- File Size: 1378 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546395350
- Publisher: Christina McMullen (October 21, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LX4N8HQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First, I'll say that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. When you hear about superheroes, you immediately think about the good guys of course. This one features a bad girl. Bad? Well…not really. If not for the blurb, I am not sure I would have associated Frostbyte with a villain. Sure, she's no angel, but villain? She's not quite there. Anyway, the whole story is told in a parody way. I had a laugh with the costume sequence, where the protagonist is being 'harassed' by her leader's fashionista so she'd look more sexy while our antihero would rather have pockets, loads and loads of pockets, to carry her stuff.
The story is told from the perspective of our anti-hero who has a vivid way of delivering it, so although it is a bit shorter than McMullen's earlier work, she stayed true to herself, and offered a protagonist that feels real. And without offering spoilers, all I can say is that I loved the ending.
I'd recommend to fans of Superheroes of course, but also fans of satire and parody.
From the bottom looking up, it sounds glorious and epic. But is the life of a Super Human all it’s cracked up to be?
“A Shot at the Big Time” is a wry and satirical take on the Super Hero genre by Christina McMullen.
We are brought alongside Lisa who spends her days in Maxima City, at the bottom of the corporate ladder in the IT department. However, she happens to be one of the residents of that city gifted with a super power talent, and works in the company owned by one of the city’s biggest villains, known as Malevolents. At night, Lisa dons her “Mal” alter-ego “Frostbyte” to engage in nefarious activities and match talents against the members of the Liberty Gang.
Frostbyte has one goal, to face off against the city’s most popular hero: Magnificent Man and exact revenge for a childhood trauma. But getting such an A-list hero to notice a mere henchman is harder than it appears.
But, when Frostbyte finally gets her chance to join the upper echelon of the Coalition of Evil, she feels her chance to confront Magnificent Man is within her grasp … if only there wasn’t so much paperwork! What’s her brand going to be? How long does it take to get an appropriate costume? Who pays for all the damage done to the city after the fights?
Frostbyte quickly finds that the view from the top isn’t so black and white as it first appears, but filled with shades of gray on both sides, and a lot of committees.
“A Shot at the Big Time” is a very fun read and filled with delightful, sarcastic humor. If you enjoy stories where the real world invades the fantastic, then I recommend you give this imaginative story a read!
I loved it all in this book. I loved the characters, especially Lisa the IT girl by day and icy supervillain by night who's also known as Frostbyte--see what she did there? I thought Lisa's primary motivation was a great subversion and was played for laughs pretty well. And I really like it in superhero books when you get to see a protagonist's full life, from day job to what equates to a dating life or bar time in this case, to superhero shenanigans.
The world was also set up beautifully and had a lot of creative touches that I liked. I enjoyed the naming conventions for the Figs and Mals, as well as the reasoning for having or using Talent in the first place. Oh and powers are called Talents, which sometimes adds a confusing twist to things (as also recognized by Lisa) but gives this book more personality.
+Crisp writing, pages fly by smoothly.
+A smart and funny female lead
+Non-stop laughter (literally)
+Filled with tons of geeky easter eggs (lets count them together)
+Tons of creative heroes and villains--ahem--Figs and Mals with tons of pun-tastic names
I received an ARC (advanced review copy) of A Shot at the Big Time.
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