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Drew Magary 

When: Tue., Aug. 2, 7 p.m. 2016

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2

DREW MAGARY

Drew Magary, a writer for GQ and Deadspin, deepens the vein of postmodern speculative fiction he tapped in The Postmortal in his forthcoming second novel, The Hike (Viking, Aug. 2)—another book most easily described through arcane synthesis. It's the triangulation of The Phantom Tollbooth, Dungeons & Dragons, and Dan Harmon (Wired); a hybrid of Franz Kafka and pulp comics (Kirkus Reviews); Cormac McCarthy falling into Wonderland (one of the Welcome to Night Vale guys); or Ready Player One ghostwritten by Carlos Castaneda (me, just now). A man of the suburbs flees into the woods, which become a dangerous labyrinth in which he embarks on a video-game-inflected shamanic journey. It's vision quest meets King's Quest, the classic PC adventure series Magary has acknowledged as an influence. The dramatis personae includes "a profane crustacean," to give you an idea of what you're in for. —Brian Howe

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