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Velveteen: How dare you? I never asked for you to hunt me down!

No, Velma Martinez hadn't. But when you had once been Velveteen, child super-heroine and one of The Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division, you were never going to be free, even if your only power was to bring toys to life. The Marketing Department would be sure of that.

So it all came down to this. One youn
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Hardcover, Limited Edition, 204 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by ISFiC Press
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Tamora Pierce
Sep 05, 2013 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it
Velveteen is a has-been junior superhero, sort of like a Disney child star, buffed and marketed, and now she's an adult who's held down a bunch of jobs (barista, cleaner--minimum wage, minimum reward). Right now she's got a golden opportunity in Portland, if only she can nurse her beat-up car from southern California across the northern border in time. Unfortunately, there are roadblocks, many of them in the form of old comrades now turned adult star heroes who believe that she, like other ...more
Tim The Enchanter
A fun and snarky 3.5 Stars

What do you mix the power to animate cloth representations (i.e. doll and teddy bears) of humans and animals with a sarcastic and reluctant super-hero? You get Velveteen, the hero of this fiercely imaginative and entertaining book.

I could say this was a full on 4 star book for a few simple reasons. While the story was entertaining, it was disjointed and lacked some focus. This may be a bit unfair as I have learned that these were stories the author had posted on her w
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Karissa
Sep 16, 2016 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful read that was humorous and highly entertaining while at the same time being thoughtful and heartfelt. I am a huge fan of Seanan McGuire and I enjoyed this just as much as her Incryptid and October Daye series. This is a series of stories following Velma as she travels from Southern California to Oregon; there is a loose plotline but this is very much a set of stories...not really a book.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was incredibly well done. I would defin
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Anna
I started reading this series of linked short stories for free online (all of the stories in this book are available for free at Seanan McGuire's website, and all the sequel stories can be read on her Livejournal) but after a while I started enjoying them so very much that I decided I had really ought to support the author by buying a copy of the collected Velveteen stories, so I did. Two in fact: a kindle version for me & one of the hardbacks to give as a gift to an SFF buff for his ...more
Millguy
Jan 12, 2015 Millguy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-prose
I'm rating this three stars because it seems like it's only half a book.


It's not really a "novel" it's an "open ended series of short stories"- which is not what I expected. I expected a story with a beginning, middle and end, like Superfolks or Soon I Will Be Invincible, instead it reads like a comic series, with each prose chapter similar to a self contained comic book issue with ongoing subplots. The story is very meandering.

She fights the "Junior Super Patriots" in chapter 5, and I expected
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Marion Harmon
Dec 14, 2012 Marion Harmon rated it it was amazing
Blearily surfing TV Tropes for inspiration, I stumbled upon the Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots entry, chased the link to Amazon and read the Look Inside pages, then bought the Kindle edition and read it in four hours. Velveteen is as amazing as her world, and I wish I'd thought of her myself. In the Velveteen Vs. stories, Seanan McGuire gives us a superhero world where the heroes, while real enough and heroic enough, are mostly under the control of a publicly benign and secretly ...more
Laurel
Dec 04, 2012 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I bought Velveteen when I read mention of it on Seanan McGuire's blog. I decided to read it next because I was in the mood for something light. What if I hadn't? What if I had read something else, letting Velveteen languish on my shelves? I would have missed so much!

Velveteen is filled with heart, social commentary, action, humor, and all the best things about everyday people. This superhero's tale is an allegory for all the rest of us out there, and it's done spectacularly well! I know that Vel
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Jill Heather
Apr 09, 2015 Jill Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero, favauthor
This isn't a 5 only because I read the rest of the stories on the website after I bought this compilation and loved them even more.

These are wonderful. If you like superhero stories -- a sadly underserved genre for novels -- you really should love these.
Katie
Jul 02, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun! I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. Velveteen is my new favorite super heroine.
Caitlin (Ayashi)
I am a definite fan of Velveteen and her battle against Marketing, especially after having been on a marketing team in the past. (Kidding -- mostly :D)
Simone
May 09, 2016 Simone rated it liked it
A good idea for a story but the execution......anyway it was a ok book.
Devann
Nov 23, 2016 Devann rated it it was amazing
As always, I am just so blown away by the pure awesomeness of everything that Seanan writes, that I can't actually formulate a coherent review other than like [muffled cheering]
Jaz
4.5/5

Well that was a bloody awesome book. So damn awesome. Velma is kickass and so human. I'm not a fan of superheroes and suchlike, usually running for the hills when people start foaming at the mouth for Superman, Spiderman and other heroic dickheads (sns). However I'm in love with anti heroes or heroes who didn't particularly want the job they landed with (Deadpool) and Velma is beautifully relatable. Seanan McGuire you got yourself a new fan.

Velma, the once child hero Velveteen, has long si
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Erin (PT)
The short review for this is that I loved this book a lot and it deeply satisfied a craving for a good superhero story in a way that other books I've read have not. I think this is probably my favorite thing that Seanan McGuire has written under her own name.

The longer review would observe that the book is not without some flaws, though. Velveteen Vs. The Junior Super Patriots is a progressive collection of short stories about a former teen superhero, Velma Martinez. That is, each story is a re
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Shara
Jan 02, 2013 Shara rated it liked it
The premise: ganked from BN.com: Velveteen: “How dare you? I never asked for you to hunt me down!”

No, Velma Martinez hadn’t. But when you had once been Velveteen, child super-heroine and one of The Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division, you were never going to be free, even if your only power was to bring toys to life. The Marketing Department would be sure of that.

So it all came down to this. One young woman and an army of misfit toys vs. the assembled might of the nine members of The Juni
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Blue
Sep 11, 2016 Blue rated it really liked it
Velveteen vs. does for superheroes what Indexing did for fairy tales--take all the high-profile sheen on them, plop them down in the real world, and examine the nuances of what they mean. Furthermore, Seanan uses this "superpowers are real and normalized" worldbuilding to also address treatment of child celebrities and corporate power. It's done with more humour than Indexing--the stakes feel less dire and the world of superheroes is a bit less morbid than the works of Grimm et al. Mostly, ...more
Sunil
Dec 22, 2012 Sunil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2012
Seanan McGuire brings her talent for creating strong, snarky heroines and detailed worlds to the realm of superheroes with Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, a collection of stories originally published online for free but now available in a very pretty hardcover and ebook.

In the world of Velveteen, superheroes are real, and they usually end up being recruited by The Super Patriots, Inc., where the Marketing Department molds them into family-friendly, merchandise-appropriate costumed crusa
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Christopher Gerrib
Dec 06, 2012 Christopher Gerrib rated it really liked it
ISFIC Press, the publishing arm of Chicago science fiction fandom, has a tradition of publishing a book written by the guest of honor at Windycon, their annual convention. I have a tradition of buying that book. Since this year’s guest was Seanan Mcguire, I took home a shiny new signed copy of Velveteen Vs. The Junior Super Patriots.

According to McGuire, in 2008 on a whim she decided to write short stories “about a strange superhero universe where cosmic powers not only came with great responsib
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Steph
Jan 16, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it
Introducing Velma ‘Velveteen’ Martinez former child super heroin and currently annoyed at the world in general and the West Coast division of the Super Patriots in particular.

When we first meet Velma she has completed her child contract with the Super Patriots and has told them to shove the adult contract where even the most invasive mad scientist won’t want to extract it from.
Now free all she wants is to get out of town and start a nice normal life but as we all know it is never that easy.
Ve
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Ezekiel
Dec 03, 2015 Ezekiel rated it liked it
Content Notes: implied violence, sexism, fatphobia,

I didn't technically read this book, I just read all the composite parts on Seanan's website.

But basically it's pretty sweet. Connected short stories set in a pragmatic world that just so happens to have superheroes. Velveteen is working hard as a mid-twenties former child superhero trying desperately to stay out of the grasp of the "good guys" (aka the Marketing department of the only Superheroes company around). And she just can NOT catch a b
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Mike
Aug 08, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I do love a good superhero novel. I follow the blog Superhero Novels so I can find books like this, and that is where I found it.

What I, personally, mean when I say "good superhero novel" is: well-written, character-driven, plays intelligently with the tropes, succeeds in balancing the crazy absurdities of superheroism with how things work in the real world while making both believable, makes implicit assumptions of the genre explicit and questions them, and doesn't go too dark while doing so.
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Hisham El-far
Heroes, Villains and the inevitable consequences when big corporations take control of their destinies in the name of the corporate “Bottom Line”.

Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots is a collection of short stories. Carefully compiled in roughly chronologic order (except where flashbacks are required) and forming a larger novel, each chapter is a self contained little story which makes it an excellent read for those who prefer bite sized chunks of words. It tells the story of a retired child
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Frogqueen
Velveteen has that classic McGuire blend of super goofy and gut punch hard knocks as ex-superheroine Velma (formerly known as Velveteen) is forced to don her bunny ears and tangle with super foes, The Marketing Department, and some very bad memories.

Despite some initial skepticism, I was sucked in and didn't want to leave. I like Velma. I believe in her dark zany world. I had fun, and I tremble for her. It's good stuff!

Of course, VvsTJSP is not perfect. These are linked episodes (and I think the
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Henry Lazarus
Jan 02, 2014 Henry Lazarus rated it really liked it
Super heroes and comedy rarely mix well, but when they do it is really great. Seanan McGuire sets the tale of Velma Martinez in a world where super heroes are dominated by a few large companies. When her talent to bring toys to life manifested at a trip to the museum and her parents effectively sold her to the Junior Super Patriots, West Coast Division. At eighteen she quit and worked a series of part time jobs avoiding use of her super powers. Then, at twenty-five, she starts driving to Oregon ...more
Whymsy Likes Books
Sep 22, 2014 Whymsy Likes Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: rewiewed
This review was first posted on Whymsy Likes Books

I wanted to like this book from the first moment I found it on goodreads and after a few minutes of reading I was ready to be delighted and jump in with both feet. The beginning was a bit jumpy, but amazingly funny. I also fell deeply in love with the narrating voice. It described fantastic word pictures coupled with just the right amount of snark. I also found her power to control toys charming.

I debated about giving this book 4 or 5 stars, but
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Mary Catelli
Being a collection of short stories about the erstwhile superheroine Velveteen, who can bring dolls and stuffed animals and other such toys to life. She left the West Coast Junior Super Patriots on her eighteenth birthday to escape their Marketing, and, after several years lurking, is heading toward Oregon.

Things happen.

The opening stories are amusing little incidents, but we start getting into her background and backstory, the nasty side of the Super Patriots, Inc., the classification and types
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Wyrdness
Oct 28, 2014 Wyrdness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superheroes
I liked the character of Velma, she was very human and just wanted to be left alone to live an ordinary life. I thought having a giant "super" corporation's Marketing Division as the true villain of the story was actually pretty inspired considering how much people these days complain about the evils of big corporation.

As per usual Seanan McGuire has a very snappy writing style that I enjoy, she manages to inject humour in to events that probably shouldn't be funny and makes me care about the w
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Cloak88
Apr 23, 2016 Cloak88 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
Bleak, yet funny. A well written superhero story.

Velma AKA Velveteen is an ex-superhero. Now living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence after having separated herself from the marketing driven, reality TV-like, coperet run superhero teams that control virtual all superpowered individuals. Ostracized and fearful of falling back in the clutches of the dreaded marketing division, Velma travels to Oregon and her ultimate chance of freedom.... A fulltime paying job.

Except tings aren't quite that easy.

I
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Cloak88
Apr 22, 2016 Cloak88 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Bleak, yet funny. A well written superhero story.

Velma AKA Velveteen is an ex-superhero. Now living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence after having separated herself from the marketing driven, reality TV-like, coperet run superhero teams that control virtual all superpowered individuals. Ostracized and fearful of falling back in the clutches of the dreaded marketing division, Velma travels to Oregon and her ultimate chance of freedom.... A fulltime paying job.

Except tings aren't quite that easy.

If
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Tehani
Aug 11, 2015 Tehani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have become quite a fan of the superhero stories that unpack the problematic elements prevalent in comics and films of the traditional genre, and Velveteen fits this bill. Somewhat of a mashup of superheroes and child stars, the story considers the issues to do with young people being sheltered and essentially brainwashed into a conglomerate's idea of what they should be to best be part of the money-making machine. And then what happens when one of the stars steps off the merry-go-round.

McGui
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

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