Lucky Wander Boy

Lucky Wander Boy is the 2003 debut novel by D. B. Weiss. The book's official website describes the work as: "A novel of video game addiction, Hollywood serfdom, ill-fated romance and extremely misguided notions about Japan, Lucky Wander Boy marks the debut of an original new voice that will captivate wanderers of every description."[1]

Lucky Wander Boy
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First edition cover
AuthorD.B. Weiss
CountryUnited States
Publication date
February 2003
Media typePrint (Paperback)
ISBN0-452-28394-9 (first edition, paperback)
813/.6 21
LC ClassPS3623.E455 L83 2003

Plot introductionEdit

The story involves Adam Pennyman and his obsession with and attempts to catalog video games into a book called "The Catalogue of Obsolete Entertainments". He is particularly obsessed with the fictional Japanese arcade game Lucky Wander Boy.

While the Lucky Wander Boy game is fictional, many actual classic arcade and home video games are mentioned in the book.

ReceptionEdit's Andrew Leonard referred to Lucky Wander Boy as "smart and engaging" and complimented the novel's ironic humor and intricate structure.[2]

Kirkus Reviews, however, considered it a "postmodern yawn" which would appeal only to "Trekkies and Donkey Kong fanatics".[3]


  1. ^ Lucky Wander Boy
  2. ^ "Would Hegel have played "Pac-Man"?". 27 May 2003.
  3. ^ Lucky Wander Boy reviewed at Kirkus Reviews; published March 1, 2003; retrieved November 25, 2020