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The World of Kurt Vonnegut: Osage Two Diamonds (Kindle Worlds Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Bunker
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sam is a Bokononist researching a book on the end of the world.

The problem is that it is an end that only four people remember, an end that occurred in 1961 and brought about by Ice-nine, a supposedly fictional substance. Hot on the trail of the truth, Sam finds himself on a journey no one would ever believe. He’ll fight a giant, marry a woman who has been dead for years, and set out on an adventure with a crazy time-traveling elevator operator named Rayford, who zips him through time and space as they seek to solve the mystery of the apocalypse that once—and never—was.

Osage Two Diamonds is a humorous and satirical parable set in the world of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle that asks, What if it were all true? What if Vonnegut wrote a fictionalized account of real events and the world really did end in 1961, but someone subsequently un-ended it?

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.



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About the Author

Michael Bunker is a bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a “plain” community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills. He is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the WICK series, The Silo Archipelago, The Last Pilgrims, and the novella Pennsylvania, as well as many nonfiction works, including the bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2390 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Worlds (December 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMT3GB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Nice, Very Nice! December 17, 2013
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I'm not sure if I am part of the karass of the author but he certainly belongs to Vonnegut's one. Michael Bunker was able to capture the spirit of the original Cat's Cradle novel and turn it upside down for the reader's enjoyment. Now I am curious to read the next episodes, luckily a week is not a long wait.
NB. One more thing: while you can read and enjoy this book without having read Cat's Cradle, if you did not like the Vonnegut's original you probably will not like this one either, but this is not Bunker's fault.

Edit after the 4th episode. Now we are halfway through it, I can confirm my first impression: Vonnegut's spirit is kept very well. While the first episode was a bit introductory to permit those not accustomed to Vonnegut's style to understand it, the last couple of episodes are crazy and funny at the same time and it's clear that now Bunker is at ease and can express at his best.

Edit after the 8th episode. Now that this serial has come to an end I'm really sad, it was so enjoyable that the weekly appointment had become an habit. I really hope that Amazon asks the author for a sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes! January 7, 2014
By GR
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You know those stories where you have a pretty good idea where it will end up after the first chapter, well this ain't one of those. This story will take you places you never imagined and sometimes leave you wondering where you've been. Very entertaining. I'd not even heard of Kurt Vonnegut before starting this series but find this style enjoyable and can now foresee venturing into Vonnegut's world out of curiosity. Looking forward to the remaining Episodes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good December 26, 2013
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I'm glad I read Cats Cradle first, otherwise this would have been a bit confusing, it fits well with the kind of 'weird' that you find in Cats Cradle but it's still a good story, understandable and quite amusing if you're willing to give it a lighthearted approach.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strange story December 17, 2013
By Aleks
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I have not read Cat's Cradle, and bought this because of my interest in Bunker's writing.

Osage Two Diamonds is a silly and strange story, very silly and very strange. The silliness is what makes it so interesting. The story is told in a well-written meta kind-of-way, with the main person telling that he would like to write the story you are currently reading. It is geniully funny. Sometimes in a absurd way, and sometime in a thought-provoking way.

I read the story in one sitting and I'm looking forward to part 2!
Having read the four first parts, I've had a good time and would happily recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading February 6, 2014
By DiF
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Going into this book, I never thought I'd like it; to my surprise, I ended up loving it! Time travel made for a funny, exciting and suspenseful journey, one that I was hoping would never end - the real never-ending story. And, in the end, just imagine: Jimmy Hoffa was found where you would expect to find Jimmy Buffet! Only in literature!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Sippin' fine Irish Whiskey January 23, 2014
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OK, I'm a "Cats Cradle" fan. This book, sequel or whatever it ascribes to be, is a joy - perfect in its running story, humor, sarcasm, style. It fits like an old shoe. Could not of asked for more. Very well done.

When a friend asked me if I'd kept up with the most recent download I didn't know and said, "This book is like sippin' fine Irish whiskey - ya want to take it slow, enjoy the flavor, and let it's warmth fill you." I am thoroughly enjoying it.

William
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A creative story that goes in all directions December 17, 2013
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I loved Osage Two Diamonds! I can't wait for the next part to the series, and see where Michael Bunker is taking this crazy story that involves some interesting characters. I have never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut, but I sure will now. I really enjoyed this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Started it reluctantly, but finished it eagerly! May 14, 2014
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I purchased the collected novel of Osage Two Diamonds in the recent Kindle Daily Deal. I'm a huge fan of Michael Bunker's work, but my limited exposure to Vonnegut left me thinking I wasn't a fan of his. So, I began this story a bit reluctantly, and with no knowledge of the source material.

My reluctance faded quickly and was replaced with an eagerness to devour every word as quickly as possible. The story has brilliant characters, great humor, a quick pace and still manages to fit in some of the "big ideas" Michael Bunker is known for. (Ending a sentence in a preposition is only something I do when absolutely necessary, but odd times require odd measures.)

The fast pace, wild adventures and vivid language had me wanting someone in Hollywood to option this story immediately. It's a visual story that would lend itself perfectly to a big budget movie. And I'd love to see Opal on the big screen in her red coat. I bet she'd look fantastic. Yes! Yes!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent summer read!
Published 5 months ago by S. Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun chase of the old story
Really crazy chase with plot lines crossing throughout time. Twists make it a really great read with seldom time to put it down.
Published 6 months ago by Robert J. Feik
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Cat's Craddle Two
Two time travelers save the world from ice-nine and our time is wasted in the process. BORING, BORING, BORING, AND BORING.
Published 9 months ago by Patrick 3D
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Sore Spots But A Good Story
This serial story in Vonnegut's world is a good read through and through. At time, Bunker waxes philosophical about theology, which I find quite ironic because his theology is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Allen Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Fun
I haven't had this much fun reading a book in a long time. I am really looking forward to more serials like this one. There was so much imagination packed into this serial. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Liberty5
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Yes!
I absolutely love it when serials are release weekly...
It is evident that Michael Bunker is a great fan of Vonnegut. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Coco
1.0 out of 5 stars A FALL FOR A GOOD WRITER
I have always enjoyed this writer but this time he didn't hit a base hit, let alone a good story.
Published 10 months ago by GARLAND D RICHARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars michael bunker hits another home run with
extraordinary writing very ingenious plucking historical events and people, and weaving and intertwining them with a personal love story line, remarkable author G. Brett Adams
Published 11 months ago by G. Brett Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I have to say that it takes a special kind of reader to appreciate Osage Two Diamonds. I am not one of them. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LooziAnna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Highlight of My Week
Every week, on a Tuesday (whether that's linear or not, is up for debate) Amazon drops a part of this story onto my kindle. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hanna
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More About the Author

Michael Bunker is a USA Today Bestselling author, off-gridder, husband, and father of four children. He lives with his family in a "plain" community in Central Texas, where he reads and writes books...and occasionally tilts at windmills.

Michael is widely considered the "father" of the Amish/Scifi genre, and he is the author of several popular and acclaimed works of dystopian sci-fi, including the Amazon top 20 bestselling Amish Sci-fi thriller the Pennsylvania Omnibus, the groundbreaking dystopian vision Hugh Howey called "a brilliant tale of extra-planetary colonization." He also has written the epic post-apocalyptic WICK series, The Silo Archipelago (set in Hugh Howey's World of WOOL,) as well as many nonfiction works, including the non-fiction Amazon overall top 30 bestseller Surviving Off Off-Grid. Michael was commissioned by Amazon.com through their Kindle Worlds program to write the first commissioned novel set in the World of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. That book is entitled Osage Two Diamonds, and it debuted on Dec. 17, 2013. Michael has been featured on NPR and HuffPost Live and was recently interviewed in a Medium.com article that will give you more background and insight into his life and works... http://bit.ly/17YbE63.

On November 21st, 2014 Tales From Pennsylvania, a fanfic short story anthology featuring 10 top speculative fiction authors writing fanfic short stories in the world of Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania, was released in paperback and e-book format. There are more than 20 authors currently writing fanfic in the world of MB's Pennsylvania.

Michael recently joined with hybrid bestselling author Nick Cole (author of The Wasteland Saga and Soda Pop Soldier) and book marketing guru and coach Tim Grahl (author of Your First 1,000 Copies) to form a new company called Wonderment Media. Wonderment is launching a new apocalyptic world called Apocalypse Weird and is bringing on dozens of the best and brightest authors in speculative fiction to write books in the Apocalypse Weird world. Attempting something that has never been done before in digital publishing, AW launches with a free teaser novel on November 28th (Nick Cole's - The Red King) and will be launching five full novels in the AW world on the same day - February 23rd, 2015, followed by new AW books every month after that. Michael Bunker and Nick Cole are writing the apocalyptic novel DIGGER as part of the Apocalypse Weird world. Look for Digger on 2/23/2105!

Readers who subscribe to Michael's newsletter get free copies of his books, usually before they're published: http://michaelbunker.com/newsletter

If you are not familiar with Michael's work, definitely start with The Pennsylvania Omnibus! Amish-Scifi! Unless, of course, you are a huge Kurt Vonnegut fan, then start with Osage Two Diamonds ;) The first part of Pennsylvania is always free when you sign up for Michael's email newsletter.

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Discuss Episode Two of "Osage Two Diamonds"
I'd like to know when it's going to show up on my kindle! I've been waiting ALL day!
Dec 23, 2013 by Hanna |  See all 63 posts
Discuss Episode Eight of "Osage Two Diamonds"
Rayford is a hoot! You just can't help but laugh at the elevator scenes.
What a great ending to Osage Two Diamonds: Sam, Paul, Polly, and Opal stop the world from freezing over, Sam and Opal WILL be together, and Jimmy Hoffa gets a real job.
Thanks, Michael Bunker, for the adventure.
Feb 4, 2014 by VeggieLover |  See all 68 posts
Discuss Episode Three of "Osage Two Diamonds"
I knew it! I knew Stephen King was involved!

And by the way, that is THE shortest chapter XXVI I have ever read.

Michael Bunker, I absolutely loved episode 3. So much action, and so many laughs.
Dec 30, 2013 by VeggieLover |  See all 14 posts
Discuss Episode Five of "Osage Two Diamonds"
Yes, yessss!
Jan 14, 2014 by Stefano Scaglione |  See all 32 posts
Discuss Episode Four of "Osage Two Diamonds"
New discussion but still no new episode. :(
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