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Prepare to Die!: NSFW literature at its best

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 2:50 am by GKDean

Courtesy of Night Shade Books

So we nerds (or geeks as the website says) love comic books, and we all love our superheroes.  Most of us have our childhood favorites, and with the approach of being old we also love mature stories.   A lot of  us wandered into all the shows that gave us a taste of super powers (Heroes, Misfits, Alphas), ordinary people, and the more disturbing prospects of that whole geeky dream.

You know that dream.

The ‘What would you do if you had super powers?’ dream.

Prepare to Die! by Paul Tobin answers that, and in a way that makes you laugh, and cringe.  Within the story, we get a taste of real people being superheroes,  and you realize, yeah, it’s actually kind of a good thing we’re not given amazing powers.  Because we all want to do the right thing, but we are all rabbits, and pretty dumb rabbits at that.

So for the rabbit in the book, a superhero by the name of Reaver, all those poor decisions have led him to a place where he has lost the final battle to all the deranged super villains.  This book is not about good vs. evil, it is all about dealing with the guilt of having lived a life of excess, and getting one last chance to make things better.

Now don’t get me wrong, the book has a lot of super fighting, but it has a very jaded perspective on every little bit of the slap down we all have come to love from characters like Superman.  You got your battles in the city, battles in a club, and even some out of atmosphere pile driving scenes.

And speaking of pile-driving, the book is going to be hard to discuss with normal God-fearing high literature people, as there is a lot of inappropriate sex.  A very funny example is when the protagonist returns to his hometown to make amends with the girl he left behind, there is a frank discussion about sex for teenagers in a small town.

Gotta say, me being from a small town, Tobin gets it pretty dead center.

The only flaw that comes up within the book is the perhaps too perfect girl-left-behind story which is the catalyst for so much of the character growth.  It works to make you feel for Reaver, but for a book that tries to give a somewhat more complex take on being superpowered, it feels shallow.  Yes, we all want that perfect woman or the perfect love, but that does not fit necessarily with the satire of Prepare to Die!  It also smacks of the problem of the fantasy romance, but that’s a whole ‘nother level.

Other than that minor caveat, I enjoyed the book thoroughly.  I don’t know if the same universe will be used again, but I hope that Tobin continues with his exploration of great responsibilities and human stupidities.

 

    • Snackbar

      Sounds like fun. I'm gonna have to check it out. Great review, can't wait for your next one.

    • You had me at NSFW! Love it!

    • I don't think I ever would have come across this book if I hadn't stumbled upon this post. Definitely going to check it out now!

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