Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Size: 164 pages
Release Date: April 10, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Copy from author for review
Rating: 4/5 stars
I got an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book is an expansion of a novella included in Horror, Humor, and Heroes by Jim Bernheimer. The first part of the book is that same story, but it is expanded to look at events that take place after the end of the original novella.
MechaniCAL was a bottom of the barrel supervillain until evil mind-controlling bugs took over the world. Now he seems to be one of the only people with uncontrolled thoughts and is stuck living in his supersuit to stop the evil bugs from attaching to his neck and controlling his thoughts. A group of superheroes called The Olympians have also been taken over by the bugs. MechaniCAL is going to do his best to try and win over the Olympians so he has some sort of help in turning back the buggy invasion.
This story is a lot of fun to read, very tongue in cheek, and well-written. If you liked the novella you will enjoy this version; finally we get to read about the aftermath of the bug invasion. There is a lot of action in this book and the scenes are very well-done. The characters are very human, they all have their flaws. They are also a bit over-characterized at point; but that only serves to add to the humor of the story. The book manages to be very funny and light, yet still touches on some deep issues.
You can’t help but love the main hero/villain MechaniCAL. He is intriguing and finds himself in an incredibly unique situation. The superheroes are also interesting; although the majority of them are not as filled out as characters as Cal is. The book is very creative and Bernheimer thinks of scenarios and superpowers that are both creative and laugh-out-loud funny.
Overall this was a fun and engaging read. If you like reading about superheroes, supervillains turned superheroes, and enjoy humor in your story then you will definitely enjoy this book. It was a fun and easy read and was very entertaining.