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Enormity is the strange tale of an American working in Korea, a lonely young man named Manny Lopes, who is not only physically small (in his own words, he's a “Creole shrimp”), but his work, his failed marriage, his race, all conspire to make him feel puny and insignificant-the proverbial ninety-eight-pound weakling.

Then one day an accident happens, a quantum explosion, an
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Paperback, 267 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published February 1st 2012)
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j
Jun 13, 2012 j rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Rich Rosell
So, you might think from the awesome cover and enticing blurb that this book is going to be a quirky riff on Japanese daikaiju movies, or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in reverse, plus Kill Bill: sad-sack government contractor Manny Lopes is working in Korea when he accidentally runs afoul of a brainwashed, movie-obsessed North Korean assassin in cute leggings and the two of them are somehow increased in size a thousand times (don't ask me; it involves dark matter).

But instead of the fun book I was e
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

This technothriller by W.G. Marshall posits a well-worn idea at its core (a freak accident turns a couple of people into six-thousand-foot-high giants, at which point all hell breaks loose), but easily elevates itself above most other stories of this kind by taking an ultra-realistic and scientifically acc
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Nick Cato
Dec 28, 2011 Nick Cato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Contains semi-spoilers)

Manny Lopes is an American working in Korea, is sort-of married and is sort-of having an affair with a co-worker. One day an accidental (or is it?) quantum explosion occurs, turning Manny into the size of a mountain...one of the BIGGEST characters ever to appear in a novel.

While Korea is dealing with him (every step he takes causes tsunamis and destroys entire towns), a second giant is spotted near Japan. It turns out she's a North Korean assassin named Yoon-sook, who wor
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Celine
Dec 18, 2011 Celine rated it really liked it
An interesting addition to the science-fiction genre, Enormity tells us of something made of nightmares. What would happen to our world when through some kind of quantum disaster, a completely normal person would blow up to the size of a mountain?

The answer to that is quite simple. Massive destruction of apocalyptic proportions. Every footstep will cause a tsunami. A sigh turns into a whirlwind. And not to mention satisfying a giant's hunger...

What I liked about Enormity are the epic proportions
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Lauren Smith
Nov 15, 2012 Lauren Smith rated it really liked it
What a great book.

Many Lopes is a lonely, miserable American working a government job in Korea. He hasn’t seen his wife in two years, and she finally gives up on their long-distance relationship and leaves him. Manny chose to work in Korea partly to experience another culture, but as a dark-skinned American he tends to be treated as either a celebrity or a freak by the locals, who are fascinated (and sometimes disgusted) by black people. To add to the list of things that make Manny feel like cra
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Jason Bradley Thompson
Apr 20, 2012 Jason Bradley Thompson rated it it was amazing
Although the back cover text makes it sound like a self-aware satire, the best thing about ENORMITY is that it's actually a fairly serious science-fiction disaster novel about a ridiculous (but apocalyptic) situation. The book mostly plays it straight with the idea of two people -- a schmoe-y military man and a North Korean assassin -- transformed into mile-high giants by an experimental Dark Matter weapon. (They're also toughened up at the atomic level, so as to simply be able to support their ...more
Walter Greatshell
ENORMITY should come with a warning: THIS IS NOT A TOY. The book is an action spectacle, but is also an over-the-top parody of action spectacles - and it runs roughshod over whatever G-rated notions of propriety one may be expecting from such a cartoonish concept. Some readers may be squeamish about this; to them I suggest a quick reread of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, another hilariously graphic critique of the human condition.
David Marshall
Feb 20, 2012 David Marshall rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful example of what happens when an author allows his imagination to run riot. This is not just weird. It's so far off the weirdometer readings as to be delightful insane. I loved every minute of it and unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in science fiction or fantasy.

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Cindy Engelhardt
Fasten your seatbelts. This is one wild ride of a book! Just finished reading it and can't wait for more from W.G. Marshall!
Michael Allan Leonard
Mar 31, 2016 Michael Allan Leonard rated it it was amazing
I truly appreciate off-the-wall concepts, but the problem usually lies in the execution: a weird idea often ends up generating an unsatisfyingly pretentiously head-scratching 'literary' work. That isn't the case here. Loved this book, it's a kaiju film gone mad, equal parts satire and black comedy and yet with some seriously cool ideas and well-executed action sequences. Perfect blend of elements into a very readable, fast-paced b-movie SF romp.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
This was a solid three out of five stars for most of the novel, all its weirdness, grossness and undeveloped characters included. However, that lamely executed and vastly unclear ending kinda killed any happy feelings I had for Enormity. I know I've been saying this a lot lately (see also: Various Positions and Imaginary Girls), but this was one weird, and often quite disgusting, book.

Full review to follow, if I can stomach it.
Alex Taylor
Mar 22, 2012 Alex Taylor rated it really liked it
This does for giant plotlines what The Walking Dead does for zombie stories. It extrapolates from basic premise and gets into the gritty details of living in a world with this kind of weirdness. Much funnier than The Walking Dead.
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??? done.
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