- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Swarm Press (July 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934861162
- ISBN-13: 978-1934861165
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Playing For Keeps Paperback – July 14, 2008
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It’s a wonderful story that brings friends, from the local bar, to being almost a family!!
Dearest Mighty Mur, please keep up the great work, can’t wait for a sequel!!!!
This book was not what I was expecting. I guess my expectation is that a well-rounded superhero novel shows not only the superhuman and extraordinary but also the mundane lives of the characters as well. This book starts off with costumed fighting right off the bat and never really stops. I felt that the characters and the reader never really got that time to catch their breaths and process the world and events that were happening. We could have done without everything seeming to be packed into 24-36 hours to give us a better "feel" for the world we were in.
Over-all the story was well written and a novel approach to the trope that managed to not feel as if characters were just fill-ins for the names we all know. The style and settings just never clicked for me, overall it felt like the characters were in a pinball machine bouncing from one crises scene to the next. I also felt that until about half-way through the novel I couldn't keep track of certain secondary characters because some of the descriptions were so sparse.
Overall the book was kind of bland and didn't leave any big impressions on me, its one for a vacation weekend that you don't want to think through.
Good solid, middle of the road, e-book only superhero prose. Much longer than I thought when I bought it (over 100 pages instead of the normal 50 or so) - which turned out to be good. The author takes a while to get engrossing. The concept had me buy the book, but by the third or fourth chapter the poor dialogue tags was getting to me. About three or four chapters after that, I stopped noticing the issue because the story got good.
I think the initial weakness was the amount of people the author needed to introduce. Superhero teams are much harder to write - especially when faced with a supervillian team that also needed introducing. Or was that two superhero teams, or three supervillian crews. Anyway a lot of people blowing things up and tossing powers around - some subtle (carry a tray - yep, actually a cool power once it gets going) and others a little two overt - nuclear reactor anyone?
The plot itself is fairly decent. How and why Keepsy comes to the attention of the First Wavers makes perfect sense, as is her refusal to play ball with either side. Given her lousy position within society, she has absolutely no reason to help the heroes or villains and the author never forgets that. It makes her actions and motives much more interesting and gives her both an insider's and outsider's perspective of the superhero world.
That said, I think Keepsy and her kind's underdog status is pushed just a little too hard. It's well-established in the first chapter how they're perceived, but Keepsy seems to keep harping on about it every five minutes. It also would have been a lot more compelling if the First Wavers had been humanized, but they're all apparently jerks with no redeeming qualities. So instead of a clever exploration of how a ranking system divides a society (like the movie Sky High's hero/sidekick dynamic) it became a 'poor me' story about how Keepsy and her kind were so oppressed.
This in itself is not entirely bad. As it's told from Keepsy's perspective, her opinion of the heroes makes a great deal of sense. If someone spends all their time stepping on you, you're not likely to really see much good in them. However, the plot-line involving Keepsy's powers undermined the whole premise of the book. I won't spoil what it is here, other than it invalidated every argument she'd made regarding First Wavers and took away everything that made her interesting in the first place.
It was trying really hard to be a story about how everyone can make a difference and is deserving of respect, regardless of ability. But in the end, it was just about Keepsy.