Wenceslas: A Ghost's Story

Wenceslas: A Ghost's Story TomReynolds
  • Title: Wenceslas: A Ghost's Story
  • Author: TomReynolds
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  • Page: 432
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  • Wenceslas: A Ghost's Story TomReynolds Wenceslas A Ghost s Story What if being a ghost was a birth defect Wenceslas Flynn defies all medical science He was born an apparition or at least looking like one filmy vaporous seemingly manifested from tragedy As the wo
    What if being a ghost was a birth defect Wenceslas Flynn defies all medical science He was born an apparition, or at least looking like one filmy, vaporous, seemingly manifested from tragedy As the world s only living ghost , Wenceslas grows up to weigh just fourteen pounds, is barely opaque, and never consumes anything Bemused doctors conclude he suffers from CAS CWhat if being a ghost was a birth defect Wenceslas Flynn defies all medical science He was born an apparition, or at least looking like one filmy, vaporous, seemingly manifested from tragedy As the world s only living ghost , Wenceslas grows up to weigh just fourteen pounds, is barely opaque, and never consumes anything Bemused doctors conclude he suffers from CAS Composite Apparition Syndrome Though able to float and pass through walls, Wenceslas refuses to perform such spectral nonsense, trying instead to live as a normal person while openly scornful of the supernatural There are no such things as ghosts, he tells everyone Wenceslas desire for anonymity allows him blessed obscurity for a time until a high school bully s failed attack on him goes viral He unwittingly becomes famous all over again and is thrust into the fetid maw of reality TV where his paranormal abilities make for monster ratings But after a disastrous live special renders him a public pariah, he flees Hollywood and disappears into small town America where he ends up working at a warehouse mega store and falling in love It s while alone in the store overnight pulling a dusk to dawn shift that Wenceslas encounters actual ghosts And they re nothing like he or the reader expects Along the way, three women complicate Wenceslas life His beautiful but ruthless talent manager, a cynical cashier, and a lonely teenage girl whom he reluctantly befriends while haunting an empty hotel where he waits for The Fade WENCESLAS A GHOST S LIFE skewers celebrity and exploitation as an oddity struggles to find love and loyalty in a world where people wonder why he doesn t try harder to scare the hell out of them.
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    1. There are many great humour writers alive now If essays in particular and a savage outlook are your thing, here s the best Read the collected Merrill Markoe, Jon Ronson, Mark Steel, Cintra Wilson, Dave Barry, Craig Brown, John Crace, Tim Dowling, Guy Browning, Patricia Marx, Will Ferguson, Bill Bryson, TOM REYNOLDS, Paul Rudnick, Ian Frazier, John O Farrell, Armando Iannucci and Nicholas Lezard.Tom Reynolds I HATE MYSELF AND WANT TO DIE is a painful analysis of the American pop ballad, a comedy classic Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick in THE GUARDIAN, June 25, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Ten Things We Love This Week 3 I HATE MYSELF AND I WANT TO DIE, by Tom Reynolds This roundup of 52 of the most maudlin songs ever penned, from Manilow to Metallica, will move you to tears of despair or shrieks of helpless laughter DANNY HUTTON, co founder THREE DOG NIGHT A cunning, devastating autopsy I found myself strangely attracted SEB HUNTER, author, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER and ROCK ME, AMADEUS Here is incontrovertible proof that pop stars are all healthy, well adjusted individuals I laughed and self harmed in equal measure PLAYBOY There must be a section of Tom Reynolds s record collection that wards off disc jockeys like a cross repels vampires The writer TV producer s steep descent into depressing pop music, I Hate Myself and Want to Die is a humorous song by song analysis of the most egregious examples of audio torture Its title may sound like a hackneyed VH1 special, but Reynolds steps above pointless banter by demonstrating some serious scholarship ANNE STEPHENSON, THE REPUBLIC To write a book like this, you need a working knowledge of music recorded over the past 70 years and an astute and merciless sense of humor Tom Reynolds is our man ROB LESTER, EDGE MAGAZINE What makes this book so worthwhile and than just cathartic oh, it is that is the humor Reynolds language is colorful and clever and his greatest skills are sarcasm and funny, funny exaggeration for effect Smug Absolutely But it s mostly a hoot PUCKNATION I Hate Myself and Want to Die is one of the most brilliant looks at music and popular culture I ve read in a long time This collection of essays rips through music with ludicrous comments, humor and sarcasm Reynolds knack for timing and wit allows him to tear seemlessly through these songs, with great results.An instant classic and perfect bathroom reading PUBLISHER S WEEKLY Thoughtful and vivid This should start many debates among pop music die hards NEW MUSIC EXPRESS NME Full of premium trivia and pinpoint pomposity pricking, Reynolds has made comedy gold from the full base metal of misery WHAT S ON IN LONDON A sustained and superbly observed insight into some of rock music s most memorable follies, it is an absolute must read Brilliant UNCUT Magazine Tom Reynolds, an American TV producer who manages to combine the wit of Dave Barry with the musical tastes of a bath towel, takes a simple concept and pulls great big inappropriate belly laughs from it.Genius ROCKNWORLD Don tcha just love discovering a book that is too funny to be read in public, that makes eating or drinking while reading it a sure way to choke die What makes the subject matter of this book even better is its importance truthHis treatments of Evanescence s entry on the list Metallica are so funny that I wish I could quote the entire chapters here UNDER THE RADAR Reynold s casual, comedic prose suits the subject well, conjuring up than a few laugh out loud moments FEATURED ARTICLES REVIEWSEsquire Newsday Rolling Stone Germany New Music Express Macleans Canada Los Angeles Times Boston Herald Austin Chronicle Minneapolis Star Tribune Arizona Republic BBC News, RTE 1, Guardian UK, The Independent, Vogue, Sunday Mail AU Under the Radar Magazine Paperc


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