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“Heller’s novel about a failed writer offers an unlikable protagonist, vivid writing and a comic depiction of our most disgraceful inner states.”—The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice list
“Highly entertaining . . . Pocket Kings is, in spirit, the comical sequel to Frederick Exley’s Fan’s Notes, the classic and psychologically tragic depiction of machismo mediocrity.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Ted Heller’s brazen, often hilarious and always disturbing new novel, Pocket Kings, is a hybrid love letter and suicide note to 21st-century publishing . . . What seemed at first to be a smart if limited satire about publishing and online gambling becomes an illuminating and fully realized story about identity and reputation in the digital age. At its best, Pocket Kings explores authentic existence and the desperate extremes to which a man will go to be recognized in an industry that he, like so many others, despises and loves.”—The Washington Post
“[A] recklessly funny, sparky satire of our obsession with the virtual world.”—Vanity Fair
“Pocket Kings is the kind of reading fun that offers nutritional value and not just empty calories. Ted Heller’s third novel is a satirical, charming literary ride.”—Buffalo News
“A poignant, funny satire ... Heller’s prose is razor sharp and his cultural reference points are spot on. In fact it’s all so believable that you have to wonder about Mr. Heller’s own online poker credentials. Watch out for him at the virtual tables.”—CultureMob
“Heller (Slab Rat, Funnymen) seems to have inherited the satire gene from his father, Joseph.”—New York Post
"The pace is fast, the plot twisty, and the satire bites viciously."—Library Journal
"Laugh-out-loud funny . . . There is a certain Everyman quality to Frank, whose hopes gradually fade away but whose self-deprecating humor helps carry him through his midlife angst and denial of addiction; you want to wish him well."—Booklist
“A well-crafted and entertaining satire.”—Publishers Weekly
I hope George Clooney plays Dixon in the movie!
Not only is it the funniest thing I've read in years, but the book is a solid page turner with great characters and a compelling, twisty story to boot.
It's the first time in a while I've actually laughed out loud while reading a book, and also not wanted to put the book down.
It's a bit slow here and there but sometimes very suspenseful too. With so many people addicted to digital this or that, if you are a forum buff, Facebook junkie or MMO gamer it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kkat
A blocked and failing writer, Franklin W. Dixon (understandably mistaken for the author of the Hardy Boys series), suddenly becomes a big success—but not with his writing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher Fahy
Hey, everyone who has ever spent as much time on a query letter as the novel it pitches: go pick up Pocket Kings. Now. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the last Ted Heller book I've got to read. He wrote four and I read four and I am now intensely sad I have no more to read. This book is intense. It's really good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ToddLee
Terrible! It is painfully obvious that the author has never played poker. After reading about him "raising" unopened pots, I couldn't even finish the book.Published 10 months ago by Chris Jarman
Another winner for Ted Heller. Online gambling is in all the news. Legislators are desperate to put the brakes on. The bitcoin is now traded like stocks. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katherine A. Johnson
I’m constantly surprised when reading negative reviews on Amazon complaining that the protagonist is unsympathetic or that parts of the plot don’t seem plausible. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Senkihazireader
Being a lifelong poker player (live and online) and having loved Funnymen, I was really anticipating Pocket Kings. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. Goldstein
Ted Heller's hilarious fictional memoir about winning at online poker while losing at everything else should have already been a bestseller, a movie starring George Clooney, and a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Virginia