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  • File Size: 4776 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Broken Eye Books; 2 edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z8G08S
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Clinton J. Boomer, known to his friends as 'Booms,' resides in the quaint, leafy, idyllic paradise of Macomb, Illinois, where he attended 4th grade through college. He began writing before the time of his own recollection, predominantly dictating stories to his ever-patient mother about fire-monsters and ice-monsters throwing children into garbage cans. He began gaming with the 1993 release of Planescape, which shaped his Jr. High years, and he was first published professionally in the Ennie Award-winning Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting from Paizo Publishing after placing in the Final Four of Paizo's inaugural RPG Superstar! Competition. He currently devotes a full 99.9% of his waking hours to thinking about fantasy-adventure in general or ninjas, more specifically. Boomer is a writer, filmmaker, gamer and bartender; his short comedic films, the "D&D PHB PSAs," have over 3,500 subscribers on YouTube and and have been viewed more than a million and a half times. A member of the WereCabbages creative guild, a frequent freelance contributor to Rite Publishing, Sean K. Reynolds Games, Paizo Publishing, Reality Deviants Press, Zombie Sky Press, Legendary Games and the Hellcrashers setting, his debut novel The Hole Behind Midnight was released in 2011; Daniel O'Brien, columnist for and contributor to the New York Times bestseller You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News called it " ... Raymond Chandler meets Douglas Adams by way of a fantasy nerd's fever dream. And it's AWESOME."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kip G. Kwiatkowski on November 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book surprised me, I didn't know what to expect going into it. I went into it expecting to give allowances for it being the authors first novel, for not having the backing of a major publisher behind it. I WAS AMAZED, Clinton Boomer found his stride right away, he made his characters have wonderful well rounded personalities, his writing style has a flow of it's own that keeps you in suspense and laughing through the whole book. Royden Poole is a very humorous and relate able character, he is the little dark imp inside of all of us, pun entirely intended. I recommend this book for anyone who has a sardonic sense of humor, for anyone who likes to see the underdog prevail by the skin of his teeth. There was one major flaw with the book though, it ended. While it was a timely and well rounded ending, I wish I could have just continued reading, it was such a fun read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Y. on November 1, 2011
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Let me tempt you. This book is not what you expect. It is more than just hilarious, and it is more than just bizarre. It is touching, it is mind bending, and it is fun. If you read this book you will not only be satisfied with your purchase, you will be hungry for more. This book will show you the hole you never new existed. Not the hole behind midnight, though you'll find that too. I speak of the void of Clinton J. Boomer in your soul, your very being.

Buy this, fill that void, be content. I did and I am.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glinda Good on August 27, 2012
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This is a narsty novel. Between the bluntly informal language, the unconventional small hero, a cast of hundreds (many in said cast owning extra sets of genitals), and chemically influenced metaphysics . . . well, you've got a seriously narsty novel here.

And that's a good thing. Almost too much of a good thing sometimes. The story of the King of Jangladesh and midnight access to sideways realms spills out in a torrent of politically incorrect behavior: theft, violence, murder, obscenity, sex and angst; stalls in places when the story gets stuck in philosophical quick sand; then speeds to the blow-off: power plays of archetypes being thwarted by the little guy.

The Hole Behind Midnight is amazingly funny, dark, original story telling. I'll be watching for what Boomer comes up with next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Banach on January 10, 2015
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The Hole Behind Midnight is a wild and wooly romp from its roll-out-of-a-hangover start to its reality-rending climax, plunging into the unhinged otherworld that lurks behind the final tick of the witching hour.

Blitzing past the boundaries of contemporary urban fantasy, THBM is something new and exciting. The magic and mystery of "the 25th hour" is brilliant, fresh, and intricately developed, providing a truly new mythology that simultaneously reaches back into the most ancient roots of civilization and flowers with wonder in the modern day. The hopelessly flawed yet completely relatable protagonist, outcast/street sorcerer/detective Royden Poole, wields cigarettes like talismans against the dark arts, binding demons into VHS tapes and pontificating at length about the mystical significance of interdimensional travel in strip clubs. (Excellent) story aside, the magic mojo of this book would be enough to pick it up and commit it to memory.

Edgy, irreverent, and more than a little naughty (like, really naughty), THBM is packed full of oh-my-goodness moments which simultaneously shock and delight. It's not for the faint of heart, but effortlessly and unapologetically embraces its NC17 trajectory, riding the carpet-bombing of F-nukes all the way down. Clinton Boomer sows delicious profanity across the auditory landscape like he's Johnny F**king Appleseed, creating rich characters and thoroughly engaging dialogue which remind you fondly of modern monologue-masters like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith.

The Hole Behind Midnight is wicked cool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tad J. Wesley on April 25, 2013
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I don't read a lot of fiction, but was recommended this by a friend, so I picked it up, and once I did I couldn't put it down. Now I'm anxiously awaiting promised sequel (which has a teaser first chapter at the end of this one).

Our main character, Royden Poole, is not your average protagonist hero. He's less than 4 feet tall, and to call him a "good guy" is certainly a stretch. He lies, he steals, he cheats, and he has a mouth like a sailor. (Not a book for the kiddies, or people who are sensitive to foul language or "adult imagery".) But he still is a character you can empathize with, and you want him to succeed, primarily because the stuff he's up against is FAR worse than he is, so the story still works.

As my title says, the style of writing is highly reminiscent, to me, of the late great Douglas Adams (of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame, some of my all-time favorite fiction). But Douglas Adams would have had to turn up the "naughty language" dial a lot, and get kind of gross.

The setting is modern-day earth, sort of. There is a fantasy element introduced in the form of a "hole" that occurs in reality at midnight, for those attuned to it, they can step sideways into time. Hence the title of the book. I won't get into all the details of how that works, but basically it allows people "in the know" to use magic during that time that wouldn't otherwise be possible, and the way this is handled is brilliant in terms of the literary work.

Again, I highly recommend this to anyone who can handle it.
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