An ongoing, episodic "prose comic" from which the pictures are summoned by the magic of words, Goon Squad is set in a version of modern-day Manchester. Its biggest divergence from the real city is that it - along with most other large urban centers - has a team of superheroes to protect it against unusual threats with which the conventional forces of law and order would have problems.
Goon Squad, Volume 1: Special Talents is composed of six tales: "The New Girl", "Nightclubbing", "By the Water, by the Grave", "Changes", "No-No Dojo", and "Exterminating Angel" as well as an introduction read by the author.
©2015 Jonathan L. Howard (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.
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"a great intro but a tad short."
while not the authors best work (johannes cabal) a great premise and loveable characters. A tad bit short for the price though.
"Fun Comic book style stories"
Enjoyed it very much.
Ian Mears is the walking dead man. Very sarcastic and amusing.
She's very good with all the different accents. Russian, British, etc.
Laugh out loud. No crying.
Nice to have these short stories put together into a collection. I love Howard's writing.
"Previous Positive Reviews Revoked"
The stories are offbeat, which I appreciate; however, there is a plethora of superhero fiction that I find much more enjoyable.
Although unlisted, there is more than one narrator and I don't like multiple narrators or sound effects, such as doors opening. Individually, narrators do a decent job, but Sasha's voice grates on my nerves a bit.
Disclaimer: I am probably holding this author to a much higher standard than the norm. In previous reviews of Jonathan L. Howard's work, I wrote I would read anything he writes. [My policy is to write positive reviews but not negative reviews; however, my honesty policy supersedes the positive/negative review policy and I'm not looking forward to the unhelpful votes this review will get. At the time, only the Johannes Cabal series was available. This is now untrue and I have thought of putting Howard in captivity until more Cabal books are written. He also stated, in his own voice on one of the audio books, that he would have another Cabal book out this year and I'm growing skeptical and possibly jilted.
"Narrator's lisp is distracting"
I love Howard's dry, acerbic humor and his love of words. The only drawback here is the over sibilant sound of the narrator's voice. It was irritating at first but the story drew me in.
overly sibilant, lispy
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