He’s still reading his science fiction novels, working the jobs only an ex-boxer can get, and working on a correspondence course in investigations that has me super excited for future installments.
In this book, he’s investigating a weird type of meteorite that might have abstract properties, making it dangerous for the owner.
My favorite parts of this book were the parts that define any Harry Stubbs adventure. Specifically, the investigation into the museum, the library research, and the very interesting characters, specifically, his employer in this book and the sultry American visitor.
Harry Stubbs is one of my favorite characters and always a great adventure. David fails to disappoint, bringing an intelligent and intrigue-driven story to a character that could so easily be written as a dumb stereotype. Instead, he’s a smart man, who I would describe as more wise than intelligent, in that he’s always seeking to learn and better himself.
Even if those efforts and his current line of work might drive him mad.
5 out of 5!
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This is where I review “IT.”
IT was great. I loved IT. IT was also very scary. Nothing was scarier than IT. I couldn’t get enough of IT.
That being said, IT had strengths and weaknesses, as anything would. IT did more to explain what IT was than the original one, and that was great. I also loved how IT was scary without the overused convention of jump scares that we see a lot of.
As for weaknesses, I felt that some of the characters IT had weren’t as well developed as I would have liked. Specifically, we never meet the parents of Ben Hanscom, which might not seem that important, but everyone else gets a parental growth story of some kind. Either a freedom or a coming to terms in some way. Ben’s parents are completely absent, which is odd for someone who is one of the main characters of focus.
But I digress, as:
IT was magnificent, and I look forward to more of IT if IT becomes something that people want to make more of. Try not to hold my one negative against IT, as IT was 99% solid and only 1% of “Huh, why didn’t they cover that a little more?”
I can’t wait to rewatch IT, share IT, and tell people about IT.
What did you think of IT?
IT could be the new IT thing everyone wants to talk about…
That joke might have overdone IT…
The Supervillainy series by C.T. Phipps has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a few years now. Not only has Gary Karkofsky’s antics as an accidentally successful supervillain just been an absolute pleasure to read, but the world environment, the unexpected twists, and the tongue-in-cheek references to pop-culture makes for an exciting and entertaining read.
The newest arrival to that series, The Science of Supervillainy, hits all of those notes in spades.
This book picks up directly where the last book left off. The Other Gary and President Omega are about to pull off their plan, but Gary and crew take care of it pretty quickly, until they don’t. A time jump ahead and all of the old characters, a bunch of new characters, and a little girl with a super brain step up to help Gary save…err… I mean take over…err…well save first, and then take over? Whatever his plans, the world is in danger, and not his kind of danger. So it’s up to him and his rough and tumble crew to step up and stop Other Gary from erasing them all from existence.
The Science of Supervillainy is filled with both comedic and dramatic moments that blend well together. Using both the dramatic and comedic is how Phipps illustrates, surprisingly well, the conflicts of being a supervillain with morals. Wanting to own and rule the world doesn’t necessarily mean that you want the world to be a filled with shitty people, and Gary most certainly wants to rule the world, but why can’t he have his cake and eat it too?
Elements of this book I loved were the same as the previous titles. The cross-pollination from other worlds, time-travel, comedy, weirdly conceived relationships, and of course the pop-culture references help to make this a fun read. It works so well, and I look forward to the next installment.
5 out of 5 stars.