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Austin Grossman is a video game design consultant and the author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, which was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His writing has appeared in Granta, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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"You" confirms Grossman's status as a major talent. Grossman isn't just chronicling the rise and fall of a company, or of a character, or even an industry. Rather, he uses YOU as a tool to prise open the mystical center of what art is, what games are, what fun is, and how they all mix together. A novel that both uplifts and entertains, and reframes the world we live in and the things we do in it. Easily one of the best books I've read this year."--Cory Doctorow, author of Homeland and Little Brother "Genuine energy. A terrific book."-- The Millions ""You" confirms Grossman's status as a major talent. Grossman isn't just chronicling the rise and fall of a company, or of a character, or even an industry. Rather, he uses YOU as a tool to prise open the mystical center of what art is, what games are, what fun is, and how they all mix together. A novel that both uplifts and entertains, and reframes the world we live in and the things we do in it. Easily one of the best books I've read this year." "Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing"" "A celebration of videogames and their creators." "Booklist, starred review"" "Genuine energy. A terrific book." "The Millions"" "A brilliant, incisive, and very funny journey through the adolescence of the computer game industry, delving with wit and charm into the fascinating question of exactly whose story is being told."--Max Barry, author of Jennifer Government and Machine Man "YOU is every bit as fun as you hope it's going to be, and also much more. Grossman draws you in with his clever premise, but then as you progress through the levels, you understand the complexity of the world he has built. Full of wit, ingenuity, and nostalgia -- a meditation on what it means to be the hero of the game."--Charles Yu, author of How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe "Genuine energy. A terrific book."--The Millions "A celebration of videogames and their creators."--Booklist, starred review "You confirms Grossman's status as a major talent. Grossman isn't just chronicling the rise and fall of a company, or of a character, or even an industry. Rather, he uses YOU as a tool to prise open the mystical center of what art is, what games are, what fun is, and how they all mix together. A novel that both uplifts and entertains, and reframes the world we live in and the things we do in it. Easily one of the best books I've read this year."--Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing "Combines videogames, advanced technology, and suspense into one crazy pageturner."--Kansas City Star "Some of the most startling, acute writing on video games yet essayed."--Tom Bissell, Harper's "A razor-sharp comedy ... a smart meditation on the nature of gaming. Grossman, who has designed video games, brings experience but more importantly abundant affection to describing this world--the welcome recognition of the one Dungeon and Dragons enthusiast for another, the surreal happiness that comes from mastery, the semi-ironic clinging to juvenile aesthetics."--Boston Globe Praise for "SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE" "Imaginative. Achingly real. An admirable addition to the genre. "-- The New York Times Book Review

If you had the chance to design the ultimate video game with no restrictions, what would you do? Russell and his friends have pondered this question for years, delighting in imagining the endless possibilities. Finally, it seems that Russell has a chance to do just that when he joins Black Arts Games. He has come to the gaming industry after abandoning law school (and the conventional path to a "safe" career) in favor of following his dream. Maybe even more important, he has a burning desire to find out what happened to his friend Simon, who also worked for Black Arts and who died mysteriously soon after a hugely successful game was launched. Verdict Grossman (Soon I Will be Invincible) has written a highly genre-specific novel about the making of video games (the author is a game designer), and everything that could be said about video games from their inception until now (and into the future). Fans of Grossman's best-selling debut and die-hard gaming fans will want this.-Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ., Lib., Florence, SC (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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