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Nobody Gets the Girl

(Whoosh! Bam! Pow! #1)

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  986 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Richard Rogers was an ordinary man until the super-genius Dr. Nicolas Knowbokov built his time machine. On the machine’s maiden voyage, Dr. Knowbokov accidentally changes history so that Richard is never born. Now trapped in a world that has no memory of him, Richard is an invisible, intangible ghost to everyone but Dr. Knowbokov and the scientist’s two superheroine daught ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Phobos Books
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Gavin
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The setup of this story was pretty good. It was a superhero version of the Invisible Man with a twist. Unfortunately the ideas behind this story were the only good thing it had going for it. It ended up being below average superhero fare that tried to mix humour, action, and drama but did not manage to do any of those things particularly well.

The premise was good. Richard Rogers was an ordinary man until one day he woke up in a world where no one could see him. A time travel experiment by Dr. K
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David
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nobody. (That doesn't mean what it sounds like.)
I just can't pass up a superhero novel. Few rise above mediocre, but they're like space operas, I am always looking for the one that shines above the rest.

Nobody Gets the Girl is better than average. The worldbuilding and the plotting was excellent. James Maxey creates an internally consistent world packed with all the usual superhero tropes — the supergenius super-technologist who is a one-man Illuminati, his supergenius nemesis, giant baby dolls trashing cities, superheroes and supervillains w
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Anna
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This isn't just a novelization of something perceived as a comic book. It's very purposefully written as a novel, without the reliance on visual cues something transferred from another medium tends to have. It's got a strong start, an interesting premise, thought-provoking ethical questions, and some great, sympathetic moments from a hero who's suddenly thrown into a world that makes no sense to him.

So why the low rating? Well, unfortunately the second half the book didn't live up to the first h
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Kim
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Mystery Men and other superhero spoofs
Nobody Gets the Girl is the kind of book that makes me want to break out all those reviewers' cliches like "a non-stop thrill ride" and "a giant roller-coaster of a book," though maybe it's just the summer movie trailers seeping into my prose. All kidding aside, if you're looking for a summer beach read and you're not crazy about Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins, give Nobody a try. It's a clever superhero parody about a man named Richard Rogers who suddenly finds himself invisible. He makes the ...more
Stephen
I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I love superheroes. I read lots of comic book collected editions. I watch lots of superhero movies and TV shows. And recently, I have been reading super hero novels.

This book is a tenth anniversary printing, so the original came out sometime in 2003/2004. Even knowing that, I felt like the story was very up-to-date and never felt "behind the times"

James Maxey built everything into this story. There are time travel, teleporters, alternate
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Dy
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I bought this book based solely on the title and the cover art on the paperback edition (infinitely superior to the cover they used on the Kindle version, IMHO).

I wish I'd read the book description. I was thinking this was going to be a story about an empowered super heroine without all the angst that riddles the women of Marvel and DC. Nope. It's about a selfish, self-centered wanna be comedian and, sadly, all the super heroines are utterly angsty second-rate characters. Not impressed with the
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Matthew
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm really glad I read this novel, because otherwise I would have always wondered about it. I heard an interview with the author a year or so ago, and with a musician that had composed an album to accompany the novel. It is not a great work of fiction, but it's still entertaining, competently written, and sufficiently strange for my tastes.

Nobody Gets the Girl is superb in terms of the weird comic book ideas that are thrown around. A ferokinetic, a hundred foot tall baby doll with a giant pistol
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Calvin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thing about superhero stories, the good ones anyway, is that the powers that make a superhero are almost always some sort of metaphor for human traits or human foibles or human tragedy. No one knows this better than James Maxey. The powers possessed by his stories’ superheros are always as much a curse as a blessing. And I don’t mean in a nice problem to have sort of way. I mean in the gut wrenching, screwed up life to the point of being embarrassing level of problems. Nobody Gets The Girl i ...more
Adam
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
An odd book, but fun and satisfying. Starts very slow but hang in there until you meet the doc... then decide.

My biggest complaint is that all of the "surprises" are pretty well telegraphed. So much so that I kept waiting to be wrong about them... but they weren't false trails, they were just trails.

Eric
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know that I would have picked this book up if it were not for WTS. I have stalled on a couple of things I've been reading lately but this book certainly didn't have that issue. I bought it Thursday afternoon and had it finished by Friday afternoon. It was fast.

It actually felt like I wanted to see it as a graphic novel, not a novel. There were parts that felt like they were full page panels.

I came away from the story wondering if I liked the hero or not. I think he's got a lot going for
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Rich
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rich by: Goodreads reviews
In a nutshell, the book was fun. F-U-N, fun. It made for an enjoyable read that left me wanting to get my hands on the follow-up as soon as possible. Regardless of how it might seem, you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book (I'm not). You just have to enjoy a good story that's chock-a-block with humor and fun (there's that word again) characters, then you're on the right track. If you want a book that will keep you and your friends from the coffee shop up late discussing the book ...more
Bryan457
A comic book style world for mature audiences, our protagonist, Richard Rogers, awakens one morning to find that the rest of the world no longer recognizes his existence. To be functionally invisible is a somewhat useful talent, but not what you would normally think of as a real super superpower. And yet, Roger has a major role to play in the battle between the big league superheroes and supervillains.

Please write a sequel. I liked this book a lot. I love the twists to the standard hero saves th
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Dan
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: signal
The joke is that the protagonist is named Nobody.

This wasn't awful but it felt kind of grim and joyless.

"Nobody" is an invisible man; at one point he spends a chunk of time being an invisible-undetectable voyeur. It's in rather poor taste.
Warren Clark
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you love superhero tropes, read this book. If you hate superheroes, read this book.

It deconstructs the whole superhero genre in a way that is both fascinating and horrifying but somehow still stays true to silver age ideals.
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-002
Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey

So here we have an admitted superhero novel and I wasn't sure what to expect. It has a prologue and I'm not usually a fan of those. Add to that the content of the prologue dripped of definite cartoon-y tropes. Then we move to Richard Rogers your everyman; married with a geeky job and a penchant for enjoying entertaining at comedy clubs.

I have to give the writer some extra marks for having the poor man have to make the decision about cheating on his wife when hi
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Craig Childs
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered the fiction of James Maxey with the 2002 short story "Empire of Dreams and Miracles." That was followed a few years later by "To Know All Things That Are in the Earth" and "Silent as Dust". I was excited when I read those stories because to me, they represented a significant new voice in science fiction that was unique and probably soon to be The Next Big Thing.

I also distinctly remember deciding not to buy his debut novel, Nobody Gets the Girl, in 2003 because it sounded too
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Colin Rowlands
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
On the whole I found this book to be an entertaining one, but it felt like it started out a fair bit stronger than it finished, the question of whether a person who no longer exists due to problems caused by time travel has more right to live than those who now exist because of the changes is an interesting one that the main character probably got over a bit too quickly before he joined forces with the person that caused the problems in the first place.

The range of powers of the heroes and villa
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Ziggy Nixon
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: superhero story fans
Recommended to Ziggy by: Goodreads recommendations
Generous 3 stars. I mean, I liked it even though it was very much the definition of an "ok" book.

"Nobody Gets the Girl" is very VERY light reading but at least it didn't waste a lot of time getting moving and for fans of the supes genre, it doesn't necessarily disappoint. Our protagonist, Richard, is miraculously thrust from one reality to the next in the span of a bad night's sleep. And quite obviously, James Maxey has read a LOT of comic books.

However, having read my own share of comics over
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Kevin
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
Nobody Gets the Girl is a thoroughly entertaining read. While it does contain some troupes, James Maxey cleverly weaves the story into its own unique adventure. While, I would not say it is the best superhero book, I did really enjoy it and would recommend it for some lighthearted reading. (3.5 stars)

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Plot- The plot was the typical superhero plot, gain powers, figure out who you are, save the world. Though it is often utilized it did manage to keep my attention and contained some fun compon
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Laura
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Richard Rogers, a wannabe comedian, who wakes up in his house but there are strangers in his bed. What has happened to his life? Where is his wife? Who are these people in his bed? Why can't these people see him? Intriguing premise and open to the story. While you learn about how and why all this is happening to Richard, the book is really good and interesting. I was ready for a great ride. However, when you get t
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Shanna Tidwell
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty fantastical story. Baby gun was the most ridiculous character ever but also pretty cool. I figured out the identity of Monday pretty easily. The characters abilities & the explanations of how they have powers were cool and some original. I like the idea of this story continuing. I would definitely read or listen to the next installment. Can humanity survive without someone trying to mold the world to their imagination?
Narration was excellent. Hardy did a wonderful job!
I wa
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James Ingraham
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serious comedy

Ostensibly a work of comedy - and it is quite funny - the book is actually deeply serious. It has some weight to it. The super hero angle is fun, and drives the plot. The real meat, however, is in the what-ifs. That's what sci-fi is all about, and this book delivers in spades. It punches way above its weight class.
Billy Mullins
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Pleasant Welcome Surprise

This book was a very pleasant surprise. The whole comic book, superhero thing with the cover and all made me half expect a graphic novel. But it is so much more. Can't say a whole lot more or "SPOILERS!" as the lovely River Song would say smilingly. Read it. You'll be glad you did.
M Graf
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good escape

Good escape reading. Many unbelievable scenes but fun read. Reads like a comic book without the pictures. Read it soon
Tony
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too Much Fun

I love the premise of this book. It has everything I need to spend a quiet afternoon reading. On my way to get the next one right now!
Brian Proffit
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great combination of sci-fi and humor, with some romance thrown in. Some good mind twists and fun.
Den
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Richard Rogers had a life. Not a perfect life, but it was his. He had a marriage, a job, and even a side career as an up and coming standup comic. Oh, he lives in a world where superheroes and the major cities are being put under domes in order to protect them from threat like a giant robot baby with a gun for a head.

Then one day, he wakes up and finds his life never happened. No one remembers he ever existed, not his wife or his parents. A side effect is that he’s also invisible to most people
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Lucinda
A mediocre tale of superheroes and sci-fi that will entertain but may dissatisfy

3.5 Stars

Having previously encountered other work by James Maxey (his fantasy novels about Dragons ~ Bitterwood etc.), I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sample something a little different by an assured writer. With excitement and anticipation I delved headlong into a fast-paced adventure, which sadly was incredibly disappointing and sub-standard in comparison to his other published works. I am a huge fan o
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Ron
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel by James Maxey

Being a retired fan of comic books (haven’t collected in years), I’ve always had a soft spot for the world of caped-crusading, crime-fighting, four-color fantasy that embraced my escapism for decades. My first job was at a comic book store. I got paid in trade, and couldn’t have been happier. But adult life steps in, kids sprout up, and responsibilities rear their ugly head in this sometimes paycheck to paycheck world. Comic spending money lo
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Mike
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: supers
I don't usually enjoy books with protagonists I don't like. And I don't like Nobody much at all (which is a lot less Southern dialect than it sounds, when you're talking about this book, since the protagonist is, often confusingly, called Nobody). I can see why his wife was happier in a world where he didn't exist. He treats women badly, he's lazy and unmotivated, he makes inappropriate jokes, he doesn't demonstrate a lot of ability to care about anyone but himself, or, if he does care, to care ...more
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