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Nobody Gets the Girl (Whoosh! Bam! Pow! #1)

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Richard Rogers was an ordinary man until the super-genius Dr. Nicolas Knowbokov built his time machine. On the machine’s maiden voyage, Dr. Knowbokov accidentally changes history so that Richard is never born. Now trapped in a world that has no memory of him, Richard is an invisible, intangible ghost to everyone but Dr. Knowbokov and the scientist’s two superheroine daught ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Phobos Books
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David
Jan 28, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nobody. (That doesn't mean what it sounds like.)
I just can't pass up a superhero novel. Few rise above mediocre, but they're like space operas, I am always looking for the one that shines above the rest.

Nobody Gets the Girl is better than average. The worldbuilding and the plotting was excellent. James Maxey creates an internally consistent world packed with all the usual superhero tropes — the supergenius super-technologist who is a one-man Illuminati, his supergenius nemesis, giant baby dolls trashing cities, superheroes and supervillains w
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Anna
Mar 05, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This isn't just a novelization of something perceived as a comic book. It's very purposefully written as a novel, without the reliance on visual cues something transferred from another medium tends to have. It's got a strong start, an interesting premise, thought-provoking ethical questions, and some great, sympathetic moments from a hero who's suddenly thrown into a world that makes no sense to him.

So why the low rating? Well, unfortunately the second half the book didn't live up to the first h
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Kim
Jun 02, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Mystery Men and other superhero spoofs
Nobody Gets the Girl is the kind of book that makes me want to break out all those reviewers' cliches like "a non-stop thrill ride" and "a giant roller-coaster of a book," though maybe it's just the summer movie trailers seeping into my prose. All kidding aside, if you're looking for a summer beach read and you're not crazy about Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins, give Nobody a try. It's a clever superhero parody about a man named Richard Rogers who suddenly finds himself invisible. He makes the ...more
Stephen
I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I love superheroes. I read lots of comic book collected editions. I watch lots of superhero movies and TV shows. And recently, I have been reading super hero novels.

This book is a tenth anniversary printing, so the original came out sometime in 2003/2004. Even knowing that, I felt like the story was very up-to-date and never felt "behind the times"

James Maxey built everything into this story. There are time travel, teleporters, alternate
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Matt
May 09, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
I'm really glad I read this novel, because otherwise I would have always wondered about it. I heard an interview with the author a year or so ago, and with a musician that had composed an album to accompany the novel. It is not a great work of fiction, but it's still entertaining, competently written, and sufficiently strange for my tastes.

Nobody Gets the Girl is superb in terms of the weird comic book ideas that are thrown around. A ferokinetic, a hundred foot tall baby doll with a giant pistol
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Dy
Jan 09, 2012 Dy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I bought this book based solely on the title and the cover art on the paperback edition (infinitely superior to the cover they used on the Kindle version, IMHO).

I wish I'd read the book description. I was thinking this was going to be a story about an empowered super heroine without all the angst that riddles the women of Marvel and DC. Nope. It's about a selfish, self-centered wanna be comedian and, sadly, all the super heroines are utterly angsty second-rate characters. Not impressed with the
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Adam
Feb 17, 2017 Adam rated it liked it
An odd book, but fun and satisfying. Starts very slow but hang in there until you meet the doc... then decide.

My biggest complaint is that all of the "surprises" are pretty well telegraphed. So much so that I kept waiting to be wrong about them... but they weren't false trails, they were just trails.

Eric
Oct 03, 2015 Eric rated it liked it
I don't know that I would have picked this book up if it were not for WTS. I have stalled on a couple of things I've been reading lately but this book certainly didn't have that issue. I bought it Thursday afternoon and had it finished by Friday afternoon. It was fast.

It actually felt like I wanted to see it as a graphic novel, not a novel. There were parts that felt like they were full page panels.

I came away from the story wondering if I liked the hero or not. I think he's got a lot going for
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Rich
Jan 31, 2013 Rich rated it liked it
Recommended to Rich by: Goodreads reviews
In a nutshell, the book was fun. F-U-N, fun. It made for an enjoyable read that left me wanting to get my hands on the follow-up as soon as possible. Regardless of how it might seem, you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book (I'm not). You just have to enjoy a good story that's chock-a-block with humor and fun (there's that word again) characters, then you're on the right track. If you want a book that will keep you and your friends from the coffee shop up late discussing the book ...more
Bryan457
A comic book style world for mature audiences, our protagonist, Richard Rogers, awakens one morning to find that the rest of the world no longer recognizes his existence. To be functionally invisible is a somewhat useful talent, but not what you would normally think of as a real super superpower. And yet, Roger has a major role to play in the battle between the big league superheroes and supervillains.

Please write a sequel. I liked this book a lot. I love the twists to the standard hero saves th
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Terrence
May 23, 2010 Terrence rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hard core superhero geeks
Not a bad read, but nothing special - certainly not as special as the hype on the back cover or the introduction by Jim Shooter tried to make it seem like.

Still, a decent read. My biggest problem is that none of the characters are really that likable. The story and plot and concepts are strong enough to carry your interest, but the whole time, you just feel everyone you're reading about is a complete jerk, idiot or pathetic.

Dan
Sep 19, 2011 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: signal
The joke is that the protagonist is named Nobody.

This wasn't awful but it felt kind of grim and joyless.

"Nobody" is an invisible man; at one point he spends a chunk of time being an invisible-undetectable voyeur. It's in rather poor taste.
Warren Clark
Jun 07, 2016 Warren Clark rated it it was amazing
If you love superhero tropes, read this book. If you hate superheroes, read this book.

It deconstructs the whole superhero genre in a way that is both fascinating and horrifying but somehow still stays true to silver age ideals.
J.L. Dobias
Aug 14, 2014 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fans
Shelves: book-shelf-09
Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey

So here we have an admitted superhero novel and I wasn't sure what to expect. It has a prologue and I'm not usually a fan of those. Add to that the content of the prologue dripped of definite cartoon-y tropes. Then we move to Richard Rogers your everyman; married with a geeky job and a penchant for enjoying entertaining at comedy clubs.

I have to give the writer some extra marks for having the poor man have to make the decision about cheating on his wife when hi
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Den
Apr 30, 2013 Den rated it really liked it
Richard Rogers had a life. Not a perfect life, but it was his. He had a marriage, a job, and even a side career as an up and coming standup comic. Oh, he lives in a world where superheroes and the major cities are being put under domes in order to protect them from threat like a giant robot baby with a gun for a head.

Then one day, he wakes up and finds his life never happened. No one remembers he ever existed, not his wife or his parents. A side effect is that he’s also invisible to most people
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Lucinda
A mediocre tale of superheroes and sci-fi that will entertain but may dissatisfy

3.5 Stars

Having previously encountered other work by James Maxey (his fantasy novels about Dragons ~ Bitterwood etc.), I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sample something a little different by an assured writer. With excitement and anticipation I delved headlong into a fast-paced adventure, which sadly was incredibly disappointing and sub-standard in comparison to his other published works. I am a huge fan o
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Ron
Mar 10, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel by James Maxey

Being a retired fan of comic books (haven’t collected in years), I’ve always had a soft spot for the world of caped-crusading, crime-fighting, four-color fantasy that embraced my escapism for decades. My first job was at a comic book store. I got paid in trade, and couldn’t have been happier. But adult life steps in, kids sprout up, and responsibilities rear their ugly head in this sometimes paycheck to paycheck world. Comic spending money lo
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Mike
Mar 27, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
I don't usually enjoy books with protagonists I don't like. And I don't like Nobody much at all (which is a lot less Southern dialect than it sounds, when you're talking about this book, since the protagonist is, often confusingly, called Nobody). I can see why his wife was happier in a world where he didn't exist. He treats women badly, he's lazy and unmotivated, he makes inappropriate jokes, he doesn't demonstrate a lot of ability to care about anyone but himself, or, if he does care, to care ...more
Joel
Jan 09, 2012 Joel rated it it was ok
The action in "Nobody Gets the Girl" was enjoyable, and and the setting was believable (for a world with superheros).

However, I found the characterization somewhat choppy. Early on, it's established that Nobody can be seen, but only in a way that conforms to people's expectations. Things he's manipulating can sort of be seen (people see things he's drooped or thrown, but not things he's holding). Yet he never tries to dress up in full motorcycle gear and drive out on onto the road where people
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Eric
Richard Rogers has a problem. He was never born.

He was a office professional, and part time comic, until one day he woke up and someone else was living in his house, his parents had never heard of him, and no one could see him. Time travel is such a pain.

The man who accidentally wiped out his life shows up to apologize, and offer him a job. Since the time traveler is the only person who seems to be able to see or hear him, Richard goes along. Before long he's Nobody, invisible warrior in the str
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Larry
Jan 04, 2016 Larry rated it liked it
This super hero sci-fi novel is sort of the ultimate tall tale, where through out the novel the author continually tries to one up the tall tale...which is extremely interesting and entertaining, but definetly strains suspension of disbelief. Simply put, it starts out extremely entertaining, though I think by the end its gone off a little to far. There are a few other concerns with the novel. Some of the characters are not given the respect that they are due (a bit flat in some regards) though t ...more
Drew Perron
Apr 08, 2015 Drew Perron rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero-prose
This is a frustrating book, but at the same time, a fascinating one. When it's dealing with fucked-up human beings trying to do the right thing with world-changing levels of power, it's good - no, it's great. When it's dealing with upper-middle-class white male angst, it's not so good. When the two collide, it can go either way; sometimes, the main character gets shocked out of his provincial viewpoint, often doing something really cool in the process; sometimes, he (view spoiler) ...more
Dave Story
Jan 15, 2013 Dave Story rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a fun, funny, serious, (rinse/repeat) novel of superheroes and supervillans. And yes, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

As superhero stories go, you have to accept some of the unbelievable aspects of the superhero genre, with otherworldly gadgets and strange powers. And being a avid fantasy/sci-fi reader, some implausability in a story is just fine with me. This book, however, takes a huge leap with some pretty extreme plot twists.

And does Maxey pull it off? I think so. Well eno
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Steven
May 10, 2010 Steven rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sci Fi lovers
James Maxey’s Nobody Gets the Girl is a fun superhero novel. It would be a great beach read. I won’t say too much about the story except that the title is a play on words. There are genuine superheros that are almost three dimensional. The dialogue is often comic-booklike.

There is good versus evil and serious questioning of which is which. There are many types of life investigated much as there is in Replay. There is a good story, though it lacks a little in constraints.

Look, this isn’t great wr
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Chris Westbay
Aug 11, 2011 Chris Westbay rated it did not like it
"Meh" doesn't even begin to describe this book.

If it wasn't so short I would have just quit reading halfway thru. Instead every prediction I made since chapter 1 came true and I yawned my way to the end.

Forget having a character who's invisible, try a whole cast of characters with no depth, predictable plot twists, and random soft porn on a child's grave?!? o.O

He had a good concept but the world needed more fleshing out, the dialogue was far from witty, and the whole thing was completely forgett
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Brittany
Jun 10, 2013 Brittany rated it did not like it
I am so glad that I didn't pay full price for this book.

I love superhero/super villain books but this one just wasn't that good.

Nobody's thought process was all over the place. One minute he is thinking about cheating on his wife because he is essentially bored with his life and then later on in the book he talks about the vows of for better or worse. Things of this nature continue on through the book.
The last couple of chapters were so confusing I just sat there rereading the words several ti
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M. Sadri
Dec 04, 2013 M. Sadri rated it liked it
Nobody Gets the Girl is very well written. The story haltingly goes forward as Nobody gets to know the odd world he has managed to find himself in. The plain freedom of no one being able to see you, makes on some occasions, pretty hard to put the book down. It also makes some intelligent commentary about the use of power. One can not help but reach the conclusion that the use of power is wrong if it is against the people's wishes, even if it's "for their own good."
I enjoyed it, though I could sa
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Don Massi
Feb 08, 2012 Don Massi rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a terrific read. It really captures a comic book sensibility, slam bang action, outlandish villains and a pseudo-scientific setting that's just plausible enough to suspend your disbelief yet still wild enough to make you say wow! The characters are slightly more complex than their comic book counterparts except for the main protagonist, Nobody, who's completely unexpected. I couldn't get enough of him. Add to that a heartwarming, unexpected ending and you've got a real winner ...more
Lee
Oct 09, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing
Great, fun book. I like superhero stories that have a bit of humor to them. I get tired of stories that go into mind-numbing detail about how "this could really happen", because it can't. Not with science as we know it. So I have already suspended my disbelief. The lead character has my sympathy and his plight is well conceived. A good superhero story asks us to discover who the real villains are and, like the comic books they grew from, surprise us in the end.
Janet
Feb 20, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
Recommends it for: comic book lovers
This is an engaging story with an unusual hero, even as superheros go: an ordinary man who one day wakes up to find his entire existence has been transformed. He becomes involved with a "super family": super-genius father, two superheroine daughters, and a strangely remote and silent wife. He's plunged into adventure, danger, and moral dilemmas.

It's a reasonably good story, but not one I'd care to re-read or keep.
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“Must have made for interesting family arguments," said Richard. "Young lady, since you insist on breaking the known laws of physics, there's no dessert for you tonight." Dr. Knowbokov shrugged. "She had an answer for that." "Oh?" "She said it wasn't her fault I didn't know all the laws of physics.” 0 likes
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