Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review: Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Volume 1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Jim Bernheimer, the author, approached me for a review of this book, I wasn't all that interested. I was more interested in his short story book Horror, Humor, And Heroes (because it had zombie stories!). So, I read the  Horror, Humor, And Heroes book first, which incidentally, had a novella titled "Confessions of a D-Class Supervillain". That novella was great great great. After finishing the novella, I hurried to the "Confessions" book. To make it work (i.e. into a full book), Bernheimer tweaked the ending. I was not THAT happy with the change because it was one of the twists that I liked the most in the short story. Regardless, this is a pretty good book. It is funny, witty and entertaining. 

The story is about Calvin Stringel, or rather, Mechani-Cal, a down in his luck low-rate super villain. The world has been taken over by genetically enhanced bugs that makes everyone slaves of their bug juice, and what does our clever and `valiant' super villain do? He runs. You bet he does! That is until he is force to fight or become a salve. There starts Cal's adventures. 

As a character, Cal is very well developed. We see character growth (or really the rediscovering of his character) even if its such a short book. The supporting characters are also well described and introduced. The dialogue and banter are rather witty and I found myself laughing out loud more than once.

This is quite an entertaining book and I highly recommend it. 

*Note: I received this book free from the author for the purposes of this review.

Also read:

Horror, Humor, And Heroes

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