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Nobody Gets the Girl Paperback – July 7, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's an interesting idea but the execution is too weak- the ending is predictable and the lead up to it is somewhat dull even if you like this genre of reading.Published 2 months ago by thirdtwin
This was one of the first independent Superhero novels I read.
Great take and twist on the Superhero genre and I look forward to more from the author.
I don't give many 5 stars, especially for fun fiction. I think this is one of the best books in the superhero genre I have read. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bradley Thomas
At first glance this appears to be a novel about superheroes. And it definitely is; however, it makes you think about life, it makes you laugh, it makes you consider your place in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Greene
Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey
So here we have an admitted superhero novel and I wasn't sure what to expect. It has a prologue and I'm not usually a fan of those. Read more
Good story, nice angels, good ending and a sweet trick with words that i rather I appreciated near the end. Now I'm looking for more "bus reads" by this author.Published on April 29, 2014 by Ali Camp
Having previously encountered other work by James Maxey (his fantasy novels about Dragons ~ Bitterwood etc. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Lucinda