I've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'mI've been a lifelong fan of superhero comic books and am excited to see the genre breakthrough into traditional literature arenas, but I feel that I'm about to be sorely disappointed because nothing will reach the bar that this book has raised.
Not only were the best aspects of the superhero genre represented (the adventure, the ambitious sci-fi, and the no holds barred world building) they also brought what this publishing company was founded on, great stories featuring great representation of marginalized people. It was so exciting to read about my familiar superhero worlds with real people, people of different races and sexualities and genders.
I'd recommend this to not only people who like comic books, or romance, but people were looking for stories with realistic characters. You won't be disappointed....more
As a fangirl I got a lot of enjoyment from all the inside jokes and the very premise delighted me but the book suffers from being unintentionally betaAs a fangirl I got a lot of enjoyment from all the inside jokes and the very premise delighted me but the book suffers from being unintentionally beta. It's obviously a wish fulfillment story which leaves the reader feeling like an awkward voyeur....more
This book scared me like no other work of fiction has. Many reviewers are skeptical as to the likelihood of the premise but nothing presented in it isThis book scared me like no other work of fiction has. Many reviewers are skeptical as to the likelihood of the premise but nothing presented in it is something that hasn't been in Western socio-political policies at one point, and to those of us who live as the least privileged sect of women these things aren't imaginary, they just aren't ALL completely legal yet. The reason the book scared me so much is because it not only resonated with my fears but reflected my experiences even as I read it.
I set down the book to take a call from a friend who spent the night listening to her neighbor beat his girlfriend then found a trail of blood leading from his doorstep out into the street; the girlfriend couldn't be found and the police told my friend and the girl's family they simply weren't interested and refused to take the photos of the blood that my friend took before the boyfriend cleaned it up.
This is the safest story I can tell. Much worse happened to other friends during my reading and the fact that reviewers underplay the seriousness of this premise scares me as much as the book itself. ...more
This book has a strong premise and an interesting yet uncommon format, for that alone I would usually give a good rating. It sells itself as urban horThis book has a strong premise and an interesting yet uncommon format, for that alone I would usually give a good rating. It sells itself as urban horror and that's exactly what it delivers, and although I was happy to see some ambitious social commentary it lost a lot of its impact when presented with cliché characters. Not to say that the characterizations aren't well done, but they are all extremely obvious; you'll see identical ones in any book of this genre. But like I said, that's not necessarily a bad thing as it's delivering exactly what it says it will.
The problem is that there were too many women.
Well, that's not exactly true… I guess I should say there are too many women for an average male author to handle.
You expect a book like this to have very few women, or very few women that aren't corpses were simply mentioned to establish that, yes, women exist within this universe but you just won't see them. Lucia has very few female characters in relation to the males but there are quite a few and they hold a lot of responsibility for advancing the plot. That sounds great. Unless you actually care about female representation.
I realize we had a problem when I got excited at the mention of a female character having had a conversation with her mother but quickly reread the line and realize the conversation was about her father. We almost passed the Bechdel test. Usually I wouldn't apply the Bechdel test to a novel (not because it isn't completely relevant, but because I'd rather enjoy the astonishment of finding one that does pass instead of continually getting my hopes dashed) but Lucia set himself apart by actually trying to involve women so it was so glaringly obvious that none of them had relationships with each other and although they were essential to advancing the plot the advancement was, in most part, for a male character's story.
I made it to about the middle of the book because once I became hyper aware of the potential this book had and yet page after page I continued to see the failure of representation it became insufferable. If I quit too soon, let me know. If a miracle happened and two women, identified enough to be given names, conversed about anything other than a man let me know. I'll congratulate Lucia on being one of the very few authors to achieve the bare minimum in female representation....more
Like most cops, Bigfoot kills a lot of innocent people, but unlike most cops, he means well.
And unlike most buddy cop stories this is so much more. IfLike most cops, Bigfoot kills a lot of innocent people, but unlike most cops, he means well.
And unlike most buddy cop stories this is so much more. If you want humor and fun, it's here, but as the story goes on it transcends the gimmick. It will outsmart you, so don't expect some bizarro beach read.
Shamel has an incredible talent that sets him apart from his peers: he can create a premise as outrageous or simply silly as any other weird fiction author but when you open his books you find so much heart you can damn near feel the pages beat in your hands....more