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The Trouble with Heroes Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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About the Author
Denise Little worked for Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton Bookseller for many years, first as a bookstore manager, then as their national book buyer for romance, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. She then joined Kensington Publishing, where she edited her own line of romance, Denise Little Presents. She's currently executive editor at Tekno Books.
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There are 22 stories in this action packed collection, and for once I found myself devouring every one. There were none that I skipped out of boredom and amazingly I'd never read ANY of them before -- very much a change of pace for me. The stories themselves focus on telling a bit of the "other part of the story" regarding heroes....sometimes it's a familiar story from a different point of view, sometimes it's the same story updated to a different time (sometimes the past, sometimes the future), other times the stories are just *different* takes on day-to-day life when you have to live with with a hero.
I frankly loved the entire book, but if I HAD to cite two of the best stories they would be "Geeks Bearing Gifts" and "Love in the Time of Car Alarms". Both were remarkably different takes on Greek gods in modern times (the first one) and dating a superhero (the second one). But honestly those two choices are only by degree -- these are ALL winners. Relatively rare for a collection I've found.
Very recommended for any fan of good, fun fantasy stories. I enjoyed it a great deal.
The Trouble With Heroes includes 22 stories by such wonderful authors as Jean Rabe, Laura Resnick, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. A few don't delve very far beyond the hilarious or the most simplistic aspects of their topic, and those are my least favorites (although they're still fun!) as they're a bit shallow and unmemorable. I think the best stories hit the funny-bone but still manage to touch on something a little deeper or more lasting.
Jean Rabe's Merry Maid was one of my favorite offerings in this book. Maid Marian takes on a most unexpected role in the legend of Robin Hood, and Robin turns out to be something rather different as well. I wouldn't dream of spoiling it for you, but I'll just say that I was quite surprised and thought Rabe carried out her take on Marian quite beautifully! Robert T. Jeschonek's Ballad of the Groupie Everlasting is right up there with Rabe's work, exploring the life and work of the muse Terpsichore and the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin. My other favorite work from this anthology is Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Clay Feet, a tale in which a museum curator faces off against a god over the provenance and proper destination of his statue!
As always, while there were a few stories that didn't resonate very strongly with me, there were some that blew me away. And overall the quality is quite good--even the stories that didn't stick with me were ones I enjoyed at the time. Certainly this is an unusual topic with a wealth of material, and many of these authors mined it to great results.
[NOTE: review book provided by Penguin Group]
strong young men, the envy of guys, the want to-be
boyfriend of girls, but have you ever wondered what its
like to see them all the time, I mean when there's no halo
around their head because they just did a great unselfish
deed. Because you're crazy if you think a cowboy smells good
after he's been sitting outside, on his horse, all day,
and Robin Hood, is it really too much to ask for you to
change clothes every once in a while. I can't even begin
to imagine what it must be like trying to juggle H. P.
Lovecraft's fights around dinner, and dinner dates hardly
ever happen when you're dating a superhero.
This was a really creative, well put together book. All 27 stories
were unique, and different. Some stories were the light-
hearted and laugh out loud type, while others were more
serious, some were full of suspense, and a couple were
just action. All of the different authors personality's
stood out, which helped to create this funny spin on the
tales and encounters the girls and women, behind the
hero's face. One of the things that really bothered me,
though, was that I didn't feel the book was good for the
recommended age group, young adult, because of all the
innuendo. Some of the content didn't make me feel
comfortable nor did it meet up with my religious views. A
lot of the story's left me thinking wow but others
weren't so greatly written, it's like the author was
trying to get somewhere but it didn't work. I didn't enjoy
the book so much; but I think someone who knows a lot
about the tales of the Greek myths or heroes would REALLY
NOTE: This book contains mature language and sexual content!
Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer
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