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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1547296445
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- Publication Date: June 26, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071JPKSF5
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I’m not a spoiler kind of guy, but I want to touch on each of the great pieces that appear in this new IAB! IAP! Anthology:
I really liked the Foreword by Todd Barselow. This is the third or fourth anthology that I have read from The Bridge, and I have really enjoyed each of the forwards in each of the books, and IAB! IAP! Is no exception. Not only did I get the writer’s take on the anthology, he gave me a glimpse into what I could expect in each story, and that hooked me right off the bat. Maybe it’s a little flakey to comment on the foreword, but when one catches my attention, I’m pretty certain that the teaser tells me I will love the book. In this case I really did.
Geek Gurl Rising from Chris Pourteau had such a natural feel and flow to the writing, and the events surrounding our ordinary girl hero, that it was utterly believable, incredibly empathic, and just beautifully written. I had not read much of Chris before but I ticked off the box on MUST READ after I read this appetite whetter. One of the better short stories I have ever read – and I am a very, very hard man to impress, as some of my author colleagues and friends will tell you.
Anna was a great story, and I found myself wondering if Patricia Gilliam has worked in law enforcement, or just been exposed to it. That’s how realistic her depiction of the bizarre circumstances were in this intro to setup The Hannaria Series. I put it on my list to read. I have to know more. How did the world come to be this way? Who are they? What are they? Another winner!
Now Rhett Bruno, Ah Rhett. He has risen quickly to super-stardom in my pantheon of authors. I would have said that This Long Vigil by Rhett was one of the best short stories IN ANY GENRE I have ever read, but Rhett, you outdid yourself with the Roach. Okay, first of all, a superhero named the Roach? But Rhett made it work. Rhett is masterful in painting images that stick to the ribs of your mind’s eye view in words, and his depictions and quality of writing, the emotion and the depth of character in The Roach Rises – well, my guess is it will win him some kind of award. It should. And that ending! A more loveable down on his luck superhero has not been seen, and kudos to Rhett Bruno for actually improving on perfection in the short story.
Now, I have to be honest, my first encounter with Hall and Beaulieu did not go well. It was not in this book. But I resolved to give them another chance, and in Cleanview I am really glad that I did. It earned them another chance at the brass ring. Their story of a janitor and his encounter with a soul-searching super was nothing short of magical. After all, cleanup was what he does, not who the janitor is. Very powerful and poignant, fantastic perspective piece very well written. I’ll read another one, Hall and Beaulieu!
Photo Op by Christopher J. Valin was a fun romp through a day in the life of a superhero, and what one has to do to protect one’s secret identity. It was tight, well written, well characterized, and had enough daily life depicted in it to make it a fun read.
Kevin Summers’ Paladin was really well written. From the heartbreak of loss evolved what ordinary people can do in extraordinary circumstances. Kevin communicated the unbearable pain of loss and what it can drive awkward, shy, weak teenagers to do when they have enough motivation. In a way this story was about the triumph of the human spirit, but also about the strength to say no to corrupting power and evil, and to rise above it. Inspirational, uplifting, and a really good read.
Mercurial was great for anyone facing or who has faced a mid-life crisis. I guess being a superhero just magnifies how impactful an experience it can be. This one had me guessing right up until the last words which way it was going to end, but it was classic, timeless, traditional, and an extremely well-written story. Way to go, Alexia Purdy, great writing!
One Last Time from Any Peloquin was the personification of absolute power corrupts absolutely. But was it the power? Was it an addictive personality? Can humans really be stronger than their inner desires? A very sobering, dark, thought provoking read, and really well done.
Hero Worship was a story about anything but. Can a lifetime of bitterness be overcome by the everyday heroes around us? You’ll have to read this emotionally charged, edge of your seat gripper to find out. Josh Hayes delivered the goods in this real-time with flashbacks look at how bitterness, malcontent, self-pity and years of pain and anger can be overcome. Or can they?
Ever wonder what a superhero does at night when no one is watching? How a mere mortal has a relationship with a super? What a date night might be like? Or how to handle devastatingly bad news on the eve of a celebration? In An Ordinary Hero: A Pantheon Short, C.C. Ekeke, whose name I love, was another one of those writers that I really wanted to read, and hadn’t yet. Her depiction of Robbie and Raylan was so powerfully moving that my gauge pegged on the must read column immediately. “More, more, I’m still not satisfied!” I clamored as I finished this one. The writing was that good.
In The Spotlight, The Myna byrd takes on a bad guy, and discovers too late in the game that she does not have the strength to handle him. Not and keep everyone in one piece, and alive and well and on the planet. She blames herself terribly for a tragedy she could not prevent. But will she give up being the Myna Byrd and wallow in all the guilt? The self-doubt? You’ll have to read it to find out.
In Fade, Josi Russell creates one of the most endearing characters it has ever been my pleasure to read. Ah, Charlotte! She reminded me of Maude, from the movie Harold and Maude – if Maude had super powers! What super powers? You’re going to have to read it to find out. Let’s just say that this sweet grandmotherly figure has a whole lot going on that no other grandmas do! Josi did an outstanding job with this beautiful story, and I loved it.
So there you have it. A super-powered anthology full of superstars! And super reads! I was really not planning to touch on every story in this review – I feel as though I have written a book about a book – but it is really warranted here. The wealth, depth and breadth of these artists is just stunning. Here is a book that I will definitely read again. Here are authors that give me so much excitement to look forward to, that I just can’t wait to read!
I would recommend this book without Reservation. I loved it.
It ain’t perfect: Many of the stories had small little typos, little language, grammar, punctuation or light editing errors, but none of them kept me from my enjoyment of the stories as you can tell.
Steve Beaulieu, you have SO knocked this out of the park, the stadium, the atmosphere that I do believe it has reached escape velocity, and this puppy ain’t never coming back! PLEASE keep doing what you’re doing, these books are just awesome!
That said, I really did enjoy this collection of shorts. Anyone who enjoys reading superhero stories is going to find at least one (hopefully more!) story to their liking in this book. Not all hit it out of the ballpark for me, but your tastes may differ. 'Geek Gurl Rising', for example, I think is an excellent origin story, but would do better converted into an actual work of sequential art than as a short. I very much felt like I was reading a comic issue #1 that was missing its pictures. 'Paladin' was also a good overall story, but I, personally, had trouble stomaching the idea of such a young person without powers starting down the path he chose, and the prospect that the one adult who knew his identity could potentially misuse that information.
My personal favorites? 'Anna' and 'Fade'. Although placed in an already existing universe from the author's previous works, 'Anna' stands alone on its own merits. The story is extremely well-written and the background universe intriguing enough that I will be searching out the author's related works to read. As for Anna, watching the process of rediscovering her identity, and all the baggage that brings, was exciting for me. 'Fade' was a surprise all around. The idea that a woman could have such a power and go unrevealed for so long was pleasing in and of itself. The disturbing alternative use of her power, only discovered because of her encounter with a 'super' of less altruistic intent, reveals much more than just our hero's capabilities, but rather an entire societal background providing motivation for both the hero and her enemy.
After having read this anthology, I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into its companion piece celebrating all things villainous.
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