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Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel (WHOOSH! BAM! POW! Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B004HO5DYS
- Publisher : Word Ballon Books! (November 30, 2013)
- Publication date : November 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2574 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #711,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But wait — one person can see him — Dr. Knowbokov, a benevolent mad scientist who, while on a trip into the past to battle his archenemy Rex Monday, accidentally erased Richard from existence. To make up for that error, Knowbokov brings Richard to his HQ on a tropical island paradise, introduces him to his beautiful, superpowered daughters, dubs him “Nobody,” and sends him out to fight supervillains.
Well, you know Richard couldn’t have it that good, right? Sure, Rex Monday is a psychotic loon who employs other psychotic loons to casually murder thousands of innocent people. But Knowbokov is no angel either — he kidnaps death-row prisoners to use them as brain-drained biocomputers, and he’s completely indifferent to anything that doesn’t involve him killing Rex Monday, including ordering Richard to allow a school bus full of children to be killed rather than deviate from a mission.
And his daughters have plenty of problems, too. The Thrill is a world-famous celebrity who can fly and get anyone to do what she wants just by asking, but she’s an unapologetic thief — she can ask for anything, and the owner will just hand it over. And Rail Blade, a metal manipulator who can pull knives out of thin air and roller-skate anywhere she wants in a matter of minutes, has some serious mental stability issues.
And Richard is, frankly, over his head. Sure, he’s invisible, but because he’s been displaced in time, he basically doesn’t exist unless someone believes he’s there. That makes it hard for him to do very much to help out. What’s a see-through man to do in a shades-of-gray world?
The book has very well done characters — even when you don’t agree with what they’re doing, you understand why they’re doing it. I also dug the moral quandries Richard has to deal with — Knowbokov and Rex Monday are both ruthless authoritarian bastiches, so who does Richard choose to work with? Can he find a third way out of the situation?
And the superhero action is great, too. The fights are frantic but well planned-out, and the violence is as terrifying as you’d expect from people who can do such outlandish things.
Really, my only complaint is that there aren’t enough superheroes and villains — just one group of each — and the ones we saw were enough fun that I wanted to see what other characters Maxey could create.
I also distinctly remember deciding not to buy his debut novel, Nobody Gets the Girl, in 2003 because it sounded too much like a comic book, and I was not really into superhero stories. But somewhere along the way, about a decade later, I bought the ebook. Then, yet another five years down the road I finally got around to reading it.
The truth is, this is a surprisingly good book. It is light and often humorous but at the same time not afraid to go to some really dark places and aggressively deconstruct the tropes of its comic book roots. Richard Rogers is an everyman in a world filled with superheroes, but he has never given them much consideration until he wakes up one morning to find he is invisible. He turns for help to a mad scientist, Dr. Know, and his two crime-fighting daughters. He is enlisted in a battle against a team of super-villains, but the moral ambiguities of their war soon leave him questioning which side is good and which is evil.
Maxey's novel has interesting, complex characters with complicated histories but its real power is in the mixing of fantasy and science fiction ideas. In addition to the comic book tropes you expect--superpowers and evil twin arch-villains--he mixes in a heavy dose of time travel paradox and quantum physics. The story's themes owe a lot to Alan Moore's Watchmen. Like that seminal classic, this novel explores how humanity might react if superheroes existed in real life, the consequences of a superhero who abuses power in the name of the greater good, and how dysfunctional family relationships taint motivation over time.
In the fifteen years since this novel was published, the author has stayed busy publishing 13 more novels and two short story collections, including two sequels to Nobody Gets the Girl.
Top reviews from other countries
But all I really got out of this was another attempt to disassemble the superhero genre, with dark and grim overtones and... it didn't work.
I was bored, I didn't care for the main character who quickly went from relatable to "author fantasy insert", and the plot all kind of fell flat.
I really can't suggest reading it.
Cleverly conceived and well told with believable characters.
A good read.
The hero wakes up one day to find no one can see him, and he has become non-existent. He then finds out this was due to the actions of a super scientist, who went back in time, and stopped his parents from conceiving ( by mistake).
The hero is asked to battle a supervillain, but soon starts to have doubts about who the real villain could be...