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All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault: A Novel Kindle Edition
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|Length: 377 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"A very smart, funny, thrilling, and quite original science fictional treatment of magic by a master of both, featuring an irresistibly appealing heroine. " --Spider Robinson
"James Alan Gardner is a genius. He always knocks my socks off with his inventive use of language, wild imagination, and engaging storytelling, and this novel is his best yet. You'll love it--it's an absolute joy, managing to be funny, moving, and exciting all at once."--Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
"Read this! It's brilliant, fast-moving FUN. The writing just POPS. A witty, wild ride."-- Ed Greenwood, New York Times bestselling author--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B01N36Z54X
- Publisher : Tor Books (7 November 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 5733 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 377 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 473,143 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Firstly, the good stuff: The central conceit of pitting superheroes vs "darklings" (vampires, demons, werewolves) vs supervillains is entertaining and well executed. It's snappily written, genre-savvy, and the central character is well drawn. I imagine the other superhero characters will get fleshed out in subsequent books.
And then, the less good stuff, alas: My main issue with the book is that it thrusts it's politics in your face, and will quite happily repeat itself every few pages if it thinks you missed the witty satire on capitalism the first time round. I imagine if Jeremy Corbyn had ever wanted to write a comic book about evil vampire bankers, it might read something like this. Whilst I guess this will count as a recommendation for some, personally, I find that it distracted from the plot, and more importantly it means the bad guys are often just poorly characterised strawmen.
The pacing feels off, particularly in the middle third. And finally, the price is high. I feel a bit bad marking the book down for this, as it's not exactly something I didn't know going in. But given Gardner hasn't written anything for years, and I would like him to write more, I bought it. Sadly, I probably won't buy his next - unless it's half the price, of course.
Cracking stuff, worth every penny!