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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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