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Big Egos Paperback – August 6, 2013
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“Browne’s gifts are manifold, and his combination of witty conceptual twists and fast-paced plot and narration are unique…A smart and darkly funny thriller that looks at America’s obsession with celebrity through a truly skewed lens…Razor sharp.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Browne juxtapose[s] pairs of unlikely personas for dark comic effect…A sobering parable of people who don’t want to be themselves.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fantasy and reality blur in this satirical takedown of celebrity culture.” (New York Post)
PRAISE FOR LUCKY BASTARD:
"Wickedly sharp and wildly entertaining. S.G. Browne is one of today's very best writers." —New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry
"Springboarding off a traditional noir framework, Browne delivers an insightful, intriguing tale....With twists aplenty, this fast-paced adventure succeeds as both a hard-boiled homage and a paranormal romp." —Publishers Weekly (starred review & Pick of the Week)
"Browne hits the funny bone hard....Smartly constructed fiction...that sets it apart from the crowd." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Full of witty writing and hilarious adventures...I laughed out loud many times. Read the book: it will be your good fortune." —New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson
"Lucky Bastard is wonderful San Francisco noir, full of humor, irony, hot women, and cranial trauma. What more could you ask for in a book? The titular bastard may be in for a very bad day, but Browne's readers are the lucky ones." —New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden
"A very clever novel....Nick [Monday] is a likable narrator...and the story’s lightly noirish feel gives the proceedings an evocatively gritty texture. This one will appeal equally to readers of mysteries and fantasies." —Booklist
About the Author
S.G. Browne is the author of the novels Less Than Hero, Big Egos, Lucky Bastard, Fated, and Breathers, as well as the eBook short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel and the heartwarming holiday novella I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus. He lives in San Francisco.
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This story moves relentlessly forward, dropping you into a world where instant celebrity can be purchased for the right price.
Browne's smooth writing style glides through every scene, bestowing the protagonist's sense of ease on the reader. The fantastical concept is explained with the eager knowledge of white collar youth.
Distinct, realistic, and likable characters populate this world. In just a few short lines Brown paints fully realized human beings. These are people you've met at bars, people you work with, even those you've dated.
It's a joy to read every moment, but the standout chapters focus on various groups of famous people both real and fictional. Every reference was clearly chosen with meticulous care. The exciting celebrity choices flood the imagination a will leave you smiling.
No matter what type of fiction you like, this book is right for you.
Absolutely worth a buy and a read, it was simply tough to put it down at times. The story pulls you in and keeps you there, which I really liked.
I'm a sucker for LIFE quotes.
S.G. Browne made a lot of wonderful LIFE quotes in Big Egos:
1)"It's up to me to figure out what my role is going to be."
2)"Diverge from the norm and you're frowned upon. Questioned. Shunned. So people earn a college degree so they can get a job. They work at a job they hate just to earn a living. They spend two months salary on an engagement ring. They pop out a couple of kids they don't really want just so they can fit in."
3)"What matters isn't how you see yourself. What matters is how others see you. The trick is to make them see what you want them to see."
4)"That's one of the problems with being a man. We're total idiots."
5)"Every truth passes through three stages before it's recognized. In the first it's ridiculed. In the second it's opposed. And in the third it's regarded as self-evident."
6) "You need to embrace the opportunities that are given to you if you want to get what you want out of life."
7)"But win or lose, success or failure eventually everyone ends up here." The father speaking in the grave yard.
8) "After all, it's never too late to be the person you were meant to be."
9) "That's the thing about people. Everybody wants to have the latest fad so they can feel like they belong. So they can feel like they're hip. No one wants to be original, an individual, make a statement. They'd rather let someone dictate their fashion trend and follow the masses."
Lastly, I know as a reader it is hard to please everyone in your audience, but I felt like this was a big one. It was left open for a "possible" sequel so I'm treading lightly on this accusation. I want to know the ending to Delilah's, Nat's, and the Protagonist mother's story. Not to mention if the Protagonist ever snaps out of his ever ending personality disorder. Crossing fingers for a sequel to completely finish this story.
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