris
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic story and a wonderful concept. Ewing's best and most mature work to date. This book is filled with loads of great ideas which will stay with you long after you've finished it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can judge a book by its (excellent) cover 9 May 2013
By luke
I bought this book for only two reasons-having read some of Ewings comic stip work (Zombo)I was mildly intrigued as to how his Gonzo style would translate to the Novel form but I parted with my eight quid-Waterstones-for Pye Parrs awesome cover illustration. Just gaze at it...bewdiful! Somewhat unexpectedly I found this book to be brilliant in every way. Fascinating conceit, intriguing tale, brilliant and believable supporting characters and a satisfying down beat conclusion. The very best stuff however is found in the main character Niles-a despicable, unlikeable, loveable and fully involving invention of his own fictional self and in the surprise find of the self contained 'horror' story near the end of the book. I loved every page of this novel and would recommend it to anyone wanting to take a punt on an author graduating up the literary ladder of excellence. And again, Pye Parrs cover...Sold!
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