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James Maxey lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife Cheryl and too many cats. He’s read 1,302,017 comic books, give or take a few. His mother warned that reading all those funny books would warp his mind—and she was right! Now unfit for ordinary society, James is reduced to typing out his depraved daydreams and asking strangers to pay money for them. It beats real work. For more information about James and his writing, visit his blog at dragonprophet.blogspot.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Phobos Books (July 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972002626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972002622
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 16, 2003
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...I'm thrilled to finally find a superhero novel that is a great read from cover to cover. Nobody Gets the Girl is the best superhero novel ever. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is a huge hit and will spawn imitators half this good.
It a tough novel to talk about without giving away the plot. There are surprises in every chapter. It's also a tough book to put down. I read the whole book in a weekend and was never bored for a second.
The biggest surprise for me was how funny the book was. The dialogue is sharp and clever. It's the sort of book I keep quoting passages from to my friends.
The only thing that I worried about in the plot is that early on the bad guys are this group of international terrorists. I kind of rolled my eyes at this use of the current pop culture boogey man. But, later in the book the master terrorist get center stage for a couple of chapters and it's one of the biggest surprises of the book that his character is so three dimensional and thought out. These aren't typical cardboard bad guys. The whole book winds up being a kind of critique of the current war on terrorism. The good guys go to such extremes to stop their enemies that it gets difficult to tell whether or not they might be a bigger [danger] than the bad guys.
This book is thought-provoking, action packed, and funny. Highly recommended.
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James Maxey paints a colorful, imaginative portrait of an unwilling superhero amid other heroes who have serious issues.
The plot was engaging, the characters interesting if not always likeable, and the moral themes were complex. Don't let the broad heroic strokes fool you - this story has a lot of layers.
There were, however, a few glitches: there's a romantic situation which seems to spring from nowhere, and as a result I really couldn't buy it. Since the romantic situation is closely tied to the overall plot, this created a bit of a problem for me. I also felt the protagonist needed a bit more fleshing out - I felt that some of his actions were out-of-how-I-perceived-his-character; in retrospect I have the feeling that Maxey simply did some mental shorthand that not all readers will grasp.
But don't let those put you off buying the novel - it's a lot of fun, and it'll make you think. I'm looking forward to more of Maxey's work.
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Richard Rogers is an everybody: he works at a nondescript job, tries stand-up comedy as a hobby, and is having marital problems. One morning, he wakes up in a world where no one can see or hear him, and after being discovered by super-scientist Dr. Know, he finds himself fighting evil alongside nubile super-heroine-sisters Rail Blade and The Thrill. But in his new life as Nobody, Richard finds that good and evil may not be so easy to identify. Will he make the right world-saving choices ... and get the (right) girl?

James Maxey's debut novel is, overall, a fun, fast read for fans of superhero comics and fiction. That said, the plot jumps around from idea to idea like a drug-crazed ferret, and so much happens so quickly that it's difficult to relate to or empathize with any of the characters. Maxey's writing is workmanlike at best, and I often found myself craving more fine or rich details. Having also just read Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman, I'd recommend the latter over this book, as I found it a more comprehensive and better-written homage to the superhero genre.

Recommended as a library loan for fans of light superhero fiction. Two-and-a-half stars.
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Nobody Gets the Girl is one of the most interesting and fun books I have read in years. I could not put it down. Very well written and thought prevoking. It has a very good mixture science fiction and comedy with intrigue thrown in for good measure. Even if you are not a comic book fan you will love this book. The characters were life like and appealing. Plenty of plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend buying this book. Nobody Gets the Girl is one of the few books I have ever read that I could read over and over. I look forward to reading future works.
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Nobody Gets the Girl is a decent comic book novel. For what it's worth, it's entertaining and has somewhat interesting characters although they sometimes get a bit cliche. I don't think the book deserves all of the 5 star reveiews it has gotten on Amazon. Maxey's prose style while serviceable is hardly enthralling. The storyline is solid but not extraordinary. In the end, I would rather have spent my time reading a few good graphic novels.
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This novel has a definite comic-book feel, with larger-than-life heroes, villians and situations... but don't expect the plot or characters to be limited to simple bold colors, there's *lots* of shading here. I must have 'figured out' this novel three times while I was reading it, and I was ever so slightly (but critically) wrong each time. The plot always remained one step ahead of me, with just a *bit* more twist than I expected. I read lots of SF, and seldom find as many genuine surprises as I found in here.
There's also plenty of hard-hitting superhero action inside, including one scene that tops anything Superman (or any nemesis of his) would ever dare attempt... you'll know it when you see it, and it *will* force you to think.
I made the mistake of picking this book up at bedtime, and ended up missing *lots* of sleep. I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. Open it only when you've got some time to spend!
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