Thoughts on A World in Edgewise

In my experience, Magic Realism and Surrealism are often better in concept than in execution. Most of the attempts I’ve seen sacrifice the grounded characterization of relatable characters in an effort to be off-key and weird, winding up with stories that are intellectually intriguing but emotionally flat. Such is not the case with A World in Edgewise by Jack Preston King.

For me, King’s best talents lie precisely in characterization and, particularly, in dialogue (a critical component of characterization). In that way (and some others), he reminds me of Philip K. Dick. Ol’…