A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Novel by Bob ProehlA Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Novel by Bob Proehl

A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A Novel

byBob Proehl

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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"Equal parts great American road-trip narrative and coming-of-age novel, this brilliant story from a debut novelist is a treat for the diehard nerds and fans among us." 

Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago--leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way. 

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the pleasures and perils of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son--and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.
Bob Proehl grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site PopMatte...
Title:A Hundred Thousand Worlds: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.3 × 5.6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399562230

ISBN - 13:9780399562235

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is about a boy trying to figure out his life while piecing together other stories. I love the way all the characters escape their problems by delving into the world of comics. The writing is also beautiful. Even though the story takes place over no more than a week, you feel like you've been on a journey with these characters for a lifetime.
Date published: 2018-01-27

Editorial Reviews

"With enthralling characters and tons of heart, this read (much like a good con) has something for everyone." —Bustle"A perfect summer read for the Comic-Con crowd . . . Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here."—USA Today"Comic-Con age's definitive novel about a road trip through geek culture." —The Wall Street Journal, Speakeasy Podcast"Anyone who is a geek or a parent of a geek should read this novel. In these interesting times . . . books like A Hundred Thousand Worlds are doing the work of navigating a new reality, where work, family, and adulthood are all being redefined." —Tor.com"Who doesn’t like a good origin story? This delightful novel has a dozen of them, each sparking deftly off the next. A work of wit and heart, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is for anyone who craves a smart family saga. Especially one with superheroes. I loved it completely." —Karen Joy Fowler, Booker Prize finalist and author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder. One of the best novels I have read in a while." —Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"For all its acrobatic wit and outsize charm, at its heart this is the love story of two everyday heroes—a mother and a son—who, like their author, possess the superpower of storytelling. A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con age, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut." —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints