The Machinist Part One: Malevolence Kindle Edition
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The dialogue of the story is honed to a minimum, except for an expository lump at the end. The action follows the logic and rhythm of superhero comics. The eight chapters of The Machinist Part One: Malevolence correspond to an eight-issue arc. Fans of comics will be right at home with this novella.
The author identifies this book as a novella. No firm dividing line between the novella and the novel exists, but most literary awards classify stories of 20,000 to 40,000 words as novellas. The Machinist Part One: Malevolence is closer to the lower word count. Many readers will finish the book in one sitting.
The author's Twitter profile describes him as an "Author of Supervillain stories for Mature Readers." The Machinist Part One: Malevolence features deadly violence and adult language. Young children and squeamish adults should stay away.
Superhero stories are slanted to a male audience, as is this book. Nevertheless, two women in this novella do engage in a conversation about something other than a man. Thus, the story passes the Bechdel Test.
The Kindle edition of this book is well edited. This reader noticed one dropped word and one sentence with strained syntax. Formatting of the text looks professional on both a Kindle Touch and a Kindle Fire HD.
The Machinist Part One: Malevolence deserves four stars because it develops the title character well enough to premiere a series and gives the reader a taste of the next installment. It falls short of five stars because it omits motivations and character development of female characters. The brevity of the novella form restricts character development, but couldn't the violence have been condensed to give more space to the women and win the series a larger audience?
In a few weeks McHenry will be released from Blackiron, a federal holding pen for supervillains. He's done his time, he's spent the best years of his life in jail, he's mellowed a lot, and he's ready to be a regular citizen if he can. But life in prison hasn't prepared him for this modern world--internet, cell phones, bluetooth headsets, wireless, laptops, Starbucks.... His best friends for the last 20 years have been others like him. And with his rap sheet nobody is going to hire him. What's a guy like him got to look forward to?
Well written, a vivid and likeable protagonist, great pacing and storyline, and a certain honesty that elevates this fantasy into the realm of Must Read.
Well, he finally did. It is excellent. And it is only the beginning.
I was never as into superhero culture as Maisey was. I liked it, but he LOVED it. So it's fitting that his first serious venture into publishing is MALEVOLENCE. The book is filled with a wry self-awareness. And humor. And bloody good pulp action. It's certainly unlike any superhero fiction I've ever read. That's what makes it great ... That, and a few wonderful twists.
Alex - Again thank you for recommending your book. I will be looking forward to reeding the sequels. While I didn't know you from the game City of Heroes, I now know who you are because of it. Thank you for being part of the community and I hope to see you over on the titan forums. Nice to see people carry on the legacy of the characters they create and find creative and imaginative ways for others to enjoy.
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