If a book has received more ink or been more anticipated in recent times I canвЂ™t recall it. So much has already been written about THE PALE KING that it seems arbitrary and irrelevant to add to the chatter. A quick Google search–вЂќthe pale kingвЂќ–reports over 29 million hits. Twenty-nine million! A similar search of WAR AND PEACE, less than six million. It is, sadly, a fact that the David Foster Wallace industry is cranking along to a tune the author never realized. Indeed, his untimely demise has fed the engine of that industry in a way no living author can expect to enjoy. If for no other reason but my cynicism regarding exploitative posthumous money making I wanted to dislike this book. That was not the case. I did not dislike it. To the contrary, I liked it very much. But not without reservation.