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I absolutely loved the origin of Dr. Fid's name.
His reason for becoming a supervillain was well explained. His "rivalry" with Bronze was brilliantly executed.
His relationship with Starnyx was the best development to Fid's character. The way they parted was also a highlight that I wasn't expecting.
Sphinx was a great antagonist. Her actions were understandable, but cowardly and deplorable.
The end battle was fun. I enjoyed how Fid solved the problem with the Legion.
The book moves slowly in many areas. It almost serves as a long monologue, which is somewhat appropriate.
Until the very end, it seemed like there weren't many "good" heroes, nor were there "evil" villains. This was partly from the POV we're given, but Fid seemed aware enough to filter his bias.
Fid is the only character that gets much development. Everyone else pretty much starts and ends as the same character. Again, POV is partly the reason for this issue. However, if you only develop one character, it probably should be the one whose name is in the title.
I didn't like Whisper. There, I said it. I thought the concept of an eleven-year-old supercomputer android was creepy. The guy who invented her was a supervillain, after all.
I didn't find anything that stood out which may annoy readers from a stylistic perspective. This is a safe read for the modern audience.
And not only is he evil, he’s also a pretty nice guy. As Terry Markham, he runs a multinational biotechnology firm dedicated to developing technologies that benefit mankind. How did he get this way? He’s a self-made man, who's been through so many self-makeovers that he can’t remember them all. If you can imagine the main character of a gothic novel titled “Dr. Frankenhyde and Mr. Jekyllstein” you’d get a pretty good idea of how Terry Markham and his monstrous alter-ego, Dr. Fid, came into being.
Reiss handles his complicated anti-hero deftly. The writing is clever, insightful, and funny, and the reader is apt to be charmed and appalled by Dr. Fid at nearly the same time. The characters in the novel are well-constructed, and as fantastic as some of their powers are, they are believable and consistent as human beings (or perhaps I should say, sentient constructs). I also thought the action scenes were very well done.
Dr. Fid has a reason for doing what he does: he wants to show the world the corrosive effect that hero-worship has on both the hero and the worshipper, and that puts him squarely on the path to conflict with the world’s many superheroes. Dr. Fid’s motives, however, are far from pure—he has a huge bone to pick with one particular superhero, who is, unfortunately, dead, and therefore out of reach of Dr. Fid’s wrath. Unable to vent his anger directly at the source of his pain, he spreads it around to essentially all superheroes everywhere.
Motives and battles, however, do not a plot make. As I approached the halfway point of this novel, I began to despair of a plot making its appearance. The first half of the book was like waiting at a beautifully architected train station situated in a lovely valley in some strange and fascinating country: there’s lots of beautiful, interesting, and unusual things and people to observe—and yet, you can’t help wondering when that dang train is going to show up.
Suddenly, and just in the nick of time, Plotman arrives to save the day! Or if not quite in the nick of time, better late than never, right?
Once the plot shows up, the novel hums right along. Turns out, Reiss can handle a plot as deftly as he can his characters and action scenes. The uber-villains are both intriguing and terrifying. The difficult decisions they pose for heroes and villains (and heroic villains and villainous heroes) are satisfyingly complex, as are the resolutions.
There are some readers who will not appreciate having to wait so long for the plot to develop (I would count myself among them). On the other hand, this book is <i>way</i> better than some of the “blockbuster” superhero-ish novels I’ve read recently, and the writing is so good and the ideas so interesting, some readers will love it (and I would count myself among them as well). I guess you could say I’m of two minds about this book.
Dr. Fid would understand perfectly.
Honestly, without reading the description that caught me off guard at first, but then as the story progress I was quiet impressed by the twist presented here, it was the reinvention the anti-hero formula desperately need it, and the way it works here is amazing.
But trust me, that is not the only reinvention made in this story, every normal or predictable thing to happen in a sci-fi story like this has been shattered, I was often surprised on how clever the author innovate in this outstanding narrative, you wouldn’t expect so much depth in a character like this one, especially a villain, but this time you will be surprised constantly. I could not get enough of this book, it’s a masterpiece that no one should miss, if you are tired of your typical save-the-day-and-get-the-girl and happy ever after hero and type of story, well then this is the book for you.
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