Read Spoonbenders Online Free - A generations-spanning family of psychics--both blessed and burdened by their abilities--must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.
The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?
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December 18, 2017
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Spoonbenders is a mindbender! The Telemachus family is an off-the-wall family where at least some of the family members have actual psychic powers. This gets them into more trouble than you can believe, and this story of their lives and the crisis...
August 09, 2017
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory is a 2017 Knopf publication.
This book was a real treat for me! It’s eccentric, hilarious, a madcap family saga, and a thoroughly entertaining fantasy.
I am showing my age here, but I do remember stage shows during the 1970’s where people performed variations of tele...
October 05, 2017
Imagine you live with a baker. You are treated weekly to such home-baked deliciousness as double-chocolate peppermint cookies, lemon squares, blueberry puree oat bars, lemon ricotta cookies and almond toffee bars. Now imagine you wander into the kitchen and the baker hands you a chocolate-chip co...
June 29, 2017
This book is like one of the magic tricks Teddy Telemachus performs in it - and like the very best magic tricks, you know a trick is being performed on you, you know your eyes are purposefully forced, you know a trick is coming - and you still get blindsided when it finally happens. It was just s...
December 10, 2017
This... is one of the most fun, out of the box books I read this year. Fabulous!
The story of the gifted Telemachus family (or are they con men?) .... wow! Never read anything like it. The Telemachus family, headed by Teddy Telemachus is a family with special gifts. Above all, Maureen, Teddy's wif...
November 22, 2017
Often hilarious, sometimes ridiculous, and always full of heart, this story following a family of psychics (or are they?) is a fun, wild ride.
Each member of the exasperating Amazing Telemachus family has their own sets of stresses and struggles, each as interesting (and hilarious) as t...
February 23, 2018
I started this multi-generational account of a family of performing “mystics” and thought. . . ooooh, this is going to be fun.
Daryl Gregory's writing style and tone seemed, initially, similar both to Michael Chabon's and Jeffrey Eugenides's (two of my favorite living writers) and I waited patient...
July 20, 2017
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“Once, we were Amazing.”
As soon as I saw this title on NetGalley I had what I’d like to call a “♪♫♫♪ I want something just like this ♪♫♫♪” moment . . . .
When I saw the author was Daryl Gregory, who I’ve had pretty decent lu...
July 27, 2017
A very fun listen about a telekinetic family. I enjoyed the subtle changes in inflection when the narrator voiced the different character's chapters, and loved the jobs of these telekinetic people, from spy to card shark.
(Received an early copy of the audio from the publisher.)
August 14, 2017
I had never heard of Daryl Gregory before reading this book, but having read Spoonbenders, I definitely plan to explore more of his work. This was a fabulous, tightly plotted and heart-warming story about the Telemachus family.
Do they have psychic abilities? Are they frauds and conmen? Remote vie...