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
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...