Title: The Adventures of Technicality Man
Author: Jessica Meats
Publisher: N/A, 71pgs
Genre: Humor, Satire, Parody
A wonderful and humorous superhero (and story writing) parody. What happens when a super villain gets control of the laws of storytelling so the plot doesn’t behave with the usual conventions?
I think most anyone would get a kick out of this short story, although authors and reviewers will particularly appreciate it. Meats takes on both the traditional idea of a superhero story as well as typical story-telling conventions head on in a hilarious non-stop romp.
The superhero (and villain) characters are quite wonderful, (Squirrel Ninja, Bemused Girl, Alchemisto and his wife, Alchemistress among others) as they play to every superhero and villain stereotype there is, or at least try to.
The true standouts of this story are the Cats though, creatures of habit that they are, they all hold sway over a particular branch of story-telling etiquette. Thus we have Narrative Pace Cougar, Correct Punctuation Lion, Prudish Manx, Sexual Attraction Lynx and others. If only these cats truly patrolled all books, I am convinced the world would be a better place! As it is, when they are taken out of commission all manner of confusion takes place as the literary tropes are thrown out the window and anything can happen.
Just an extremely fun, entertaining read. Hats off to the author for this little tongue in cheek masterpiece!
Rating: 4/5 Carrots
Thanks to NetGalley for my copy of this book.