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James Maxey lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife Cheryl and too many cats. He’s read 1,302,017 comic books, give or take a few. His mother warned that reading all those funny books would warp his mind—and she was right! Now unfit for ordinary society, James is reduced to typing out his depraved daydreams and asking strangers to pay money for them. It beats real work. For more information about James and his writing, visit his blog at --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Phobos Books (July 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972002626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972002622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My mother always said if I kept reading all those comic books and science fiction novels, they'd warp my brain. She was right! Now I'm an adult who can't stop daydreaming. While other grown ups sit around and think, about, I dunno, mortgages or something, I'm likely to be internally debating who'd win in a fight between Superman and Smaug, or thinking about the possibility that the rabbit holes in Wonderland might let one travel to Oz. My work is known for fast paced action and humor, with each story built around a large moral question.

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:

NEW IN 2014! 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!

Superhero novels:
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 2015: At long last, the final Dragon Apocalypse novel! Tentatively titled Soulless, 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.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2003
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...I'm thrilled to finally find a superhero novel that is a great read from cover to cover. Nobody Gets the Girl is the best superhero novel ever. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is a huge hit and will spawn imitators half this good.
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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Harmonyfb on September 29, 2003
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James Maxey paints a colorful, imaginative portrait of an unwilling superhero amid other heroes who have serious issues.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By the_smoking_quill on October 14, 2007
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Richard Rogers is an everybody: he works at a nondescript job, tries stand-up comedy as a hobby, and is having marital problems. One morning, he wakes up in a world where no one can see or hear him, and after being discovered by super-scientist Dr. Know, he finds himself fighting evil alongside nubile super-heroine-sisters Rail Blade and The Thrill. But in his new life as Nobody, Richard finds that good and evil may not be so easy to identify. Will he make the right world-saving choices ... and get the (right) girl?

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marcus D. Belk on September 6, 2003
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Nobody Gets the Girl is one of the most interesting and fun books I have read in years. I could not put it down. Very well written and thought prevoking. It has a very good mixture science fiction and comedy with intrigue thrown in for good measure. Even if you are not a comic book fan you will love this book. The characters were life like and appealing. Plenty of plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend buying this book. Nobody Gets the Girl is one of the few books I have ever read that I could read over and over. I look forward to reading future works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tiger CK on April 9, 2008
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Nobody Gets the Girl is a decent comic book novel. For what it's worth, it's entertaining and has somewhat interesting characters although they sometimes get a bit cliche. I don't think the book deserves all of the 5 star reveiews it has gotten on Amazon. Maxey's prose style while serviceable is hardly enthralling. The storyline is solid but not extraordinary. In the end, I would rather have spent my time reading a few good graphic novels.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alethea Kontis on July 28, 2003
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Kevin Anderson once said that the one of the perks of writing the X-files books was that he got to have an unlimited budget.
Well, James Maxey's gone and one-upped him.

In his debut novel Nobody Gets the Girl, Maxey has not only created a world with characters that special effects budgets could only dream of, he's also given birth to a whole new genre. Phobos calls it a "comic book novel." Or rather, a graphic novel without the graphics. At the beginning, I found myself wishing that I had the artistic talents of Jim Lee or Alex Ross following me along with the text. I have a friend that works at DC, and I started devising ways to slip this book into his bag the next time he came to visit. This should be one of the best comics out there.

And then I realized it couldn't be done.

Because the main character doesn't exist.

Richard Rogers is an average Joe in an average life. Until he wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. Scientist Dr. Knowbokov finds Richard and breaks it down for him. He no longer exists. Life as he knew it is gone. So what does he do with his supernatural powers? I mean other than wallow in self-pity. Why, he becomes a superhero, of course. Wouldn't you?

Richard becomes Nobody (thus the title) and joins the cause to save the world from evil. He teams up with Dr. Know's daughters, who have superpowers themselves. Rail Blade has the power of "ferrokinesis" (a fabulous word), which gives her complete control over the iron in everything from the earth's atmosphere to the human bloodstream. Her younger sister, the Thrill, can manipulate both gravity and human will. Oh, yes, and there are bad guys too; they would give the X-Men themselves a run for their money.

It's a whole new world on one level.
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