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Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain (edition 2012)

by A. Lee Martinez

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Title:Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain
Authors:A. Lee Martinez
Info:Orbit (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
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It's as if H.G. Wells, Douglas Adams and Jimmy Breslin got loaded one night and decided to collaborate on goofy sci-fi novel. It seems to work. Kind of funny, light and snappy, this is an impossible adventure in an impossible solar system. So what. It's fun. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Very funny with over the top scenarios and tons of sarcasm/snark. I liked Zala a lot, she was very tough and smart. The Emperor was also very likeable. I was surprised by the ending and the narrator did a great job. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Very funny with over the top scenarios and tons of sarcasm/snark. I liked Zala a lot, she was very tough and smart. The Emperor was also very likeable. I was surprised by the ending and the narrator did a great job. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I like the sci-fi mixed with humor in his writing. I like the ridiculous story ideas and how things turn out usually I'm too wound up in the story to even try to figure out what is going to happen next. If you like silly yet sci-fi/fantasy novels this is a definite must. ( )
  rayneofdarkness | Nov 10, 2015 |
If you like Golden Age pulp sci-fi with a sense of humor, you'll enjoy this tribute to the genre. All the classic ingredients are here: death rays, aliens from every planet in the system, a delightfully hostile bodyguard, genetic horrors, and even an island full of dinosaurs in the Bermuda Triangle. Any of the offhand remarks to this Earth's alternate history would make for a worthy follow-up. (I want to see what Teddy Roosevelt was up to on Mars!)

While it's told "straight," the story isn't painfully earnest like some of the movies from that era. Martinez plays with the repercussions of the B-movie tropes that we all know; in this respect, it treads some of the same ground as "Megamind" - but without so much snark or low humor. What DOES an evil genius do when he succeeds?

Highly recommended. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
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To all the usual folks: Mom, Sally, Nik, Russell, the

DFWWW, my agent, my editor, Orbit Books, the

people who buy the books, Optimus Prime, and the

rest. You're still just as important as you ever were and

this is a lot easier because of you.

To Atomic Robo, for keeping my love of comic books

alive and well.

And to Victor Von Doom.
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Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything.

With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though. If the boredom doesn't get him, there's always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or... well, you get the idea. If that wasn't bad enough, there's also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes.

But Mollusk isn't about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it's time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he's not out to rule the world. He's out to save it from the peril of the Sinister Brain!

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Emperor Mollusk.

Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what's a villain to do after he's done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.

Retirement isn't easy though. If the boredom doesn't get him, there's always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or . . . well, you get the idea. If that wasn't bad enough, there's also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes. But Mollusk isn't about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it's time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he's not out to rule the world. He's out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:30 -0400)

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Emperor Mollusk, ex-warlord of Earth, comes out of retirement to save the planet from the sinister brain's control.

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