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Verbosity's Vengeance: A Grammarian Adventure Novel

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  12 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Alex Graham’s genius designing video games brought him happiness and made him a fortune, but he never expected to see his work misused by military scientists. The collapse of the mysterious Project Unicorn left Alex with scars, nightmares, and strange powers unlike any other superhero. Years later, as the Grammarian, he uses the strength of supple syntax and the power of p ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by Amazon
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Katherine Hajer
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Verbosity’s Vengeance (Tony Noland’s debut novel) is a tale that follows proudly in the steps of tragicomic superheroes, going right back to Thor (the god, not the Marvel character) and Odysseus. That might seem like a rather highfalutin beginning to a review of a novel about superheroes, but that’s to give a heads-up to those who would normally notice the cape-and-mask trope and run away. There’s substance here, and it’s a rewarding read.

The novel starts with a 1930s-style depiction of yet anot
Kevin J Mackey
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A superhero story in the great tradition of superhero stories. Mild-ish mannered Alex Graham lives a quiet existence by day as a dealer in rare books.

By night he is the Grammarian, foe to the criminal element in Lexicon City. He can bring the arch-villain, Professor Verbosity, to a halt with a well delivered...full stop. Yes. The Grammarian wields parts of speech and punctuation the way lesser heroes might use a batarang.

The story opens in medias res with Professor Verbosity battling the Grammar
Jeff Beesler
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At the 92% completion mark, Verbosity's Vengeance by Tony Noland just became one of my top five favorite books of all time. And it has everything to do with this one paragraph:

“For himself and every other being within his compass, the Grammarian responded with the most fundamental language meme possible. He bent his mind to express, not a single word or phrase, not mark of punctuation or grammatical construct. The Grammarian fought back against death by invoking the only power greater than death
Kate Sherrod
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun, if hurty brained, read. Full review at my blog, as ever.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, superhero
For the tl;dr crowd: This is a great and fun book about superheroes, with a sprinkling of grammatical humor. If you like either of those things at all, you'll enjoy it!


I was anticipating the release of Verbosity's Vengeance with no little excitement. Way back in the day, when I first discovered the existence of Tony Noland (the author) (he is smart and funny and also a good writer) (he has a blog you should check out), he had posted a piece of flash fiction. Said piece of flash fiction was a
April Brown
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

What ages would I recommend it too? Twelve and up.

Length? A couple of days to read.

Characters? Memorable, several characters.

Setting? Real world, semi alternate dimension.

Written approximately? 2013.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? Ready to read more. Also, interested in learning a bit more about superheros.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. My recommendation: This novel will appeal to two potentially very different audiences. A page on the
Larry Kollar
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Superhero fans
Shelves: sf
Bottom line: I got this before the price dropped to 99c, and I have no regrets. At 99c, it's a steal.

Tony Noland is a fixture in Twitter's #FridayFlash meme, writing punchy and often violent short stories of 1000 words or less. Verbosity's Vengeance (VV) is his first novel-length outing, and it's a heck of a ride! If you're tired of the endless Marvel/DC reboots, rehashes, and retreads, the Grammarian is both new, and a new kind of superhero. The idea of grammar, syntax, and punctuation as super
Renn Hadley
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Mild mannered, rare book seller's alter ego is the Grammarian, a meme wielding superhero. His super powers are unique, I'm going to imagine flying memes for a long time. What fun I could have with that power for a few hours.
The story starts with action and humor, I laughed out loud right on the first page, and it continues at a wonderfully escalating pace. The side characters help to set up a comfortable, familiar Lexicon City but with some fun twists. I liked that the beautiful professor Kate
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From the author: "The nefarious Professor Verbosity threatens Lexicon City with a mysterious new superweapon and only the Grammarian can stop him... just as soon as he hires a decent sidekick. Mix in the interference of the Avant Guardian (a goofy superhero wanna-be), a vicious stranger who strikes from the shadows, and a beautiful, brainy college professor with a thing for superhero technology, and the Grammarian has his work cut out for him. A hero unlike any other, the
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