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Kings of Infinite Space: A Novel

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"This macabre, funny, and very twisted satire of office life displays James Hynes (the author of Publish and Perish) as a wonderfully eccentric and entirely original writer." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Immensely witty...thoroughly entertaining."--The Washington Post Book World

Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this land of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins a tentative romance with the office's sassy mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. Strange sounds come from the air conditioning vents, the ceiling bulges, a body disappears. Mysterious men lurk about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors...

Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and horrifying spoof on our everyday lives and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell."

"This macabre, funny, and very twisted satire of office life displays James Hynes as a wonderfully eccentric and entirely original writer."--Esquire

"Hynes nails it...Kings of Infinite Space is Wells updated for the 21st century."--The Washington Post Book World

"Hynes must moonlight as a fisherman for he has mastered the art of luring, hooking and reeling readers in with his salty style and quick wit."--USA Today

"The Kings of Infinite Space is social satire that slides smoothly into horror."--Time

James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale, Wild Colonial Boy, and the stories Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year). He lives in Austin, Texas.

Review:

"Paul Trilby is still haunted by the ghost of Charlotte, the cat he drowned in 'Queen of the Jungle' (included in Hynes's 1997 story collection, Publish and Perish), in this hilarious supernatural sendup of office life. An affair having destroyed his marriage and promising academic career, Paul now temps as a tech writer in the General Services Division of the Texas Department of General Services (TxDoGS) in the Austin-like city of Lamar. One hot summer morning, stuck in traffic, he has an encounter with a peculiar homeless man who repeats a question from H.G. Wells's Island of Doctor Moreau, 'Are we not men?' This is but the first of a series of uncanny incidents — a corpse in a cubicle no one appears to notice, a recycling bin that seems to have no bottom — that dog Paul at TxDoGS. The romance he strikes up with Callie, the appealingly goofy company 'mail girl,' provides the novel's emotional center. When the feckless Paul is put to the ultimate test, a Faustian bargain with zombies to surrender his soul and sacrifice Callie for a free ride at TxDoGS, readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering whether he'll do the right thing. Amusing incidentals include the subversive sentences Paul pens for a textbook and the cat-related fare that is all Charlotte allows him to watch on TV. While the office may not be quite as juicy a subject for satire as the academic world skewered in the author's last novel, The Lecturer's Tale (2002), the same literate wit should have wide appeal. Agent, Neil Olson at Donadio & Olson. (Apr. 13)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"By turns ominous, hilarious, and genuinely scary: Hynes offers a highly original send-up of the most unnatural activity ever conceived by the human mind — work." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]n immensely witty writer....[A] thoroughly entertaining novel....[A] fast, funny ride through pretty peculiar territory....Its parallels to The Time Machine are obvious and deliberate, and Hynes pursues them with Wellsian glee." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"At once too ambitious and not ambitious enough, Kings of Infinite Space loads really interesting questions into the mix and then declines to take them seriously enough to satisfy." Donna Minkowitz, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A whack job of narrative collating that mixes the black comedy of an office satire with a hot love story with a crazy and gruesome horror tale. That Hynes can blend this all together and come up with a novel touching, sexy, scary, and funny is proof of his wizardry." John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise and No One Thinks of Greenland

Review:

"There's a spirit of H.G. Wells and The Island of Dr. Moreau throughout....Hynes meshes real-life and supernatural horror so that it becomes difficult to distinguish the real and imaginary absurdities." Fred Cleaver, The Denver Post

Synopsis:

Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the General Services department of the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this world of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins reach out to the office's foul-mouthed mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. There are sounds coming from the air conditioning vents, bulges in the ceiling, a disappearing body. There are the strange men lurking about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors.

The Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and macabre spoof on our everyday lives, and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell."

About the Author

James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale and Wild Colonial Boy, as well as the stories Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year). He lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312456450
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Hynes, James
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Technical Writing
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Divorced men
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Temporary employees.
Subject:
Government contractors.
Subject:
Loss
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
1297
Publication Date:
April 3, 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.789 in

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Product details 336 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312456450 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Paul Trilby is still haunted by the ghost of Charlotte, the cat he drowned in 'Queen of the Jungle' (included in Hynes's 1997 story collection, Publish and Perish), in this hilarious supernatural sendup of office life. An affair having destroyed his marriage and promising academic career, Paul now temps as a tech writer in the General Services Division of the Texas Department of General Services (TxDoGS) in the Austin-like city of Lamar. One hot summer morning, stuck in traffic, he has an encounter with a peculiar homeless man who repeats a question from H.G. Wells's Island of Doctor Moreau, 'Are we not men?' This is but the first of a series of uncanny incidents — a corpse in a cubicle no one appears to notice, a recycling bin that seems to have no bottom — that dog Paul at TxDoGS. The romance he strikes up with Callie, the appealingly goofy company 'mail girl,' provides the novel's emotional center. When the feckless Paul is put to the ultimate test, a Faustian bargain with zombies to surrender his soul and sacrifice Callie for a free ride at TxDoGS, readers will be on the edge of their seats wondering whether he'll do the right thing. Amusing incidentals include the subversive sentences Paul pens for a textbook and the cat-related fare that is all Charlotte allows him to watch on TV. While the office may not be quite as juicy a subject for satire as the academic world skewered in the author's last novel, The Lecturer's Tale (2002), the same literate wit should have wide appeal. Agent, Neil Olson at Donadio & Olson. (Apr. 13)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "This macabre, funny, and very twisted satire of office life displays James Hynes (the author of Publish and Perish) as a wonderfully eccentric and entirely original writer." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "By turns ominous, hilarious, and genuinely scary: Hynes offers a highly original send-up of the most unnatural activity ever conceived by the human mind — work."
"Review" by , "[A]n immensely witty writer....[A] thoroughly entertaining novel....[A] fast, funny ride through pretty peculiar territory....Its parallels to The Time Machine are obvious and deliberate, and Hynes pursues them with Wellsian glee."
"Review" by , "At once too ambitious and not ambitious enough, Kings of Infinite Space loads really interesting questions into the mix and then declines to take them seriously enough to satisfy."
"Review" by , "A whack job of narrative collating that mixes the black comedy of an office satire with a hot love story with a crazy and gruesome horror tale. That Hynes can blend this all together and come up with a novel touching, sexy, scary, and funny is proof of his wizardry."
"Review" by , "There's a spirit of H.G. Wells and The Island of Dr. Moreau throughout....Hynes meshes real-life and supernatural horror so that it becomes difficult to distinguish the real and imaginary absurdities."
"Synopsis" by ,
Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the General Services department of the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this world of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins reach out to the office's foul-mouthed mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. There are sounds coming from the air conditioning vents, bulges in the ceiling, a disappearing body. There are the strange men lurking about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors.

The Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and macabre spoof on our everyday lives, and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell."

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