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Summary

Monsters are real.

But so are heroes.

Sparks are champions of weird science. Boasting capes and costumes and amazing super-powers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard, they fight an eternal battle for truth and justice...mostly.

Darklings are creatures of myth and magic: ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, and the like. Their very presence warps reality. Doors creak at their approach. Cobwebs gather where they linger.

Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks - and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities - and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names.

Turns out that "accident" was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme. Now it's up to four newbie heroes to save the day, before they even have a chance to figure out what their team's name should be!

©2017 James Alan Gardner (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Donaithnen
  • 16-11-17

Great start to a new series!

I've been a big fan of James Alan Gardener and his previous "League of Peoples" series for years, so I had high hopes for this new book. Those expectations were met, and I'm looking forward to the next book, "They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded".

This book has the same humor, sometimes dark, always wry, that the other series displayed in spades. Thematically it combines the trope-aware interpretation of super heroes/villains demonstrated in books like "Soon I Will Be Invincible" with the large and in charge creatures of the night portrayed in many urban fantasy books. The combination is both weird and wonderful.

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  • Lindsey Choi
  • 17-11-17

Thoroughly Enjoyed

It was cool to have a gender queer MC. Very much a girl power book and I loved that. Fast paced too as the book takes place in just a few hours of one night. Definitely recommend!

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  • Miss Melony
  • 18-01-18

great story and great read.

interesting plot. the world building character building and use of magic science history and storytelling is cool and fun. Really enjoyed and would recommend to those who enjoy young adult fiction and sci-fi.

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  • David
  • 23-12-17

Now one of my favotite superhero novels.

If you could sum up All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault in three words, what would they be?

Rock solid storytelling.

What other book might you compare All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault to and why?

Probably 'Soon I will be Invincible'. That book delves more into the psychology of the characters while this one, while not skimping on motivation is more action oriented.

What does Emily Woo Zeller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emily also reads for the 'Don't tell my parents' series, so I was used to her idiosyncrasies. She's a good narrator and does hit the different voices well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I particularly liked the scene at the beginning with the three darklings and the farmhand reveal. (No Spoilers). But I have to say that all the fight scenes were very well done and the excitement as powers emerged was contagious.

Any additional comments?

This is a novel for adults. Not to say that there are scenes of sex, or excessive abuse that doesn't serve the story, just that the vocabulary and storytelling is geared towards a mature ear, which I loved.
I have a liking for the superhero genre, and have explored many of those books on Audible.I would rank this number 3 in a listing of the best.
1. 'Grimnoir Chronicles' series by Larry Correia
2. 'Ex-Heros' series by Peter Clines
3. This one.
Which puts it in fairly exalted air considering all the novels below them. Buy it. It's a great ride.

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  • Sheilah M. Griswold
  • 13-11-17

Loved it

Superheroes Vs Monsters!! This was an incredibly fun listen. I hope there will be a sequel.

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  • LivinInKY
  • 29-07-18

Won Me Over By the End

I was hesitant on this one. I enjoyed Gardner's League of People series, having read the books when they were first published and then following up with the audiobooks. The premise of superheroes fighting vampires, though, didn't thrill me and the story languished in my queue for months. After finally starting, there was never a point where I thought to abandon the story though I persisted in thinking I wasn't going to enjoy the journey.

Turns out I was wrong. While I still find the premise to be a bit of a trope, Gardner' characters, humor and pacing are still excellent. I give the story four stars because I would have liked a new series starting with something more creative than superheroes vs vampires, however, I will get the next book and will not let it flounder as I scroll past it in my list.

I will add that it is pleasant to see Gardner deal with gender issues as part of his characterization. It is obviously an important issue to him and he deals with it matter-of-fact-ly; neither preaching nor bending the story line to overly accentuate it. He just deals with it as a part of his character's make up and I found the honesty in this to be a good way to develop the hero's story.

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  • Oskar
  • 28-02-18

a bit dull

despite an interesting premise the story on a whole is awfully slow and I just wanted it to be over.

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  • Amanda
  • 27-02-18

Perfect modern superhero origin story

4 college girls become super. Shenanigans ensues. Super happy, fun book. Really enjoyed myself! Five stars. Will look out for this author in the future

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-17

Expected more.

The opening to this story is perfect. The narrator is great. The world itself is very interesting but the characters brought it all down for me. Especially the main character. If the story was based around either 99 or Dakini I more than likely would've enjoyed the story more.

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