Kings of Infinite Space: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 1, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the General Services department of the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this world of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins reach out to the office's foul-mouthed mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. There are sounds coming from the air conditioning vents, bulges in the ceiling, a disappearing body. There are the strange men lurking about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors.

The Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and macabre spoof on our everyday lives, and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell."

 

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Those familiar with Hynes's academic horror-satires won't be completely disappointed. He's moved on a bit into bureaucratic, neo-Lovecraftian satire a la Charles Stross. But his shtick still seems to ... Read full review

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I really have no idea what book the other reviewers read. I should have put this book away at the very beginning, but I just kept chugging along hoping that a clever twist or maybe a little character ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
7
CHAPTER THREE
15
CHAPTER FOUR
28
CHAPTER FIVE
37
CHAPTER SIX
48
CHAPTER SEVEN
57
CHAPTER EIGHT
65
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
180
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
191
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
196
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
203
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
210
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
216
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
221
CHAPTER THIRTY
227

CHAPTER NINE
70
CHAPTER TEN
82
CHAPTER ELEVEN
90
CHAPTER TWELVE
99
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
104
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
109
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
121
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
129
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
136
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
141
CHAPTER NINETEEN
150
CHAPTER TWENTY
155
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
169
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
174
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
236
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
242
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
249
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
257
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
265
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
273
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
284
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
292
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
303
CHAPTER FORTY
314
CHAPTER FORTYONE
331
AUTHORS NOTE
342
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James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale and Wild Colonial Boy, as well as the stories Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year). He lives in Austin, Texas.

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