Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain
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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain

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Emperor Mollusk.

Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what's a villain to do after he's done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Orbit (first published February 10th 2012)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Feb 19, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of B-movies, pulp-sci-fi
Recommended to Carol. [All cynic, all the time] by: me. Because I'm that good.
It’s been a stressful month and I’ve had a challenging time finishing the ‘serious’ books malingering on my shelf. I recently picked up my Kindle (after charging it–I really prefer paper) and discovered this little gem hidden near the end of my title list, one of those bargain purchases I was saving for a rainy day. Or snowy day. Whichever–I think we’re going to have both tomorrow–thunderstorms and eventual snow. At any rate, I rather enjoy A. Lee Martinez’ books, but I recognize they work best...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
"But, history is written by the winners. Especially winners with access to global mind control devices."

This line toward the beginning of the book is just one of the many lines from Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain that had me chuckling to myself.

Emperor Mollusk is a Neptunan who has done it all when it comes to defeating and subjugating races, ruling in tyranny and oppression, and downright being evil. Neptunans are the most intelligent of the solar system, at least according to them...more
Shanshad Whelan
A delightful bit of pulp fun. Such a pleasure to read after slogging through a few urban fantasies that took themselves too seriously and "cerebral" SF that, IMO, was just tedious. Just a word of warning up front. The title should give readers a clue of how truly over the top this novel is, but in case it hasn't: Giant jelly monsters, transdimensional catpeople, Venusian warriors, giant insects, invasions from Saturn and mysterious death cults. Those are just a few of the things readers will run...more
Gregor Xane
This book was kind of cute, kind of funny, kind of clever. It had a lot of good comic-booky, pulpy gags and settings. It had battle mechs controlled by disembodied brains, lizard people from Venus, a lost world-type island with ridiculous dinosaurs, the lost city of Atlantis, etc, etc.. You get the idea.

It moved along at a fast enough clip, but it wasn't a page-turner really. Because it was a farce, and all of the characters were cartoonish, and because you never got the sense that the villain/h...more
ha ha ha. I think the ending went on a little too long, but I loved the story!
A guy you can love to hate and a cast of characters that had me grinning from ear to ear as they were introduced. The narration is not to be missed and five stars to Scott Aiello.
Jennie Pratt
I think I have a new crush... and it's on a mollusk. Yes, you read that correctly. This book is a mix of humor, science fiction, space saga, alien invsasion, and deliciousness that I savored as the pages clicked by. Emperor Mollusk is a narcissistic, obsessive, compulsive, dry-humored, slimy, squishy, straight-talking mollusk that doesn't beat around the bush. He. Is. Amazing.

His other companions are loveable as well, just not in an encompassingly awesome way as Mollusk. In some ways I wanted t...more
Emperor Mollusk’s interplanetary warlording days are mostly over. Sure, he’s still universally worshipped on Earth, the planet he subjugated in the past, although that may have something to do with the mind-control technology he developed too. Still, his days of planet-hopping and mercilessly crushing any opposition are mostly over. Nowadays, he considers himself mostly retired and focuses on his true love: exploring the boundaries of insanely dangerous science. This occasionally results in tech...more
A really fun science fiction romp, probably reminiscent of pulp science fiction stories from yesteryear, but a lot more sophisticated. I say probably because I've never read any of the old pulp science fiction stories, but this book read like I imagined some of those stories might have read with a little more polish and plausibility. The science in this book is largely on the fictional side. It's the very big and grandiose science that only a super intelligent alien warlord could ever bring to o...more
The problem with fantasy/sci-fi is that, if there's no limitations on the use of magic/technology (really one and the same at this point), the characters are effectively gods. This book suffers from that problem. Nothing seems to actually pose a challenge for "Emperor Mollusk," a guy that can invent a hurricane and lightning summoning machine overnight while simultaneously making a rusted out spacecraft space worthy once more. Among pretty much anything else.

It's not all bad. It's an interesting...more
Aug 10, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recently I reviewed Mr. Martinez’s tale of how a seven foot tall battle robot was able to win friends and influence people all while suffering from a chronosynclastic infundibulum. Okay, I am bending the truth a bit, but “The Automatic Detective” was a good yarn, even if the hero wasn’t suffering from his equivalent of a virus cold. But don’t take these few words for it, go ahead and read the review – or – better yet, read the book.

When I stumble on a new author (did I mention that I saw a refer...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Everyone knows that that the invertebrates of Neptune are the most intelligent minds in the galaxy. That’s how, years ago, a bored mollusk from Neptune was able to conquer the Earth and set himself up as Warlord. To subdue the planet he had to use a few nasty tricks such as doping the water supply with anti-aggression drugs, but now that he has all of humanity under his tentacle, Emperor Mollusk is actually a pretty swell guy and he has even developed a so...more
This review has minor and thematic spoilers, though nothing is spoiled overtly:

A Lee Martinez is trying to walk a fine line in this book, writing an incredibly intelligent, egotistical villain on one hand and a likable character on the other hand. He doesn't always succeed. Intelligent and egotistical villain? Always. Likable character? Shiftier ground. Still, he does better than most authors with the double bind of trying to write a story from a villain's point of view that is both likable and...more
Margaret Sankey
Some time ago, Emperor Mollusk, a 15 pound squid from Neptune, conquered earth with some anti-aggression fog and gave everyone unlimited free energy (this involved replacing the mayor of Sheboygan with a robot, but that's a long story). Wearying of the parades and the adoration, he retired, emerging only when earth was menaced by giant radioactive fire ants, or trans-dimensional cat people stole China. But when a malevolent brain from the future messes with the unstable island of mutant dinosaur...more
This novel is set on Earth. Emperor Mollusk rules, a villain, a megalomaniac super genius who is amused when people are trying to kill him because one thing is absolutely sure, no one matches his mind or his power. He is of course a monster, having tentacles and no hands. Never heard about this guy ruling Earth? Neither I. But … Who told you this is about our Earth? It is a futuristic fantastic Earth where Mars, Venus Saturn … are all populated with many different types of creatures, and you wil...more

I've read other A. Lee Martinez books and enjoyed them, but this one just missed the mark for me. Likable characters, but disjointed and meandering, trying too hard for a The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy tone, but failing -- I found this to be a real slog, and could barely force myself to finish it. On the plus side, if I ever get another pit bull, I'll have no choice but to name her Snarg, after the protagonist's pet ultrapede.
I enjoyed this at first; the tone is right on, and Emperor Mollusk is a great narrative voice, likable somewhat despite himself. By the end, though, it felt a little repetitive: too many plot twists with the same basic arc to them, and too much soul-searching from the Emperor that didn't really get beyond the level of "I don't really want to hurt anyone, but I am compelled to tinker with dangerous things; what can I do?"
Very entertaining. It was hard to put down. Good choice if you're looking for something light and off the wall.
Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain
By A. Lee Martinez

Emperor Mollusk is an egotistical, megalomaniacal, manipulative criminal that does not back down from a challenge, and will not walk away from any threat. Not from a science menace, not from a distant planet terror, and not from some unknown mystic scourge. It's these flaws that cause him to make every mistake he has made, yet it's these cracks in his armor that makes him so lovable. It seems he saves worlds as often as he endangers them...more
Another charmer by A.Lee Martinez. This book follows the adventures of Lord Emperor Mollusk, his unasked for bodyguard, Zala (a Venusian) and his pet ultrapede Snarg (I have a dread fear of anything with more than 8 legs and he invested this character with so much personality I ended up finding it adorable...:) such is the power of Martinez...). Someone is trying to assassinate the former Warlord of Terra (i.e. Earth) and despite his super genius, they keep coming pretty damned close. Hilarious,...more
Deepest apologies to all for the length of time this sat on my list, sadly life events got in the way of goodreads for awhile.

In the tradition of A Lee Martinez books, Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain was a sweeping story covering the potential end of the universe, only to be stopped by Emperor Mollusk, his dear pet, and his greatest enemy turned reluctant partner and semi friend.

Set in the far future, Emperor Mollusk has enslaved Earth and much of the known universe but has become bore...more
Ivan Guerra
¿Qué decir? Creo que tendría uno que estar realmente muy, muy entusiasmado con la pulp fiction y los comics y tener una verdadera nostalgia por las películas baratas de acción de la primera mitad del siglo XX para disfrutar esta novela. No es mi caso y terminé leyéndolo sólo por no dejar el libro a medias.
Like all of Martinez' books, this is a novel of flaky, delicious layers. On the top, it's about a boneless alien who took over the world and finds that keeping it is another thing altogether.

Underneath that, it's about a bad guy's mission crisis...and underneath that, it's about how in getting what you want, you can discover that wasn't what you wanted after all. And underneath that, it's about belonging and adulthood, and how our dreams sometimes don't keep pace with who we are.

Layer upon laye...more
This was a fun book, though it's not a laugh a minute as the bizarre name makes it sound. It is funny at times and very clever, though.

It tells the story of Emperor Mollusk, a native of Neptune that rules Earth. Yes, he is squid-like. He needs to stop a sinister plot against Earth and he has to avoid assassinations with the help of his Venusian friend and sworn enemy (same person). The story has lots of throwbacks to old sci-fi with all the planets having native intelligent beings. For some reas...more
Hi-la-ri-ous! Listened to it on audible, narrated by Scott Aiello. Just the man and voice to bring Emperor Mollusk to life
Travis of NNY
I hate rating books like this because I probably underrate them. This isn't Shakespeare obviously but it is a pretty fun and funny book. Anyone with a hankering for some humorous sci fi will probably be sure to enjoy this
Der geniale Neptuner Mollusek ist alles andere als begeistert, denn er hat keine Ziele mehr.

Er hat alles unterjocht und versklavt und stellt sich schon bald die Frage was es für neue Möglichkeiten gäbe.

Aber er hatte nicht mit einer Bedrohung gerechnet die ihm gefährlich werden könnte in Form eines genialen Gegenspielers....

Das Cover ist wie alle Bücher der Reihe einfach Genial gestaltet. Hier gefällt mir nicht nur das Farbzusammenspiel sondern der Superschurke Tentakel oder Nep...more
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez is a science fiction book about a Mollusk from Neptune. In this book every planet has a main species, like Earth (Called Terra in the book) has the humans, and each is relative to their environment on the planets. Emperor Mollusk once took over Earth and found a way to make everyone unable to do anything hostile, by putting something in the water what controls them, but eventually got bored with Earth, but he grew bored of it as he is...more

When I was a kid, I watched a lot of bad sci-fi movies. They were always on in the middle of the night, and there were some times when I just couldn't sleep. I also have always had a great fondness for monster movies and silly, Buck Rogers-style science fiction, and all of that is present in spades in Emperor Mollusk.

I actually got the audiobook version of this, and while it's unrelated to the text, I strongly recommend this. Scott Aiello gives Emperor Mollusk the perfect erudite, more than slig...more
Antonio Urias
This review and others are available on my blog.

Authors and writers have an unwritten obligation to fulfill the promise of the premise. This isn't always easy. In fact, more often than not, they fall just a little short. The over-the-top pulp fiction whimsy of Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain starts with the title and doesn't let up for a single page. Martinez appears to have thrown as many pulp science fiction and adventure stories as he could muster into a blender and sprinkled his pa...more
Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain is a charming and humorous read. The story centers around Emperor Mollusk, a native of Neptune, who's a supervillain (but not really the overly evil type), mad genius, and the former Warlord of Earth. Now that he's already accomplished world domination, though, he's finding himself somewhat bored and unchallenged in his life. Fortunately (or, unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), an up-and-coming megalomaniac doesn't plan to let Mollusk have...more
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.
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“Do these robots looked armed? And I was talking to the dinosaur. Were you worried he would discuss me to death?” 2 likes
“The voice on the other end said, “Lord Mollusk, we’ve lost China.” “Define lost.” “It’s not there anymore, sir.” “Well, that’s no good, is it?” I said. “No, sir. We thought you should know.” “Yes, I’ll look into it. Mollusk out.” 1 likes
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