Pocket Kings

Pocket Kings

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In this dead-on satire of online obsessions, a novelist with writera€™s block finds a newa€”and very lucrativea€”stream of income in a virtual world that appears to give him everything he lacks in the real world. When Frank Dixon, a frustrated writer who has seen his career crash and burn, decides to dabble in online poker, he discovers he has a knack for winning. In this newfound realm, populated by alluring charactersa€”each of them elusive, mysterious, and glamorousa€”he becomes a smash success: popular, rich, and loved. Going by the name Chip Zero, he sees his fortunes and romantic liaisons thrive in cyberspace while he remains blind to the fact that his real life is sinking. His online success, however, does not come without complications, as he comes to realize that his a€œvirtuala€ friends and lovers are, in fact, very real, and one rival player is not at all happy that Mr. Zero has taken all his money. Hellera€™s cautionary tale is continually surprising and startlingly real, a tour de force of satirical storytelling in the vein of Jonathan Tropper and Sam Lipsyte.I had to find a computer~and~printer setup to download DOA and knew just where to go: a library with internet access. It was four ... By 5 p.m. I was on Tottenham Court Road, where I got gouged for a laptop and small printer. I brought my ... Having coura~ geously insisted on a hotel with no wifi, I was reduced to using the molassesa€”like modem connection and the phonea#39;s data port. ... When I logged on to my e~mail there it was: Dead on Ar~ rival, both as a Word document and a PDF.

Title:Pocket Kings
Author: Ted Heller
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2012-03-27

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