Wolf in White Van

Wolf in White Van

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Isolated by a disfiguring injury, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian-- a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail-- Sean guides players from around the world. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374292089
0374292086
Branch Call Number: FIC DARNIEL
Characteristics: 207 pages ; 22 cm

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D061145902
Sep 24, 2016

This book is not anywhere as interesting as people claim. It is a thin read but I just could not find the interest or energy to finish it.

I started reading this book because I was a fan of John Darnielle's music. I did not expect to be so swept away by his writing. Not only are his words crafted as carefully as you would expect from a poet, but the story is so original and emotional. It is a book that has changed me forever.

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lizmcconnell
Mar 04, 2016

Aspects of this book keep popping into my mind months after I've read it. The endearing fantasy letter correspondence game, the satanic panic referenced in the title, the way main character's likable personality is entangled with his darkly disturbed past. I was hoping John Darnielle would supply a novel on par with his music, and this book left me with the same heavy feeling that we're all plainly screwed up. I loved it!

cmlibrary_sgoldstein Dec 14, 2015

I don't believe I can write a review of this book that will do it justice, plus other reviewers have already said many of the things I'd want to say anyway. Right now, I just want to marinate in my own thoughts. Books that make me feel this way afterward are the reason I read.

LibraryAlison Nov 28, 2015

This stellar book gets my highest rating. I wanted to re-read it as soon as I finished, and I was desperate to find other readers to discuss it with. I love the labyrinthine structure of the novel; it brings to mind Jorge Luis Borges' writing. I hope Darnielle will continue writing, because I will pick up whatever he pens.

LPL_CentennialC Nov 23, 2015

Wolf in White Van is not a story for the faint of heart. In this novel, a young man named Sean creates a mail-in role playing game about survival in a fictional world--but someone takes the game into the real world, and Sean has to deal with the consequences. With a non-linear plot and thought-provoking prose, this introspective novel pulls you in deep from the beginning.

While marketed for adults, this novel is also the winner of an Alex Award for adult books that appeal to teens. For both adults & teens, this is a book that stretch your mind and force you to think deeper.

Intricate. Powerful. Truly one of a kind.

Vero_biblio Jul 27, 2015

The jacket blurb of this book promised intriguing storylines involving a role-playing game played through the mail, two teenagers dying trying to play it, and the disfigured man who controls it. I wish it would have been a more traditional piece of storytelling, because I thought these elements would make a really good story! It ended up being a really well-written literary piece instead, but even though I savoured the prose, I'm left wanting to understand the character's motives.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

A haunting portrayal of how we carry the scars of adolescence with us for the rest of our lives, be they emotional or physical.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/wolf_in_white_van_darnielle

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gendeg
Nov 19, 2014

A fever dream. A stare-into-the-fire kind of vision quest. It's that kind of book. And yet the story felt thin. Perhaps because of its slim size. Read more like a novella. Usually I would be excited about a book like this. It has a unique structure: an ending revealed upfront and the story going back in time; a re-telling through a text-based game world evocatively called "Trace Italian." The melancholy burns. It has scorched out all the oxygen in the air.

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becker
Oct 29, 2014

My low rating is not a reflection on the quality of this book, which is very creative. It is simply based on my enjoyment factor while I read it. I felt so disconnected to this whole story and I could not understand the thoughts or motives of any of the characters. I felt such relief when I got to the end of it.

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