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“... fast, profane, full of joy, deeply intelligent, and just a lot of damn fun to read.” —Colin McComb, author of OATHBREAKER
“... reads like the fevered brainchild of Warren Ellis and Kenneth Hite. Smart, dark fun.” —Matt Forbeck, author of AMORTALS and VEGAS KNIGHTS
Royden Poole is having a very bad day.
Strong-armed into investigating a break-in, a bizarre theft, two missing persons, and a shooting with no body, and all he wants to do is go back to pretending he's dead. And that's just a warm up.
There's an infinity of time and space just after midnight where the rules of reality you are accustomed to don't necessarily apply. Most people don't know anything about it. And of those that do, most don't want anything to do with it. But a heart's desire is there for the finding for those brave enough—or stupid enough—to look.
Explore behind the scenes of reality in the 25th Hour, a strange world of gods and monsters. A place of wonder and horror. A place of magic where secret kings and queens war for control, routinely wielding the powers of channeled peoples, places, and ideas--whether historical, literary, mythological, or imaginary.
Follow along with Royden on a foul-mouthed, darkly comic, hardboiled romp through the twisted underbelly of the world you thought you knew.
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I must be fair and inform you that I am friends with the author, but I bought his book on Lulu to support his efforts and I will be fair with my review. It's great that Paizo is now offering this book. Here it goes: This book is about as far away from mainstream as you can get. I called it the Anti-Harry Potter, but that doesn't even begin to do it justice. Read it for the shock value. Read it for the zinging one liners. Read it for the fascinating setting--a world familiar yet horrifying. The novel moves at a break neck speed, fueled by pornographic images, the longing for cigarettes and vodka fueled strippers and a desperate need to be accepted and/or save the United States from demons. Giving more details would be giving out spoilers and one should... More > not spoil the fun that is this novel. As a fan of conventional fantasy, hard core science fiction, alternate history novels and historically based stories, I wasn't sure what to make of this book. I'm still not sure. After reading it, I'm sure I've damaged my psyche' somehow and I will never, ever, ever use the term goatboy again. Clinton Boomer's imagination and the ability to create a mood is incredible. The novel leaves many literary conventions behind...many loops are left open, many issues unresolved, but finishing it was like finishing a sprint....a sprint where your pursuer wants to rape you and you cross the finish line, winded, victorious, with a leather clad stripper handing you a cold beer at the end and smacking you on the rear end. You feel slightly violated, but also slightly vindicated. I want Royden Poole to take over Hogwarts. If you're a teenager and you want to shock your parents, read this book. If you're a "grown up" and want to to laugh our butt off, shake your head in mock disgust and wonder about 'who the hell thought this stuff up?' read this book. You'll never be the same, I guarantee it.
This novel takes you on an insane ride through that magical time and space called the 25th hour - a unique hour reserved only for the craziest of the crazy.
No cliches here, only bold novelties drawing on pop culture, internet memes, daily life and very clever and erudite use of history and mythology. This mix of past and present creates a setting and characters like no other novel I've ever read in any genre.
At the same time, anyone who ever spent a while walking dark and lonely streets in unreasonable hours will realize just how true to life some parts of the novel are.
In short, if you want a book so full of cool ideas, hilarious dialogues and just the right prose to make them come to life - this one is a must!
Sure, you've heard him say it himself before. You've probably heard him say a lot of other questionable things if you've been paying attention. But with complete honesty, I say this book is a ton of fun. Disclosure: I don't really know Clinton Boomer, but he's been terrific in my few interactions with him, and totally hooked me up with the book when I expressed an interest a bit back.
I read far too much of the style of fiction some folks refer to as urban fantasy, and this tome is definitely up there. It's got an interesting premise- involving rulers of the 25th hour, who draw their power from their conceptual kingdoms- an intriguing protagonist full of cynical humor, and fun enemies and allies dotting the landscape. I've got no reservations recommending it to other people, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.