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Nobody Gets the Girl Paperback – July 7, 2003
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I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl. I'm a graduate of Orson Scott Card's Writing Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. In 2015, I was awarded the title of Piedmont Laureate.
My works to date are:
BAD WIZARD. A grown up Dorothy Gale pursues the villainous Wizard across a magical landscape to keep him from conquering the Emerald City once more. It's zeppelins and lightning guns in the Land of Oz!
Nobody Gets the Girl (2003): A tale on an invisible man and the women who dig him.
Burn Baby Burn (2011): A love story about two supervillians on a crime spree.
Coming Soon: Cut-Up Girl!: A young girl with the power to create duplicates of herself by cutting off body parts gets swept up into a war between the Lawful Legion (the only superhero team authorized by the government) and Red Line, a team of super-powered vigilantes fighting to save a world that fears them.
My Dragon Age novels:
Bitterwood (2007): In a world where dragons rule over men, the mysterious hunter Bitterwood wages war against the beasts from the shadows.
Dragonforge (2008): When all out war breaks out between dragons and men, the human forces stage a daring attack on the heart of the dragons' military might--the fortress town of Dragon Forge.
Dragonseed (2009): As war takes its toll on both mankind and the dragons, disease and famine threaten to sweep the land. Does salvation lie in the talons of dragon claiming mystical healing powers, who feeds his followers the miraculous dragonseed?
Dawn of Dragons (2013): A prequel to Bitterwood, set 1000 years before the first book, telling the story of Morningstar, the first dragon, as he escapes his creators and makes his way through a world falling apart in the aftermath of the rise of Atlantis.
The Complete Bitterwood. An ebook collection that collects the three core Dragon Age novels, plus Dawn of Dragons, plus the bonus short story "Tornado of Sparks/"
My Dragon Apocalypse novels:
A more lighthearted take on fantasy than my Dragon Age novels, the Dragon Apocalypse novels blend my love of epic fantasy and my love of superheroes. In each book, superpowered adventurers pit themselves against the primal dragons, elemental beings who are manifestations of aspects of nature.
Greatshadow (2012): Twelve superpowered adventurers band together to slay Greatshadow, the primal dragon of fire. But, before they fight the beast, can they first survive each other?
Hush (2012): When the warrior woman known as Infidel journeys to the frozen north in order to fulfil a promise made to a dying friend, she winds up swept into a plot by Hush, the primal dragon of cold, who plans to murder the sun and plunge the world into permanent winter.
Witchbreaker (2012): Centuries ago, the knight known as the Witchbreaker nearly wiped out the cult of witches. Now, a young witch named Sorrow seeks to launch a new golden age of witchcraft by seeking out the legendary queen of witches, Avaris. She's joined on her quest by an amnesiatic warrior who seems to have come from a different time. Could her new closest ally secretly be the long lost Witchbreaker?
Coming in 2016: At long last, the final Dragon Apocalypse novel! Tentatively titled Cinder, Infidel and Stagger must reunite to save their daughter, Wylde. Conceived in the spirit world, Wylde possesses the power to slip between the realms of the living and the dead. When Wylde is told by a hellbound spirit of living men who have wound up trapped in hell, she leads a party gathered by the Church of the Book to rescue the trapped innocents. But one member of her party has a hidden agenda, and seeks the destruction of all reality, that it might be rewritten in accordance with Divine Truth. When the primal dragons unite to destroy mankind to save themselves. Will Stagger and Sorrow rescue their daughter from hell only to return to a world scoured of humanity?
Short story collections:
There is No Wheel (2011): Ten critically acclaimed short stories collected from the pages of Asimov's, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and various anthologies. Dark, weird, funny, and truthful.
Top Customer Reviews
It a tough novel to talk about without giving away the plot. There are surprises in every chapter. It's also a tough book to put down. I read the whole book in a weekend and was never bored for a second.
The biggest surprise for me was how funny the book was. The dialogue is sharp and clever. It's the sort of book I keep quoting passages from to my friends.
The only thing that I worried about in the plot is that early on the bad guys are this group of international terrorists. I kind of rolled my eyes at this use of the current pop culture boogey man. But, later in the book the master terrorist get center stage for a couple of chapters and it's one of the biggest surprises of the book that his character is so three dimensional and thought out. These aren't typical cardboard bad guys. The whole book winds up being a kind of critique of the current war on terrorism. The good guys go to such extremes to stop their enemies that it gets difficult to tell whether or not they might be a bigger [danger] than the bad guys.
This book is thought-provoking, action packed, and funny. Highly recommended.
The plot was engaging, the characters interesting if not always likeable, and the moral themes were complex. Don't let the broad heroic strokes fool you - this story has a lot of layers.
There were, however, a few glitches: there's a romantic situation which seems to spring from nowhere, and as a result I really couldn't buy it. Since the romantic situation is closely tied to the overall plot, this created a bit of a problem for me. I also felt the protagonist needed a bit more fleshing out - I felt that some of his actions were out-of-how-I-perceived-his-character; in retrospect I have the feeling that Maxey simply did some mental shorthand that not all readers will grasp.
But don't let those put you off buying the novel - it's a lot of fun, and it'll make you think. I'm looking forward to more of Maxey's work.
James Maxey's debut novel is, overall, a fun, fast read for fans of superhero comics and fiction. That said, the plot jumps around from idea to idea like a drug-crazed ferret, and so much happens so quickly that it's difficult to relate to or empathize with any of the characters. Maxey's writing is workmanlike at best, and I often found myself craving more fine or rich details. Having also just read Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, I'd recommend the latter over this book, as I found it a more comprehensive and better-written homage to the superhero genre.
Recommended as a library loan for fans of light superhero fiction. Two-and-a-half stars.
There's also plenty of hard-hitting superhero action inside, including one scene that tops anything Superman (or any nemesis of his) would ever dare attempt... you'll know it when you see it, and it *will* force you to think.
I made the mistake of picking this book up at bedtime, and ended up missing *lots* of sleep. I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. Open it only when you've got some time to spend!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of the first independent Superhero novels I read.
Great take and twist on the Superhero genre and I look forward to more from the author.
I don't give many 5 stars, especially for fun fiction. I think this is one of the best books in the superhero genre I have read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bradley Thomas
At first glance this appears to be a novel about superheroes. And it definitely is; however, it makes you think about life, it makes you laugh, it makes you consider your place in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Greene
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. Read more
Good story, nice angels, good ending and a sweet trick with words that i rather I appreciated near the end. Now I'm looking for more "bus reads" by this author.Published 21 months ago by Ali Camp
Having previously encountered other work by James Maxey (his fantasy novels about Dragons ~ Bitterwood etc. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Lucinda
Everything just kind of sat there until there was a sudden convenient solution. Emotions were stale, humour was few and far in between, and plot was predictable. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Ruthie