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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage; First Edition edition (July 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596922400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596922402
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his overly cute first novel (after two story collections), Pendarvis channels a hapless giant named Awesome who spends his days constructing robots, discovering a variety of uses for his bodily fluids and looking for those who will accept him. After having no luck with a group of teenagers who beat him to a pulp, and little luck with a Beluga whale he courts at the aquarium, the giant meets new neighbor Glorious Jones. Cut to their wedding a few pages later, where the giant botches his vows and is left at the altar. A madcap trek to prove his love and win back his fiancée ensues. While Pendarvis keeps the conceit furiously spinning, it's not enough to sustain the book, which fails to negotiate the perilous line between faux naïve and overly cute. May
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From Booklist

Pendarvis’ previous fictional outings include two collections of well-received short stories distinguished by their quirky humor, and in his first published novel, he pushes the envelope of eccentricity even further. It’s the tale of a derby-wearing giant who falls in love with a spirited woman named Glorious Jones. Awesome—Mr. Awesome to his adoring public—is renowned not only for his stature but for his proficiency in robotics, his hypnotic effect on women, and a predilection for glib philosophical musings. His world is thrown askew when Jones ditches him in a huff on their wedding day. To win back her affections, Awesome must meet several daunting challenges, including finding a literal needle in a haystack and finally resolving the meaning of life. Along the wildly unpredictable route of Awesome’s picaresque journey, he crosses paths with a cult of mushroom-gobbling hippies, brawls with another giant, and engages in bawdy encounters with numerous love-struck women. Readers who like their fantasy on the lighter side will appreciate Pendarvis’ laugh-out-loud wordplay and outlandish scenarios. --Carl Hays

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josh Goren on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I took tremendous pleasure describing details of this book to the proprietor of Book Hampton Sag Harbor and attempting to explain to her that despite the cover, despite the weird PW review (did he/she read the book?), this is not a book for children... that is unless they're into semen-powered cars equipped with a giant penis-pump, submarine-sized anal suppositories, the most hysterical penis-removal scene in recent literature, and numerous other descriptions of dozens of body fluids you didn't even know you had. The book is fantastic but a YA novel it aint.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevvboy on August 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Despite the misinformation in the Publishers Weekly review above, which I found overly cute, Pendarvis is NOT a YA author and AWESOME is most definitely NOT a young adult book.

It's hilarious and strange, and bawdy, and weird, and over the top, and off the rails. It's a tall, tall tale, rather like a Paul Bunyan whopper filtered through the consciousness of a snarky modern lout in his twenties. If you want a comical, surrealist shaggy-dog tale about a giant with an overactive libido and a surfeit of positive self-regard, this is the novel for you.

Pendarvis fans, by the way, will lap this up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Scribner on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jack Pendarvis knows how to write a funny sentence. He writes a lot of these to form funny paragraphs, which are used to compose funny pages. The result is Awesome (har har har).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Alex Miller on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I literally chose this book by its cover. What a fun read! Highly original and laugh-out-loud funny in places, it reminded me of some of Mark Leyner's best early work. Agree with the other reviewer that this is neither cute nor YA. It's just a wacky story told in sharp, highly evolved prose with tons of most excellent detail (like the list of things Awesome ate before going into hibernation, which included 200 gallons of bechamel sauce and a box of Froot Loops.)
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