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.
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.
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Dark Coast Press -
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.
by Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Incognegro, and Dark Rain,
"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."
by Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Lady Matador's Hotel,
"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."
by Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine and The Devil in Silver,
"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!"
by Corwin Ericson, author of Swell,
"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."
by Amanda Stern, author of The Long Haul,
"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."
by Joshua Mohr, author of Fight Song, Damascus, and Termite Parade,
"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."
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.
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