Lost Empress

Lost Empress

From the author of the acclaimed, PEN/Bingham Prize-winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles, with equal aplomb, both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice system. From Paterson, New Jersey to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Sergio De La Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any oth From the author of the acclaimed, PEN/Bingham Prize-winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that ta...

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Title:Lost Empress
Author:Sergio de la Pava
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:152474722X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:629 pages pages

Lost Empress Reviews

  • Casey
    May 20, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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    ...

  • Mike
    Jun 15, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

  • Ry Pickard
    Jun 21, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Tim
    May 25, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

  • Steve
    Jun 20, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

  • Marcia
    Jun 06, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

  • Steve
    Jun 15, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

  • Jonathanrwilson
    Jun 08, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

  • Shawn Towner
    May 19, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Mark
    Jun 18, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

  • Cameron
    Feb 13, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Vuk Trifkovic
    Jun 07, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

  • Anthony
    Jun 08, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

  • Kobe Bryant
    Jun 21, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

  • Michael
    Apr 15, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Ali Alper
    Jun 22, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Phil
    May 29, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
    Dec 10, 2017

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

  • Michael Smith
    Jun 08, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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    This is just a ridiculously ambitious book that tackles just about every topic, from the horror of the NFL to the cruelties of our justice system. Though still desperately in need of an editor, De La Pava is a hell of a writer. ...

  • Tsc
    Jun 04, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

  • Larry Ggggggggggggggggggggggggg
    Jun 17, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

  • Michael
    May 28, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

  • Chris
    May 30, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Ross A Roberts
    Jun 17, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • sean w
    May 23, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

  • Madeline Inglis
    May 17, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Meghan Volchko
    Jun 01, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

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    This is just a ridiculously ambitious book that tackles just about every topic, from the horror of the NFL to the cruelties of our justice system. Though still desperately in need of an editor, De La Pava is a hell of a writer. ...

    ...

  • Johnny
    Jun 16, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

    DFW, Jr. right here ...

    This book will not be for everyone. But, for me at least, de la Pava is aiming so much higher than just about everybody else that it's hard for me to rate this any lower. The intelligence that just comes screaming off of every page staggers me; what makes it special is that it's accomp...

    20JUN18. Fifty pages in and enjoying myself quite a bit. SDLP has lost none of his sense of adventure and play. (Not wild about Nina cracking wise nearly every time she opens her mouth, but still.) My only real gripe, believe it or not, is physical: No matter what book I'm reading ...

    Loved it. It's weird, sprawling, hilarious, moving and sometimes thrilling, especially in the final chapters. It's a big rush of a book that mash-ups metaphysics, deep musings about time and past, present and future, Joni Mitchell obsession, Salvador Dali, the American justice system, ...

    I read the authors ?A Naked Singularity? years ago and absolutely loved it. This however, was a gawd damn freaking slog to finish. Left me shaking my head that I kept thinking it would get better. What an idiot I was. Reading this book is like watching a television show that keeps ...

    I'm giving Lost Empress a five star, headline grabbing review in order to strongly suggest that, if you haven't read Sergio de la Pava, you give The Naked Singularity or Lost Empress a chance. The books are challenging and fun reads. How can you not like, in the case of Lost Empress, a...

    3 3/4 stars really. I loved about 75% of this book and ground through the interspersed 25% of dreck to get back to the good stuff. And frankly I must admit that the ending was so far out that I?m hoping someone else with a more adroit brain will explain it to me! The DFW compariso...

    The thing is, de la Pava's intelligence runs ahead of his ability as a writer. When he hits the high note, it's great. But there's too many average passages chucked in. At least compared to "A Naked Singularity" it was a bit more streamlined. Will keep reading... ...

    Brilliant. DFW if DFW had been a lawyer obsessing over the NFL. Such interesting, thought our language. Intricate, winding plots. Love. ...

    Yes it's a pastiche but it's a pretty good one ...

    Lost Empress is some Wowee Zowee/White Album/big sprawling mess type of thing where, okay, maybe it doesn't all cohere into a satisfying whole, but the mix of ideas at play is so audacious that you can't not love it. The books main intertwined plot threads involve an underdog football ...

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  • Steve Hench
    May 28, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...

    Read this book,! Parts I liked were the chapter about Sylvester scarpetti anything with nuno, nelson de Cervantes, feniz, uh nina and dia and the joni Mitchell stuff just basically a real cool book lots of laughs and thrills yall ...

    Somewhat entertaining plot and connecting storylines. But with the exception of perhaps several keen observations, far too many intellectual asides and ramblings. And instead of supplementing the story in any particularly meaningful way, these just felt jarring, contrived, and unnecess...

  • Danny Caine
    May 15, 2018

    Perhaps my first major novel=discovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity. [the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired ; but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr'r's]. I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub'd his...

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me, but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the style/grace he achieved there with some sleeve-worn dfw influence thrown in. the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny, the cerebral riffs are weightless a...

    If Thomas Pynchon, now 81, never pens another novel I?ll be sad, grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY?S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY, but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels like A NAKED SINGULARITY and his latest LOST EMPRESS. While he?s no ...

    Lost Empress by Sergio de la Pava is a novel so intellectually restless, so stuffed with ideas, that summary is futile. I?ll try anyway. The aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys is dividing his estate between his two children, and his daughter Nina gets the football team: the Paterson P...