Double Feature

Double Feature Double Feature is a beautiful wrenching beginning and Owen King is a young writer of immense promise Larry McMurtryAn epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process

  • Title: Double Feature
  • Author: Owen King
  • ISBN: 9781451676891
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Double Feature is a beautiful, wrenching beginning, and Owen King is a young writer of immense promise Larry McMurtryAn epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film from critically acclaimed short story writer Owen King for readers of Joshua Ferris, Sam Lipsyte, and Chad Harbach Filmmaker Sam D Double Feature is a beautiful, wrenching beginning, and Owen King is a young writer of immense promise Larry McMurtryAn epic debut novel about a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film from critically acclaimed short story writer Owen King for readers of Joshua Ferris, Sam Lipsyte, and Chad Harbach Filmmaker Sam Dolan has a difficult relationship with his father, B movie actor Booth Dolan a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic Allie, Sam s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father Also included in the cast of indelible characters a precocious, frequently violent half sister a conspiracy theorist second wife an Internet famous roommate a family friend and contractor who can t stop expanding his house a happy go lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher the morose producer of a true crime show and a slouching indie film legend Not to mention a tragic sex monster.Praise for Double Feature Double Feature is epic, ambitious, and dedicated to the uncontainable King has a captivating energy, a precision and a fondness for people that are rare David Thomson, The New York Times Book Review 4 7 13 What a kinetic, joyful, gonzo ride Double Feature made me laugh so loudly on a plane that I had to describe the plot of Sam s Spruce Moose of a debut film it stars a satyr to my seatmate by way of explanation Booth and Sam are an unforgettable Oedipal duo A book that delivers walloping pleasures to its lucky readers Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia The literary and the popular can coexist Double Feature makes this point, and proves it too Brian Gresko, The Rumpus 7 2 13 I liked Double Feature so much that it sort of pisses me off the fact that Owen King, who is something like 142 years younger than I am, is such a skilled, imaginative and complete writer This is a well wrought and thoroughly satisfying novel, which manages, at the same time, to be both moving and this is what pisses me off the most very funny Dave Barry, author of Insane City A darkly humorous and often heartfelt work that s part ode to low budget movies, part family drama and part screwball comedy with a slew of oddball characters Brian Truitt, USA Today, 3 22 13

    One thought on “Double Feature”

    1. Disclaimer: I am the author's sister, so of course I think everything he writes is fabulous. I got to read the galley, and when it is published you all will enjoy this meditation on responsibility, family, love, and self-worth.

    2. A tale of two assholes.The father is a lovable asshole and the son is an unlikable asshole. This story is about their respective journeys toward not being such huge assholes.This is a big messy book. The author throws everything he's got at this one. And most of it sticks. Owen King is a hell of a writer. His dad (Stephen King) and his brother (Joe Hill) are great entertainers, tellers of tales designed for stadium seating, whereas Owen King is more of a writer's writer. The stuff Owen accomplis [...]

    3. 16 hours of my life gone. What a disappointment. I listened to this on audio, so I am willing to give this one another shot…eventually. Right now, I feel as if I missed something. I listened to all 16 hours of this book and I am fairly certain it was about absolutely nothing. I couldn’t tell you the point of the book if I had to. I saw so many reviews where it said how funny this book was. I never laughed once. In fact, I grimaced a lot. I don’t get it. Maybe it’s one of those times wher [...]

    4. A great deal of my enjoyment of this novel stems from my own life experiences: I'm a fan of independent movies; I had a rather crappy relationship with my father; I'm a fan of books wherein movie lore play a large role; and I have an affection for great writing. Other than a thirteen-page paragraph in the first part of this book, I have no other complaints about how Owen King handled Sam Dolan's story, or the bittersweet tale of Sam's mother, which is interspersed throughout the book, giving the [...]

    5. The indie film circuit is kind of where it's at at the moment. Hollywood has basically given up making anything original, solely churning out sequels, remakes, or superhero movies. Not that I don't look forward to "The Avengers 2", "Iron Man 4", or J.J. Abrams's "interpretation" of "Star Wars". I'm just saying, if you want something original, character-driven, and minus CGI, independent films are pretty much the only thing going right now.Sam Dolan, the protagonist of Owen King's novel "Double F [...]

    6. 'Who We Are' was to be a film that would take most of the main protagonists life energy through deaths and love and his relationship with his father will all see the talk and workings of this film never end.His father Booth was more known for b movies and he felt he was going to do something more realistic more meaningful. Pre production he needed backers funds to get the ball rolling. This story is of double kin father and son's turbulent days in making it and breaking it into the movie industr [...]

    7. So I read this in May, but didn't write a review. I meant to. And today I picked up the copy of a chapbook given out at a book signing. This is a series of deleted scenes and scrapbook entries. We'll, I enjoyed it and it brought back some of what I felt when reading Double Feature. First off, Owen King has a brilliant imagination. I am fascinated with the fictional movie career of Booth Dolan, and the film industry glimpses we get of Sam Dolan as he works on his own production. For much of this [...]

    8. Grade: DL/C Ratio: 90% Literary / 10% CommercialThematic Breakdown:35% - Filmmaking25% - Family20% - Love15% - Dreams 5% - HumorAddictiveness: LowMovie Potential: 2 Thumbs DownRe-readability: MediumTo put it bluntly, Double Feature is a catastrophe. There's no question that Owen King (son of Stephen King and brother of Joe Hill) is carrying the family's literary gene, but in his debut novel, he squanders that talent with a pretentious, haphazard, and at times disturbing story that sorely needed [...]

    9. I love this book because it keeps the promise that a storyteller makes his or her audience; it successfully evokes all the experiences and moments a novel should deliver. There are laughs in abundance. There are unforgettable scenes and set-pieces. There are brilliant details, like the faux B-Movies with delightfully preposterous characters such as hero Professor Graham Hawking Gould. Some of the lunatic images that Mr. King has dreamed up will be seared into my memory forever. Thankfully, most [...]

    10. Life is a snapping turtle in the middle of the road.There’s a lot going on here all at once. It was fast and slow and deep and juvenile. (Yes, I liked the juvenile parts.) I’m still not sure wtf just happened here. But, I liked it.Canning jars full of shaved foot warts, Orson Wells idol worship, one-hair mole prosthetic proboscis, 75 Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue, penis shaped floral arrangements, botched Mucinex overdose suicide attempts, duck call flatulence, mail-order airline cat [...]

    11. I wanted to like this book much more than I did, perhaps because I am a fan of Stephen King. His son Joe Hill is also quite a good writer, a bit more sentimental than his Dad. But this book from Owen King was hard for me to finish, I really couldn't get into it. The main character, Sam, has a somewhat famous Father who made a career out of making B horror movies, and Sam is trying to raise money to film his first movie. He has to beg and bargain, and finally gets enough cash, and one "known" act [...]

    12. An amusing, enjoyable, self-critical, post-metafictional romp featuring a film involving a Santa-bearded satyr doing a tree, a cuckolded German Yankee catcher, talk about the mimes in "Blow Up," and consistently clever/kinetic riffs and scenes in part about father/son issues and many other pairs, or "doubles." Here's a little review I contributed to the Philadelphia Review of Books: philareview/2013/03/20/som

    13. It took me a few days to think about this book once I finished itd it's still making me think. One thing Owen King is is a master at characterization! This novel is completely character driven and he has a knack of painting these characters so realistically, that I could almost swear that I met them personally! This book tells the story of Sam Dolan, from a young boy to the grown, cynical man he becomes. Sam has wanted to be a director since he was young, partially as a response to his father's [...]

    14. My first intro to Owen King. No disappointments. the story of a up and coming movie maker , with his trials and tribulations. Surrounded by family and friends, Sam Dolan paddles his way through feelings from a pompous B movie actor father, a heart breaking memories of his mother, Allie, being ignored and emotional drained by his preoccupied father. Nefarious affairs with a friends wife, and a woman who truly cares for him but is ignored by Sam at times. An eccentric friend who can't get out of h [...]

    15. I really enjoyed Owen kings other book "we're all in this together " so I was quite looking forward to this one. Sadly I've given up. When you get to page 100 and not a single thing has happened that interests you or grab your attention, then I think it's time to give up.

    16. Owen King's debut novel, "Double Feature," is a sprawling, sometimes uneven novel that takes awhile to penetrate. Once you get into it, the story and characters move in a memorable dance between absurdism and apple pie America, blurring the lines of each.Sam Dolan is a college film student working on his final project. Like every college film student, he's convinced that his final project will be part Welles, part Cocteau, part Bergman, and part his-own-indescribable-genius. We see Sam tweaking [...]

    17. This book sounded interesting by premise and promise of an author, it had do do with movies, which I liked, it was by a King, one of those with superb writing DNA. Thing is Owen King in fact can write quite well, basically the only saving grace of this book and the reason for my rating being as it is. But there is much more to a good book than just capable writing and this book had lacked on every other count. The main thing it had working against its author. I found it impossible to separate re [...]

    18. I've made a couple of quite awful short films, that nevertheless had some good bits in them. The good bits were inevitably what everybody else brought to the table. In one unfocussed and oddly sprawling short I at least had the good sense to have my fine filmmaking buddy Paul (who is more than capable of making short films consisting of more than just a few good bits) dress up as a sort of cheap Orson Welles from F For Fake. He later pronounced Wellesian statements as we strolled down a street i [...]

    19. I have more mixed feelings about this book than four stars might suggest, but it has stuck with me. So. Four.One of the challenges of a book like this, about a rather snarky young man and his famous, irritating father, is that two-thirds of the criticism of it has been speculation about whether or not we're meant to read Sam as author Owen King and Booth has Owen's famous father Stephen King. I did not care about this problem as I read the book, but I was deeply aware of it as I read, and I foun [...]

    20. Originally I planned to just put a part of the review from my blog here, but it turns out I am not done with my thoughts about Double Feature. I'll start out by saying that I haven't read any other reviews of it, really, just skimmed them. Because I find the surest way to destroy my enjoyment of a book or movie is to know too much about it going in. It raises expectations in a way that never seems to work out well for me.So I'm going to try not to give too much away here. I'll just say that whil [...]

    21. Have been anxiously awaiting this book's arrival since reading 'We're All in This Together' and seeing a unique spirit, touchstones to my favorite writers, a kindred twisted humor in reflection, and all kinds of literary promise in Owens King's writingDouble Feature takes all of that promise and promotes it to the next levelDP is about relationships and perspectivee blurred lines between perception and reality, that thin line between self hate and congratulation, extended family and the ways the [...]

    22. This is a hard book to describe, and it's definitely not for everyone---it's a little rambly and all over the place and more than a little weird in the best way. But if you're someone who loves movies and clever dialogue and books that make you laugh out loud so much that you don't notice that you're reading a book that's actually really, really GOOD until you're a several chapters in and you're absolutely enthralledwell, this is the book for you.As the synopsis says, these are for fans of Joshu [...]

    23. I'm on a Debut writers kick of late and have read some great novels from new authors. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this novel and dive in. Unfortunately, I forgot to make sure there was water in the pool before I dove. Let me say, I did not know Owen was the offspring of Stephen or Tabitha, until after I started reading this novel. That made it impossible for me to not finish reading a book I started. After trudging through the first few chapters, I thought the book may have been coming al [...]

    24. The writing was good, but the plot was justabsent. I expected the story to be commercial fiction, with a plot, some wry wit, a bunch of surprise maneuvers because of the cover, the sleeve copy and the reviews. But from the beginning it prioritized clever language over tension and engagement with the characters, and I started skimming early and often. The internal thoughts were unrealistically long, the dialogue strange, the bizarro quality high. It had its moments--there were paragraphs and a fe [...]

    25. Somewhere amongst the sex & family feuding in Owen King's "Double Feature" lies a pair of stories. the problem is they aren't much of them at that. The book is the story of Sam & Booth Dolan who are an actor & director respectively most famously known for the film "Who We Are" which is a film without much of a plot, but one that develops a cult following so to speak (think "Rocky Horror Picture Show" type film). King's story revolves around the creation of that film & the lives o [...]

    26. Haunted by his ruined student film, Sam Dolan stumbles through his 20's and early 30's, directionless and ambivalent, trying his hardest not to get too worked up over anybody or anything. When he meets tenacious Tess, he comes to terms with his past and learns that, hey, life isn't half bad. If you stick around long enough, things can even take a turn for the better.I know this novel is supposed to be funny--and in many places it is--but I couldn't help but feel sorrow for the protagonist, mainl [...]

    27. **Update** I think about this book all the time, so I'm giving it another star for its staying power.This book was seriously difficult to get into, but I ended up sort of obsessed with the characters. There is no way people like this exist, but at the same time, I know people just like every one of them, including me. For film fans, there's a lot of fun stuff, the ending is smile-inducing, and I laughed a lot. I just wish it had been friendlier when I first met it.

    28. If Double Feature isn't made into a movie, something is terribly wrong with this world. This is such a witty, crazy, laugh-out-loud funny novel with such exquisite language Philtrum, simalacrum, opprobrium, mimesis, kibitzing, contrapuntal, coxswain! If nothing else, read Double Feature for the bonus: Wesley Latsch's List of Seventy-Five Things That Cause Unnecessary Fatigue. It's really all there.

    29. Owen King and his novel DOUBLE FEATURE are responsible for me getting absolutely nothing done today. I have not sat down and just read a book because it's that compelling in Christ knows how long. DOUBLE FEATURE did that today.Do you need more than that?Then you should read the book, shouldn't you?(And, as an aside, if you happen to read their review over at the AV Club, they kinda missed the point. Just sayin'.)

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