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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943171076
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- Publisher: Rowanwood Publishing, LLC (June 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 17, 2017
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- Language: English
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They're trying to get through life and some are doing good, some not, some just want to figure out a balance between normal and super. It made the characters as a whole easier to understand because I could see them being real people.
My favorite story was The Tiger of Geminia It's the story of a man responsible for training supers and his first trainee. It explores how a system to train supers and keep them in line can go wrong. How it can become slanted from its original intentions. We see a man who's part of the system, and yet by being so close to someone who doesn't FIT what that system wants her to be, he sees the beauty of imperfection(by the control team's standards).
A close runner-up was Lord Chimera which was a story of a good guy gone bad. Or rather, what if someone with good intentions goes too far? Are they a villain? Lord Chimera is not a likeable character, AT ALL. Everything about him oozes ego, control, and snobbery. He's vain and lies to himself by saying that the end justifies the means.
So why do I like it? Because it is just that interesting. It's gripping, it's engaging, I wanted to know what happened next. I wanted to see how his schemes went. Just a immersive read and I'm afraid that unless Matt Dewar bails from the fantasy genre I'm always going to find his stories addictingly good. You ever find an author who's style just WORKS for you. That's Dewar for me.
Some of my other favorites were:
In a Breath What happens when you stumble on something way bigger than you? You weren't planning on it. You just want to figure out what to do with the next month of your life. You react. That's all you have time for. Now you're in the middle of a mess and you're not quite sure who is good and who is bad. Rosemary's story easily pulled me in and I forgot it was a short story because it felt like I'd really gotten into her world and that I'd been there for more than a brief stay.
The Fate of Patient Zero Lucas is a doctor who signed up for one thing, and it quickly became something else. When a super who trusts him is essentially put into a coma until he can be better handled, Lucas has to decide between letting it go or standing up for Patient Zero. When his family is threatened, Lucas lets it go. Now years later Patient Zero is awoken. But he's not just a cold hard name, he's a person, a kid. His name is Grayson and he still needs Lucas' help if he is to do more than just survive. A captivating read that shows that it's never too late to do what's right and that no matter how strong a person is, they'll always need someone they can count on.
Childhood’s Last Nemesis This felt like the most . . . superhero-esque in a comic book sort of way that first comes to mind when I imagine the genre. We have a villain and a sidekick. They have the names, the powers, the costumes. They're trading insults, spouting monolouges, threatening, etc. It had this fun, light sense to it. It focused on a sidekick who is trying to decide what she wants to do with her life now that she's sure she wants to step out of the sidekick role.
She's nearing the end of her "sidekick term" when her nemesis escapes. Someone who's really not a threat, but who likes to think she is. She wants to be the GlowKid villain. The Joker to our heroes Batman. Shelley's fight against the Plague Queen not only helps her realize what she wants with her future, bu that this is their last fight and she's outgrown the Plague Queen. One is improving her life, the other is going to be in jail for a long time with no more goals then "I want to be the thorn in someone's side."
There were quite a few other stories I liked a lot as well, but I decided to just settle on my favorites. I did think that some of the stories fell short for me in a personal preference way. The ones I liked the most(above) were stories that all felt complete at the end. I like walking away thinking, "That ending worked. I'm content." Some of the stories felt like they were too short. Like I left frustrated that there wasn't more because it felt like "WAIT! What happened next?!" Which is great for a chapter ending, or a novel in a series ending. But for me since a short story is supposed to be all I'm getting, I like to feel that sense of completion.
So while I enjoyed almost every story, I did wish some could've been more wrapped up in the end.
1- Like you: Okay I read this again and understood it. Talk about turning the tables on someone. Try fighting on one side then being on the side you were fighting against. Great way to start this book.
2- Super Love: It's weird. I understand it's a superpower novel anthology, but It was just weird. The names through me and it was an interesting story. Second time it was still weird. All the names and “my Lady” was just odd. I didn’t get it.
3- The In-League by LB Garrison: This was easiest to follow so far. It was a really good read.
4- Lord Chimera: WOW! Reading one at a time from the start so far this is my favorite. It’s well written, held my attention, made sense and had twists. Although I admit I already knew the outcome, I thought it was pretty obvious. This story poses the question: Hero or Villain? You’ll have to read to know.
5- The Outlands: Another WOW! I was right there in the story from the first word. Held my attention and had some intense moments. I wanted the story to continue. This is not one I judged and I wanted more.
6- Ice Bonds: This is a good story with much potential. I hope this person continues this story.
7- Jump Discontinuity: I loved this one. A mystery, a loyalist, hero, and villain. Great read.
8- The tiger of Geminia: OOOOOO I loved this one. The Trick is knowing who’s the hero, and who’s the villain. I loved this one. I would like to read more of this story.
9- Childhood's last Nemesis: This was a funny, interesting, and deepish story. I would like to see this continue as well.
10- I choose: Well done. It’s not as jerky as I remember, and the back flashes were easier to read. I enjoyed the changes made. Cute story. Still don’t know who was right at the end. Dun dun dun.
11- In a breath: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY FAVORITE! Seriously so good. Pulls you right in and my only complaint is I WANT MORE! You have to keep going with this book, I want to know what happens! Let me know when you finish it!
12-The fate of patient zero: WOW another suspenseful hero villain tale. Then it ended!
Is it horrible of me to say I want more! I thing I will read the first two just to make sure I read them right because the rest are really good.
My personal favourites were:
Childhood's Last Nemesis - a humorous tale of a sidekick who must defeat her nemesis.
The Tiger of Geminia - a poignant tale of a young superhero coming to terms with her powers in her own way.
In a Breath - a tension-filled young adult story about a girl with understated powers who has to decide who to trust.
If you like heroes or villains, sci-fi elements, young adult, post-apocalytpic, or superpowers, there will be something in here you'll enjoy.