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This is the first book I have read by Katie Lynn Daniels and was impressed with the humour she injects in to the story despite it managing to still have that darkness to the actual plot. The characters throughout fit the story well and the author has thankfully ensured that she has not tried to take the super-villain side of the story too seriously by making them stereotypical in many ways. The story in this book flows well and there are enough twists and turns to keep things interesting.
This is the first in the series and I will be reading the rest as this kept me entertained throughout. A clever and well written piece that does not take itself too seriously which makes for a good read.
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It probably doesn't help that I have never been "into" superheroes in the first place; I have no objections to the subgenre, and have in fact greatly enjoyed a couple of fan-fiction stories in superhero fandoms---by authors I know from their work in the fandoms I _do_ read. But I don't find the genre as such to be a strong attraction.that "this is a humorous book about superheroes!" would incline me to like a book.
And I'm also not a TV watcher. i can enjoy short, episodic stories---most fan fiction is posted at a rate of a chapter a week at best, for example---but I prefer "weightier" fare, and if the first episode is fairly enjoyable, maybe "fun," but nothing more, I'm not inclined to keep reading, even if its ardent fans say it gets better later. (And in this case they do.)
In short, this is the first episode of an indefinitely-running humorous superhero serial with a premise that can reasonably be described as "charming." And it's more than competently written. But if I want something with all of this work's good points, I can find (because I know where to look) a fan-fic that's as good and that is actually moving toward a real and substantive resolution.
Thus begins the madcap adventure that is Supervillain of the Day. Jeffry Lewis Floyd, our nanotech-enhanced alien protagonist (and also an annoying journalist), has been sent to Earth to deal with the recent supervillain outbreak. And by `deal' with it, we mean `kill supervillains with impunity'.
This is a world without superheroes, where superpowers invariably come with insanity and megalomania. But Floyd, as an un-super hero, does his job well. The characters are well-written and believable (or, in the case of supervillains, unbelievable), though they seem a bit shallow. This is due to the design of this series, though; six or so short books are released per year, as opposed to one long book every two years or so. Each year is one `Season', with character development roughly equivalent to one season of a TV show (though better handled).
I personally didn't have many gripes with this book; it's a fast-paced easy read, offering only hints of the moral and psychological dilemmas our characters will be facing later on. More typos than I'd like, but those should be fixed in the new edition due out next year.
It took me a little to figure out what exactly I didn't like about this story. Now that I've thought about it, I think there are three: the infodumping, the lack of conflict, and the Stu-ness of the protagonist.
WARNING FOR SPOILERS
My problems with it: the infodumping. We are told that there is a worldwide epidemic of supervillains. Keyword, told. I don't know if this was the author's intention or not, but for a while it seems like there actually are no villains at all, it's just a joke of some kind... and when one does show up, we're given a biography and character sketch, which is especially bad because it is totally unnecessary information and completely breaks the action. Or rather, the action that probably wouldn't have happened anyway, because Floyd gets out of most of his problems by talking.
No, seriously. About one third of the book is him trying to convince a police inspector to give him information he needs. The officer keeps acting like he isn't going to help, then turns around and gives him one day to find *something*, or else. Every character acts like this, bending to Floyd's questions even when all logic dictates that they shouldn't. While Floyd is a relatively nice person by any definition, I couldn't stand him.
And finally: the solution to the plot-driving mystery, if it was supposed to be a mystery, comes pretty much out of nowhere. The ending, to me, was extremely unsatisfactory as well.
Now, you are probably wondering why I'm giving this book three stars if I disliked it that much. This is because the writing seems to have improved by the next books in the series. This book seems like it's only here to get some things straight before the actual story begins, and I guess it's successful in doing that.
The main character is... different. To be honest, I never really got into him. He's got a few quirks that just turned me off enough that I ended up rather bored. It was an interesting idea that spawned him, but I just couldn't end up liking him.
Good first book and I'll definitely be watching for more from Katie.
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