Kings of Infinite Space: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 3, 2004 - Fiction - 341 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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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

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

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
28
Section 5
37
Section 6
48
Section 7
57
Section 8
65
Section 23
180
Section 24
191
Section 25
196
Section 26
203
Section 27
210
Section 28
216
Section 29
221
Section 30
227

Section 9
70
Section 10
82
Section 11
90
Section 12
99
Section 13
104
Section 14
109
Section 15
121
Section 16
129
Section 17
136
Section 18
141
Section 19
150
Section 20
155
Section 21
169
Section 22
174
Section 31
236
Section 32
242
Section 33
249
Section 34
257
Section 35
265
Section 36
273
Section 37
284
Section 38
292
Section 39
303
Section 40
314
Section 41
331
Section 42
342
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About the author (2004)

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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