False Magic Kingdom (Book 1)

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  • 57 pages
  • False Magic Kingdom (Book 1)
  • Jordan Krall
  • English
  • 15 October 2018

False Magic Kingdom (Book 1) From Jordan Krall, Author Of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE APOCALYPSE DONKEYS, Comes A Novella In The Tradition Of Early J G Ballard, Later William Burroughs, And Barry Malzberg Exploring The Concepts Of Personal And Public Tragedy, This Is A Book Unlike Anything Krall Has Written Before A Collection Of Brief Chapters In An Infinite Universe Of Physical And Mental Illness, Urban Destruction, And The Cracks In Society We Fight To Ignore

10 thoughts on “False Magic Kingdom (Book 1)

  1. Paige Ellen Stone says:

    I love irony I love paradox I love absurdity False Magic Kingdom and its sequel, Bad Alchemy, which I am now reading is an exercise in all three The author s note in the beginning of the book, that This is my first attempt at non genre fiction, I may have failed, I don t know, but this is a story I needed to tell I find it ironic that JK describes this book as a non genre story that he had to tell From my perspective and in my opinion JK and a few others have created a genre known as n I love irony I love paradox I love absurdity False Magic Kingdom and its sequel, Bad Alchemy, which I am now reading is an exercise in all three The author s note in the beginning of the book, that This is my first attempt at non genre fiction, I may have failed, I don t know, but this is a story I needed to tell I find it ironic that JK describes this book as a non genre story that he had to tell From my perspective and in my opinion JK and a few others have created a genre known as non genre I love it I love the paradox and I love how this story pushes the limits of descriptive language Since we humans tend to like to organize and group similar things together and then name them, as in various genres of literature, non fiction, mystery, sci fi, romance, etc I just love this American English language It can be potently descriptive depending upon who is writing, and it can be baffling, failing to produce proper descriptors for various phenomena I believe most of us know the expression, I m beyond words We have a word for that indescribable Just as a quick aside, reading JK s author s note, I was taken back to my Junior year in High School It was a literature class and it as a delight to the young budding existential phenomenologist who is typing this review One of my best friends and one of the smartest people I have ever met, was carrying on a discussion with an increasingly frustrated Brother Diss yep, that was his name, don t wear it out The discussion over the phrase, I have nothing My friend Bob held that this was absurd, in that one cannot HAVE nothing If one could have nothing, then nothing is something I jumped in where I could I swear this conversation was so enthralling and challenging that I never wanted it to end This was going beyond literature and into some pretty deep philosophical territory and it was challenging, from my viewpoint, the limits of our language Since I know you will want to know, for his failure to see that you can have nothing, Bob ended up spending the last third of the class hugging a huge vertical pipe in the back of the room and a week s detention Power play, not fair.Now, to the present, this fascinating book, with its jumping from 1st, 2nd and 3rd person perspectives in short blasts of visitations to moments in people s lives It is a brilliant, ingenious approach to story telling and that makes it a genre in my, ah, book Deliberately not having a genre is to create a genre and as a now well trained existential phenomenological clinical psychologist, I find the machine gun like switching from one perspectival view to another, jumping from event to event to be a nearly triumphant phenomenology of human existence.The style may drive some readers to question their sanity, but I found the style, the humor, the pathos, the gravity and its opposite, comedy, to be absurdly captivating While not directly evident in any given passage, I do find myself reminded of Philip K Dick, H.P Lovecraft, and Jonathan Lethem I have no idea to what extent JK has exposed himself to these authors, but he is kin from where I sit.There is no sense going into the various scenes we visit and revisit since it is really the non genre style that is on display here I admit it, he s cracked into my top ten or so must read authors What I love is that there is, at present, muchfor me to read Lucky me Lucky you if you enjoy excursions into the absurd and the mundane co incidentally, love having your brain twisted in a way that kind of tickles and are capable of serious suspension of disbelief, then the work of Jordan Krall is for you If its not your thing, untwist your panties, you are definitely not having enough fun in life

  2. Hakim says:

    Jordan Krall, one of the undisputed masters of modern weird fiction, delivers an unsettling and highly entrancing book Book 1 of the False Kingdom trilogy with emotional depth and intriguing characters Once I got accustomed to the rather unusually shattered narrative and started putting together the pieces of the puzzle, I couldn t put the book down.

  3. Sheldon says:

    False Magic Kingdom by Jordan Krall is a significant departure from Krall s previous work It s also one of the hardest to provide a review forthan one reason.One can t really describe the book that well It s a series of short chapters that take place from multiple viewpoints These different stories have a very loose relation to each other Some are hard to tell if they re related at all We return to the different stories periodically as everything moves forward, and sort of cycle thr False Magic Kingdom by Jordan Krall is a significant departure from Krall s previous work It s also one of the hardest to provide a review forthan one reason.One can t really describe the book that well It s a series of short chapters that take place from multiple viewpoints These different stories have a very loose relation to each other Some are hard to tell if they re related at all We return to the different stories periodically as everything moves forward, and sort of cycle through each viewpoint as we move from chapter to chapter.In short, each story seems to deal with personal or public tragedies, either a public shaming of some kind, or a quiet nervous breakdown that happens solely within the character s head It s the very essence of literary fiction, and not at all like Krall s previous work in the bizarro genre, although some of Krall s bizarro writing tendencies leak through on occasion.So, why is it so hard to provide a review Well, to start, it s sometimes a little difficult just to figure out what s going on It gets confusing Very confusing, especially when there are teases about some stories being related to others, so then one starts to look for everything that ties together and understand what the overall story or point is.The second reason is that this book is the first in a trilogy Having read the second book,Bad Alchemy , before writing this review, I can say that it is not a sequel but rather a direct continuation of the story I have not read the third book, because it has not been released at the time of this writing, but so far it feels like this should have all been one volume.However, I can understand why the choice was made to divide it up into three volumes, aside from simple sales This book is not an easy read It s definitely challenging If the different volumes were included in one book, it would become very daunting and easy to want to give up But since it s divided up into three piece, it becomes easier to chew, rather than trying to stuff the whole steak in your mouth, as it were, and one feelscompelled to read through them.If you read this book, you must read Bad Alchemy That s not up for negotiation Bad Alchemy is what starts to tie things together, but not in a neat little bow simply that you understandabout the relationship between the different stories and the characters I will eagerly anticipate the third volume because I want to see where Krall is going to go with this, but being a literary novel, I doubt it s going to get that nice neat tie up at the end.Again, it s extremely difficult to give this a rating because it s literary fiction, which tends to be a bit obtuse to begin with It s like trying to rateUlyssesor Gravity s Rainbow It s also not self contained, and I would prefer to reserve judgment once I ve finished the whole series I do like it up to this point, but without knowing the whole story and scope, it s really hard to tell how much I like it In the meantime, I will give this volume the benefit of the doubt and give it 4 out of 5 stars, and especially giving Krall credit for trying something new

  4. Donald Armfield says:

    From beginning with an Argon Seizure to the end Fathers Jordan Krall gives us thoughts and tears Unfruitful Works gave me a tears, not literally but a very touching story.My favorite character is Jessica She has two stories A day dreamer wondering where her father went I hope we seeof her in Bad Alchemy This is a great read I will be waiting with my glass of jet fuel and a cigarette for the next installment.

  5. Byron & says:

    shortly, this just didn t work for me, but in giving it 2 stars I feel I should at least mention the writing wasn t bad, it just didn t come together for my interests and will likely give another Krall title an attempt in the future

  6. Steven Shroyer says:

    Nothing short of brilliant Reminds me of all the Burroughs I read in college

  7. Justin says:

    FALSE MAGIC KINGDOM is quite the puzzling read There is A LOT going on Several individual stories are told coexisting seemingly in the timeline Corporate servitude, unstable people and mental illness are the themes that bond the stories together.The characters are relatable as they tend to be people who are just sick of it all, tired and beaten by life Many of the internal monologues seemed familiar in one way or another It really delves into people s flaws, the ignorance of their own and y FALSE MAGIC KINGDOM is quite the puzzling read There is A LOT going on Several individual stories are told coexisting seemingly in the timeline Corporate servitude, unstable people and mental illness are the themes that bond the stories together.The characters are relatable as they tend to be people who are just sick of it all, tired and beaten by life Many of the internal monologues seemed familiar in one way or another It really delves into people s flaws, the ignorance of their own and yet, stays self consciously aware.It s obvious the author has put a lot of personal experience into this one This is a tremendous effort from Jordan Krall that does not fall short This is not his usual pulpy genre fare which I absolutely love by the way but rather aserious entry in his ever blossoming literary career The good thing is that Krall s personal touches still remain in the work.There are some mysterious people copying texts of some great importance, an old VHS tape and automated answering message to nowhere The mysteries just pile up one after another making me extremely eager to read the next of the trilogy or quadrilogy , BAD ALCHEMY

  8. Jeremy Maddux says:

    Jordan Krall does with skyscrapers what Lovecraft did with tentacles, and it works Why Because isn t that what Americans are really afraid of these days Think about it It s an undisputed fact that the Cthulhu Mythos has penetrated the mainstream, with Call of Cthulhu card games, endless literary homages from modern horror authors, a Cthulhu plushie for God s sake But what makes us weak at the knees isn t the Elder Gods or the Old Ones or Sumerian incantations It s tall buildings and their Jordan Krall does with skyscrapers what Lovecraft did with tentacles, and it works Why Because isn t that what Americans are really afraid of these days Think about it It s an undisputed fact that the Cthulhu Mythos has penetrated the mainstream, with Call of Cthulhu card games, endless literary homages from modern horror authors, a Cthulhu plushie for God s sake But what makes us weak at the knees isn t the Elder Gods or the Old Ones or Sumerian incantations It s tall buildings and their fallibility when struck by airplane or explosives.There s also some people with Oedipus and Electra Complexes, trying to figure out where they fit in a world where apathy means survival I look forward to reading the other three books in this series I think I ve had enough tendrils, suckers, extra appendages, tentacles and gibbous moons that I openly welcome Krall s vision of sentient monoliths bent on exterminating humanity, or whatever the hell is about to happen in this series

  9. R.A. Harris says:

    A strange tale of multiple vantage points that seem to coalesce into one bizarre view point Recurring themes of buildings collapsing demolition, government conspiracy, buildings coming alive, suicide all paint a sad lonely world It gets meta fictional towards the end, with reference to previous lines being parts of stories within the story, and the storyline being lifted from films within the story All very strange, evocative and sad The language Krall uses in this book is sometimes really s A strange tale of multiple vantage points that seem to coalesce into one bizarre view point Recurring themes of buildings collapsing demolition, government conspiracy, buildings coming alive, suicide all paint a sad lonely world It gets meta fictional towards the end, with reference to previous lines being parts of stories within the story, and the storyline being lifted from films within the story All very strange, evocative and sad The language Krall uses in this book is sometimes really surreal Though some of the things he describes are beyond sense, they still evoke a sense of personal tragedy, perhaps some trauma, and inner turmoil I ll certainly be reading the rest of the trilogy, though I don t hold much hope that the resolution will be Hollywood style

  10. Db123 says:

    I loved the style of writing I ve always loved surrealism and the writings of William S Burroughs, both of which I would bet this draws influence from The author also has a keen sense for figurative language.However, beyond Burroughs, themes of bitterness and misanthropy tend to bore me If that s your thing then you might love this book The tone the author takes also seems to bethan a little pretentious at times But perhaps this is intentional, meant to be ironic I couldn t tell.