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Vs. Reality (The Vs. Reality Series Book 1) by [Northcott, Blake]
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A GAME-CHANGER ★★★★★ 
"Blake Northcott is the most exciting new voice to come to superheroes in over a decade. She's got a brand new angle on this material. I genuinely think she's going to be a game-changer." - Mark Millar, Writer, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Wanted 

JUMP ON BOARD ★★★★★ 
"Sometimes you get a chance to jump on board a writers career at the start, before everybody else discovers how good they are. Blake Northcott is that opportunity. So jump on her already...wait, just read her books." - Dave Johnson, Artist, Superman: Red Son, Deadpool and The Punisher 

MIND-BLOWING ★★★★★ 
"Blake Northcott is pretty much is making nerd dreams come true. Action, Suspense and Comics all at once? Can I make that a double, with a large side of blow your mind? ! Try not to fall in love. I dare you!" - Regina Carpinelli, CEO and Founder of Stan Lee's Comikaze 

AWESOME ★★★★★ 
"A fun, mind-bending adventure that moves at a blistering pace. If you love superheroes you need to read Vs. Reality!" - Mark McKenna, Artist, DC Comics and 'Star Wars: The Old Republic' 

EXCEPTIONAL ★★★★★ 
"A thought-provoking, white knuckle page-turner of the first degree." - Billy Tucci, Creator of 'Shi' and Founder of Crusade Comics 

A MUST-READ FOR ANY ACTION/ADVENTURE FAN ★★★★★ 
"Fast-paced and exciting, risky, and has wicked awesome characters! Complete with a twist at the end that leaves you totally wishing for the next book!" - The Bookish Brunette, Book Reviewer

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  • File Size: 2097 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EM9LQ8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The concept was interesting, especially for someone like myself who enjoys comic books, as well as Northcott's normal blog, but there were a lot of problems with the writing.

The story world isn't consistent. One minute police barely exist because violence is so uncommon, yet MMA is still big, the next minute we have SWAT teams breaking down doors wielding assault rifles. The abilities and personalities of certain characters seem to change for no apparent reason other than being needed for a story device, and the writing is diseased with cliches. There is too much cliched dialogue. A lot of the action is derivative, and the writing is way too loose.

It feels too much like Northcott made up the story as she went along, which is fine, a lot of people write that way, but at some point in the re-writing, the seams need to disappear. The whole thing felt more like a early draft than a finished novel. As is, it would have been better served as a screenplay than a novel, there is little to no internal movement to the story anyway. It reads like a movie, not a book.

On a positive note, it should be interesting to see how much the writing improves over the course of the series.
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I started this book last night, and I just finished it now. This is a superbly written book, with a pace that keeps you riveted to the story until it finishes. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series. If Blake Northcott can keep writing this well, she has a really great career ahead of her, and she can definitely count me as a big fan. This book is a definite must read for any fan of superhero types with depth and personality. These are some seriously flawed and complex characters that Stan Lee himself would appreciate. So, you should go and purchase this book and read it right away. You won't regret it at all.
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Twenty years from now Vs. Reality is going to be remembered as the first of Blake Northcott's best-selling books. What a privilege for us as readers to experience this movement as it happens. I won't spoil the book by rehashing all of the plot points. I will say though that the book moves at a race car's pace from the minute you open it until you close your Kindle. Northcott finds a way to build character depth "on the run" - quite literally and has a gift for dialogue that you will *feel* as you read her work. And what's a good hero with strong villains? Blake manages to introduce three villains with uniquely different tones and qualities that are truly a pleasure to read. This book reminded me of how I felt when I watched the very first season of Heroes on NBC. This is what that show should have developed into. Northcott has tapped into the hero in all of us and I cannot wait to see what she does in the sequel. You won't be disappointed.
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The book Vs. Reality is a joy to read from start to finish. The characters are beautifully flawed and the action is gripping.

The book takes us on a journey with the main character Donovan Cole, as he is reborn into something he has always strived to be, all with the help of a little blue pill.

Blake Northcott writes some magnificent action scenes which will have you resisting the urge to jump out of your seat and shout (not recommended if reading in an airport).

So if you fancy a roller coaster ride that kicks and punches you in the face, as well as throws you around, read this book. My only criticism is that the book had to come to an end....or did it.
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To me, this book had some good, some bad.

The characters are quirky and interesting, but several significant characters never got quite beyond being cartoonish for me. Perhaps the intention of the author was to have this have the feel of a comic book? It didn't really work for me.

I found the narration grating. To me, it was oddly written in the present tense. I kinda got used to it by the end, but it never flowed for me. I would suggest doing the "look inside" or free sample thing to try this book out before buying it.

The plot and setting development were interesting and fun. However, I found they were also pretty inconsistent. It almost felt like a rough draft, but there are hardly any typos, so the author made sure the details were taken care of but somehow, the big picture remained inconsistent.

At first, I was really surprised this book is going to be made into a movie. However, on further reflection, it does read somewhat like a screenplay, and maybe, with a little editing, it could be a decent movie.
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If you love stories about people with special powers, eager & reluctant heroes, perplexing evil bad guys, and a twist you never see coming then you NEED to read Vs. Reality by Blake Northcott.
It's the first volume in a series and I'm eargerly waiting for the second one.
One of the many things about this story is it's not only geared towards comic book readers but it's relatable as a "dicovering who you are" type story and I believe a broad spectrum of readers could enjoy this story.
I highly recommend you read this book!
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Vs. Reality is a quick and engaging read that will keep you pressing that [Next Page] button until there's nothing left to read. The first volume is short, but creates an entertaining introduction to a series that promises longer future volumes. It's an amazing debut from a first-time author, blogger Blake Northcott.

I bought Vs. Reality on the reputation that Northcott had already built up as one of my favorite bloggers and tweeters. The thing that impresses me most about her reviews is that Northcott seems to be one of the few people out there who understands that Entertainment Value is value.

So often we see fun movies, novels, and TV shows discarded because they aren't artistic or deep enough or because they *gasp* have some kind of mass appeal. Rarely do we see anything involving super powers getting any kind of praise by the serious critics because they forget that not every movie has the same purpose as Black Swan. Northcott has never been one to shy away from praising the commercial action movies, so I knew that no matter what, Vs. Reality was going to be fun.

Vs. Reality tells the story of Donovan Cole, a fighter who is used to concussions and beat-downs. When a chance encounter with a mysterious girl drags Donovan into her serious drama, Cole takes a hit that triggers a glitch in reality and allows him to manifest super-human abilities based on his own self image.

Vs. Reality blends the aesthetic of a comic book movie with the mind-f#@& of a Chuck Palahniuk novel. There's the suped-up action balanced well with gritty imagery. If there is one thing that I noticed straight from the start of Vs. Reality, it's that Blake Northcott is amazing at writing uncomfortable imagery.
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