Liquin Sonos -- the fierce, biting and clever narrator of "Sex, Drugs & Superheroes" -- says he hates his life. His loss is our gain. While Liquin rages against the indignities of his daily existence and wrestles with his unrealized ambitions, the reader is rewarded with a funny and rollicking novel.
Too smart and pitiless to spare passing judgement, Liquin sizes up Comic-Con; Hollywood movies and the people that peddle them; geek culture at large; gay geeks in particular; the nature of self-defeating sexual desires; the pros and cons of hedonism; the restorative powers of Sigourney Weaver; the dangers of mob mentality; and, last but certainly not least, himself. No one survives unscathed. Except for Sigourney Weaver.
David Reddish, the author of "Sex, Drugs & Superhoes," does a superb job of keeping Liquin engaging and humorous, even when Liquin is cursing his lowly station in the regular world. It's clear what draws Liquin and thousands like him to Comic-Con: a chance to be who you dream of being, if only for a few days. Although Liquin would probably deny it, there is something quite moving and admirable in his story. I'm glad I read it, and if you enjoy hilarious and provocative fiction, you'll love "Sex, Drugs & Superhoes."