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Richard Rogers was an ordinary man until the super-genius Dr. Nicolas Knowbokov built his time machine. On the machine’s maiden voyage, Dr. Knowbokov accidentally changes history so that Richard is never born. Now trapped in a world that has no memory of him, Richard is an invisible, intangible ghost to everyone but Dr. Knowbokov and the scientist’s two superheroine daughtRichard Rogers was an ordinary man until the super-genius Dr. Nicolas Knowbokov built his time machine. On the machine’s maiden voyage, Dr. Knowbokov accidentally changes history so that Richard is never born. Now trapped in a world that has no memory of him, Richard is an invisible, intangible ghost to everyone but Dr. Knowbokov and the scientist’s two superheroine daughters, Rail Blade and the Thrill.Assigned the codename Nobody, Richard becomes the world’s ultimate spy, invisibly battling the super-powered terrorist army run by the mysterious mastermind Rex Monday. The fate of the free world is at stake as the superhuman battles escalate, wiping entire cities from the map, threatening the survival of all mankind.Who can save us from the looming apocalypse? Nobody!...

Title : Nobody Gets the Girl
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ISBN : 9780972002622
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Number of Pages : 244 Pages
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Nobody Gets the Girl Reviews

  • David
    2019-03-30 23:46

    I just can't pass up a superhero novel. Few rise above mediocre, but they're like space operas, I am always looking for the one that shines above the rest.Nobody Gets the Girl is better than average. The worldbuilding and the plotting was excellent. James Maxey creates an internally consistent world packed with all the usual superhero tropes — the supergenius super-technologist who is a one-man Illuminati, his supergenius nemesis, giant baby dolls trashing cities, superheroes and supervillains with creative but familiar powers, power-ups that turn the merely formidable into world-shaking, time travel and alternate universes, and of course, clever twists.The main character, Richard Rogers, wakes up one day to find his life is literally gone. His house is occupied by strangers. His wife is gone. Nobody can see or hear him. Finding out how this happened and the "rules" of his new existence is just the first part of the book. Richard becomes a minion of "Dr. Know," who has two beautiful daughters, all of them working to bring about world peace and an end to poverty, starvation, and disease.How likely is that, really?It turns out that the Knowbokovs are, to put it mildly, a dysfunctional family, and Richard, a snarky Everyman sort of protagonist, gets whipped back and forth by one revelation after another.He also gets to nail both of the hot sexy superbabes despite being a mostly passive dork whose "power" is that the rest of the world doesn't know he exists. One cannot help suspecting a bit of authorial self-insertion.I enjoyed the book quite a lot. Any superhero story requires a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, but this one manages to make everything fit logically together if you just accept the first big credibility gap. It's a "believable" superhero world with a story that escalates to a true world-saving adventure.The only flaw that keeps it from being a nearly perfect superhero book is that the writing was so bland as to be almost sterile at times. Imagine someone narrating a thrilling story to you with a flat stare and a monotone; grammatically perfect, but devoid of affect. James Maxey uses straight dialog to carry many of his scenes; the dialog is fine, and while I applaud any writer (especially a superhero writer) who avoids overly-emotive descriptions, Maxey went a little too far in the other direction, sometimes requiring the reader to guess whether someone is speaking angrily, sarcastically, or sadly, and what their state of mind is. Likewise, no scene was lacking in clarity, but I actually found myself wishing for more adjectives and some sentences that weren't simply plain narrative style.The author's notes at the end of the book say that he wrote the first draft in about a month and a half. It was obviously polished prior to publication, but the fast pace and high-concept plot with relatively sparse prose can be explained by the fact that it was, for practical purposes, a NaNoWriMo novel. But given all that, not bad.

  • Anna
    2019-04-09 02:42

    This isn't just a novelization of something perceived as a comic book. It's very purposefully written as a novel, without the reliance on visual cues something transferred from another medium tends to have. It's got a strong start, an interesting premise, thought-provoking ethical questions, and some great, sympathetic moments from a hero who's suddenly thrown into a world that makes no sense to him.So why the low rating? Well, unfortunately the second half the book didn't live up to the first half. After a careful buildup of both situation and character, the book stopped trying to show me things and fell back on telling, which led to a number of moments where I had to set the book down to say "wait... wut?" There's a lot of time devoted to showing the relationship between Richard and Sarah, and while it doesn't have to be true love, there's a strong friendship and sex between then, and Richard refers to her more than once as his girlfriend. One chapter later he's sleeping with her supposedly protective older sister, who he's barely spoken to, and professing his love for her. Say it with me now: "wait... wut?" (There are other things that really needed to be fleshed out more for me to be able to accept them, but that was probably the biggest and the most easily explained.)The last couple of chapters peter out into aimless wanderings, which makes for a rather forgettable resolution to a book that started out with such promise. And that kind of thwarted promise frustrates me, so if you don't mind, I'm going to be over there growling about what might have been.

  • Kim
    2019-04-12 07:57

    Nobody Gets the Girl is the kind of book that makes me want to break out all those reviewers' cliches like "a non-stop thrill ride" and "a giant roller-coaster of a book," though maybe it's just the summer movie trailers seeping into my prose. All kidding aside, if you're looking for a summer beach read and you're not crazy about Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins, give Nobody a try. It's a clever superhero parody about a man named Richard Rogers who suddenly finds himself invisible. He makes the best of the situation by becoming a superhero named Nobody and fighting crime alongside the nubile Rail Blade and the Thrill, while seeking to bring his visibility back. Maxey's characters are relatable, despite (or in Richard's case, maybe because of) their superpowers, for which the author has provided an ingenious explanation. I thought Rail Blade's powers were awesome, and was tickled by the notion of a giant, gun-headed baby doll wreaking havoc through Seattle's streets. Despite the heavy punning and moments of delightful absurdity, Nobody Gets the Girl isn't just a string of superhero jokes; it's fast-paced and entertaining without insulting one's intelligence. Aside from a romance that that feels a bit tacked on, this is a lively and engaging read, perfect entertainment for a plane ride off to parts unknown.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-27 23:41

    I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.I love superheroes. I read lots of comic book collected editions. I watch lots of superhero movies and TV shows. And recently, I have been reading super hero novels.This book is a tenth anniversary printing, so the original came out sometime in 2003/2004. Even knowing that, I felt like the story was very up-to-date and never felt "behind the times"James Maxey built everything into this story. There are time travel, teleporters, alternate time lines, "mutant" powers, powerful telepaths, invisible men, evil twins and space travel. The story also includes angst, anguish, romance, and political intrigue.I really loved the main character, Richard a.k.a. Nobody. He has to deal with being in a different time line from his own and then being thrown into the super hero business. All the while, he tries to make the most of what his present reality gives him.If you like superheroes...don't miss this one!

  • Matt
    2019-04-08 05:43

    I'm really glad I read this novel, because otherwise I would have always wondered about it. I heard an interview with the author a year or so ago, and with a musician that had composed an album to accompany the novel. It is not a great work of fiction, but it's still entertaining, competently written, and sufficiently strange for my tastes.Nobody Gets the Girl is superb in terms of the weird comic book ideas that are thrown around. A ferokinetic, a hundred foot tall baby doll with a giant pistol for a head ("Baby Gun"), an indestructible carnival geek who can eat anything, a half-mad supergenius telepath who can read the minds of everyone in the world. And of course Nobody, the man who was ret-conned out of existence because of an incident with a time machine and the purchase of a condom. Consensus reality says that he never existed, but he remembers his own existence. As a result whenever there is a human observer, Nobody is invisible and intangible, unable to effect or be effected. However, when is unobserved he can make changes, the world's most formidable spy and saboteur. He's also alone, save for the crazy superpowered family that can see him. Call him a victim of consensus reality.The book is funny and bloody and well plotted and paced. Some of its conclusions about superhumans and their effect on the world (and vice versa) are old hat, dating back to Watchmen and its ilk. The characters are not as interesting as the world they live in, and certain relationships-- like the one in the title-- are a bit unbelievable. A writer really has to earn something that he's billing as true love, and I don't think it's a success in that regard. Still, a good read and certainly worth your time if you like super hero stories with some unexpected turns.For more on comics, humanity, morality and the world check out The Stupid Philosopher, aka a place where I put my words.

  • Dy
    2019-04-03 03:58

    I bought this book based solely on the title and the cover art on the paperback edition (infinitely superior to the cover they used on the Kindle version, IMHO).I wish I'd read the book description. I was thinking this was going to be a story about an empowered super heroine without all the angst that riddles the women of Marvel and DC. Nope. It's about a selfish, self-centered wanna be comedian and, sadly, all the super heroines are utterly angsty second-rate characters. Not impressed with the characters (shallow) or the writing (snarky narrator asides get old quick) in this and will not read any more in the series.

  • Adam
    2019-04-01 04:58

    An odd book, but fun and satisfying. Starts very slow but hang in there until you meet the doc... then decide.My biggest complaint is that all of the "surprises" are pretty well telegraphed. So much so that I kept waiting to be wrong about them... but they weren't false trails, they were just trails.

  • Eric
    2019-04-17 07:02

    I don't know that I would have picked this book up if it were not for WTS. I have stalled on a couple of things I've been reading lately but this book certainly didn't have that issue. I bought it Thursday afternoon and had it finished by Friday afternoon. It was fast.It actually felt like I wanted to see it as a graphic novel, not a novel. There were parts that felt like they were full page panels.I came away from the story wondering if I liked the hero or not. I think he's got a lot going for him, but he's also got a lot going against him. He starts as a regular guy and ends up working with comic book style characters to "save the world" but he's also a murderer. I look forward to a discussion about this one.

  • Rich
    2019-04-11 03:57

    In a nutshell, the book was fun. F-U-N, fun. It made for an enjoyable read that left me wanting to get my hands on the follow-up as soon as possible. Regardless of how it might seem, you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book (I'm not). You just have to enjoy a good story that's chock-a-block with humor and fun (there's that word again) characters, then you're on the right track. If you want a book that will keep you and your friends from the coffee shop up late discussing the book's influence on early 21st century philosophy and religion, then you're probably in for a disappointment, and in need of some new hobbies.

  • Bryan457
    2019-04-15 01:43

    A comic book style world for mature audiences, our protagonist, Richard Rogers, awakens one morning to find that the rest of the world no longer recognizes his existence. To be functionally invisible is a somewhat useful talent, but not what you would normally think of as a real super superpower. And yet, Roger has a major role to play in the battle between the big league superheroes and supervillains.Please write a sequel. I liked this book a lot. I love the twists to the standard hero saves the world tale. The superheroes are great.Warning: adult situations.

  • Terrence
    2019-04-01 02:34

    Not a bad read, but nothing special - certainly not as special as the hype on the back cover or the introduction by Jim Shooter tried to make it seem like. Still, a decent read. My biggest problem is that none of the characters are really that likable. The story and plot and concepts are strong enough to carry your interest, but the whole time, you just feel everyone you're reading about is a complete jerk, idiot or pathetic.

  • Dan
    2019-04-03 03:48

    The joke is that the protagonist is named Nobody.This wasn't awful but it felt kind of grim and joyless."Nobody" is an invisible man; at one point he spends a chunk of time being an invisible-undetectable voyeur. It's in rather poor taste.

  • Warren Clark
    2019-04-14 23:43

    If you love superhero tropes, read this book. If you hate superheroes, read this book. It deconstructs the whole superhero genre in a way that is both fascinating and horrifying but somehow still stays true to silver age ideals.

  • Craig Childs
    2019-04-04 01:43

    I first encountered the fiction of James Maxey with the 2002 short story "Empire of Dreams and Miracles." That was followed a few years later by "To Know All Things That Are in the Earth" and "Silent as Dust". I was excited when I read those stories because to me, they represented a significant new voice in science fiction that was unique and probably soon to be The Next Big Thing.I also distinctly remember deciding not to buy his debut novel, Nobody Gets the Girl, in 2003 because it sounded too much like a comic book, and I was not really into superhero stories. But somewhere along the way, about a decade later, I bought the ebook. Then, yet another five years down the road I finally got around to reading it.The truth is, this is a surprisingly good novel. It is light and often humorous but at the same time not afraid to go to some really dark places and aggressively deconstruct the tropes of its comic book roots. Richard Rogers is an everyman in a world filled with superheroes, but he has never given them much consideration until he wakes up one morning to find he is invisible. He turns for help to a mad scientist, Dr. Know, and his two crime-fighting daughters. He is enlisted in a battle against a team of supervillains, but the moral ambiguities of their war soon leave him questioning which side is good and which is evil.Maxey's novel has interesting, complex characters with complicated histories but its real power is in the mixing of fantasy and science fiction ideas. In addition to the comic book tropes you expect--superpowers and evil twin arch-villains--he mixes in a heavy dose of time travel paradox and quantum physics. The story's themes owe a lot to Alan Moore's Watchmen. Like that seminal classic, this novel explores how humanity might react if superheroes existed in real life, the consequences of a superhero who abuses power in the name of the greater good, and how dysfunctional family relationships taint motivation over time.In the fifteen years since this novel was published, the author has stayed busy publishing 13 more novels and two short story collections, including two sequels to Nobody Gets the Girl.

  • Tony
    2019-04-10 23:56

    Too Much FunI love the premise of this book. It has everything I need to spend a quiet afternoon reading. On my way to get the next one right now!

  • Brian Proffit
    2019-04-07 00:42

    This is a great combination of sci-fi and humor, with some romance thrown in. Some good mind twists and fun.

  • Nnedi
    2019-04-09 07:41

    Looks cool

  • J.L. Dobias
    2019-04-09 06:36

    Nobody Gets the Girl by James MaxeySo here we have an admitted superhero novel and I wasn't sure what to expect. It has a prologue and I'm not usually a fan of those. Add to that the content of the prologue dripped of definite cartoon-y tropes. Then we move to Richard Rogers your everyman; married with a geeky job and a penchant for enjoying entertaining at comedy clubs.I have to give the writer some extra marks for having the poor man have to make the decision about cheating on his wife when his own fantasy encounter with a supposed comedy club fan makes her entrance. At that point though the reader is still wondering where this is going. After reluctantly staying faithful he returns home for the night and sneaks into bed so as not to wake the wife. The next morning he wakes up to find out that he's nothing more than a ghost in a world that has been turned on its head.From this point forward the novel develops a clear plot with good writing and a fine pace. It takes a while of wondering what is happening before the good Dr. Know. shows up to straighten things out. The Dr.'s answers are not all that welcome when he tells Richard that he's been erased from history because of the Dr.'s experiments with time travel. Conveniently the Dr. has decide not to time travel anymore because of the consequences and he therefore can't get Richard's life back. That leaves Richard with a decision of whether to live out the rest of existence as a wandering ghost or join the Dr. in his fight to bring peace to the world. The doctor's two lovely daughters sweeten the deal; at least until Richard uncovers the fact that the whole family is dysfunctional.I found the plot quite easy to follow and the writing was well done making the story easy to follow though some major parts of the plot were predictable. The overall story idea and several of the threads seemed original in the manor in which things were put together and there was at least one point where I almost felt, as a reader, that we were moving into one of those Robert Heinlein utopia scenarios. But James Maxey deviously turns some of that on its ear, as the thread of the dysfunctional family starts leaving the reader worried about the the direction that the Dr. is trying to take his utopian world.There are no easy outs and no simple solutions and this is not a good verses evil superhero novel. These are complex characters that drive a story that is full of complex threads that all come neatly to an interesting conclusion. And even though Nobody gets the girl, no character in this story makes it through totally unscathed.Great Sci-Fi for the Sci-Fi fans; contains some interesting notions about time and reality. J.L. Dobias

  • Den
    2019-03-19 05:45

    Richard Rogers had a life. Not a perfect life, but it was his. He had a marriage, a job, and even a side career as an up and coming standup comic. Oh, he lives in a world where superheroes and the major cities are being put under domes in order to protect them from threat like a giant robot baby with a gun for a head.Then one day, he wakes up and finds his life never happened. No one remembers he ever existed, not his wife or his parents. A side effect is that he’s also invisible to most people and, unless no one is looking at him, completely intangible. One of the few people who can see him is Doctor Knowbokov, a genius scientist who recruits Richard to help him save the world. Richard becomes Nobody and becomes part of a trio of heroes. The other two are Knowbokov’s daughters: Rail Blade, who has the almost unlimited ability to control ferrous metals, and The Thrill, who can fly and make people do whatever she tells them. While much of their work involves defeating the plans of Knowbokov’s arch nemesis Rex Monday, Knowbokov has wider plans which include global peace, whether the people want his solution or not.Of course, not everything is as it seems and Nobody soon finds himself questioning the ethics behind many of Knowbokov’s plans. Soon he realizes that the professor has a deep Machiavellian streak and willingness to use people in disturbing ways. Written in a light, breezy style, Nobody Gets the Girl nonetheless tackles some pretty heavy issues about the ends justifying the means and whether great power comes with great responsibility. Nobody initially joins Knowbokov’s mission out of a feeling that, his old life forever lost to him, he has little other options in life. But as he learns more about what he’s signs onto, he begins to take more control of his destiny and re-assess his relationship with the people around him, including Knowbokov’s family and the “villain”, Rex Monday.Most superhero stories tend to be told in a very black and white terms: You have a good guy and a bad guy. Nobody Gets the Girl, however, is painted in various shades of gray and Nobody is often not sure who is the hero and who is the villain. The book packs a number of surprises, not the least of which is the identity of the girl in the title. Recommended for fans of superheroes who are looking for a little ambiguity in their fiction.

  • Lucinda
    2019-03-31 07:39

    A mediocre tale of superheroes and sci-fi that will entertain but may dissatisfy 3.5 Stars Having previously encountered other work by James Maxey (his fantasy novels about Dragons ~ Bitterwood etc.), I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sample something a little different by an assured writer. With excitement and anticipation I delved headlong into a fast-paced adventure, which sadly was incredibly disappointing and sub-standard in comparison to his other published works. I am a huge fan of the sci-fi genre and I enjoy series like ‘Heroes’ or comics that contain memorable superheroes with extraordinary superpowers that blow your mind. This book contained forgettable characters that I didn’t connect with and who blended into the background. The humor and dry wit within the story grabbed my attention, otherwise the insubstantial plot and rather cliché scenarios caused me to loose interest in this apocalyptic adventure. Unlike the atypical roller coaster thrill-ride I was expecting, this parody was rather deflating than dramatic and did not have that mind-blowing ‘wow’ which I presumed I would find. However I was entertained and certainly enjoyed reading Richard’s tale as he was thrust into an imaginative world with sexy heroines and the electrifying Dr. Know. One expects a superhero(s) to save mankind from total destruction and yet I was hoping for this basic concept to have been expanded upon, including characterization developed and more inventive/ original superpowers. This is a good read and one that is certainly worth a look if you like the genre/ style of book but I would not class it as anything exceptional, and I feel strongly that the author could have done much better with this. (Perhaps the author is more suited to sticking to fantasy?)Dreadfully disappointing and discouraging, I was sadly let down by this book that promised so much. James Maxey is nevertheless a skilled writer with a remarkably vivid imagination and wonderful way with words, and yet this superhero story was below standard for him. *I won a copy of ‘Nobody gets the girl: a superhero story’ by James Maxey through a Goodreads, first-read book giveaway*

  • Ron
    2019-04-05 00:50

    Nobody Gets the Girl: A Superhero Novel by James MaxeyBeing a retired fan of comic books (haven’t collected in years), I’ve always had a soft spot for the world of caped-crusading, crime-fighting, four-color fantasy that embraced my escapism for decades. My first job was at a comic book store. I got paid in trade, and couldn’t have been happier. But adult life steps in, kids sprout up, and responsibilities rear their ugly head in this sometimes paycheck to paycheck world. Comic spending money lost out to Book spending money, and that summary, is a story in itself.But back to the book review.James Maxey does a wonderful job of creating a helluva page turner featuring four-color badassery. Nobody Gets the Girl hooks you from the start with a brilliantly believable protagonist. My usual fear of the impending shallow characters and flat world were soon put to rest as Mr. Maxey fleshed out the Heroes, Villains and their environment(s).Colorful characters and splendid descriptive scenes abound and are held together with plenty of well-placed dialogue. Every character has not only their own superpowers, but their own voice! The Big 5 publish many a book with flat scenes and lifeless characters, this indie shows how to do it the right way.I thought for sure I figured out the plot and where the story was headed a couple of times, and was pleasantly proven wrong. For a novel of this length, this was a great feat.I would of liked to have seen the character’s names, aliases and nicknames reigned in a little bit, instead of being bounced around from name to alias within a few pages or scene. And I would love the main character to have “Mr.” put in front of his secret identity name…sometimes I wasn’t sure if a room was empty or…The previews for Burn Baby Burn (the 2nd novel of this series by James Maxey), and other authors version of superhero novels was a definite hook and bonus.Superpowers, blood and guts, sex and plenty of fun await you in Nobody Gets the Girl.*Free copy of this book was received from author for review.

  • Mike
    2019-04-07 01:46

    I don't usually enjoy books with protagonists I don't like. And I don't like Nobody much at all (which is a lot less Southern dialect than it sounds, when you're talking about this book, since the protagonist is, often confusingly, called Nobody). I can see why his wife was happier in a world where he didn't exist. He treats women badly, he's lazy and unmotivated, he makes inappropriate jokes, he doesn't demonstrate a lot of ability to care about anyone but himself, or, if he does care, to care unselfishly. Nobody, paradoxically enough, is a kind of American Everyman. His moral decisions reflect this. Yes, he's the only character who seems to care about preventing the bombing of hundreds of kids (a tick in the Hero column, though he doesn't take any personal risk in saving them). But his solution to moral dilemmas is the same throughout: kill someone. In this he's not a lot different from the various flavours of villains and psychos who battle it out throughout the book, except in terms of scale.The book is beautifully well-written, and Nobody's quips, however inappropriate, are genuinely funny. That's why I've given the third star. But I dislike the moral universe of Nobody intensely, and I definitely won't be reading the sequel, which centres around two anarchic psycho supervillains.If antiheroes are fine with you, though, by all means get this book. The author writes very well.

  • Joel
    2019-04-12 23:41

    The action in "Nobody Gets the Girl" was enjoyable, and and the setting was believable (for a world with superheros). However, I found the characterization somewhat choppy. Early on, it's established that Nobody can be seen, but only in a way that conforms to people's expectations. Things he's manipulating can sort of be seen (people see things he's drooped or thrown, but not things he's holding). Yet he never tries to dress up in full motorcycle gear and drive out on onto the road where people would certainly expect to see motorcycles and motorcyclists. Would this render him broadly tangible? Maybe, maybe not. But you'd think he'd give the experiment a shot. There are other, more important, "I don't think you'd really do that" moments in the book.It would also have been nice (for me and perhaps only me) if the resolution of the central theme had been more clear. Without giving too much away, I think I can say it eventually becomes clear that there are multiple ways for a powerful person to "help" other people. None of the ways seems to be "right", and then the book ends.After all that complaining, let me just reiterate: I did enjoy the book. It's a fun quick read, and since it's a small press novel it can be purchased quite cheaply.

  • Eric
    2019-04-07 04:51

    Richard Rogers has a problem. He was never born.He was a office professional, and part time comic, until one day he woke up and someone else was living in his house, his parents had never heard of him, and no one could see him. Time travel is such a pain.The man who accidentally wiped out his life shows up to apologize, and offer him a job. Since the time traveler is the only person who seems to be able to see or hear him, Richard goes along. Before long he's Nobody, invisible warrior in the struggle against the super villain Rex Monday.I have a weakness for superhero novels, and this one was no exception. It was a fun read, for the most part, and I'll be picking up the next book in the series one of these days. The super hero parts were very well crafted - over the top, physics defying powers; absurd schemes; villains that combined the terrifying and the absurd. The interpersonal relationships and characterization was quite a bit weaker, IMO, which is what really dragged down the rating.All in all, an enjoyable book, but don't expect great literature.

  • Larry
    2019-03-26 00:53

    This super hero sci-fi novel is sort of the ultimate tall tale, where through out the novel the author continually tries to one up the tall tale...which is extremely interesting and entertaining, but definetly strains suspension of disbelief. Simply put, it starts out extremely entertaining, though I think by the end its gone off a little to far. There are a few other concerns with the novel. Some of the characters are not given the respect that they are due (a bit flat in some regards) though this can perhaps be written off due to it being third person limited with a stand up comedian as our protagainst. Overall, despite what ever limitations are present (and be ready for them) it was extremely entertaining and is a great read that will keep the reader entertained through out. I don't see how there could ever be a sequel to this one, but there isn't really one needed here.

  • Drew Perron
    2019-04-14 07:41

    This is a frustrating book, but at the same time, a fascinating one. When it's dealing with fucked-up human beings trying to do the right thing with world-changing levels of power, it's good - no, it's great. When it's dealing with upper-middle-class white male angst, it's not so good. When the two collide, it can go either way; sometimes, the main character gets shocked out of his provincial viewpoint, often doing something really cool in the process; sometimes, he (view spoiler)[screws the Dark Phoenix back to sanity (hide spoiler)]. Overall, it's more good than bad, and the bad parts seem more like the flaws of a new writer than intrinsic problems with his approach - which means I should probably check out what he's written since 2003, eh?

  • Dave Story
    2019-03-30 02:40

    This is a fun, funny, serious, (rinse/repeat) novel of superheroes and supervillans. And yes, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.As superhero stories go, you have to accept some of the unbelievable aspects of the superhero genre, with otherworldly gadgets and strange powers. And being a avid fantasy/sci-fi reader, some implausability in a story is just fine with me. This book, however, takes a huge leap with some pretty extreme plot twists.And does Maxey pull it off? I think so. Well enough, in fact, that I purchased the follow-up novel (Burn Baby Burn) before even finishing this one.

  • Steven
    2019-04-08 23:56

    James Maxey’s Nobody Gets the Girl is a fun superhero novel. It would be a great beach read. I won’t say too much about the story except that the title is a play on words. There are genuine superheros that are almost three dimensional. The dialogue is often comic-booklike.There is good versus evil and serious questioning of which is which. There are many types of life investigated much as there is in Replay. There is a good story, though it lacks a little in constraints.Look, this isn’t great writing. But it is fun. So if you are a sci-fi and/or superhero fan, then read it.

  • Chris Westbay
    2019-04-03 05:54

    "Meh" doesn't even begin to describe this book.If it wasn't so short I would have just quit reading halfway thru. Instead every prediction I made since chapter 1 came true and I yawned my way to the end.Forget having a character who's invisible, try a whole cast of characters with no depth, predictable plot twists, and random soft porn on a child's grave?!? o.OHe had a good concept but the world needed more fleshing out, the dialogue was far from witty, and the whole thing was completely forgettable.Save your time, pick up a real comic book. Any of them. Even a Liefeld book is better than this.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-08 07:39

    I am so glad that I didn't pay full price for this book.I love superhero/super villain books but this one just wasn't that good. Nobody's thought process was all over the place. One minute he is thinking about cheating on his wife because he is essentially bored with his life and then later on in the book he talks about the vows of for better or worse. Things of this nature continue on through the book. The last couple of chapters were so confusing I just sat there rereading the words several times going 'what just happened?' and not in a good way. I'm not sure how to completely convey my dislike of this character so that's all I'll say for now.