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Shero Paperback – July 16, 2011
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Jack Wallen has a goal -- to become the Zombie King. He won't do that by dining on the brains of helpless victims. Instead he will write and write until his fingers and mind are nothing but meat for the beasts. During that time Jack will produce works of zombie fiction that are both enjoyable and cringe-worthy. Of course, being of the insane writer clan, Jack isn't just happy with the penning of zombie fiction. Oh no, the nightmare does not end there. Like the late, great Freddy Mercury, Jack wants it all -- so, he will continue writing his Fringe Killer series as well as his joyous celebration of all things diverse -- Shero. For his inspiration to begin reading and writing, Jack thanks the ever-incredible Clive Barker for penning in a genre with words of grace and horror.
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Shero is a loveable and smart hero unlike any you may have read about before.He can clean up the streets while dressed to the 9's,in Designer clothing, fashionable high heels with a perfect manicure.There are impressive battle scenes,catty sarcasm loyalty and friendship.But life is not a cake walk for Shero.Despite the narrowminded towns folks who can be easily manipulated by doctored photos and someone out to bring Shero down and cause him to fall from grace.Shero does his best to keep his oath he has sworn to serve and protect.
I enjoyed this story.Jack Wallen always brings his unique take on life to every story he writes,and for that I am Thankful.
No dodging into phone booths for this supershero, who makes Spiderman and Superman look downright dowdy. Shero is always well-dressed and prepared for any crisis. This girl knows who she is and is prepared to kick ass to prove it.
Only the most mean-spirited (and Shero knows who they are) could fail to fall in love with this feisty character with killer nail polish. Long may she strut her stuff.
And, I'll admit that at the start of the book even, those reservations weren't immediately lost.
Shero likes to dress up in women's clothing, meaning that he likes to kick butt in a dress. And at first, we see Shero focusing a lot on the clothes, which, to be fair, if you like to dress up in the finest of female attire (whether male or female), it's probably something that does consume a fair amount of your brainpower (as a male who dresses poorly, I can't say anything for certain). But at first, I was nervous as it seemed almost to come across as the dialogue was written for some outmoded female stereotype where the person was more concerned about chipped nails than about their fellow man.
Luckily I read on, because it does quickly become apparent that there's much more to Shero than jokes about Wang dresses. In fact, it's even much more about finding acceptance as someone who is different than others (as we see most people have come to expect Shero to wear his reinforced heels and are disappointed when he comes in anything less than the most impressive fabrics). In the end, this is a story about doing what's right, even if it goes completely against what you've been told is right all your life. It's a story about being true to you, and getting down what really matters.
In other words, Shero actually has a rather amazing subtle message hiding among the humor (as this is a comedy title). It comes at the idea of being transgender (or different in any way) from an entirely different angle, and one that you might not notice if you weren't paying attention. It does it by questioning the norm, but being introduced to new ideas and finding that the ones you were told before were lies...but none of this actually relates at all directly to Shero's choice in clothing.
I could actually go on for quite some time about the devices Wallen uses to get his ideas across, but I won't do that here.
Instead, I'd rather focus on the fact that this well-crafted tale is something special. It's funny. Just the fact that Shero's superpower is that he can shoot his fingernails (covered in a variety of nail polishes which can induce a number of different status effects) is enough to make one smile. The narrator has this sense of irreverence that one can't help but think even he finds the whole event rather humorous.
It's a fun story, hiding a deeper meaning, that is a great quick read which will leave you begging for more.
Luckily, there's a second book out (and I believe a third on the way) to allow readers to get to know more about the man in the Prada (sorry...my knowledge of fashion is pretty limited here). I know it's on my to-read list.