This is a superhero novel with everything you want from a superhero novel: people with amazing powers doing amazing things, action, an overarching ploThis is a superhero novel with everything you want from a superhero novel: people with amazing powers doing amazing things, action, an overarching plot, great bad guys, and much more. It also has a strong romance between the two main characters, and it does something that I look for in a superhero novel: it deals with the societal, legal, and political ramifications of the existence of superpowers.
It also points out that power is just that--power. How you USE said power is everything.
A very enjoyable read that I highly recommend to anyone who likes a kick-ass superhero book....more
OK, this book is very funny on the whole. So the irony of saying, 'the funny thing about this book' when the whole bThe funny thing about this book --
OK, this book is very funny on the whole. So the irony of saying, 'the funny thing about this book' when the whole book is funny is . . . well, funny.
And it is funny. It has puns. Low-brow humor. High-brow humor. Humor that makes you raise just ONE brow. It's got action. It has romance, but not the 'heaving breasts and manly chests' type.
It is science fiction with a full load of tropes you'll recognize. If you're from/living in Atlanta (no one is actually 'from' Atlanta), you'll have fun identifying all the landmarks Dave includes in the novel that make the city an integral part of the story. It has aliens, advanced technology, and futuristic extrapolations of what Earth would look like after first contact.
It is also urban . . . I was going to say 'Urban Fantasy,' but that typically involves vampires (see 'heaving breasts and manly chests' above) and werewolves and, on occasion, sparkling. Maybe it deserves to be called 'Urban Science Fiction.' Is that a genre? WELL IT IS NOW.
The main characters, Jack and Poly, remind me a bit of the Nick and Nora Charles duo from the old Thin Man series. It would not surprise me in the least to find out that was intentional on Dave's part. Witty repartee abounds, and they are intellectually and physically matched.
It's a fun romp, and you'll turn the pages and end up reading way more than you intended to read and maybe forget to pick the kids up after soccer or burn dinner. They'll get over it, eventually. If not, hand 'em this book and they'll understand.
Oh, and the thing I was going to say at the beginning? The 'funny thing' about this novel? It has a driving, fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it . . . and yet the main character, Jack, never really fails at anything. His plans succeed as planned. Little goes wrong that he wasn't expecting (some things do, granted).
Normally, I would ding a book for being boring for having the main character always succeed.
But the funny thing about this book? I didn't even really notice or care. It was just fun to read. And not at all boring.
(Disclaimer: I was one of the early alpha readers of the first 2/3 of the novel, as Dave is in the same writing group as me. That doesn't change the review by a single word.)...more