The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$11.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton SF- S

League of Somebodies

by

League of Somebodies Cover

ISBN13: 9780985035501
ISBN10: 0985035501
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $11.95!

 

Staff Pick

Imagine if Katherine Dunn had written The Fortress of Solitude while misreading Susan Faludi's Stiffed after a three-day laudanum binge. Fathers and sons, heroes and villains: they're pretty much the same thing in this darkly funny yet touching (and highly original) novel.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Lenard Sikophsky's father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world's first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn't make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice....

Twenty years later, Lenard's son Nemo is introduced to the same destiny as his father, only this time the violent entity called THEY are in dangerous pursuit. Lenard's life and the legacy of his family are put to the test when he is forced to defend everything he loves.

Review:

"League of Somebodies is so rich with originality that it's actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection." Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Incognegro, and Dark Rain

Review:

"League of Somebodies is a dazzling investigation into masculinity and hero-making. It's also a rollicking good time, and his characters — crazy, troubled, hilarious, endearing — are unforgettable. Sattin magnificently tackles many big themes of our age: inheritance, the burdens of manhood, creating our own identities, and last but not least, love. In Sattin's fiction, there is no such thing as a marginal character, no matter the world's attempt at marginalization." Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Lady Matador's Hotel

Review:

"How to explain this mystic monster League of Somebodies? Part old-school epic, part coming-of-age tale, and part comedy in the spirit of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein... Samuel Sattin is a mad scientist!" Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver

Review:

"Those of you who are considering poisoning, terrorizing, and forcing their boys to read maniacal misogynistic rantings may want to read League of Somebodies as a cautionary tale. The rest of you, though, will have fun with this satiric American saga of squalid super-heroics." Corwin Ericson, author of Swell

Review:

"In our been-there-done-that world, Samuel Sattin has managed to create something new: a graphic novel without the graphics. A superhero story about twisted fathers and frightened sons, betrayals of the heart and home. This non-comic comic-book is a big-themed story-telling bonanza whose major elements are not only thematic, they're chemical. If you crave a wild and original read, you've come to the right place." Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul

Review:

"Sattin's first novel is a whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail. Imagine The Godfather remixed with Chabon's classic Kavalier and Clay." Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, Damascus, and Termite Parade

Synopsis:

Lenard has been fed plutonium since the age of six. His father, Ferghas Sikophsky, is intent on making him into the world's first bona fide superhero.

Video

About the Author

Samuel Sattin is a graduate of the Mills College MFA in creative writing and the recipient of NYS and SLS Fellowships. His work has appeared in The Cobalt Review, Cent Magazine, Out of the Gutter Online, The Weeklings, Ink Well, Generations, and Kotaku. He lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

Part One: SAVAGE RISING

One—The First Trial of Manhood

Two—The Manaton

Three—Cosmonauts

Four—Barbiturates

Five—An Empty Box

Six—Traumatism

Seven-They

Eight—Death and Dancing

Nine—Savage Rising

Ten—The Fools-Golden Rule

(An Excerpt from the Immaterial Journal of Malach Denny)

Part Two: ON ATOMIC BOMBS, SOMEWHERE, WITHOUT REASON

Eleven—Tradition

Twelve—An Emptier Box

Thirteen—Abundance

Fourteen—A Few Years Ago

Fifteen—Filled with Light

Sixteen—Half

Seventeen—Too Clumsy to Cross

Eighteen—Seahorses

Nineteen—The Mutating Submarine

Twenty—Pinocchio

Twenty-one—Steve Two’s Silence

Twenty-Two—Daphne

Twenty-Three—Mimesis

Twenty-Four—At Sea

Twenty-Five—Lantana and the Battle for Kansas

Twenty-Six—Hell or Antarctica

Twenty-Seven—The Man in the Black Ushanka

Twenty-Eight—In the Brain of the Beast

Twenty-Nine—The Birth, Life, and Death of Fearghas Murdoch Sikophsky

Thirty—Prometheus

Thirty-One—On Burying an Atomic Bomb

(Another Except from the Increasingly Material Journal of Malach Denny)

Thirty-Two—Submissive Memory

 

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 4 comments:

souppatriot, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by souppatriot)
One of the most original reads I've encountered. Definitely not for lazy readers or fans of traditional hero narratives. This book is a surreal, whacked out fever dream. LOVED IT.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Jeffrey Bluhm, December 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
Simply awful. I purchased this with high expectations but am giving up about 100 pages in so I can cut my losses (one concerning sign is that the printing is so poor that the page numbers are nearly illegible). There is no discernable plot. Descriptions of settings give the reader only a vague understanding of where the story is taking place. Characters are poorly developed, which impairs not only sympathizing with them as individuals but also makes their interactions irrelevant. I had high hopes after reading the reviews, but will be reselling this one shortly.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(0 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
horus_lupercal, June 8, 2013 (view all comments by horus_lupercal)
Love the cover!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(0 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 4 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780985035501
Author:
Sattin, Samuel
Publisher:
Dark Coast Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.75 x 5.75 in

Other books you might like

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Debut Fiction
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z

League of Somebodies Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.95 In Stock
Product details 400 pages Dark Coast Press - English 9780985035501 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Imagine if Katherine Dunn had written The Fortress of Solitude while misreading Susan Faludi's Stiffed after a three-day laudanum binge. Fathers and sons, heroes and villains: they're pretty much the same thing in this darkly funny yet touching (and highly original) novel.

"Review" by , "League of Somebodies is so rich with originality that it's actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection."
"Review" by , "League of Somebodies is a dazzling investigation into masculinity and hero-making. It's also a rollicking good time, and his characters — crazy, troubled, hilarious, endearing — are unforgettable. Sattin magnificently tackles many big themes of our age: inheritance, the burdens of manhood, creating our own identities, and last but not least, love. In Sattin's fiction, there is no such thing as a marginal character, no matter the world's attempt at marginalization."
"Review" by , "How to explain this mystic monster League of Somebodies? Part old-school epic, part coming-of-age tale, and part comedy in the spirit of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein... Samuel Sattin is a mad scientist!"
"Review" by , "Those of you who are considering poisoning, terrorizing, and forcing their boys to read maniacal misogynistic rantings may want to read League of Somebodies as a cautionary tale. The rest of you, though, will have fun with this satiric American saga of squalid super-heroics."
"Review" by , "In our been-there-done-that world, Samuel Sattin has managed to create something new: a graphic novel without the graphics. A superhero story about twisted fathers and frightened sons, betrayals of the heart and home. This non-comic comic-book is a big-themed story-telling bonanza whose major elements are not only thematic, they're chemical. If you crave a wild and original read, you've come to the right place."
"Review" by , "Sattin's first novel is a whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail. Imagine The Godfather remixed with Chabon's classic Kavalier and Clay."
"Synopsis" by , Lenard has been fed plutonium since the age of six. His father, Ferghas Sikophsky, is intent on making him into the world's first bona fide superhero.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.