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Ex-Heroes: 1 Paperback – 10 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (10 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934861286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,130,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zombies are awesome. Superheroes are awesome. Mash them together and you’ve got awesomeness squared" (SFX)

"Zombies and superheroes are two great tastes that have never quite gone well together... until now." (Mira Grant, author of Feed.)

"I loved this pop culture-infused tale of shamed superheroes struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse in the ruins of Hollywood. It's The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side." (Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One)

"Creative zombie story, with in-depth characters, and filled with humor, action, and gruesome fight scenes, Ex-Heroes is a novel that will take you on wild and heart-warming ride." (Jules Sherred Wired.com) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A spectacular, genre-mashing adventure series of superheroes vs. zombies. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2011
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As the zombie genre spreads exponentially into the literature community, infusing other sub-genres with the new varieties of undead or living infected, so do the point-of-views in the storylines. In the past few years, POVs include stories told by soldiers, the zombies themselves, and even the Grim Reaper. Ex-Heroes, written by Peter Clines, further mutates the genre with a zombie apocalypse tale told through the eyes of super-heroes.

Readers find out right away that in this world, zombies are known as "exes," as in ex-living. The exes also include super-hero zombies, making self-defense even more complicated. Throw in a gang called The Seventeens - basically the "bad guy" survivors, and Clines has an apocalyptic drama that unites geeks from the comic & horror fan bases.

The storyline is broken up in segments marked "Then," and "Now." "Then" chapters are flashbacks that include how the heroes came to possess their special abilities, as well as the initial virus outbreak, and the downfall of society. "Now" chapters update us on the remaining survivors, struggling to exist in a converted Hollywood movie studio lot.

"People could say a lot of negative things about the apocalypse, but there was no arguing the air quality in Los Angeles had really improved."

Clines pours an incredible amount of detail into the dialogues, character thoughts, and setting descriptions, and yet maintains a fast-pace that flows smoothly between the time changes from beginning to end...graphic, horrifying...need I say more?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Orchard on 24 Feb. 2012
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If you like zombies, you'll like this book. If you like super heroes, you'll like this book. If you like tightly plotted, thrill a minute, plot twisting action with varied and insightful characters - maybe not so much. Super heroes are a mainly visual phenomenon and although the author handles the transition from pictures to the written word with some skill, the characters are pretty standard fare. The action revolves around one zonbie battle after another which ultimately gets boring. The actual look of the book with its numerous typos doesn't help and the plot just meanders along with no satisfying conclusion. A good attempt but not a classic.
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By Jim Noy on 27 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
The public appetite for zombies seems matched only by the esurience of the shambling undead themselves, so you can’t fault Peter Clines for floating zombies versus superheroes as an idea. Picture little devils/angels on my shoulders alternately convincing me it’ll be great/it’ll be awful before I dived in and discovered that, while it’s not as good as I’d like, it’s probably better than anyone could reasonably expect.

Characterisation doesn’t really feature too strongly – the ones you need to keep track of have superpowers and names like Stealth and Gorgon, while poor old Kate from the first page doesn’t get another look in (or, if she does and I missed her, it doesn’t really matter) – and the plot structure isn’t likely to inspire a creative writing masterclass any time soon, but then what do you expect? In full fairness, I’m choosing to interpret a meta-criticism of Clines’ in the fact that there’s a character he actually calls Richard-Something, and he has a lovely sort-of origin explanation for his apocalypse that brings his threads together in a way that honestly actually (kind of ) works. He has thought this through, and deserves credit for doing so.

Too much time spent in the past exploring the emergence of the supers and their powers curbs the amount of actual plot in the “Now” chapters – limited to some sort of ill-realised vendetta – which stops him developing things beyond mere homage into the sort of Romero Redux you want it to be. Nevertheless, there are sequels in which Clines may yet expropriate the title of Zombie-Themed Nonsense King from everyone else squabbling over it, and I’m willing to give him the chance (especially in light of the Bill &Ted reference).
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I suppose that all books out there have their good and bad points. I'd say Ex-Heroes averages out between 3.5 and 4 stars. Concepts are solid, superheroes are pretty neat, twists and turns are engaging and the plot is pretty tight. These are good points and what brings about a positive review! So please do not misread my intent!

However if you can survive these niggles then you can get through it - and probably enjoy it!

At times I find that Mr Clines has not always thought through the fight sequences before splurging onto the page. They have a tendency to be so short and dramatically concise that the reader (or perhaps just this reader) could miss the point; that something as simple as '...he didn't even notice that...' - or to that effect - meant merely that *there is something more to this and I'll get to it* or could suggest *there is explicit detail - youshouldknowwhatImean!*. Reread a few times? No? Oh... O.K.

And more annoyingly some of the characters are left as silhouettes of a person, a blank slate that has a name and talks. Even some exes get more physical description before they are piked in the brain. It feels a little like sitting in an all white room with some bits and bobs and these are the only important things in the world, don't think about the rest - they'll probably die.

There is also a pop-culture reference round every bend. This by contrast is not so annoying, I quite enjoyed the humour. However to be ignorant to the subject matter/people/place could be a little bit alienating to a reader.

Bringing it back, I enjoyed it. It's is easy to read and pretty cool as far as a mash-up of genres goes.
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