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WILL@epicqwest.com: A Medicated Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

Who will save the world?

In vividly compressed comic form, WILL@epicqwest.com takes the reader on a contemporary quest that is as cyberspatially and pharmaceutically fantastic as anything Ulysses encountered on his trek home from Troy. In a daring cross between Voltaire's Candide and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, WILL@epicqwest.com follows the post-post modern exploits of our hero, WILL, a medicated college student on his heroic quest to uncover the truth behind a new virus that threatens to wipe-out all of humanity: IS (Information Sickness).

Helping him in his calling are a whole lot of psychotropic drugs; his faithful companion and always-handy, chatty laptop, Spunk®; and his virology lab partner and centerfold, wish-fulfillment fantasy ultra-babe, Naomi.

With all of contemporary existence muffled by feel-good medications, deconstructionist double-talk, fat free food, and a never-ending faith in the wisdom of the marketplace, who are you gonna call to save the world? Try: WILL@epicqwest.com!

Review:

"Dystopian satire...that may well charm its way intravenously into the hearts of younger readers. Its sublime dialogue certainly will appeal to youths pondering the vacuity of modern life....The unwitting laughter [WILL] steadily evokes, page by page, makes Grimes a joyous dark humorist." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[Grimes's work]...is so well written that you want there to be more: more pages, more unexpected allusions, more pleasing insights....One can only hope that there is more Tom Grimes in the offing." West Coast Review of Books

Review:

"Funny, hip, sad, and very, very smart, this superbly written novel tells a story with which all of us can identify in this age of computers and information overload. This is truly an 'epic quest,' an often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking search for peace and solace and ordinary human happiness." Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried

Review:

"I'm happy to report that Tom Grimes has written another terrific book." Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son

Review:

"A brilliant, funny, and ultimately moving book." Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest

Review:

"Often, people think those who harp on Our Nation's vacuous, anti-intellectual consumer culture are depressing and that those who take Prozac, Lithium, Haldol, and Thorazine are simply watching too much TV in a never-made bed, alone all the time, staring numb at a computer screen. But if you really get into it, you might find that someone loaded up on these substances can become as all-powerful as WILL, Tom Grimes's action super-hero. This book is stupid funny, intravenously hilarious." Dagoberto Gilb, author of The Magic of Blood

Review:

"At times meditative, at times funny and action-packed, Grimes's prose curves in an arc that traverses the distance from clear to piercing." Ann Beattie, author of Where You'll Find Me and Other Stories

Review:

"Awfully good. Smart. Fast. Sensational, in fact." Joy Williams, author of Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals

Review:

"A remarkably substantial writer." Tom McGuane

Review:

"Tom Grimes...calls to mind the writing of many of the bad boys of contemporary American literature — Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed and T. C. Boyle." Reginal McKnight

Review:

"Funny, smart, dreamy...brilliant, exact and surreal." Charles D'Ambrosio, author of The Point and Other Stories

Review:

"Eerie and brilliant...Tom Grimes is our new visionary." Chris Offutt, author of The Good Brother and Out of the Woods

Synopsis:

In a daring cross between Voltaire's Candide and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, WILL@epicqwest.com follows the post-post modern exploits of our hero, WILL, a medicated college student on his heroic quest to uncover the truth behind a new virus that threatens to wipe out all of humanity: IS (Information Sickness).

About the Author

Tom Grimes is the author of the novels, A Stone of the Heart, Season's End, and City of God, the plays Spec and New World, and the fiction anthology The Workshop: Seven Decades from the Iowa Writers Workshop. His work has been named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a New & Noteworthy Paperback, and an Editor's Choice pick; it has won three Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards, been awarded a James Michener Fellowship, and has been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover series. He now directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southwest Texas State University. His favorite novels include The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, White Noise by Don DeLillo, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Castle by Franz Kafka.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780971341579
Subtitle:
(a medicated memoir)
Publisher:
Ludlow Press
Author:
Grimes, Tom
Location:
New York
Subject:
Drugs
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Drug abuse
Subject:
Information society
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Laptop computers
Subject:
Male college students
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Erotic fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
108-15
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
182
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

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WILL@epicqwest.com: A Medicated Memoir
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Product details 182 pages Ludlow Press - English 9780971341579 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Dystopian satire...that may well charm its way intravenously into the hearts of younger readers. Its sublime dialogue certainly will appeal to youths pondering the vacuity of modern life....The unwitting laughter [WILL] steadily evokes, page by page, makes Grimes a joyous dark humorist."
"Review" by , "[Grimes's work]...is so well written that you want there to be more: more pages, more unexpected allusions, more pleasing insights....One can only hope that there is more Tom Grimes in the offing."
"Review" by , "Funny, hip, sad, and very, very smart, this superbly written novel tells a story with which all of us can identify in this age of computers and information overload. This is truly an 'epic quest,' an often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking search for peace and solace and ordinary human happiness."
"Review" by , "I'm happy to report that Tom Grimes has written another terrific book."
"Review" by , "A brilliant, funny, and ultimately moving book."
"Review" by , "Often, people think those who harp on Our Nation's vacuous, anti-intellectual consumer culture are depressing and that those who take Prozac, Lithium, Haldol, and Thorazine are simply watching too much TV in a never-made bed, alone all the time, staring numb at a computer screen. But if you really get into it, you might find that someone loaded up on these substances can become as all-powerful as WILL, Tom Grimes's action super-hero. This book is stupid funny, intravenously hilarious."
"Review" by , "At times meditative, at times funny and action-packed, Grimes's prose curves in an arc that traverses the distance from clear to piercing."
"Review" by , "Awfully good. Smart. Fast. Sensational, in fact."
"Review" by , "A remarkably substantial writer."
"Review" by , "Tom Grimes...calls to mind the writing of many of the bad boys of contemporary American literature — Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed and T. C. Boyle."
"Review" by , "Funny, smart, dreamy...brilliant, exact and surreal."
"Review" by , "Eerie and brilliant...Tom Grimes is our new visionary."
"Synopsis" by , In a daring cross between Voltaire's Candide and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, WILL@epicqwest.com follows the post-post modern exploits of our hero, WILL, a medicated college student on his heroic quest to uncover the truth behind a new virus that threatens to wipe out all of humanity: IS (Information Sickness).
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