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Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain [Hardcover]

A. Lee Martinez
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5 April 2012

Who says supervillians can't retire?

EMPEROR MOLLUSK has done it all. Sometimes twice. He's destroyed Saturn (well fine, not all of it---but 2/3rds!), created giant monsters, and until recently he was the Emperor of Earth. Yes, he still has the titles and the people are always looking to him for salvation when the aliens attack, but really, he keeps telling everyone he's retired. He's got better things to do...

Like feed his pet ultrapede, Woola.

Or buy groceries.

But now, he's been marked by a legendary death cult for reasons unknown. And, honestly, feeding an ultrapede wasn't really utilizing his enormous intellect to its fullest potential. Emperor Mollusk is a supervillain, but when danger threatens, he will have to use all of his wiles, his feared intellect and superior technology to save Earth from the invasion of... THE SINISTER BRAIN!

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit US; 1 edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316093521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316093521
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,224,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain is a funny and enjoyable read. It reminded me of a Sunday morning cartoon in many ways. The structure is quite episodic, with a over arching plot. All in all I enjoyed the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genial mayhem 10 April 2012
Emperor Mollusc is a warlord and war criminal, wanted throughout the solar system for his unspeakable doings. Throughout the solar system, that is, except for Earth, where he is ex-planetary overlord and just trying to enjoy a quiet retirement. Fat chance of that when the Venusians come calling. Oddly, though, they don't want to kill him, just to keep him safe so that he can (eventually) face justice.

In the meantime, Mollusc has to negotiate a roller coaster of an adventure as he crosses tentacles with the eponymous Brain, which leads him from peril to greater peril. But what does the Brain want, and how does it know Mollusc so well?

Martinez creates a breathtaking (and hilarious) alternate universe where every planet is populated (and most of the residents despise Mollusc) and Earth teems with strange cultures which include Atlantis, a desert kingdom ruled by a deathless queen and a strange, sub-Antarctic world. The pace never lets up, and for the most part the book is great fun - perhaps reminiscent of "Doctor Who" at its most zany. A nice SF themed counterpart to Chasing The Moon wbhich did similar things with horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly innovative 3 Jun 2012
By Dave in Missouri - Published on Amazon.com
These days most fantasy is one more dreary, endless (seriously, some of these books weigh 5 pounds) sword and sorcery novel or a seemingly endless series of vampire, werewolf, or demon novels, all pretty much the same.

A. Lee Martinez fits no category.
His fantasy is wildly innovative, with no two of his books even remotely like any other.
While most other fantasy books have interchangeable heroes with a sword, Martinez's heroes are a wild mix of a mercenary who can't seem to stay dead, a seven foot tall robot private gumshoe, a witch with a family but no name , a pair of vampire and a werewolf good ol' boys traveling the Southwest, some people looking for a little help from less than what you'd expect gods, a woman who rents an apartment in a world that doesn't seem to make much sense, an exterminator who doesn't do the normal rodents and bugs and has a demon girlfriend, and a kobold housekeeper with a lot of common sense.

Martinez is simply in a category all his own and is the most innovative fantasy writer of the time. One thing is guaranteed, he always surprises you and never bores you, and you'll never meet the same character or the same story twice in his books.
To top it off, you get a good dash of humor missing from most fantasy work.
Mixed in with strange stories and the humor, you get asked some serious questions about friendship, family, and humanity.
This wild mix is something you don't exactly expect from an author from El Paso.

In this outing, we meet a retired Mollusk Super Villain who's conquered Earth but is now retired from the grind of defending his realm from various greedy invaders and saving Earth from catastrophic events, 74% of which he's caused.
When a new Super Villain challenges his happy retirement Emperor Mollusk comes out of retirement to crush the upstart....sort of.
Accompanied by a female Venusian soldier trying to arrest him for his many crimes and his playful bodyguard monster centipede, Mollusk battles from jungles filled with prehistoric creatures to lunch in Paris followed by the theft of the Eiffel Tower.

When you get tired of the same ol' sword and demon novels, try something really different, try one of Martinez's weird and funny worlds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his previous work 31 Mar 2012
By reviewerbruce - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading several other of Martinez's work, I have become a fan. I am sorry to say this book did not live up to my expectations. Another reviewer said this was something like a video game with nine or so set pieces implying the book was formulaic. That reviewer was willing to overlook this flaw because they thought the pieces were cerebral and funny. After the first episode, I thought they became predictable and tedious, something I have never thought while reading other works by Martinez. Part of the problem was I never feared for the protangonist's life nor for those of his trusty sidekicks. You know he is going to win no matter how dire the situation. The beginning, middle, and end of each encounter became predictable and no amount of scientific double talks rom the Emperor or his deadly foes could make them suspenseful. Some of the episodes ended so abruptly(with the Emperor winning, of course) that I actually thought I had missed reading some pages. Having said all of that, if you are looking for some light reading, where you want to suspend all connections to reality, this book fits that purpose; just be sure to read some of the author's earlier works to appreciate what a magical writer he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever. 10 May 2012
By James E. Mchie Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
The chapter where the, uh, protagonist and his, um, companion visit the Lunar assassin is one of my all-time favorite book chapters of any genre. The various actual and potential antagonists, a list which includes the protagonist (not giving anything away as you'll read in the first chapter), provide excellent variety and keep things moving along at a cleverly brisk pace so you don't feel bogged down.

Reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams. A really excellent and clever read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this one first. 12 Jun 2012
By C. Bassett - Published on Amazon.com
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Big fan of Martinez here. But I gotta say, this is clearly not his best work. Mollusk and his cohorts are very likeable characters and I'd love to see Mollusk in another story, but the plot in this story is jumpy, disjointed, and the Big Plot Explanation (a Martinez standard) at the end is overly complicated and confusing (if not downright incoherent). Hate to say it, but there it is. STILL, if you're a fan of Martinez' work, you have to read it. The repartee between Mollusk and Zala is, by itself, worth the price of admission, and one can only wonder what their baby would look like. E[...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain 16 April 2012
By Mike Rankin - Published on Amazon.com
Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain
By A. Lee Martinez

Emperor Mollusk is an egotistical, megalomaniacal, manipulative criminal that does not back down from a challenge, and will not walk away from any threat. Not from a science menace, not from a distant planet terror, and not from some unknown mystic scourge. It's these flaws that cause him to make every mistake he has made, yet it's these cracks in his armor that makes him so lovable. It seems he saves worlds as often as he endangers them. Did I mention that Emperor Mollusk is an undersized squid like creature from the planet Neptune that transports itself inside exoskeletons?
Along with a female reptilian warrior from Venus named Zala, and an adorable pet ultrapede with powerful mandibles called Snarg, Emperor Mollusk commences on a comical action packed adventure that takes the trio from planet, to planet, to the likes of Dinosaur Island. Perils are many including a showdown with the Emperors nemesis The Sinister Brain. A foe who might very well be one too many steps ahead to finally conquer Emperor Mollusk for the final time.
A. Lee Martinez has achieved the status of Douglas Adams, and Christopher Moore with his latest accomplishment. Armed with quick witted humor and non stop imagination, as well as combining Science Fiction, Horror, and Comedy all into one, Martinez has become the finest story teller this side of Uranus.
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