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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain by [Martinez, A. Lee]
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"Abundant, zany humor."―Publishers Weekly on Monster

"Divine Misfortune reads like a mash-up of Neil Gaiman, Monty Python, and a sugar-bombed nine-year old."―Locus

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. 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316093521
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCNGRQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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 it a little bit more of itself. Or something. That being said, this one has a little bit less of the something more than some of his others. By the title you can tell that he is taking on 50's sci fi movies and he has a good time with it. For some reason I had trouble getting going with the story. The second half I rolled through, though and enjoyed it. But it wasn't lat the level of A Nameless Witch, for example, because it didn't have the same deeper hook. You didn't get attached to the main character of Emperor Mollusk, because, well, he's a squid-like thing from Neptune who is so smart its hard to be worried about what's going to happen to him. Still, its Martinez and once it gets rolling its a lot of fun, especially if you are old enough to have sat through some of those low budget wonders. If you know him and like him, add this to your list. If you are meeting him for the first time, start with Gil's and Nameless Witch.
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Format: Hardcover
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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