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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Dark Coast Press
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Richard Derus
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25* of five

The Publisher Says: Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook
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Lectus
Jun 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Via http://onlectus.blogspot.com/2013/07/...

What an agglomeration of pompous diatribe. So numerous bound rectos and leafs filled with coded and highly superfluous parlance ostensibly designed to exhibit the author’s knowledge of such non-lexical vocables rather than to convey any real meaning or carry any meaningful augmentation to the chronicle narrative.

Did you understand, but most importantly, did you like what I wrote above? Did it grip your attention and make you want to read 400 pages of t
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Matthew
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sam's a born novelist, and this is a big, weird, wonderful story about family expectations and other monsters. Loved it.
Lori
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Read 5/26/13 - 6/26/13
3 Stars - Recommended to fans of the underdog, superheros, and villainous nonsense
Pgs: 400
Publisher: Dark Coast Press
Released: April 2013

Good god it took me for-evvv-eerrrr to read this bad boy. And while there were many contributing factors to the tortoise-like speed at which I raced through this novel, two stand out more than the rest: my usual aversion to all things superhero-y and the cumbersome writing style of the author.

Disclaimer: this is me trying to branch out and
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Nickolas
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW SUMMARY: The most meaningful superhero origin story I've ever encountered.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Raised on a steady diet of plutonium, Lenard Sikophsky grows up to become the world's first superhero. The key to Lenard's transformation? The Manaton, a sacred tome outlining the path to manhood. Now Lenard has a son of his own to teach, but an enemy exists that desperately wants to claim The Manaton as its own.

PROS: Mature, funny, and unexpectedly moving.
CONS: Don't buy this expecting an action pac
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
League of Sombodies by Samuel Sattin is an irreverent novel which combines humor and fantasy to create a unique book. I h ave been reading a lot about the War on Men lately and this book just seemed to come in just in time for all the hoopla.

Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky wants to raise the world’s first legitimate superhero – the candidate: his son Lenard. However, before becoming a hero Lenard must pass several tests from an ancient book which teaches men how to be men. In the process Lenard falls
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Stephanie Ward
'League of Somebodies' is a highly inventive and thoroughly entertaining science fiction/fantasy novel that follows Lenard Sikophsky, our main character whose father has been feeding him plutonium since a young age in hopes of turning him into the first legitimate superhero. In order to be considered an actual superhero, Lenard must first past several tests to gauge his abilities. Making matters even more difficult is Laura Moskowitz - a mentally ill woman with whom Lenard falls in love with. No ...more
Kurt Reighley
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Fantastic, winding story and vivid, characters. As a fan of comic books, science fiction, and the absurdity of human life (to say nothing of belief systems), I found this highly entertaining. But this book would benefit strongly from the firm hand of an editor. There are some passage of prose so purple and dense with look-at-me vocabulary words it renders them nearly unreadable, and the number of proofreading errors throughout infuriated me. A delightful tale, a distinctive author ... and a flaw ...more
Ben
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A striking, Jewey, Kavalier and Clay-like swing for the fences swirl of togas, spandex, lions, and family.

More - http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2013/07...
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I'm all over the map on this book. An over-the-top look at fathers and sons, Sattin's novel was blackly hilarious and a bit overwrought.

Stylistical, I was reminded of Michael Chabon and Gary Shteyngart (with a little visual and linguistic nods to Guy Ritchie), the novel follows Lenard Sikophsky/Lantana Zatkin, a Scottish/Jewish man from Boston whose father is convinced he needs to raise a superhero.

Lenard's great-grandfather wrote a book, The Manaton, about ascending into Manhood (which include
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Jessica
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
League of Somebodies I'm not going to deny that it took me a very long time to finish this. League of Somebodies is a book that seems to defy a genre categorization. It's wild, wordy, and at times I was all but lost as I tried to puzzle my way through what was going on with Lenard and his insane father. However for some reason I just couldn't put it down. Maybe it was because Lenard had so much heart, or because I'm a sucker for a superhero story, but despite any qualms I may have had I did ulti ...more
Ea_colon
It was literally hard for me to get through this. It delivered on only one promise it made, to be a stupid and myopic exploration of a passable premise. There is an epic level of misogyny only tentatively covered up in a light veneer of empty irony. The villain, teased in the dust jacket, is non-existent save for three weak chapters before the climax. The two sections of this book are essentially two superhero origin stories WITH NO USE OF THE SUPERPOWERS THAT OUR HEROES DEFINATELY HAVE! They on ...more
Erik
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Samuel Sattin's League of Somebodies starts off as what appears to be a superhero origin story of the first true superhero. But what unfolds is a multi-layered analysis of the male machismo and tearing down the commonly held myths of what it means to be macho. Sattin's uses three pivotal characters to deconstruct these myths to redefine what it means to be brave, strong, and fearless. John Keating's narration could have been better as he seems to think all Jews sound like they're from Brooklyn a ...more
Brittneigh
This book was just not my style.
S.W. Sondheimer
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Maybe I simply didn't get it. Powered through hoping something incredible would emerge. Bummed I wasted time I don't have. Great concept, irritating execution.
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Samuel Sattin is a novelist, comics creator, essayist, and teacher. He is the author of LEGEND, THE SILENT END, and LEAGUE OF SOMEBODIES. His work has appeared or been featured in The Atlantic, Nerdist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Paste Magazine, Salon, io9, Kotaku, Vulture, Bleeding Cool, The Fiction Advocate, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Comics from Californ ...more