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Book Review. Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel

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 lost out to Book spending money, and that summary, is a story in itself.

 

But back to the book review.

 

James Maxey does a wonderful job of creating a helluva page turner featuring four-color badassery. Nobody Gets the Girl hooks you from the start with a brilliantly believable protagonist. My usual fear of the impending shallow characters and flat world were soon put to rest as Mr. Maxey fleshed out the Heroes, Villains and their environment(s).

 

Colorful characters and splendid descriptive scenes abound and are held together with plenty of well-placed dialogue. Every character has not only their own superpowers, but their own voice! The Big 5 publish many a book with flat scenes and lifeless characters, this indie shows how to do it the right way.

 

I thought for sure I figured out the plot and where the story was headed a couple of times, and was pleasantly proven wrong. For a novel of this length, this was a great feat.

 

I would of liked to have seen the character’s names, aliases and nicknames reigned in a little bit, instead of being bounced around from name to alias within a few pages or scene. And I would love the main character to have “Mr.” put in front of his secret identity name…sometimes I wasn’t sure if a room was empty or…

 

The previews for Burn Baby Burn (the 2nd novel of this series by James Maxey), and other authors version of superhero novels was a definite hook and bonus.

The new retro-cover, was also too cool.

 

Superpowers, blood and guts, sex and plenty of fun await you in Nobody Gets the Girl.

 

*Free copy of this book was received from author for review.

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The Paper Plate, is Full!

Put much on my plate the last couple of weeks, and now I’m dealing with an over-indulged to-to list. Not to mention I went to a birthday party yesterday and over ate…ugh. But with that, I am enjoying a couple of aspects of what’s on my plate. I am doing 3 book reviews…which I am really enjoying, and I’m looking into running some War Gaming with plastic army men (no giggling please).

I’ve always been a big fan of Pulps and have just recently discovered the “New Pulp” movement. This pleases me as punch. Back in the day I was a huge The Shadow fan, had a couple of the original pulps in small collection of Detective/Crime pulps, this of course gave birth to my love of Noir and comics…and reading of course (well, it lead to the world of D&D and RPGs with reading-list suggestions). Life goes on, passions get shelved, put in boxes in the attic. Just like all those memories put away in the attic, they always get rediscovered.

Flipping through the many New Pulp fan sites, I came across this one, and was in love with the covers. The premise of the stories intrigued me and I’m now enjoying the process of reviewing these two books by James Maxey.

Another part of the plate is covered with a reading/review of the latest The Dead West series (Book 2. The Ten Thousand Things). A continuation of the great undead Western gore-romp started in Book 1.

Being a paycheck to paycheck blue-collar guy, I’ve been bummed at the price and greed of some of the major table top corps. I like gaming, and when I get into a game, my fault is that I want everything for that game…all the books, figures, dice, limited edition shot glasses, etc…But, I know I can’t do that anymore. When my friend brought over Xwing a couple weekends ago, I had a blast. But when I looked into the prices for the basic set, while not too expensive, looking at the ships and extras I would be pining for lead me to think about other, cheaper versions War Gaming. Which led to…

Plastic Army Men!!!!

I actually went to a Dollar Store and bought a $1 package of tan/green army men, along with my can of Monster, of course. I was thinking, why couldn’t these be used in a cheap table top game. I started going over the typical War Gaming rules in my head intent on making my own game. Hello, internet calling…I looked up and found a few games that had the basic rules and that could easily be adopted to other scenarios. I’m already looking at a couple of zombie or Kaiju concepts.

 

This is all, right up my alley!

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