The Fictional Man, Paperback

The Fictional Man Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In Hollywood, where last year's stars are this year's busboys, Fictionals are everywhere.

Niles Golan's therapist is a Fictional. So is his best friend. So (maybe) is the woman in the bar he can't stop staring at.

Fictionals - characters 'translated' into living beings for movies and TV using cloning technology - are a part of daily life in LA now.

Sometimes the problem is knowing who's real and who's not. Divorced, alcoholic and hanging on by a thread, Niles - author of The Saladin Imperative: A Kurt Power Novel and many others - has been hired to write a big-budget reboot of a classic movie.

If he does this right, the studio might bring one of Niles' own characters to life.

Somewhere beneath the movie - beneath the TV show it was inspired by, the children's book behind that and the story behind that - is the kernel of something important.

If he can just hold it together long enough...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Rebellion
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781781080931



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BrilliantI was enjoying this book at the beginning: it has a nice premise, that it is possible to translate fictional characters into flesh and blood people, and a nice writing style. About half way through though I realised I was hooked and when I had to put it down to go to work I couldn’t wait to get back to pick it up again. As it develops it gets more and more interesting even if some of the twists could perhaps anticipated. The utterly flawed main character keeps us involved with the plot and as it becomes ever more deliciously meta the writing becomes ever more impressive. There is a lot to like here, the narrator with all his flaws always holds your attention, his self-narration You're a good Joe, Niles. You really are a good Joe the whole fictional idea and its execution, the supporting characters - especially the fictionals, the story within the story and the other story within that story, the creepy horror of peg boy, the crazytown feel of Ewing’s alternative LA and Niles’s attempt at getting into film. Well before I run into giving it all away I’ll stop, except to say that you should read this and I hope I haven’t over-egged the review!Overall – Highly recommended especially if you like metafiction and stories about the creative process

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