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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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Constance Verity—blessed (or cursed) three hours after her birth by a fairy godmother who granted her a life of adventure and wonder—has been saving the world since her seventh birthday. It’s been 20 years, and it’s time for a vacation. She dreams of being normal, and she wants to be bored. To this end, she resolves to go kill her fairy godmother. Tia, who has been Constance’s best friend since before that fateful birthday, accompanies her—after all, a good sidekick is important. After a dramatic fight in, well, fairyland, where they track the fairy godmother down, and a showdown with the disgraced fairy herself in a rundown Florida rental, Constance finds what seems to be the solution. Finally ordinary, she’s having the time of her life: dating a nice, normal young man (whom she met at a poetry slam, but nobody’s perfect); spending time with her parents; doing everything that she never had time for before. But, of course, the cogs of fate and ancient cultish conspiracy are moving, and they drag her back into adventure—and the true meat of the story, in which she saves the world yet again and finally finds that most elusive of prizes: work-life balance. An ethnically diverse heroine, great adventure pacing, a witty sense of humor, and some quality banter make this a delightful subversion of superhero tropes. — Regina Schroeder (Booklist (STARRED) July 1, 2016)
“Reading this novel is probably the most fun I’ve had with a book so far this year. I think anybody will enjoy it because it’s fast-paced, inventive, and completely irreverent. Highly recommended.” (- Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
“An ethnically diverse heroine, great adventure pacing, a witty sense of humor, and some quality banter make this a delightful subversion of superhero tropes.” (- Booklist (STARRED))
“Martinez delivers another witty, fast-paced fantasy. The deadpan snark is nonstop and sure to keep readers giggling.” (– Library Journal)
“Fast-paced and funny, the story never flags.” (- Shelf Awareness)
“Brilliant gags shine through.” (- Publishers Weekly)
“Across 10 previous novels, A. Lee Martinez has made his name with outlandish stories packed with rollicking fantasy concepts...the mastermind of this multi-leveled fantasy caper.” (― Barnes & Noble Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog)
“Strong character development — which is what I like to see in a book.” (-- The News-Gazette)
“Martinez is obviously very passionate about his work and characters. I, for one, am quite excited to find out that his Constance Verity character is to be featured in two more books! If you haven’t taken the plunge into the amazing novels of this author, then I urge you to do so. Everything I’ve read by him has been a blast!” (– Geeks of Doom)
“The Last Adventure of Constance Verity is sure to give you plenty of good laughs and some deeper themes to chew on. It’s unexpectedly charismatic and offbeat.” (– The BiblioSanctum)
About the Author
A. Lee Martinez enjoys juggling, origami, skulking, and time travel.
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Constance Verity's fairy godmother "blessed" her with an interesting life, starting at age 7. What this means in practice is that she has to save the world/universe/whatever on a daily basis; sometimes twice a day if it goes quickly. And after many years of this, she is tired of it and wants nothing more than to retire to a boring/normal life. But...
There are wheels within wheels, schemes withing schemes, and conspiracies within conspiracies. Connie is bored with all that, though. Is there any way she can get some downtime to just spend hanging out and enjoying her BFF and her very normal boyfriend?
As usual with Martinez, there are a number of laugh-out-loud passages that I wanted to read to anyone within earshot.
It is very silly. It is very fun. It resembles superhero comics.
And it looks like this is not, actually, her last adventure...
Constance Danger Verity is destined for adventure. Literally. Just after she is born, she is blessed (or cursed) by a fairy godmother to a life of adventure, and a glorious death. It sounds extraordinary, but after two decades of nonstop adventure, Constance is bored with the constant adrenaline rush and just wants to try out something more normal. Sure, she's fought space pirates and ninjas and mummies, and saved the world-and the universe-a time or two, but she's never held down a dead end job, or gone grocery shopping, or balanced her checkbook. Unfortunately, it's a lot easier to bestow a fairy tale gift (curse) than to get it removed.
This book is written in an homage to 1930s pulp fiction stories, with a dash of girl detective thrown in. Constance Verity is smart, funny, and (naturally) a master of just about every martial art under the sun (ours and others). Her past adventures, referred two passingly by a line or two of dialogue, sound like the kind that feature a cover art with a burly man carrying a whip, possibly accompanied by a scantily clad woman in a leopard print bikini (Thrilling! Can Bryce Storm Discover the Secret of the Lost Idol of Tambakura In Time?!?!?).
But Martinez isn't content to let the '30s adventure ethos rule the day. As Constance sets out on her quest to become ordinary, we discover a conspiracy to keep that from happening. Not just any conspiracy, but a nefarious Government-Intergalactic-Interdimensional conspiracy of astounding proportions. Constance will need to battle through elves and aliens and government agents. She'll need to hack a computer that communicates via smell. And we will finally unerstand why it's so much easier to fight an army of ninjas rather than just one.
If you haven't guessed by now, I had a massive amount of fun reading this book. Martinez has a great talent for making the weird normal, and then making it weird again. The Last Adventure of Constance Verity is him on his 'A' game. It's summer time. You need something fun and original and funny to help deal with the temperatures outside, and this book is just the refreshment you need.
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I am saying overall that you should read this book. A Lee Martinez stories are great.
I gave this book 4 stars because Connie spent so much time digging in her heels about refusing to take action that she popped me right out of the story. Combine that with the sloppy blocking in A Lee Martinez's latest books and there were plenty of moments where I had to choose to keep reading, which isn't something I associate with a 5-star book. This is A Lee Martinez's first series book, so I'm willing to bet things pick up in the next volume as he hits the storytelling strides across the entire series that he normally hits in a single book.
I used to read alot when I was younger and some of my favorite books were comedic fantasy with authors like Piers Anthony (Xanth) and Robert Asprin (Myth series). A. Lee's book reminds me of those books I was so fond of. The beginning of the book definitely moves very fast as you are introduced to the character and all her varied adventures and people in her life, but once you settle into the story, it takes you along on a fun adventure that is full of humor that I enjoy. Knowing that this is a trilogy, I am definitely looking forward to the next 2 books.