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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Seth Harrington can be invisible or undetectable, but he is not a superhero. The ability only works in morally grey situations; the rest of the time, he can’t turn it on and off at will. He can use a movie ticket stub to buy a coffee or a one-dollar bill to pay for a cell phone. He can stop muggings in plain sight, unseen, but only with worse violence. But this only adds t ...more
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Signal 8 Press
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Peter Tieryas
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly unique take on "super powers." We follow Seth Harrington over a few months as he discovers he has a strange power. He can sometimes turn invisible, sometimes convince people that certain items are not what they seem. It's an origin story stripped of the usual comic book cliche's and takes us on a strange odyssey that is both disturbing and provocative. While our protagonist does have a tragic back story tied into 9/11, he is anything but the ordinary hero motivated to do go ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so what can I say, other than how amazing it is?
Caleb Blake
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (

What would you do if you found out that you could be invisible to the people around you, but only when performing morally questionable acts? Would you exercise this ability?

Bitter Orange attempts to explore this rather fascinating situation through the eyes of our hero, Seth Harrington. Harrington discovers, quite by chance, that he has the ability to rema
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marshall Moore follows his collection of enigmatic and delightfully twisted short stories, "Infernal Republic," with an equally inventive novel about a character we can’t always see. Notice how protagonist Seth Harrington is already fading away on the book’s cover.

If "Bitter Orange" were a feature film showing at your local theater, a sign on the door would say: ABSOLUTELY NO ONE ADMITTED DURING THE LAST 15 MINUTES. The why of things doesn’t appear until the final pages and it’s well worth the
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and fascinating, really enjoyed this!
Mary Fan
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Seth Harrington is an ordinary young man with an extraordinary ability: he can become completely undetectable. Unseen, unheard, unknown. And he can make others see things in ways contrary to reality. But he doesn't use this power as a superhero would. Rather, he uses it to commit petty crimes, like use a movie ticket stub as money or steal a bottle of cheap alcohol.

Bitter Orange is not the tale of a normal man who becomes a hero, or even a special man with special powers. Rather, his life is as
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After having his life turned upside down by 9/11, Seth leaves his lavish lifestyle behind to move all of the way across the country to start his life all over again. He has a roommate named Sang-Hee who is the only person who knows about his secret. Seth can become invisible, and if he is not invisible, he can deceive people into believing whatever he says. He is able to pay for an iPod with only a few dollars, and he is able to steal chips from a casino in Vegas. Seth can do basically anything ...more
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Bitter Orange by Marshall Moore is the last book I read in 2013, and in this regard I saved one of the best for last. It is an extremely well written, imaginative, provocative and by degrees disturbing multi-themed story that is part urban fantasy and part mystery, but is firmly rooted in contemporary reality. Through the main character of Seth Harrington, who possesses the ability to become invisible, Mr. Moore turns the more accepted notion of superhero in speculative fiction on its ear to exp
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested by the take on 'super powers' presented by this book. Our main character Seth is not your typical superhero, well he's not a superhero at all, his power of invisibility only work in morally grey situations such as to stop an attack by harming the attacker. Events are further complicated by the influence of Seth's room-mate Sang-hee who encourages Seth to explore his new found powers and the slightly unbalanced tattoo artist (and former one night stand) Elizabeth who seems desper ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked the concept but thought some parts were underdeveloped. The last part from the reveal onwards was rushed and disjointed. I'd like to see this expanded and fleshed out.
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Marshall Moore is the author of several books: The Concrete Sky (Haworth Press, 2003); Black Shapes in a Darkened Room (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004); An Ideal for Living (Lethe Press, 2010); The Infernal Republic (Signal 8 Press, 2012); Bitter Orange (Signal 8 Press, 2013); and A Garden Fed by Lightning (Signal 8 Press, 2016), and Inhospitable (Camphor Press, 2018). With Xu Xi, Moore is the co-ed ...more

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