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Wolf in White Van - John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van
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“Quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” —Daniel HandlerWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.     Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary... show more
“Quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” —Daniel HandlerWelcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move.     Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America.      Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, and are explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called on to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.      Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds backward in time until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean’s life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle’s audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374292089 (0374292086)
ASIN: 374292086
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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learn by going
learn by going rated it
2.0 Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle
I've waited a couple days to write this review because this book puzzled me, and I wondered if it was the author's fault or mine. It's silly to assign blame when one doesn't like a book; I suppose this one just wasn't for me, and I wish every book was. On the surface, and based on the sample, this...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
1.5 Wolf in White Van
Sean Phillips has lived an isolated life due to his disfigurement from a teenage injury. To make a living he runs a game through the mail. When his game has real life consequences Sean is called on to account for it, this leads him to a retrospective state where we go back through his life to the p...
Audio Book Junkie
Audio Book Junkie rated it
3.0 "Wolf In White Van" by John Darnielle - hypnotic read but...
John Darnielle has a very distinctive prose style: long, lyrical sentences that weave paragraphs that gain weight as much from the complex route they travel as from the content they convey. He narrates the audiobook version of "Wolf In White Van" and brings to the text a calm, almost uninflected, ...
Shelf Reflection
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0.0 Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
(Description nicked from B&N.com.) “Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern Califor...
pseudolibrary
pseudolibrary rated it
5.0 Wolf in White Van
This book is a more philosophical and less comical Ready Player One. It has everything you'd expect from Darnielle - parent trouble in particular. The real genius lies in the overlays between the game the main character creates after trying to shoot himself and his psychological quirks, his guilt, a...
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