Spoonbenders Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates In need of cash he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and

  • Title: Spoonbenders
  • Author: Daryl Gregory
  • ISBN: 9781524731823
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind MaureenTeddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country Irene is a human lie detector Frankie can move objects with his mind And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship Frankie s in serious debt to his dad s old mob associates Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there s any magic left in the Telemachus clan And there is Irene s son Matty has just had his first out of body experience But he hasn t told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves if it doesn t tear them apart in the process.Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh out loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

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    1. Daryl Gregory

      Award winning author of Spoonbenders, We Are All Completely Fine, Afterparty, Pandemonium, and others Some of his short fiction has been collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.He s won the World Fantasy Award, as well as the Shirley Jackson, Crawford, Asimov Readers, and Geffen awards, and his work has been short listed for many other awards, including the Nebula His books have been translated in over a dozen languages, and have been named to best of the year lists from NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal He is also the writer of Flatline an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games, and comics such as Planet of the Apes.Daryl lives in Oakland, California.

    916 thoughts on “Spoonbenders”

    1. 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 points that buffet them is both hilarious and touching. Spoonbenders is set mostly in 1995, but there are multiple flashbacks as well as points of view, and several twists and surprises along the way. So [...]


    2. 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 telekinesis, such as bending spoons with their minds. I had forgotten all about these stage/magic shows until I saw the title of this book and I knew I had to read it. This story is centered around ‘Th [...]


    3. 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 cookie, fresh from the package. mmm, preservatives.Such was my experience reading Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory. I really enjoy Gregory's work--three of his books are five-star reads for me--but this miss [...]


    4. 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 so awfully clever and I had such a blast trying to figure things out ahead. I enjoyed this so much while at the same time wanting to whack some characters on their heads. The Amazing Telemachus' are a fam [...]


    5. 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 wife, is the real genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. Teddy, well, he seems to be a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand. Their three kids grow up troubled, gifted as well Irene is a huma [...]


    6. 4.25 starsOften 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 the others. They're so much fun (and frustrating) to follow and Gregory gives each of them a unique, believable voice. Teddy, Irene, Frankie, Buddy, and Matty, as well as deceased matriarch, Maureen, a lo [...]


    7. 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 patiently for those staggering observations, gut punches and deep character studies to emerge.They never did. This is one of the “safest” books I've ever read. If it were a man, I'd say he was a eunuch. [...]


    8. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/4.5 Stars“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 luck with a couple of times in the past, my decision to click the request button was solidified.Spoonbenders is about exactly what the title would lead you to believe – maybe . . . . “That was jus [...]


    9. 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.)


    10. 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 viewing? Moving objects? Lie detectors? Seeing the future? How can the family pull together to change their fate and fortune?Recommended.Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. [...]


    11. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/07/03/What do you get when you mix clairvoyance and psychokinesis with Cold War secret agents, the Chicago mob, shady con artists, and a dysfunctional family undergoing a crisis of zany proportions? You get Spoonbenders, a wildly original, humorous, and unexpectedly heartwarming tale of paranormal drama. This book had everything in it—and I do mean EVERYTHING—but I’ve seen Daryl Gregory pull off some pretty amazing things with an even [...]


    12. This should be right up the alley of all you folks who like epic family stories. You know, the whole generational thing with patriarchs (who happen to be expert con-men), children with special (albeit mild) psychical abilities, (read NOT X-MEN), and the difficulties of living in Chicago between the sixties and mid-nineties. Mind you, we're dealing with mostly realistic stuff here. Tons of it is illusion tricks but this family is special, anyway, between truth-sensing, clairvoyance, and a minor t [...]


    13. Not enough bending, of spoons or expectations or my mind. I'm not finishing, but the first half seems a pretty pedestrian "family with secrets and issues" realistic novel.My reading history with DG:1st Gregory = Pandaemonium: Wow, that was excellent, why did I wait so long to try this author?2nd Gregory = Harrison Squared: Disappointingly not-great compared with Pandaemonium, but fine, I enjoyed it.(some short stories I don't remember, I'm not a short story person, but they were fine.)3rd = Spoo [...]


    14. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A fun, novel idea, propped up by some fantastic characters.When I read the description of this book, I thought 'what's not to like'? A family with psychic abilities, a run-in with the mob, the usual lies, deception and angsty relationships? Yeah, I can get behind all that!For the most part, I wasn't disappointed. The book follows the Telemachus family, three generations of them, to be precise - the dapper con-man Ted [...]


    15. 2.5 (it was okay) for me but I'll bump it up to a 3 because I'm such a sweetheart (said no one ever).This is the story of a once famous family who were shamed when their patriarch screws up on national tv and exposes himself for a fraud. Except they’re not all frauds but try telling that to anyone after the public shaming. Now they have to eek out a living like the rest of us schulbs. I think I’m one of the few people who did not find this book exciting, humorous and a rip-roaring good time. [...]


    16. Loved loved LOVED this. Going to be one of my books of the year. Quirky, ironic, madly engaging characters and beautifully written and plotted. Full of magically wonderful surprises.Full review later this month (and a little interview with the author) as part of the tour. (Also sticking two fingers up to book snobs who think genre fiction can't be "Literary")UPDATE:Spoonbenders is a miraculously readable speculative family drama featuring the Amazing Telemachus family – who are all actually am [...]


    17. 4.5 stars. What's to say? I loved this book. The book has a slow start, but once I had met all the members of the Telemachus family, I was totally invested in the story and loved the dialogue and the plot. This book of psychics and (maybe?) failed con artists was a lot of fun, with convoluted, and at times ridiculous, plots hatched by the Telemachus men, and employment and relationship struggles experienced by the sole remaining female member of the family, Irene. The book moves back and forth i [...]


    18. Once upon a time, the Telemachuses were famous. With a telekinetic, a psychic, and a human lie detector in the family, they were a wonder to citizens and secret agents everywhere. But twenty years later, the family is disgraced and in shambles, trying desperately to make ends meet. A visit from an old friend at the CIA checking to see if they have any remaining powers seems to be a waste of time, but what the family doesn’t know is that one of the children has just discovered he has the abilit [...]


    19. This book is wacky but with a heart of gold. The Telemachus family once demonstrated their supernatural powers onstage for adoring fans, but the matriarch died young, the three kids are all grown, and no one in the family has found the success those glittery early years promised. Now Frankie is in debt up to his eyeballs, Irene and her teenage son have moved in with her dad, and Uncle Buddy is functionally mute. When one of the newest generation of Telemachuses starts showing signs of latent tal [...]


    20. My first read of 2018 gets a five star rating.  BOOM.  How awesome is that?!  My book club picked this novel for our January theme of magical realism (a genre which I’m finding I enjoy more and more) and I absolutely loved it.I thought the characters in this story were so well constructed, they were each loveably flawed, quirky, and so fun to watch develop as the storyline progressed.  I felt like the plot was perfectly paced – it kept me completely engrossed and I had no idea what would [...]


    21. Ahoy there me mateys! This was the absolute perfect read for the last book of 2017. I was first introduced to this author with his book afterparty. That book was a sci-fi dealing with illicit drug use which I found to be fun, thought-provoking, and twisty. Those same adjectives could also be used to describe this one. This book kinda reminded me of a prayer for owen meany, only a lot less sad.This book follows the Telemachus family who have paranormal abilities. The family is zany and endearing. [...]


    22. 6.5/10A unique novel and not similar to anything I’ve read before, I was looking forward to this for a while and the concept of the plot was intriguing to say the least. However, I found the idea better than the execution and was never able to fully absorb myself into it. This could partly be blamed down to me and how tired I’ve been of late (parenthood!) or in part to do with how little I was invested in the story.The narrative switches not only perspectives but times. There are a number of [...]


    23. Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by DeclanThere is something about superhero stories that capture the imagination. When written well, the genre can examine the human condition in as many different ways as there are possible superpowers.This is exactly what makes ‘Spoonbenders’ so provocative in its dissection of humanity and family. It could have easily gone down the predictable, dull path of world-ending stakes and super villains – and indeed, the potential for this is freq [...]


    24. *thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a (clearly) honest and unbiased review*This book was very strange -which i was expecting! I mean com on! We are talking about a family that apparently is able to perform magic. So clearly it was going to be strange. But it was too strange for me if that makes any sense. I hated the opening scene of this book. Which is not a good way to start a book for me! I do always have a hard t [...]



    25. 5 Stars Spoonbenders by Darryl Gregory is a fabulous read by one of my favorite authors today. This is a great showcase for the writing style and creativity of Darryl Gregory for readers that are new to him. A very enjoyable summer read.Spoonbenders is a story about family, love, and redemption. It uses the supernatural to explore every day themes. Gregory gives us all points of view in alternating chapters including back stories and world building. The threads and plot come together perfectly i [...]


    26. This book has everything! The Amazing Telemachus family with its Greek (maybe) heritage-- all of whom have unique and special powers. There is teenage angst and lust with out of body soaring. There are lovely, lonely women, deceived (or not) by power and flashy men. There is a time traveler who remembers the future. There is a former pin ball wizard who crosses the mob. Add the most dapper Grandpa Teddy and his affiliation with the US government involving the study and use of psychic powers in w [...]


    27. Wasn't bad at all but I struggled to get into it. It had a lot of funny moments and the family dynamic is interesting but it just wasn't for me. I believe a lot of people will really enjoy this book though!


    28. There just aren't a lot of authors who consistently put out books with an unusual yet accessible premise, fluid, thoughtful prose, and storylines that stray from the usual genre formulas while still being compelling from first page to last. Spoonbenders is hard to categorize, sitting as it does somewhere between contemporary fantasy, family drama, and a sort of mystery in which we're trying to figure out what one of the characters has been doing for years while his family just assumes he's kind [...]


    29. Welp, look who wasn't able to stick to her "one review a day" schedule!Let's do some classic Pros and Cons for this one!PROS:*I adore stories about people with special powers. I love 'em. I've always dreamt of having powers of my own (telekinesis and telepathy, in particular) since I was little, thus I will read a book with such a subject matter ASAP (and many times, that leads to disappointments) So it was only natural that I scrambled to read this as fast as I could when it came out.*I like Da [...]


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