Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always mean ...more
The 4th book in the Lost and Founds series takes place in 2002 at Burning Man. Now, I was only vaguely familiar with Burning Man before this book (I watched a very sandy flash mob marriage proposal there on youtube and that was the extent of it), but with a little help from Wikipedia, I got the gist. Burning Man is SO the logical place for Vin to be. It is eccentric and full of life and energy, so I wasn't surprised at all that he gravitated there. Through a set of unusual and fortuit ...more
One of the things I really appreciate about The Lost and Founds series is that each book has a different flavor. Each one shares the main character of Vin Vambly, the theme, the story arc. Each has the same playfulness, with a marvelous joy in language, with moments of humor and moments of deep emotion, but they resonate with me in different ways.
If you have not yet read these, begin with book 1 - King Perry - In this book we meet Vin Vanbly, magician, mystic, ...more
And it is probably the most intriguing thing about King John.
Was it a right decision? I don’t know.
It has its pros and cons, and it will have its admirers and naysayers.
Edmond Manning is an exceptio ...more
"I don’t know what the fuck is happening anymore. But I am catching on.”
That is a King Weekend in a nutshell. Can't be explained, must be experienced. But don't be fooled, this isn't some half-assed adventure. To paraphrase Ingmar Bergman, only someone who is well prepared is able to improvise.
Vin has kinging down, but he's got a tough nut to crack this time. Manning lets you laugh freely and then steals your breath away. Like goofing around when you careen into a table and all you see in that ...more
“Men fall down. Kings get back up.”
Being an unplanned kinging, this was different. Manning and through him Vin are usually focused, sure what they are doing, ready to leave us and the king-in-waiting on our toes, faltering about. Not so this time, this time it is Vin who is unsure, frustrated.
This is as much Vin’s book as it is the king’s and I surely don’t mind that. It was about time that we had some more of Vin. OK I know he needs to hide but it’s time because all this is taking its toll on ...more
For me, this was a slow reveal through the first half of the book. Not in a frustrating way but it was deign to give up what was really going on here before it was time, especially regarding Vin. When it happened, it didn’t hit me like a freight train, that’s now how Manning tells stories. Instead, it gently enveloped me, swirling and then finally landing, like a soft blanket, settling down and warming me, cozying around me.
Here’s how it happe ...more
I was palpitating in anticipation of Edmond’s latest book. Once I got my hands on it I plunged right in, and managed to read all of it over a two-day period—one of them a strange half-working day that took me into NYC on the train and all over the city in a taxi and on the subway. It was the anniversary of 9/11, and the setting for “King John” is a year after 9/11, which is very much on Vin Vanbly’s mind as he walks the dusty avenues of Burning Man, 2002.
Before I started writing this, I used th ...more
Thank you, Edmond, for letting me be a part of the process of this book. It was a joy.
I've only read book one and four in this series and I absolutely need to remedy that. This book is brilliant. BRILLIANT. Edmond Manning writes prose to make my heart sing. The escapism of his stories is so complete that I find myself wandering lost beside his characters.
Vin Vanbly is back. Back with his unique take on humanity and people and living. This time though it is not him who has chosen the per ...more
King John is uniquely so to me. I’m sure I’m not giving up ...more
Okay, now I have gotten that off my chest I should probably warn you that the chances of this turning into a coherent review are slim at best. It’s far more likely to turn into a quote-riddled gush fest, and you want to bear in mind I will have deleted numerous quotes which touched me as much as the ones I’ll keep did be ...more
King John is ...more
I’ve been trying to wrangle my thoughts for days after finishing this book. It’s not working. My brain is scattered in so many directions right now with this book and this series in general. Take away: this book (the series, really) has made an impact.
How do I find the adequate words to describe the magnificence and brilliance that is The Lost and Founds series?
I don’t know that I can, but here is where I’ll try.
Alistair has been searching for 'the mechanic guy’ for the years. Ever since he heard of a mass named Liam ...more
“I’ll never forget your face. Your freshly ironed shirt. You terrified all of us. You know we almost didn’t come back the next year because you fucking freaked everyone out. You walked out of the desert followed by three wolves. Three… dogs or whatever. They walked behind you at a distance. As soon as you reached people, they turned and ran off.”
Definitely some intriguing moments, a terror filled night in the desert and one heart-wrenching kinging. This one though moved quite slow for me com...more
King John's King Weekend is during the last weekend of the 2002 Burning Man which to be honest, I didn't know much about, but this author has a way of educating you during each King's weekend.
“Once there was a tribe of men,” I say in a strong voice, audible to none but him, “a tribe populated entirely of kings. Odd, you may think, and wonder how any work got done in such a society with everyone making rules. But these ...more
King John is the fourth book in the Lost and Found series. The books are not really standalone and should be read in order to gain the most understanding of the over-arching themes that are foundations the stories are built on.
It’s 2002 and Vin Vanbly is once again in his spiritual home – Burning Man, an annual week long festival held in a Nevada desert that celebrates art, uniqueness and radical acceptance. Amidst the space robots, sparkle ponies and ...more
Trying to explain anything in this series is futile so I won't but they're easily at the top of my highest list of favorite books. Defo recommend.
How John brings out the best/worst in Vin is stunning to read. God, he can be so annoying and yet, the love never stops. I felt so connected to people around me. and i felt the need to reconnect & to confirm the bonds. What this series does to me.. unbelievable.
Out of all the King-books this is probably the one i will re-read. the atmosphere is crafted with such skill, i ...more
Wow, another great book in the Lost and Founds series. I wasn't a big fan of John's personality for the majority of the book. But I knew it'd get better at the end - and it definitely did! The endings to these books are always amazing. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
That said, I got Alistair viscerally, in a way I did not Mai and Rance, in spite of all their glorious righteous anger and their deeply conflicted love for their respective realms. Alistair may not be the king of my heart (that's Perry, always and foreve ...more
The King weekend of this book takes place at Burning Man the year after the 9/11 attacks. What a brilliant move this is! Burning Man is the perfe ...more