A smart, imaginative, and evocative novel of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman discovers the greatest superpower—for good or ill—is a properly executed spreadsheet.Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking b ...more
Yikes, two stars. I really wanted to like this one too. I won it on Goodreads giveaway. The premise sounded so interesting and promising. And it started out just so. Great Point of view, strong female character, good writing craft. The first part of the book had me all the way while she built the new world. It came out natural and easy to follow. I always talk about the Fictive Dream and as the book progressed I got dumped out too many times. This was caused mainly by my own inabil ...more
I don’t think that’s necessarily a knock against the book. Natalie Zina Walschots writes with a lot of momentum and charisma. Her ...more
Anna Tromedlov works temp jobs for minor baddies. Her newest job ends in a disaster - Anna ends injured, out of work, and disillusioned with reckless superheroes who pay no attention to casualties of their superhuman feats. Her data-based research confirms superheroes, for all their good PR, are terrible for the w ...more
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Anna Tromedlov alongside her friend June work crappy temp assignments for minor villains that no one really cares about. Anna can’t complain though because she needs to make money to be able to eat. Anna finally gets her break ...more
Anna Tomedlov, later known as The Auditor, is an out of work hench. Her last job ended and she's been struggling to get into a new role with a villain who could use her data skills. After a quick application at the temp agency, she gets assigned to the Electric Eel. The job is boring, it's a lot of recalculating information on known identities of superheroes, but hey, it pays. Then she gets told that she is expected to be at his press conference, mostly to correct the ratios ...more
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This book is a strange mixture of data, superheroes, and walking that fine line of good versus evil. And I liked it.
This is the story of Anna, who is a temp henchman. She works through an agency and is farmed out to different villains. She is in data entry, so she does a lot of cataloging and moving and analyzing data. One day she starts a job under a villain called the Electric Eel and she is ...more
Anna, the protagonist of the novel, makes a living ‘henching’ for various villains on a part time basis. Even criminals need office help, and in this economy, there’s no such thing as turning down work. When Anna is seriously, permanently injured by an encounter with a superhero gone wrong, she takes it ...more
I had a strong feeling that I was going to enjoy this, but woooowwww... this was really good! I don't know why I was expecting this to be YA, but it definitely wasn't. Such a ride and I am SO invested in these characters. Definitely will reread again.
Also can we get a prequel and a sequel PLEASE?! ...more
My son has always been a fan of comic books, such as the Marvel Universe (specifically Dead Pool), The Walking Dead, & others, so when I received 2 copies of 'Hench', I knew he was the perfect person to buddy-read this book w/ me. I, too, have enjoyed all the Marvel movies, but I have never read a comic book. We both really enjoyed this unique, well-written, debut novel!
Spreadsheets, data compilation, research analysis, costs of justice, superhero ...more
Superheroes have sidekicks (Kicks) and supervillains have henchpeople. Lots of Meat - think Star Trek redshirts - but also others, like Anna the data analyst who tells her story here. All those buildings that get knocked down in superhero movies actually cost real people real money, and innocent bystanders get injured all the time when superheroes are doing their thing. Obvious, but not something I've ever seen in a story before. Specialty temp agencies supply the endless need for replaceme ...more