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Lucky Wander Boy Paperback – February 25, 2003
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"...works well as a satire of both the current tendency to overanalyze trivia and of the Internet industry." -- New York Times Book Review, April 6, 2003
"If you're of a certain age, Weiss's novel could be your life..."It's funny stuff, and a fine debut." -- Angela Gunn, Time Out New York
"Reveals Weiss's delightfully cockeyed sense of humor." -- Robert Ito, Los Angeles Magazine
"Savvy and whip-smart, written with edgy panache... a novel not of this moment but the next." -- Steve Erickson, author of Tours of the Black Clock and The Sea Came in at Midnight
"The book should be a hit with fellow video game enthusiasts and self-professed 'geeks'." -- San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2003
"The effect of many of the final pages recalls the harrowing end of DAY OF THE LOCUST...an exciting book." -- Bob Williams, The Compulsive Reader
It is undeniably entertaining and touches on some serious ideas. -- New York Times
It's smart, fun and fast... -- Bookpage, March 2003
Perfect for Trekkies and Donkey Kong fanatics. -- Kirkus Reviews
Weiss is an astute observer of geek culture, and Lucky Wander Boy is a brave book... -- American Review, November/December 2004
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2) Characters (3 stars) – Adam Pennyman is the smart, cool, screw-this-hollow-society lead, and he was fun to travel around with. The rest of the cast, however, were a bit ho hum—lacking in nuance or surprises—from his girl interests, to his boss, to the eventual object of his infatuation.
3) Theme (4 stars) – Weiss uses classic video games as a vehicle to explore all sorts of metaphysical issues—life, death, meaning, love—really too many to list. And for that, my brain was thoroughly entertained and kept reading. But as I kept going, I noticed something missing—any heart or conclusion. In short, while I lapped up the intelligence, the lack of wisdom left me feeling empty.
4) Voice (4 stars) – Weiss is smooth with the pen. His sentences are packed, clever, and funny. The only reason I wouldn’t give the writing 5 stars is for the same reason as above: for all the wit, the sentences lacked real heart.
5) Setting (3 stars) – There was enough description to make me see the poverty of Poland and the darkness of a basement full of programmers. But I didn’t necessary feel transported there.
6) Overall (3 stars) – This was a tough call. Overall, I enjoyed the smart romp through video game nostalgia. But without any wisdom or conclusion, I just felt too empty in the end to recommend it.
This book is not for the casual reader. It is meant to be mentally savored, word for word, slowly and gently digested, and pondered upon in one's subconscious.
Adam Pennyman is on a life quest to play 'Lucky Wander Boy' a videogame that mysteriously and apparently disappeared from the face of the Earth during his childhood.
While he had had the opportunity to play the Lucky Wander Boy video game, he was constantly stymied by his and his friends' failure to pass the first level of the game.
After he ascends to the second level of the game and is about to enter the third level, the arcade console housing the game is unplugged, removed and discarded by the arcade owner.
At first, the reader looks at this action as a push for Adam to find himself another Lucky Wander Boy console to finish his game.
However, this book is not about finding consoles at all; it is about experiencing life events that shape and hone Adam's mind in order to properly prepare him to play Lucky Wander Boy as it was meant to be played.
Without issuing spoilers, the culmination of events for Adam at the end of his journey can be accurately visualized as The Worm Ouroboros, a Möbius Strip, and (most accurately of all) WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR REFLECTION IN A MIRRORED ROOM WITH A MIRROR BEHIND YOU REFLECTING YOUR REFLECTION-*EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT ADAM PASSES BEYOND THE SPACE-TIME CURVE.
Adam Pennyman is obsessed with finding an obscure video game from the arcade of his childhood.
Our main character decides to write an all encompassing bible for video games "The Catalogue of Obsolete Entertainments" but can't locate The Lucky Wander Boy game that he loved but seemingly no one else did as a child.
The book is supposed to be a man's journey type of story but feels lacking. The book is filled with asides about various old school video games which is fun if you're a fan but the story feels slow and the ending is not what you'd think.
I didn't hate the book but I just felt is was lacking meat and surely needed a different ending for me to have enjoyed it.
If you are an old school video game nut I would still say give this book a read as you'll find plenty of things to feed your soul.
On the other hand if you have no interest in video games this will do nothing for you but collect dust.
However, the Kindle version clearly used a scanned OCR of the print version as there are numerous situations where the software confused letters, say, making a capital H into two lower-case ts. A simple proofread would have caught these. It's not like it happens once. There are probably twenty typos like this in the book. It distracts and takes away from the great story.
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What you'll enjoy: the many references to classic arcade games with mostly accurate technical...Read more