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Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots

(Velveteen vs. #1)

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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
Dec 04, 2012 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 washo ...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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C.T. Phipps
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
VELVETEEN VERSUS is a series which I first became acquainted with due to the crossover done with GRRL POWER and WEARING THE CAPE. The premise is Velma Martinez is a retired superhero (except she was a teenage superhero so it was doubly traumatic) who was exploited and abused by a marketing company that didn't care whether she lived or died.

The fact she was a toyetic adorable heroine who had the power to animate toys made her doubly valuable to the company, though, and they're pursuing her in or
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Kevin
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seanan McGuire is my 'new' to me favorite author, just record the second book by her in the last few days and loved them both.

This was a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes super heroes and hates corporate marketing. My favorite scenes are the seasonal themed superhero sequences, and the "Princess" and Hailey Ween my favorite characters along with Vel being a thoughtful protagonist. Oh and a character introduced late in the book quotes "Buffy" so I'm already to read book 2!
Julie
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty fun especially as audiobook. I never got around to reading these stories on her website so it was good to have them collected. You can kinda tell this is earlier Seanan and her later works have more developed characters. I really did enjoy it and am looking forward to listening to the sequel at some point.
Millguy
Nov 18, 2014 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 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 ruthles ...more
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
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A good idea for a story but the execution......anyway it was a ok book.
Tsana Dolichva
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots by Seanan McGuire is the first collection of the Velveteen vs stories. It's out of print in ebook so I wasn't actually able to get the book, but the stories themselves are all available to read on the author's website, so I'm counting it as having read the book. Because of how I've been reading and posting mini-reviews of short stories, you might have already seen my comments on some of the stories, but I still think it's nice to collect them all in one pl ...more
Nicole
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was perfect, and the pacing was good. I also really liked the story, and the way it manages to be fantastical and realistic all at the same time. (That is something I feel McGuire excels at, and this book is no exception.) I greatly look forward to reading more of Velveteen's adventures.

As to the story... the fantastical part mostly comes from the superheroes. There are all sorts of superheroes, and power types. It seemed Seanan let her imagination
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Jannah (Cloud Child)
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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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 birthday. S ...more
Laurel
Nov 27, 2012 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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Hteph
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: web-serial
This was really not my cup of tea, the book is more of a satire and fells written for shiggles rather than as a serious attempt to write a supers book.
So I leave this for now, and is pretty sure I won't pick it up again. It is a bit sad as the authors skill shines through and it would be a real treat to reada supers book by her.
Eric Jackson
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super
Wow! This was really good! I don;t mean to sound surprised, given that I love Seanan McGuire's October Daye series. It just the title seemed, well, a little fluffy. Do NOT be fooled. This is a great series of vignettes that make for one SUPER story!

Audible is good
Jill Heather
Apr 15, 2013 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.
Stephen Mandrgoc
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable if darkly comic take on what it would really mean to have grown up a teen superheroine whose handlers were more interested in PR than saving the day. It does suffer slightly in that it's a series of short stories gathered together in a volume, but not hugely.
Nicole
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I needed a refresh before starting the long awaited sequel. Seanan's writing is just as compelling and resonant the second time around.
Katie
Jun 27, 2016 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.
Pavic124
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like a 3.5 but definitely more than 3 stars.
Shame it's such a short story.
Ross Alon
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, very girly nice take on superheroes.
I enjoyed it a lot.

It was published as short storied, but it's basically a chapterized long story
Kristoffer
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book fairly well. I think it deserves about 3.5 stars. I wish that it was possible to give half stars when rating books. The story was enjoyable, although it felt like a compilation of short stories rather than a normal whole story. This prevented a ton of buildup for the main story that did appear in some of the stories showing up throughout. Unfortunately, there were some stories that brought up stuff in the main character's past and that felt unnecessary and kind of like tangen ...more
J.A. Ironside
I'm not sure how this one passed me by before since it's completely my brand. It seems to have flown under the radar somewhat, together with its sequel (which I've just bought).

This is the story of Velma Martinez, gifted as a child with an animism superpower, and rebranded as the junior superhero 'Velveteen'. Already cynical and not especially inclined to bow to authority at twelve-years-old due to her poverty stricken and abusive home life, Velma is not keen on saving the world for the enterta
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Alexis
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I wavered between giving this book four or five stars. In the end, I settled on four because, no matter how much I enjoyed reading it, there were some technical issues that pulled me out of the story.

For one, a very large world was created inside the book with many different concepts. A few concepts didn’t really to seem to have a place in the story or drew away from it in some way, such as the “Seasons” characters and storyline

For another, there were times when the writing seemed a little cli
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Jenevieve
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loaned-out
Review first published on My Blog.

Velma spent a good part of her "childhood" as Velveteen, a member of the Junior Super Patriots West-Coast division, a super hero who could bring stuffed animals and toys to life to do her will. Her every move, piece of clothing, and word coming from her mouth were scripted by the Marketing Division.

Until she turned 18 and she quit.

Now she is trying to find a way to make ends meet without using her super powers while evading the attempts of the Super Patriots to
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Berni Phillips
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read these when Seanan was publishing them as separate adventures on her Live Journal blog. I was so happy she put them all together. I decided to buy it as an Audible recording, and it was a delight to revisit this, having the stories in order and not have to wait for updates.

If you're not familiar with this, it's her take on the super-hero genre. American children with powers are inducted in to the Junior Super Patriots, a way to control kids with powers and, more importantly from thei
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R.B.
I liked to watch the X-Men when I was little, though I wouldn't call myself a fan as I never checked the comics nor watched the movies. I'm not a fan of superheroes, but this book seemed funny so I tried.

Having started with the X-Men I suppose I like oppressed heroes. It just makes sense, if someone were to suddenly develop powers it's more likely for others to be afraid and trying to control it instead of worship it.

I found it quite funny, I was just mildly confused at the casual mention of oth
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Stina
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Velma Martinez was a child super hero named Velveteen, gifted with the ability to animate toys/items/etc as they resemble people of animals.

Instead of joining the adult team when she turned 18, she quit and dropped off the radar.

After years of dead end jobs, Velma tries to escape California to start over in Oregon, only the Marketing dept from the Super Patriots has other ideas. Through a series of mishaps, snark, and utter exasperation, Velma makes a run for her life.



Vel has become my favori
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Jage
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I had read this when it had been published online as a serial, bought it (and the second one) as soon as they came out then put them on my bookshelf and forgot all about them.

Now that i have had a chance to reresd it I have to say it is still a fun book qorh a great backstory running throughout although it feels a lot less fully fleshed out then I remember. Of course thatbis the issue with serials once they get cleaned up and split into individual novels.

Velveteen ia a great character and I lov
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