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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  15 reviews
If you're a comedian and the world's fate is in your hands, it's no laughing matter. Die Laughing, a humorously dark science-fiction novel, is set in the 1950s of flying saucers, communist paranoia, and live television. Beamed aboard an alien spaceship, Las Vegas funny man Sam E. Lakeside is forced to participate in a plan to rob the earth of its oil. When the shape-shifti...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Ifwg Publishing Incorporated (first published July 15th 2011)
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Mysti Parker
I've read several debut novels over the past couple of years. Very few have struck a chord with me like Louis K. Lowy's Die Laughing. I had read the first few pages a while back, and knew it was going to be good. This past week, when I finally got the chance to read it in its entirety, I was simply blown away.

The story begins in 1950's Las Vegas. Stand-up comic Sam E. Lakeside's main goal is to make it to NYC to his booking on the Steve Allen Show. His plans are derailed, however, when a mobster...more
Scott Colley
This dark sci-fi with comedic twist is an impressive debut for Louis K. Lowy. The genre is a bit outside my typical fantasy/sci-fi fare, but I quickly found it belongs on my shelf as much as anything else. I had an incredibly hard time putting this one down to go to bed at night - I just had to move to the next punch line or plot turn and the pages flew right by.

Mr. Lowy effortlessly invokes the 1950's-era style and feel with his meticulous references to the time period's culture of communist fe...more
Gerry Huntman
I had the privilege of reading this novel prior to release. It is a great debut title.

I don't want to give anything away, as the reader will benefit from delving into this fast paced, dark (yet humorous) science fiction.

What I like about this story is that is its multidimensionality. On the surface, it is a humorous scifi set in 1950s USofA. But it is much more. It is meticulously researched and is saturated with motifs of the era - you really feel you are there with the characters, transported...more
Cassie McCown
Die Laughing
By: Louis K. Lowy
AISN: B005D4Y85G
Published July 15, 2011 by IFWG
Available Format: ebook, paperback in August

My Rating: ★★★★★

The 1950s: Chuck Berry, Elvis, I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Day the Earth Stood Still, East of Eden, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Thunderbirds, Studebakers, Sputnik I, and the Red Scare. Most of all, the 50s began the golden age of science fiction, and Louis K. Lowy combined the time period, science fiction, and a lot of funny to create a super exciting, en...more
Jinglebat
What's worse that having a mobster out to kill you on the eve of your big break? How about space aliens trying to take over the world? What's even worse than that? The aliens and the mobster have now joined up and have made you part of their plan!
That is the dilemma faced by stand-up comedian Sam E. Lakeside in Louis Lowy's Die Laughing.

Take the things that make a B movie fun: Space Aliens, mobsters, a plot for world domination involving celebrity impersonations, now add character development, w...more
Katy
Jul 18, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of: sci fi, B movies, noir, dark humour, suspense, thrillers - anyone who likes a good read
Recommended to Katy by: Louis K. Lowy
Shelves: ebook
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a comedian, a waitress/Mob guy’s girlfriend and a dishwasher/writer join forces to stop aliens – who can disguise themselves as anyone that they have seen on television – from taking all the world’s oil. Never mind – I’m not very funny. But this book is – it is also thrilling, fast-paced and really well-written. “Die Laughing” is a darkly funny, yet also just plain dark, noir science fiction thriller; that’s the best I can describe it.

Sam E. Lakeside, Cricket an...more
Bex 'n' Books
Reviewer: Kay
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies

Die Laughing is a dark comedy sci-fi story set in Las Vegas in 50s America and centres around a stand up comedian called Sam. E Lakeside. Sam has just got the break he's been waiting for, a chance to leave the seedy bars and comedy clubs behind for a booking on the Steve Allen Show. Finally, he's going make it big; that is until a mobster puts a contract out on him for messing with his girlfriend. Just as Sam is digging his own shallow grave in the Nevada d...more
Biola
Die Laughing is a book I will recommend for everyone. It is particularly important for our modern day tech prone generation that may have lost quite a lot in the rush to meet the future in five seconds! That is my opinion. I was mesmerised by Sam E. It was my first introduction to dark comedy. I laughed but felt more like crying, I hurt with Sam's desperate attempts to make sense of a world he never understood. Forgive a mother he was not so sure he loved and understood his own love when life se...more
Debbie Orta
A very well-written book - just smooth as can be, leading you through comedy and sentimental moments interspersed with tear-inducing belly laughs. I had to reread some of the hysterical scenes just because they are so odd and to enjoy them even longer. What a great debut for Louis K. Lowy.
Linda Couto
Great read. Even for a non sci fi fan, loved the book and couldn't put it down. The author did a wonderful job with descriptions and I was able to easily put myself in the era, charathers and plot. Great read for everyone.
Julie
It’s the 50’s; Sam E. Lakeside may be a comedian on the rise, but he better move fast because the mafia are out to get him and the aliens are close behind. It only gets worse as an ambitious henchman hooks up with the aliens under a grand scheme to take over the world and steal all the oil. Lucky for Sam, he gathers a team composed of a mafia moll, a comic book artist (before they were graphic novelists), and a waitress. They need to stay one step ahead of the aliens, figure out how to save the...more
OpenBookSociety.com
In the time when Hula Hoops where all the rage, poodle skirts were the latest trend, and where back seat bingo (necking in a car) was considered a scandal, Die Laughing transports it’s readers smack dab into the 1950s.

Sam E. Lakeside is a crude, upcoming comic, whose as fast with his jokes as he is with his women. Enjoying his bachelorhood and the open road his career demands, Sam E. has no intention of settling back. All that changes the night second rate mobster, Francis and his easy on the ey...more
A.F.
What do you get when you cross a 1950’s sci-fi satire with a gangster flick and throw in some emotional subplots for good measure? One heck of a good book, that’s what. Die Laughing by Louis K. Lowy is an impressive and terrific novel.

On the surface, Die Laughing is both a satire and homage to the culture of the 1950’s, rifting through such icons as comedians, gangsters, science fiction movies, comic books and television. The author knows the era and recreates 1950’s America -from Las Vegas to N...more
Merle Burbaugh
Apr 01, 2012 Merle Burbaugh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Merle by: IFWG

Funny. My biggest problem was I lived through all those jokes and shows on our B & W TV.

The entire story line is a different take on Sci-fi and I'd recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.
Louis Lowy
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I wrote the book - so I'll let the reader be the judge of it.
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A former firefighter, Louis K. Lowy is the recipient of a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. He is a graduate of Florida International University's MFA creative writing program. His stories have appeared in, among others, Coral Living Magazine, New Plains Review, Pushing Out the Boat, The MacGuffin Magazine, The Chaffey Review and the anthology Everything Is Broken.

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