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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain [Kindle Edition]

A. Lee Martinez
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Emperor Mollusk.

Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what's a villain to do after he's done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.

Retirement isn't easy though. If the boredom doesn't get him, there's always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or . . . well, you get the idea. If that wasn't bad enough, there's also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes. But Mollusk isn't about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it's time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he's not out to rule the world. He's out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!

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About the Author

A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself. For more information on the author, check out

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  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly innovative June 2, 2012
These days most fantasy is one more dreary, endless (seriously, some of these books weigh 5 pounds) sword and sorcery novel or a seemingly endless series of vampire, werewolf, or demon novels, all pretty much the same.

A. Lee Martinez fits no category.
His fantasy is wildly innovative, with no two of his books even remotely like any other.
While most other fantasy books have interchangeable heroes with a sword, Martinez's heroes are a wild mix of a mercenary who can't seem to stay dead, a seven foot tall robot private gumshoe, a witch with a family but no name , a pair of vampire and a werewolf good ol' boys traveling the Southwest, some people looking for a little help from less than what you'd expect gods, a woman who rents an apartment in a world that doesn't seem to make much sense, an exterminator who doesn't do the normal rodents and bugs and has a demon girlfriend, and a kobold housekeeper with a lot of common sense.

Martinez is simply in a category all his own and is the most innovative fantasy writer of the time. One thing is guaranteed, he always surprises you and never bores you, and you'll never meet the same character or the same story twice in his books.
To top it off, you get a good dash of humor missing from most fantasy work.
Mixed in with strange stories and the humor, you get asked some serious questions about friendship, family, and humanity.
This wild mix is something you don't exactly expect from an author from El Paso.

In this outing, we meet a retired Mollusk Super Villain who's conquered Earth but is now retired from the grind of defending his realm from various greedy invaders and saving Earth from catastrophic events, 74% of which he's caused.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his previous work March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading several other of Martinez's work, I have become a fan. I am sorry to say this book did not live up to my expectations. Another reviewer said this was something like a video game with nine or so set pieces implying the book was formulaic. That reviewer was willing to overlook this flaw because they thought the pieces were cerebral and funny. After the first episode, I thought they became predictable and tedious, something I have never thought while reading other works by Martinez. Part of the problem was I never feared for the protangonist's life nor for those of his trusty sidekicks. You know he is going to win no matter how dire the situation. The beginning, middle, and end of each encounter became predictable and no amount of scientific double talks rom the Emperor or his deadly foes could make them suspenseful. Some of the episodes ended so abruptly(with the Emperor winning, of course) that I actually thought I had missed reading some pages. Having said all of that, if you are looking for some light reading, where you want to suspend all connections to reality, this book fits that purpose; just be sure to read some of the author's earlier works to appreciate what a magical writer he is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever. May 9, 2012
The chapter where the, uh, protagonist and his, um, companion visit the Lunar assassin is one of my all-time favorite book chapters of any genre. The various actual and potential antagonists, a list which includes the protagonist (not giving anything away as you'll read in the first chapter), provide excellent variety and keep things moving along at a cleverly brisk pace so you don't feel bogged down.

Reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams. A really excellent and clever read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this one first. June 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Big fan of Martinez here. But I gotta say, this is clearly not his best work. Mollusk and his cohorts are very likeable characters and I'd love to see Mollusk in another story, but the plot in this story is jumpy, disjointed, and the Big Plot Explanation (a Martinez standard) at the end is overly complicated and confusing (if not downright incoherent). Hate to say it, but there it is. STILL, if you're a fan of Martinez' work, you have to read it. The repartee between Mollusk and Zala is, by itself, worth the price of admission, and one can only wonder what their baby would look like. E[...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Fun! February 6, 2014
Format:Audible Audio Edition
This audiobook is, quite simply, a ton of fun! I can hardly imagine actually reading it - that is just how strong of a performance Scott Aiello, the narrator, gives! Like Martinez’s other novels, this is a rather mad-cap adventure full of hilarity, witty humour and some quite likable - not to mention unforgettable - characters. The novel is set primarily on Earth (or Terra as it is referred to here) and seems inspired by 1950s-60s type space dramas. The titular character, Emperor Mollusk, hails from Neptune (though they don’t care for him much back there). Mollusk has conquered Terra (without a single gunshot fired!), but has retired from the world-conquering business after some recent unpleasantness with Saturn.

When a Venutian warrior with a grudge attempts to take Mollusk under protective custody (to later try him for his crimes committed on Venus), she ends up falling in with Mollusk and his faithful ultra-pede (a centipede from Hell) as they track down the assassination plot to its perpetrator. Their adventures range from Atlantis, a Lost World type island in the Bermuda triangle, a visit to the moon and some epic battles with the radioactive brain of Madame Curie. The tale is filled with adventure, excitement and plenty of laughs.

The performance, though, really sets the book apart. The voices Aiello creates for each character are wonderful and quite distinct. He makes Mollusk sound like a cross between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Stewie Griffin. The Brain also sounds quite like Vizzini and there are many other convincing and entertaining voices throughout. Not only will I continue to follow Martinez’s work, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this very talented narrator as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely hilarious
I happened to stumble upon this through Audible, and liked the title and synopsis so much that I bought it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read (listen in my case) for sci fi humor!
Funny from start to end, couldn't stop laughing at the absurd of the situation. The narrator was excellent at all times and kept the pace up always.
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Published 13 days ago by Back to Nature
3.0 out of 5 stars An enigma wrapped in a tortilla
It's so hard to review Mr. Martinez. He doesn't repeat himself as he slides through one genre bending novel after another, except he doesn't really bend each genre, he just makes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John P. Franz
5.0 out of 5 stars As Epic As The Title Insists
I love everything Martinez writes. You can use the argument "You've read one you've read them all" with any novel he's written, but there's no doubt that his novels are... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Heretic
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud
This is a silly book, with some silly tropes and witty repartee. It is a pleasure to read, poking fun at supervilliany without bogging you down with some hyped up moral ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kate Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail Martinez!
This was the first of Mr. Martinez's books I read and I quickly feel in love with his writing style. Less than a month later, I had purchased his entire catalog. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daniel Mcgowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining!
A great book. I had no idea what to expect, but I was sucked in from the beginning. Great characters, excellent dialog and concept. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian Nardini
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky!
I've been looking for an author like A.Lee Martinez for a long while. While this is not my favorite of his books (I lean towards the fantasy side of the spectrum) this was a fun... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Meghan E Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
My husband really loved this book - another great A. Lee Martinez read. Can't wait to get his next book.
Published 8 months ago by J. Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars This Shiznit be funny yo.
Whilst I lounged in my reading room prostrate upon my porcelain throne
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner was published. Since then he has published or is about to publish five additional novels, including the forthcoming Divine Misfortune. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.

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