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Keep Austin Weird: A Lesbian Superhero Love Story for Grown-Ups Paperback – February 2, 2015
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About the Author
The author of this novel began using the pseudonym Mary Jane when he was a freshman at Harvey Mudd College and wrote a weekly column for the student paper, The Muddraker. Being a shy, reserved youth, he felt he would be more forthright using a pseudonym. Since 80% of the students were male, a woman's name garnered more attention. And, the name Mary Jane seemed nicely disreputable. The rest is a brief footnote in history. Kyle G. Roesler has gone on to write screenplays, stage plays, and four novels (including Fate and Saba, both in print on Amazon). He is probably the greatest living American writer no one has ever heard of. Alas, Mary Jane passed away (another victim of cancer of the pseudonym) in 2017; Kyle continues to write using his own name. Fun facts about Kyle G. Roesler: 1) When Kyle plays guitar, he uses an amp that goes to 12. His wa-wa pedal, however, goes to 13. 2) Kyle is also a sit-down comedian (why stand when you can sit?); check out a couple of his routines on YouTube. 3) Kyle has made a short film of one scene of his novel Saba, and plans to make more short films in the future. 4) Back when he was known as Mary Jane, Kyle and Kirsten Dunst got together occasionally to discuss Peter Parker. Emma Stone is not invited. 5) Mary is really a man who is 6'6" tall. He can't walk in heels. 6) When Arnold Palmer and Mary used to get together, they discussed how to discretely order items named after them (half lemonade/half iced tea and taffy candy, respectively). 7) Wait, what did you think I was talking about? 8) Kyle really appreciates any reader who reads this webpage so thoroughly they make it to this part of his bio. Thank you. He would love to get your feedback on Amazon or Facebook. Note: half of these fun facts are actually facts. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to sort out facts from fiction.
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I was hooked by the superpower and it held me until the end. It's hard to say more without spoiling the surprises along the way, but it's a fun and uplifting story, engagingly written. There are plenty of Austin landmarks and plenty of local color. The fictional places seemed so real that I Googled a few of them, to make sure I wasn't missing something in my own town.
I disagree with Kim's choice of best BBQ and believe that starchy vegetables are allowed at authentic BBQ joints, but we're all entitled to our opinions.
Many thanks for the publishing house quality. I am cursed with an editor's eye and often find self-published books to be sadly lacking in the editing department. Not this one. I found but one typo and an Oxford comma quibble. If you don't know what that means, you're lucky.
I'll be looking for more from Mary Jane.
In terms of style, grammar, etc., another pass-through by a good editor would have helped. There's nothing egregiously wrong, but the alternating tenses are annoying.
So, a decent book to pass the time, with some funny moments, but nothing astounding or page-turning. "Cute" is one way to describe it.
I strongly recommend you read this unless you are homophobic, then you probably weren't considering it anyway after reading the title. YOUR LOSS in so many ways!