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- Print Length: 358 pages
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- Publisher: Stormwolf.com; First edition (8 Nov. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004BDOU0I
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #652,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What he presents here is a fresh take on the Superhero genre, that is equally comfortable and refreshing, with an array of characters who comics-savvy readers will immediately feel at home with. Our main character, whose real name we never learn, returns to his home city after years away and immediately gets caught up in a superhero scene very unlike the one he left behind. Here, the heroes are as much commodity as protector, striving for recognition and the subject of a fantasy-footballesque game. The system seems to work in favour of the new heroes, some of the higher profile older heroes, the citizens and, of course, construction companies. The system is fragile however, and our hero clearly isn't the only one who realises this.
The story moves along at a reasonable pace and neither feels rushed or overlong, although the ending perhaps could have done with a little more meat on the bones (and I was probably far more interested in the impact of the conclusion on the society and our hero, rather than the battle itself).
I've read a few superhero based novels over the years, some I never finished, a few I did and a rare couple I actually enjoyed. As an original work though, this climbs to the top of that (admittedly sparse) tree. It is hard to do superheroes in prose, but Stackpole has hit on a winning formula that is both entertaining to read and thoughtful, with some effective mirrors held up to our own society.Read more ›
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But it's also full of obvious copyediting errors. In addition to at least a dozen little words missing ("the", "he", etc), at one point I was taken completely out of the story in the middle of the climactic battle by saying "Wait, who is Jimmy?" Further confused reading finally indicated he was the brother of an earlier character, which is fine and dandy except that when the brother is introduced, his name is Andrew. But that's nothing compared to the confusion of Mr. Chase and Mr. Haste, both of whom are important characters in the narrative, which makes it extra confusing when Mr. Haste is referred to as "Mr. Chase".
The errors are enough to break the flow of the story, and are the sort of thing one expects to see from a first-time self-publishing author who thinks they can go it alone, not from a seasoned veteran like Stackpole who should understand the value of editors.
Without giving away too much I can certainly say this is a great novel for anyone who has liked novels such as Ex-Heroes, Top 10, or League of Extraordinary Gentleman. It lends itself to being addictive to fans of the genre, and I certainly hope there will be a sequel.
All in all, the book was excellent. The (for lack of a better word) dystopian super hero future was well executed. The aging super hero theme was both fun and added enough flavor to the story to really draw me in.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's not cheesy, and (at least to me) reads more like a detective novel with strong overtones a man forced to learn how to pick up the ashes of their life after it's been rent away from them, with a patina of the super over the top than anything.
This novel follows a Batman like hero name Coyote who returns to his city after twenty years to find things very different. He returns to a world where superheroes and villains are commercialized and their battles are ritualized to the extreme. It's a world that coyote is not equipped to deal with and that provides the meat of the story.
This book does a nice job of hitting the necessary comic book\superhero tropes. Most of the characters are ersatz versions of established superhero characters like Batman (Nighthaunt) and Superman (Graviton). This allows us to know these character without having to devote time to establishing them. Normally, I would not enjoy such a tactic, but this book would be three times longer if Stackpole had to take the time to establish all of these supporting players. By basing them on characters we know, we can get right to the story.
The story itself moves along quickly. It was interesting enough that I read through the entire work in one sitting. (I'm the type of reader who juggles multiple books at once, so this is a point in Stackpole's favor.) I would recommend this work highly to anyone who enjoyed Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel or Nobody Gets the Girl
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