Readers have written me to ask questions about the book. Here
are some of those questions and their answers. Although I still answer reader mail about this book,
I no longer add questions and answers to this page because I wrote this book over five years ago, and
I no longer trust my memory about its details.
WARNING: If you have
not read the book, please DO NOT
read this page. The questions won't interest you, and
they will ruin some of the book's best surprises.
WHY IS MARTIN HELPING HIS FATHER IN THIS
BOOK? I THOUGHT HE HATED HIM.
Martin is pretty sure he hates Dad too. He hasn't gone back
to the suburb to rescue Dad. He went home to rescue Mom. Dad just
wound up tagging along, and there doesn't seem to be much
Martin can do about it.
DO WE GET TO VISIT A GAME SHOW?
We do indirectly (and you'll see how that works out), but
Martin himself doesn't wind up on a show. I originally wrote
a chapter in which he did end up on a show, but ultimately I decided
that he had somewhere else to be. Now we just get a glimpse of it,
but it's a very sobering glimpse—probably more sobering
than the entire chapter had been before.
I WANT TO
KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO BUG.
So does Martin.
ANOTHER BOOK WHERE THE DOG DIES IN THE END? BECAUSE IF IT IS, I
DON'T WANT TO READ IT!
I know just how you feel. All I can say is that you'll have to trust me.