What we have here is a love story worthy of Romeo and Juliet as two lovers from opposite sides of the street battle to save their love for one another. I do have two criticisms, one major and one minor. As the story progresses, like the relationships, tension builds tremendously, growing darker, tighter, stronger, right up until the thread snaps and all hell blows loose. If I was able to pass the password chain, then I would call myself the Tailed Terror and have the ability to animorph if you get that reference then your awesome. While tapping into our adoration of pop culture entertainment goodies and providing an Australian caped crusader to cheer for, this novel provides rollicking escapist fun.
Not just in the alternative reality of Heropa but also in reality. The story follows Jack a. A well deserved five stars from me. But I was reading this on the kindle, saw I had ninety percent left and expected a red herring. Jack is an expert on Silver Age comics trivia, but is flummoxed when someone mentions Breakfast At Tiffanys. I'd best explain… This isn't a graphic novel as in a comic book.
To learn more or order a copy, visit: is a writer, mom, geek and superhero, though not always all four on the same day. A pulp fiction fortress of solitude for cri The Review:. My first thought ran to spam. But Jack soon finds out that nothing is what it seems and the world he had tried Review originally. The banter between the superheroes and even the rogues is a highlight as their interplay is both self-conscious of their legacy while weaving their own identity. The final villain is disappointingly your standard megalomaniac. I like it a lot.
Like all life, the pathway through the plot is never direct since, like many, Jack gets taken in by a beautiful woman. The jokes and the many cultural references may detract from the sense of peril one normally experiences reading a whodunit, but it's so cleverly combined, who cares? Not to pigeonhole it, but this is a novel for nerds; references abound and comparisons to famous characters are plentiful, but not in a lazy way. Not when the dialogue is so expertly crafted. Add in a journalist whose snooping skills create the noir plotline, also adding more funny banter when conversing with her sister, and you have a strong cast just with three major characters. A large part comes through at the beginning as Jack is provided an orientation of Heropa and its ins and outs, and while mostly entertaining, there is a tendency to spend too much time explaining the set-up. . A very different read that I enjoyed from page one until the conclusion.
The nitty-gritty is that Heropa is a virtual reality superhero game, somewhat like the Matrix, to use a broad pop culture reference. There are rules to this new place - no cussing though some words are okay , no drinking, no smoking, and no killing other than Blandos , except someone is killing. Bergen is already making a name as a cult favourite, and this book deserves all of the plaudits that will undoubtedly be coming its way. Our hero, who is just fifteen, lives alone - his parents long ago dragged off by the fascist police. When I saw this book roll through from Novel Publicity and realized not only was it from a publisher who has given me lovely goodness in the past but it had three of the most interesting genre's rolled up into one. Seriously, this is a terrific novel for anybody who loves comic books. There are also times when it seems like the plot is stalled and going nowhere, especially the main murder mystery, but the last third of the book picks up as the stakes are raised, and lives in the virtual and real world both need to be saved.
The virtual reality universe is breaking down, and the rules Comics Code Authority rules, no less are being broken. Part of what makes these characters so compelling, and quite possibly the best part of the novel, is the dialogue. Nobody else today writes with the same dark wit, style or mad creativity. That was before one of them was killed. The concept that everything is extremely real - food tastes, odors smell, pain hurts, and love is a deep emotion - keeps the reader vested in what is happening within Heropa. But something has gone wrong in Heropa. Jack takes a ride on the elevator up to the penthouse to meet the Equalizers, the city's superhero team whose numbers have been dramatically cut.
I know, that all sound a bit crazy. Their memory banks are usually wiped clean so that there isn't anything held over for the next game. I kind of see myself as a cross between Tank Girl and some kind of femme fatal who has been converted to the good guys. As she falls the distance in which she will travel crosses her mind. I thought a good portion of the beginning of the book was very slow and dragged quite a bit. English is a fluid language and changes for every continent and country that speaks it.
Stan the Doorman a homage to Stan the Man introduces himself as the doorman and welcoming committee; he guides him to the Timely building and the two talk about the obvious homage to Timely Comics the one time title for Marvel Comics. A well deserved five stars from me. Jack, together with Equalizers Brick and Pretty Amazonia, sets out to find out what is really happening in this fair city. Perhaps the lack of interaction with the real world is because handling Melbourne is the other character's story. It was fantastic to work with professionals, to bounce around ideas of characters that were very real in my skull and in text on the page. ~ Darren Sant, Daz's Reviews ''I'm in love with you, Jack - but I have no clue who you really are. There are some sexy times, but I felt a bit sad as I read those.
Inspired by the comics of the 1940s and '60s, Bergen plays with story and character conventions much as Alan Moore did with 'Watchmen', though in prose form with numerous illustrations. At least, they lost some meaning to me. Binge-reading is a rarity, something my rational brain forbids as it means time away from being productive. In the book, Australian teenager, Jacob serves as protagonist in Heropa, a digital universe linked to Melbourne. The contrast between Heropa and Melbourne forms a vivid counterpoint in the novel.
Everything starts over from scratch. Taking a leaf from Neal Stephenson, Andrez Bergen serves up a magical techno-noir dish of a story. The battles between the Capes are something of a ritualised affair; not so much in earnest as in a grand tradition of move and counter-move, the comic-book-like destruction staying within some predefined limits. Jack lands in Heropa as the Southern Cross. Will our heroes prevail or will they be snuffed out like candles in a hurricane? Whats left of the team is a mess.