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League of Somebodies Paperback – April 9, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
—Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review
League is a dazzling investigation into masculinity and hero-making. It’s also a rollicking good time, and his characters—crazy, troubled, hilarious, endearing—are unforgettable. Sattin magnificently tackles many big themes of our age: inheritance, the burdens of manhood, creating our own identities, and last but not least, love. In Sattin’s fiction, there is no such thing as a marginal character, no matter the world’s attempt at marginalization.
—Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Lady Matador's Hotel
Trying to fit comic book storytelling into a traditional novel format can be quite challenging [. . . ] Sattin seems to have struck the right balance with his new novel, League of Somebodies which has been earning praise as a smart look at hero-making that’s part old-school epic, part coming-of-age tale, and part comedy.
—Tim Donnelly, New York Post
League represents an interesting turn away from other literary treatments of comic book themes in that it seems more inspired by the graphic medium's present than its past [. . .] Sattin appears to draw inspiration from more current postmodern superhero writers like Grant Morrison or Warren Ellis [. . .] League of Somebodies bears far more of a debt to Doom Patrol than to The Avengers.
—Aaron Fox-Lerner, Los Angeles Review of Books
This is a big-bodied, big-hearted novel—a novel about fathers and sons and superheroes and villains; about heredity and hope; about the secret, sometimes awful expectations we have for our offspring and what happens when they inevitably fail to meet them.
—Ellen Cushing, East Bay Express
—Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver
League is so rich with originality that it's actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection.
—Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Incognegro, and Dark Rain
Those of you who are considering poisoning, terrorizing, and forcing their boys to read maniacal misogynistic rantings may want to read League of Somebodies as a cautionary tale. The rest of you, though, will have fun with this satiric American saga of squalid super-heroics.
—Corwin Ericson, author of SWELL and Checked Out OK
If there was an alternate reality where comics god Jack Kirby taught a postgrad ""religion and superfamilies"" lecture, this would be Sam Sattin's final paper.
—Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
In our been-there-done-that world, Samuel Sattin has managed to create something new: a graphic novel without the graphics. A superhero story about twisted fathers and frightened sons, betrayals of the heart and home. This non-comic comic-book is a big-themed story-telling bonanza whose major elements are not only thematic, they're chemical. If you crave a wild and original read, you've come to the right place.
—Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul
Sattin's first novel is a whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail. Imagine The Godfather remixed with Chabon's classic Kavalier and Clay.
—Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, Damascus, and Termite Parade
Tucked into these pages [is] a great little story about breaking from tradition and finally discovering the real joy of fatherhood.
—James Floyd Kelly, GeekDad
League is a powerful story that examines the age old tale of fathers trying to prepare their sons for the world, and sometimes irrevocably damaging them in the process . . . I would love to see a low budget film adaption by James Gunn, director of Super.—Nick Sharps, SF Signal
It’s not often that I come across a book-length skewering of genre conventions that is also an extended homage to genre itself. [. . .] Bottom line, League of Somebodies is flat out hilarious.
—Fiction Writers Review
Imagine if Katherine Dunn had written The Fortress of Solitude while misreading Susan Faludi's Stiffed after a three-day laudanum binge. Fathers and sons, heroes and villains: they're pretty much the same thing in this darkly funny yet touching (and highly original) novel.
—Gerry Donaghy, Powell's Books
Top Customer Reviews
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Raised on a steady diet of plutonium, Lenard Sikophsky grows up to become the world's first superhero. The key to Lenard's transformation? The Manaton, a sacred tome outlining the path to manhood. Now Lenard has a son of his own to teach, but an enemy exists that desperately wants to claim The Manaton as its own.
PROS: Mature, funny, and unexpectedly moving.
CONS: Don't buy this expecting an action packed, superhero thrill ride.
BOTTOM LINE: For those looking for a story with something to say, look no further.
Prior to reading Samuel Sattin's League of Somebodies I was stuck in a week long reading rut. I had picked up, started, and set back down six different books. There were no major problems with any of the books, I enjoyed each in varying degrees before giving them up, but each failed to hook me. Enter League of Somebodies, a coming-of-age story of dysfunctional families and uber-masculinity. I've read several superhero stories this year and strangely enough, my favorite is the least super of all. I've never been a fan of literature but League of Somebodies is interesting enough to carry mature themes without becoming too self absorbed to enjoy. It's the sort of book a bold English teacher might assign to students - likely offending some, confusing others, but managing to change the perspective of at least one student.
Putting a label on League of Somebodies is difficult and describing it is even harder. Imagine Kal-El crash landed on Earth, not to be discovered by the kindly Kent family, but instead their misogynistic Jewish Scot neighbor.Read more ›
Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky wants to raise the world's first legitimate superhero - the candidate: his son Lenard. However, before becoming a hero Lenard must pass several tests from an ancient book which teaches men how to be men. In the process Lenard falls in love with the mentally unstable Laura Moskowitz.
Twenty years later Lenard, who is no mental giant, has his own son, Nemo, who is being trained to be a superhero like his father. But before Nemo can take the mental, the Sikophsky men have to be put to the ultimate test.
League of Sombodies by Samuel Sattin is a book that needs close attention and some background in Jewish culture to enjoy. I knew I would like the book the moment the author introduced Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky a Scottish/Jewish/Polish strongman who feeds his child plutonium hoping to turn him into a superhero.
This book is unique, inventive and original. The characters are absolutely nuts, quirky but strangely compelling. The plot was strange, zany and funny complicated by love stories and strange relatives which pop-up every now and then.
"Christians had an entire universe of the macabre to work with. Jews, they had mother-complexes. Honestly, Lenard found the former more favorable, even if for him, though his particular complex involved a raving, burly Scotsman."
This novel is very wordy, which makes it tough to read but I found it to be part of the humor, either on the dim witted Lenard or the reader.Read more ›
I can't wait for more.
I was thoroughly entertained by this book from start to finish. The raw nature of Sattin's words made it feel more real, in a very fantasy world, than any other book I have read in the last 5 years.
Not for fans of easy to read books that don't leave a lasting impression. I re-read almost every paragraph in this book to completely understand all the subtle nuances of Sattin's words.
I had never heard about Sam Sattin prior to reading this novel, but a friend of mine pointed me in his direction saying he was an up and coming writer that I would appreciate and he was right!
THIS BOOK IS FOR THE TRUE READER THAT APPRECIATES THE POWER OF EVERY WORD ON THE PAGE.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Samuel Sattin writes a superheroes series that defies a genre !!! He's a spectacular talent!Published 12 months ago by David Gallaher
I cannot get past the mashup of words to form some kind of barely coherent simile or metaphor. Read more
I teetered between repulsion and a begrudging empathy for each utterly screwed up character. Redemption presented itself at the end, both for the characters and the story as a... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Maritess A.D. Gutierrez
I was unable to continue reading this book to the end. It sounded like a great premise for a book, but the characters were all unlikeable (the protagonist, Lenard had a weak... Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Stephanie
Not just the story of a superhero, and all that entails, moments of valor and challenge, fathers and sons, far-off worlds, and origin stories, but a story where said superhero is... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Ben Tanzer
What an agglomeration of pompous diatribe. So numerous bound rectos and leafs filled with coded and highly superfluous parlance ostensibly designed to exhibit the author's... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Azul
'League of Somebodies' is a highly inventive and thoroughly entertaining science fiction/fantasy novel that follows Lenard Sikophsky, our main character whose father has been... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Stephanie Ward
I haven't finished reading it yet; so my impressions are not complete. The book is fascinating, combining the Celtic legends, the Jewish traditions, the modern (is it modern? Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by zanooda
It's like Douglas Adams wrote a puppet show about superheroes. Then at some point during the show, the performers decided to dispense with the puppets. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by vinegartom