Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends pre-teen perspectives on life, classic superhero tropes, and several varieties of humour to create a tale that appeals both as straight middle-grade action and subtle homage. This novel is the second in The Adventures of Übergirl series. Proceeding past this point might induce post-cognative visions. When Kelly Donovan was one of the people … Continue reading Aliens Ate My Homework by Matthew S. Cox

My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

Cox demonstrates that accessible prose and cinematic action don’t have to come at the cost of emotional depth, creating superhero fiction that will appeal to readers of all ages and power levels. Life is hard if you’re a nine-year-old who loves maths, especially if you’re smart enough to skip a grade. Kelly Donovan’s parents tell … Continue reading My Dad is a Mad Scientist by Matthew S. Cox

The Lebensborn Experiment, Book I by Joyce Yvette Davis

Davis mixes real historical attitudes and events with Nazi super-science to create a war story that is driven more by character than flashy effects. Adok is one of many non-German children believed to be of superior Aryan stock taken by the Nazis to build the next generation. But, rather than being adopted by a “pure” … Continue reading The Lebensborn Experiment, Book I by Joyce Yvette Davis

The Gray Wolf of Chicago by Garret Schuelke

Schuelke fuses superheroic battles with urban deprivation to create a tale of a hero who isn’t heroic with powers that don’t elevate him above the powerless. This novelette is a prequel to the Godan arc from Whup Jamboree. Gareth Manion, an ordinary young man with unusual wolf-like abilities, left his eminently forgettable home town for … Continue reading The Gray Wolf of Chicago by Garret Schuelke

Friend or Foe: A MenoPausal Superhero Short Story Collection by Samantha Bryant

Combining diverse characters with the comic book action, Bryant creates a series of tales of realistic people in a world of superhero physics. Then, when the reader looks at the review, my mechanical squid drops the spoiler bucket over their head! This collection contains four short stories set in Bryant’s Menopausal Superheroes universe: ‘Intervention’: When … Continue reading Friend or Foe: A MenoPausal Superhero Short Story Collection by Samantha Bryant

Whup Jamboree by Garret Schuelke

Intermixing snapshots from three very different lives, Schuelke exposes one of the flaws of the American Dream without offering a comfortable vision of a better way. Cynical, yet at times humorous, this collection will resonate with anyone who ever questioned how they were supposed to follow their dreams if they can’t afford a bus fare. … Continue reading Whup Jamboree by Garret Schuelke

Face the Change by Samantha Bryant

Bryant merges dramatic scenery-shattering extravaganzas and tense investigations with sympathetic and complex characterisation to create a superhero tale that will appeal to more than hardcore fans of the genre. This novel is volume three of the Menopausal Superheroes series. So – Kapow! Spoilers! In the wake of their – mostly – successful covert operation, the … Continue reading Face the Change by Samantha Bryant

Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

Displaying – yet not sagging under the weight of – the tropes of both superhero and young adult fiction, this novel is likely to appeal to a broad range of dystopian readers. Half a century ago, plague decimated the world’s population. After a period of struggle, the survivors united to form the Community, a global … Continue reading Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint & Isaac Flint

Change of Life by Samantha Bryant

Mixing questions of gender and age bias with fast-paced fights and nail-biting reversals, Bryant continues her exploration of mature superheroism. This is the second volume in the Menopausal Superhero series. Following the defeat - and subsequent escape - of mad scientist, Cindy Liu, Linda/Leonel (the tiny woman in a strongman’s body) and Jessica (the lighter-than-air … Continue reading Change of Life by Samantha Bryant

More Than One Kind of Woman Can be a Hero: Guest Post by Samantha Bryant

In a variation from both the usual author, today's post is written by Samantha Bryant whose novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, I reviewed a few months ago. Portrayals of women in speculative fiction have come a long way. When my parents were children, (the fifties), female characters were there to be … Continue reading More Than One Kind of Woman Can be a Hero: Guest Post by Samantha Bryant