Going Through the Change (A Menopausal Superhero Novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This was a fun romp that included the change, but also had other life issues, as well as a ‘mad’ doctor experimenting with reversing the aging process.
Somehow Dr. Liu’s experiments create super powers in a few of the women who use her lotion, tea, and soap.
Their challenges are immense and the discovery of the how and why are really what this first book is about. I also like a book with a definite ending, and this is clearly a book with a sequel, but well done Ms. Bryant.
I am more than curious to learn how these characters fare in the future. Oh, and I definitely want the recipe for reversing age!
The most important thing about this novel is how deft it is. The ways the women change are very clever, but the reasons are not obvious at first. As a woman moving into this phase of life, I found the author's characterizations complex and nuanced. I will admit that I cried several times while reading because the characters' inner struggles spoke to me. There is a whole lot more going on here than some women with powers running around. One might even use the term "symbols." I really related to Linda, and I am still processing what I read.
I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a comic book in novel form. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to women who find themselves in a place where they don't know what their bodies will do from day to day and also to the people who love women in that state. The powers might be exaggerated, but the emotions are all right on the money.
The writing is juvenile, in style and content, but i read it to the end and did want to see how it wrapped itself up. I love superheroes and had no trouble imagining myself in cape and boots. It just seemed that maybe it couldnt decide if it was an overly serious comic or a silly drama.I can't say i recommend it, exactly, but i do think other women of the same age may find its premise engaging.
Still? The idea of menopausal women gaining super powers is inherently funny. I mean, why NOT harness those annoying hot flashes, and turn them into fireballs a gal can throw around? And why suffer from bloating and belching when a saggy old broad can finally put all that gas to good use by using it to defy gravity? I mean, just think of all the money and aggravation a gal could save if she were able to fly wherever she wanted without having to be strapped into an airplane in front of a kicking loud-mouthed kid... or having to wait in those interminable airport lines? And itchy skin? What the heck; why not just be done with it and develop bullet-proof scales and plates? You never can tell when that might come in handy. The fourth member of our menopausal quartet has a slightly different change. She no longer has to ask her husband for help opening a pickle jar. Or for help reaching something on the top shelf... or moving heavy furniture. See, the change makes her much taller, beefier, and endows her with super strength, a deeper voice and LOTS of facial hair. It has also endowed her with a... penis.
See? Lots of untapped potential there for laughs.
However, even though the book disappointed me for its lack of humor, it was still a somewhat enjoyable read. It was definitely DIFFERENT. One downside for me that it's a (gasp!) cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, because they don't provide a satisfactory ending. They're just jumping boards to coerce readers into buying and reading the next book in the series. Series, I can handle. Cliffhangers are just plain annoying and manipulative.
That being said, I will more than likely read the second book in this series. I'm hopeful that there will be more humor in it. If not, I'm still willing to give it a chance. I mean, how often do you get to read about old gal superheroes?
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