How will a “King Weekend” help change Mai’s fate? What has narrator Vin Van ...more
I held it together all the way through.
i got this.
All. The way. Through.
i got this—
Until the pictures on the pump.
Pain and pleasure at once—grief and joy—and isn't that always how it is, anyway?
not this again.
I put the book down.
just breathe, dude—it'll pass.
Not too bad, this time. With the blubbering.
thaaaaat's it—just like that—keep breathing.
It was like lightning: there... and then not.
i bet chris pine doesn't cry over heartwarming crap like this.
I recovered ...more
Honestly, there is no other explanation. How does he come up with these fantastical, hilarious, heartbreaking, complicated stories that come together so perfectly in the end? HOW!? That or magic. He possibly sold his soul to make this story work out so beautifully. And it really did. It was an amazing story.
This book reminds me a lot of Melina Marchetta's writing in that little details that don't seem important, weave together to become this huge, cosmic mast ...more
King Perry is not a story that could be told over and over. For all the title, King Perry is really not about Perry, but about Vin Vanbly, the narrator. Even though it's told from Vin's POV, it's cagey, slowly revealing Vin in increments. King Perry is a magic show, sucker-punching the laughs out of the reader in bursts of incre ...more
A Found King understands that asking for help isn’t a weakness—it’s an opportunity. We all want to be invited.
My second king weekend, and if I thought the first was difficult then I underestimated how much pain knowing what is coming causes. Ended this one numb. Not because it was anything I didn't expect, but more because it was painful in its bare honesty. It isn't that anyone likes to lie, but the truth hurts.
Vin comes to DeKalb, a university/farming town ...more
I still don't know how Edmond manages to write books that are so profound, funny, sexy and surreal all at once, but which remain utterly grounded in reality. You can real ...more
Manning's voice welcomed me and enveloped me like a warm blanket. With King Mai, we continue with our story about finding our way back to love, through love. I know this is fiction but most of the time it does not feel like that, it feels like a metaphor of our lives and if I let go of the anger and surrender and cry, then I too will be on my way back.
Like Perry, I love Mai but my heart bleeds for Vin, he breaks my heart and I cry for him. He is less polished here than in King Perry and gives us ...more
But getting there is not going to be easy.
Mai is so completely ...more
Things happen in a cornfield. Life begins again. Farmers know this. But you have to love the corn for the magic to work. All your love, no holding back.
Edmond Manning is an amazing storyteller. To witness a playful ease, with that he flirts, juggles with words, phrases and expressions is H-Y-P-N-O-T-I-C. He blew me away with King Perry. It was an unforgettable read, nothing compare with, different from everything I've read before. I enjoyed every single line in it. I LOVED King Perry. King M ...more
I think that this may be the best book that I've read this year and I would give it six stars if I could. For those who read Mr. Manning's first book, King Perry, this book far surpasses its predecessor. King Perry spent a lot of time introducing Vin Vably, the Found King maker. In King Mai we get to see Vin weave his magical and often mind numbing manipulating of people. Vin Vably is a manipulating bastard using everything at his dis ...more
This is going to be a very short review because I’m still reliving Cookie Night.
I loved King Perry but this book … I loved it even more.
Because Mai is feisty and tough and sharp and challenges Vin relentlessly.
Because Vin is not as experienced and confident as in King Perry and watching him struggle to keep in the moment made me care for him more.
Because, even though the reasons why Mai had become a Lost King are no less heartbreaking than Perry’s, this book is so much fun – I laughed so hard ...more
I have lots of questions about this whole king weekend thing, and no doubt some will be answered when I carry on with the series. Still, if anyone has answers to my questions (speculative ...more
Thank you, Edmond, for sharing your dreams…
This story felt restrained, contained, and in all good ways. Mai is the personification of that need for restraint, containment. At least in his mind. This is in beautiful contrast to his true need but current inability to be completely free with his heart. Enter: Vin Vanbly.
Mai has a pretty healthy and active BS detector when it comes to Vin, though. This makes for naturally recurring sta ...more
I was given an advance copy of King Mai and I was so excited -- excited to step once again into the magical, fairytale world of the Lost and Founds and Vin Vanbly.
I loved King Perry but I really really loved the character of Mai in this second book. Mai is a no-nonsense midwestern farmer. ...more
There is a big difference in the sequel compared to the original, and therein lies a problem for readers such as myself who may have expected more discovery of the enigmatic Vin Vanbly. Instead, the assumption appears to be that we already know the mystery and mystique of Vin and are ready to move on, so the book’s main POV is th ...more
If you've read King Perry, you might have an expectation out of this book. I read them back to back, so I was comparing them pretty closely.
The prose in King Mai is a little more mund ...more
Excedrin….someone please pass me the Excedrin! That is exactly what I need after finished KING MAI. When I smile, laugh and/or cry too much, I get headaches. Well, I did all three of those things, especially the former and the latter, and now I need some relief. Of course, reading KING MAI was worth every ounce of that pain, so I’m not complaining.
To sum it up, KING MAI was A-FRICKING-MAZING!! I absolutely loved KING PERRY, the first book in ...more
Even as I read this book, inexpressibly moved by the laughable, heartbreaking shenanigans that Vin and Mai Kearns get up to, I was also aware that not everyone is going to “get” this series. Vin’s shaggy-dog narratives about the history of the Found Kings is something of a distraction; only when you realize that this is intentional can yo ...more
Although this is the second book in the serries, it takes place three years before the evernts in King Perry. Vin is less experienced in this kinging affair, less self-assured, more doubtful. He feels like the Vin he is yet to become - still manipulative, audacious and wicked - but more human and easier to identify with. His loneliness broke my heart in p ...more
This is another completely gorgeous work of art. I fell even further in love with Vin, and fell head over heels for Mai as well. He is such a strong, compassionate, ...more
“You are always welcome in my kingdom, Vin. Always. I hope this cap serves you some day on a King Weekend, maybe for a man who wants to quit. You might invite him to find a little more curiosity.”
One of the beautiful series of books I am sure to ever read. My copy is filled with highlights and none of them do this journey justice.
I often like to quote an author’s work in my reviews, after all, they have taken the time and care to put their thoughts down for me to read so, in turn, it seems fitting to highlight a passage or phrase I liked best. I cannot do that with King Mai by Edmond Manning. I would be quoting three-fourths of the novel and then some. The choice to pick just one or two little gems to share was, well, staggering, much like the novel itself.
First, let me remind you that this is the second installm ...more
It is not a traditional romance, which those who read King Perry will know. There is sex and a brief but very deep relationship between these characters, with a non-traditional Happy Ending. This may seem less appealing to some, bu ...more
I am intrigued about why w ...more
NGL. He was competing with Vin for biggest asshole there at first. And seeing as how I kinda love Vin, he wasn't my favorite person in the world for a while. But Vin worked his magic and pushed and pulled, and before long, I fell in love with Mai, too. His journey is so different from Perry's and going through two king weekends gives you a better understanding of them. Tho I still can't explain exactly what they are!
Mai's treasure hunt forces him to deal with issues o ...more
Had the pleasure of meeting Edmond Manning at GRL and he is so damn down to earth and witty and off the cuff hilarious. He deserves all the praise for these books!
This story is more than "unique" (I think Vin would love that word btw) I just don't have another word to describe it.
And the "feels" I have while reading this! Smiles, tears, frustration, and more tears and a lot more smiles!
So M ...more