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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613723784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613723784
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing style is beautiful and engaging.
Amazon Customer
You will see yourself, see those you love, those who knew and those who didn't, or at least, you may think they didn't... but they did.
Spifette
And just as "I laughed, I cried" when reading the "sammich" story, I laughed (a lot!
Dawn M

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Horan on July 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
How is one supposed to find the words to review a book in which the author has already exhausted (Vin might love the irony of that x in such a lethargic word) all the most brilliant words in the English language to tell his story? Come to think of it, Vin might like the word lethargic. Maybe he'd think it's a word that has rocked itself to sleep on the letter c. But I digress...

You just take a deep breath and hope to do your best, I suppose.

King Perry is, simply put, a spectacle of storytelling. It is a forty-hour-long journey narrated by a man the likes of which I've never encountered in all my years of reading. Vin Vanbly says, at one point, "Found Kings love paradox. Lost Kings love irony, the shadow of paradox." If that's true, then Vin is both the Lost and the Found, and though he calls himself the Human Ghost, if I were to try to find a way to describe him, I'd say he is the King of kings because he is the Storyteller King, and he who holds the power of words, sits upon the throne that rules the world.

Honestly, I just want to pour all the words out of this book and into my brain so I can keep reading it over and over again in my memory. I want to stand in the middle of its pages and shake it like a snowglobe until all the words skitter around me in an exhilarating (x!) swirl of luminosity. I want to bathe in these words until I exude exuberance (x, x!) in such vigorous doses that people can smell the ink seeping from my pores. That's how much I loved this book. (Vin would probably be a little miffed at me right now for getting the word vigorous stuck on a continuous loop in his brain. For that, I'd apologize, but he's right. It's a wondrous word.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C Green on February 27, 2012
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I loved this story. It had just the right amount of keeping the reader and main character off balance, intrigued, pissed off and smitten. The author's ability to create a magical feeling in a wonderfully detailed real life setting is incredible.

Perry, an investment banker in 1999 San Fransisco is wooed and goes on a practically shamanic weekend journey with Vin, a mysterious madman with all the best intentions. You are not quite sure if Vin will make or break Perry. Can he do the delicate balance of breaking down Perry's walls, rattling him out of his self built cage, and building him back up again or will he just break him and leave him in ruins. Vin isn't quite sure himself if he can pull it off. And Perry doesn't even know what he has signed up for.

The slow building of trust and freedom is very very sweet. This book will expand your heart and make you remember the magic of love. It shows how rich being a man can be with compassion, forgiveness, grief, love and outrageous play. What it really takes to be a to be a father, lover, son. Love IS a risk but there is not that much life in safe cage.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony on February 27, 2012
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Edmond Manning's field of ancestral kings - the backdrop to King Perry, is a deliciously inventive allegory of both the sadly fallen and joyfully redemptive nature not just of "humanity," but of each one of us.

This story offers up something rarely seen - the powerful use of sex not just as a physical act, or, in the hands of a masterful manipulator, as a way to debase and destroy (yes, we all know those films), but instead as a way for his characters to enter through the door of their own fragile and vulnerable souls. It's the sexual equivalent of Babette's Feast, or Ratatouille.

Edmond's writing style runs from simple and joyful - even goofy at times - to exquisitely lush. The characters are finely drawn and I have a great empathy for both Vin and Perry. His attention to detail brings you entirely into their world and the pacing will take you through what starts as a frothy adventure, to what becomes a journey of the soul - fearful, exhilarating, heartbreaking. You will travel along with the characters - to the edge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M on June 8, 2013
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This is not the type of book that I'd typically read. Or EVER read. But I came across, in a convoluted way, something that Edmond Manning had written -- about the best sandwich in NYC -- and I loved his style. The story was funny and warm-hearted at the same time ("I laughed, I cried") and the way he wrote it was... there's no other word for it: yummy. And I'm not talking about the sandwich. It's all about the way that he writes. Yummy.

Anyway, in my Googling of him to see if he'd written anything else aside from the sandwich story and other blog posts, I stumble upon, LO AND BEHOLD!, a book. A BOOK! Awesome. So I read the Amazon synopsis and... it's not for me. It's about two gay men (I can't relate; I'm a straight woman and, although I have gay friends, I can't connect to this story) and it sounds like it has elements (or more than just elements) of fantasy. Kings? What? I don't "do" fantasy. Nope. I read a lot of memoirs. I read novels that are stories that could actually happen in real life. So, in a nutshell, I feel a huge disconnect with this book just from the description of it. But... there's the sandwich story. I love his writing. I want more. So, I get the book. I get the book, but I don't know when I'll start reading it -- I don't feel rushed. I don't feel the rush.

But, while having a bite for lunch the next day, I start reading the first chapter. And... I feel the rush. A big, big, BIG rush. The writing. The characters. The story. I'm in. I'm into it. I'm there.

I read the book over the course of three days. I could have finished it in much less time but I savored it. I savored each and every word. I went back and read some sentences a few times because they were so good, such gems.
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Edmond Manning (1967- ) Edmond Manning has always been fascinated by fiction: how ordinary words could be sculpted into heartfelt emotions, how heartfelt emotions could leave an imprint inside you stronger than the real world.

He finally realized that he didn't have to write like Charles Dickens or Armistead Maupin, two author heroes, and that perhaps his own fiction was juuuuuuust right, because it was his true voice, so he looked around the scrappy word kingdom that he created for himself and shouted, "I'M HOME!"

He is now a writer.

In addition to fiction, Edmond enjoys writing non-fiction on his blog, www.edmondmanning.com. When not writing, he can be found either picking raspberries in the back yard or eating panang curry in an overstuffed chair upstairs, reading comic books.

Feel free to contact him at remembertheking@comcast.net.

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