A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl audiobook

A Hundred Thousand Worlds

By Bob Proehl
Read by MacLeod Andrews

Penguin Audio
12.83 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780735208124

“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints "Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder." —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.  As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry's old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined. A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2016

An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016

“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints "Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder." —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.  As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry's old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined. A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Anyone who is a geek or a parent of a geek should read this novel. In these interesting times . . . books like A Hundred Thousand Worlds are doing the work of navigating a new reality, where work, family, and adulthood are all being redefined. Tor.com
Comic-Con age's definitive novel about a road trip through geek culture. The Wall Street Journal, Speakeasy Podcast
Who doesn’t like a good origin story? This delightful novel has a dozen of them, each sparking deftly off the next. A work of wit and heart, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is for anyone who craves a smart family saga. Especially one with superheroes. I loved it completely. Karen Joy Fowler, Booker Prize finalist and author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
"Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder. One of the best novels I have read in a while. Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"For all its acrobatic wit and outsize charm, at its heart this is the love story of two everyday heroes—a mother and a son—who, like their author, possess the superpower of storytelling. A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con age, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut. Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
A perfect summer read for the Comic-Con crowd . . . Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here. USA Today
With enthralling characters and tons of heart, this read (much like a good con) has something for everyone. Bustle
“A tribute to the pleasures of fandom—as well as to the special connection between a mother and her only child…Equal parts great American road-trip narrative and coming-of-age novel, this brilliant story from a debut novelist is a treat for the diehard nerds and fans among us.” Refinery29
“With enthralling characters and tons of heart, this read (much like a good con) has something for everyone.” Bustle
“Proehl’s touch is both sensitive and assured…but its steely strength lies in its recognition that we’re all constantly growing up, no matter how old you are…You will add Proehl’s smart, flawed, and thoughtful characters to the list of those who can save us and our dreams.” Amazon.com
“Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them.” Booklist (starred review)
“Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here.” USA Today
“Narrator MacLeod Andrews’ warm voice…acts out each character, imbuing them with believable personalities and emotions. His performance is a treat for listeners as they fall in love with Alex and his exploration of the hundred thousand worlds that are intertwined with his own. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Bob Proehl

Author Bio: Bob Proehl

Bob Proehl grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, as a DJ, and a record store owner. He was a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2013 resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. He has written for the 33 1/3 book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatters.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English