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Nothing To Lose: The Adventures of Captain Nothing Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00VRYHVFU
- Publisher : Stark Raven Press; Second Edition (April 6, 2015)
- Publication date : April 6, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 915 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 64 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,951 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've been trying to get my hands on something authored by Steve Vernon ever since I first heard about Long Horn, Big Shaggy, which sounds so awesome I'm not even going to attempt to recreate any description I've heard here. It, however, is very long out of print and very, very expensive when used copies turn up on Amazon. [ed. note: as-new copy still showing for $375, but there's now a Kindle edition, and I still have christmas cash left over, so guess what I just bought and will be reviewing sometime in the relatively near future?] So this popped up at an eminently more reasonable price on the Kindle a while back, and I snapped it up and gave it a read. And it's pretty durned enjoyable, for what it's worth; if this is your kind of bag, you'll want a copy.
And what sort of bag would that be, exactly? Well, Captain Nothing is a wannabe superhero. Except that he doesn't really have anything in the way of superpowers. And he's kind of got something of a drinking problem. And in general when he thinks he's helping, he's usually sticking his foot in it. (If all this sounds familiar, it should; with the exception of the drinking-problem part, it's the basis of the delightful 2010 film Kick-Ass.) In fact, Captain Nothing reminds me of a down-on-his-luck hardboiled private eye a lot more than he does a superhero, which I'm sure was intentional; judging by this collection, at least, Steve Vernon has a thing for thumbing his nose at genres, mashing as many disparate ones as he can into any given story to come up with a delectable, if sometimes foul-smelling, stew of lampooned genre clichés, bashed-up structure templates, and beaten-into-three-dimensions caricatures of the kinds of cardboard cutouts you find in bad genre fiction, especially from the dime-novel days. All of which is served with a complimentary side of grim humor and one-liners from the country's most inept superhero. I mean, how can you go wrong?
If this is what Steve Vernon is all about, I suspect Nothing to Lose will be the beginning of a long and beautiful friendship between us, one in which Steve Vernon keeps turning out books and I keep very happily reading them and telling you, the reading public, that you should be too. And you might as well get in on the ground floor--pick a copy of this up and give it a try. You won't regret it. *** ½
I listened to a complimentary Audiobook version of this book. The narrator was excellent. His voice matched Captain Nothing perfectly.
If you want a page turning series of short stories that shred the superhero trope into bleak, nihilistic, self-absorbed exercises in our `Hero's' attempts to survive various Trials by Monster, Villain or just Ill Luck - then this is the collection for you.
The ease with which Steve writes kaleidoscopic detail into the rotting fabric of Captain Nothing's world reminds me of his earlier collection: The Weird Ones, and lends itself to the relentless narrative that drags you cursing and stumbling through Captain Nothing's dark vision of the City and its troubles.
With this, and the next collection, Nothing Down; the City has a wonderfully reluctant new Hero to keep us wondering about what lurks beyond the lighted streets.
Vernon created his own brand of superhero here, a hell of a guy named, Captain Nothing. All three stories are centered around him. A down on his luck kind of guy that dishes out his own brand of justice in a world, sadly, a lot like this one. He's the kind of guy you cheer for when reading the stories and wish you could actually enter his world, sit down and have a beer with him.
This writing is horror, surreal, funny, and just a killer example of what a good writer can accomplish with a more than crazy imagination.
You'll want to get your hands on all of Steve's books after you read this; I know I did.
And be sure to check out his new, first full length novel, Gypsy Blood, which seems to be making a lot of noise around the horror campfires. Steve Vernon is a name readers of Horror will be seeing a lot of.