This is a straightforward comic book superhero tale, told from the pov of the villain and one of the heroes. Every character is a standard comic book archetype. I kept hoping for a twist, something that would make this more than your standard Selfless Hero Versus Maniacal Villain tale. For example, why not make the villain's motives a desire to save the world by taking over, rather than the trite "soon they'll all see, I'll make them pay" reasoning we've seen in every four color rag printed since they started pulping wood. Maybe the supposed villain could turn out to be the hero. Why not explore the idea of godlike beings using their powers to enforce law and order? Where does their control end? What if they have no moral compass? What if they blindly enforce the laws of a totalitarian regime? I know these ideas have been explored before, but I expect a novel of this sort to be more than a simple good versus evil story. At least make it funny.
Yes. Molly Harper has a knack for creating outrageous situations and strong, smart protagonists that you want to know more about.
I have purchased and listened to all of Molly Harper's books, which were all narrated by Ms. Ronconi. She has a great talent for effecting the perfect tone with the character's voices.
The heroine, Lacey Terwilliger, is a memorable and hilarious character.
I look forward to future books by Ms. Harper. She is now added to the list of authors whose releases I await with bated breath. Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now, Molly Harper.
This book is fine for what it is, assuming it's a better than average piece of web fiction. There are a lot of funny ideas. I especially liked the bit about the planet of galactic hat makers. That being said, the sex scenes are not particularly erotic, and the dialogue occasionally sounds awkward. Oh and the O'Henry twist was an insult to my intelligence.
Still, it was a fun listen.
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