League of Somebodies by Samuel Sattin

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...the addition of the cheeky and light-hearted send-up of masculinity and its ridiculous tendencies makes this novel insightfully inquisitive and a pleasure to read.
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""League of Somebodies is so rich with originality that it's actually radioactive. If you captured Owen Meany in a literary time machine and fed him a strict diet of comic books and plutonium, you would come up with a main character a hell of a lot more well-adjusted than Lenard Sikophsky. Read at your own risk and beware: laughter is the first sign of infection.""
–Mat Johnson, author of Pym, Incognegro, and Dark Rain

Lenard Sikophsky’s father has been feeding him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first bona fide superhero. First, he must pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice. . . .

Twenty years later, Lenard’s son Nemo is introduced to the same destiny as his father, only this time the violent entity called THEY are in dangerous pursuit. Lenard’s life and the legacy of his family are put to the test when he is forced to defend everything he loves.

 

About Samuel Sattin

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Samuel Sattin's work has appeared in Salon, io9, Kotaku, The Good Men Project, The Cobalt Review, Cent Magazine, and Generations. He is Contributing Editor at The Weeklings and lives in Oakland, California with his wife and a beagle. Original illustrations by Peter Reed.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Dark Coast Press. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 10 2013

...the addition of the cheeky and light-hearted send-up of masculinity and its ridiculous tendencies makes this novel insightfully inquisitive and a pleasure to read.

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