The Rules of Supervillainy
Gary Karkofsky is just a normal guy living in a world filled with all sorts of people with superpowers. He lives with his wife in the suburbs and used to work as a bank teller before he lost his job. Opportunity knocks for Gary when the magical cloak of his home towns greatest superhero gets delivered to him in the mail. Rather than take up the selfless mantle of the heroic Nightwalker Gar ...more
I'm exceptionally glad he did.
This is a novel written for those of us who grew up o ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were a couple passages that had me laughing out loud, but the frequent pop culture references were distracting to me. I think that fans of Christopher Moore will enjoy this book more than I did. It has that same irreverent, grim tone.
3 stars. This gif sums the whole thing up.
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary citizen living in a city filled with heroes and villains. After receiving a magical cloak that once belonged to the city’s most beloved hero, Gary does what any self-respecting ordinary person would do when gifted such power. He becomes a supervillain. Except he’s not very good at it. However, that doesn’t stop Gary. He has his ambitions set to becoming the city’s most notorious villain as long as i ...more
It was fantastic!! Zany and exciting but with great emotional connection to the characters as well. Hoping a sequel comes along some day!!!
Frenetic and high-energy slapstick still amuses me!!! Noticed typos and edit-y... stuff more this time though, mostly unclear antecedents?
Yay, now I'm get to read the next one!!!
This was a quick, fun read with lots of situational humour and fast paced action. Recommended to fans of the genre - if you've enjoyed Deadpool, The Boys, and the like, you should add this to your reading list.
What to Expect
A superhero story like the comics, with mind-bending twists and hilarious humour. As Phipps says in the introduction, this is born out of love for the genre, wit ...more
it's almost like i'm on a losing streak with books these days.
I'm not completely sure what i was expecting when i picked up this novel, no scratch that, i expected humour i guess and something kinda serious. This just felt like i was reading a novel with Looney Tunes characters. So not for me. Not a bad book really but for me it was soooo meh. Heck if this book was marketed as some sort of parody of the whole superheroes, supervillians thing i'd probably have enjoyed it more.
As it is i have re
The book has all the spices a Superhero book needs, fun names (Tom Terror, Psychoslinger, Merciless etc), breakneck pace, twists, and secrets intricately woven into the story. CT Phipps has done a superb job of mixing pop-culture references, clever plot, and relatable villains.
Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy living in a world full of Supervillains and Superheroes. One day Gary gets a deceased hero‘s magical cloak in the mail. After a shor ...more
I am having a little bit of bad luck recently with my audio books. I have had quite a few DNF books recently. This book was just too ..... simple for me. There wasn't really a story here. It was like watching a cartoon. A lot of silliness, a lot of zoinks, and a ton of sarcastic humor. It felt like Scooby doo of supervillainy. Some people like stories like this and I'll admit that so do I at times but about 1/2 way through I just felt like I was wasting my time. No matter ...more
This book came on my radar when I posted my review of Villain's Rule by M.K. Gibson read by Jeffrey Kafer. Melissa @ My World...in words and pages, who saw that review on Twitter, pointed out this book to me. I'm so glad that she did. It was another really fun listen for me.
So, The Rules of Supervillainy is an interesting story. It focuses on Gary Karkofsky. Gary is just a guy, until he finds a package. It turns out to be the cloak of the newly ...more
The Rules of Supervillainy is as much comedy as anything else. The protagonist, who calls himself Merciless, cracks wise about as much as the likes of Deadpool o ...more
This is a fun book that had me laughing out load a few times along the way. Its probably most enjoyable anti-hero book I've read since Confessions of a D-List Supervillain. Gary is a mixed up, compl ...more
I found myse ...more
The book compares favorably to books like Soon I Will Be Invincible and the D-List Supervillain series, but is arguably the weaker of that group. It was entertaining if you are now or ever were a fan of super hero comics and/or movies.
The main character, Merciless, isn't too likable, but he is evil after all. However, he is the most likable character in the book which is why I didn't rate the book higher. Whil ...more
Why this book?
I love books about heroes and villains
What I thought
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. Sure there was a couple of laughs. It had a great premise and the world building was fantastic. I just loved the thought of world full of super heroes and villains. With that said I couldn't connect with the characters and it barely held my attention. I'm not saying it was bad i'm sure a lot of people will love it, it just wasn't for me.
What you get in addition is a surprisingly human tale with a side order of debate about the role of superheroes in society and the morality of vigilante justice in a corrupt world.
I am looking forward to future stories with these characters and world, as there are ...more
“Rules” follows Gary Karkofsky who has just been mysteriously gifted with a cloak that bestows powers to its wearer. The cl ...more
Character development: 4.5
Gary Karkofsky isn't your typical villain, or hero, or superhero, or even supervillain. However, he calls himself a supervillain, as this is what he has wanted to be his whole life. When the Cloak of Invisibility literally lands on his doorstep, he thinks he has now been given the opportunity to fulfill his evil destiny and Merciless is born...but things don't quite go according to plan. Or do they?
In The Rul ...more
The story is a fun romp through many of the superhero tropes, as we follow Gary along on his journey. Gary is a self ...more
The humor is very unique and exactly in my taste. I could not ask for anything better than this book. T ...more
This is story is Gary's journey through every cliché going in the comic book world of super heroes and super villains, it is so tongue in cheek that you will laugh the whole way through, Gary battles superheroes, superv ...more
|All the Books!: The Supervillainy Saga, by C.T. Phipps → Start Date: February 1st, 2017||8||6||Feb 09, 2017 07:22AM|
He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Esoterrorism, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer's Star, Straight Outta Fa ...more