Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful

by Will Christopher Baer
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Penny Dreadful by Will Christopher Baer

To play the 'Game of Tongues', you must first understand the caste system. Phineas Poe, antihero of 'Kiss Me, Judas', returns to Denver to find reality rewritten and the laws of reason fractured. When Poe is enlisted by his old ally, Detective Moon, to find a missing cop named Jimmy Sky, he is drawn into the 'Game of Tongues', a violent fantasy game played out by disaffected college drones, hacker kids, and Goth refugees in underground punk clubs, on rooftops, and in sewers. Everyone he meets has multiple personalities, and before long Poe begins to lose track of his own identity. If he can hang on to his sanity long enough to find Jimmy Sky, he might just beat the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596928671
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 690,456
File size: 285 KB

About the Author

About the Author: Born in Mississippi in 1966. Old Southern family. Lived in Montreal and Italy as a child. Spent high school years in Memphis, Tennessee. Attended college in New Orleans, Louisiana (Tulane). Dropped out. Finished B.A. at Memphis State. Received MFA 1995 from Jack Kerouac School at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. California since 1996, Bay Area, L.A., now Santa Barbara. Worked as homeless counselor, taxi driver, bartender, video store geek, college professor (Evergreen State, Olympia, Washington), screenwriter, and journalist. Short stories published in numerous places, notably 'Nerve' and 'Bomb'. Married, one child by previous marriage. One brother. Parents still living in North Carolina.

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Penny Dreadful 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Phineas Poe books, and Penny Dreadful is arguably the best. Baer's unique language and dark/edgy undertone only gets better in the second installment and the 'game' within the story is very interesting. For those who haven't read any of the Bear's books, start will Penny Dreadful, even though Kiss Me Judas comes before this. The Phineas Poe Trilogy TRUELY are singular and unique books.
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Penny Dreadful is a literary triumph, working on so many levels one cannot help but fall in love with the book. Baer creates a landscape so complex and enveloping that one cannot help but continue onward until the finish. The language and style of Baer truly cuts deep and fierce, beautiful and disastrous. The characters, namely Phineas Poe and Eve, are built excellently, written so well that they are real. The game of tongues wraps people up and keeps them at gunpoint, the bullet always threatening to strike. All the essentials for a great novel are in place, and Baer deserves much credit for his work. Penny Dreadful is a marvelous book from a promising author. Do not miss out on Phineas Poe; his world soon becomes your own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me, Judas was blisteringly fine. Gives me hope for the future. Penny Dreadful was, I think, a little far-fetched, but still a joy to read for the sake of the arabesques Baer can apparently do without breaking a sweat. But honest to jeepers, how can anybody attracted to this kind of grotesque, Goth-inflected fiction not recognize the term 'penny dreadful' as a term for cheap, blood-sodden sensationalist literature? Lordy, lordy, lordy, our culture is surely doomed...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read kiss me, judas and fell in love with the language. i expected and was not disappointed with the sequel. however, the ending of the book leaves me hanging in an annoying way, and i have no idea who penny dreadful is, considering he/she never shows up in the book. perhaps, considering it is a book about a live role playing game, that the reader is penny dreadful. there are so many charachters twisted in the book and Jude from the previous novel is only alluded to in spuratic letters written to her in a journal. the novel would have done better if it had little to do with the first one. kiss me, judas was much better. but i wouldn't boycott penny. i look foward to more of baer's works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bringing urban myth to life with 'Kiss Me, Judas', I couldn't wait for the sequel. Now, I can't wait for the trilogy finale. The updated characters illustrate the modern mix of apathy and humanism that would never float with Phillip Marlowe's world, but bring noir to a new audience looking for an existential experience. Love the 'La Femme Nikita' reference!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidentally picked this book up at the library one day, and haven't been able to forget it since! Phinneas Poe is a weird,metamorphosizing, sexy character who gets under your skin. I guarantee that Baer's writing style will get into your mouth, and affect your wits and perception of reality in less than five pages. He writes about Denver's ugly weather and boring passtime opportunities in a neurotic, pessimistically true way. Oh, and I think you'll fall in LOVE with every one of the characters, regardless of your gender. A little bid gothic, a little bit cops & robbers, and a little bit on the questionable side of sanity, this book has proven to be the best read of the year for me!