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Temps (Roc) by Alex Stewart

Temps (Roc) (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Alex Stewart, Neil Gaiman

Series: Temps (1)

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Title:Temps (Roc)
Authors:Alex Stewart
Other authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:RoC (1991), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:read, own, disappointing, short_stories, sf, psi_sf, lucid_dreaming, x9sp, gy

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Temps by Alex Stewart (1991)



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Devised as a reaction to the 'Wild cards' shared-universe collections, this is a particularly satirical British take on the superhero. In this collection, the superheroes' talents are unlikely and not all that talented - the ability to teleport liquids from container A to container B, or the ability to transform oneself into a giant frog, or (in the case of Jack Yeovil/Kim Newman's 'Pitbull Brittan') to work oneself into such a rage that one becomes a mass of enraged, engorged erectile tissue. Hmm, yes.... ( )
  RobertDay | Aug 21, 2009 |
A very quirky book. This is done not to be outright laugh out loud funny, but if you take that sort of Mystery Men style, cross it with Yes Minister or even the My Hero tv show, and inject some of the pathos from the Wild Cards anthology style with many writers, you are somewhere in the ballpark. Power range from the unnoticeable Invisible Boy to a guy who can turn into a giant frog (that can't swim), to the far more powerful human erectile man, and nasty illusion casters.

Temps : 01 Nothing Special - Colin Greenland
Temps : 02 Leaks - David Langford
Temps : 03 Third Person Singular - Liz Holliday
Temps : 04 Frog Day Afternoon - Marcus L. Rowland
Temps : 05 Pitbull Brittan - Jack Yeovil
Temps : 06 The String Man - Graham Higgins
Temps : 07 Someone to Watch Over Me - Alex Stewart
Temps : 08 The Oedipus Effect - Brian M. Stableford
Temps : 09 The College Spirit - Storm Constantine
Temps : 10 The Rose Garden - David V. Barrett
Temps : 11 A Lonely Impulse - Roz Kaveney

Even the power of not being noticed can be useful.

3.5 out of 5

Beer siphon power gets experimentally bloody.

3.5 out of 5

Spy triangle.

3 out of 5

Captain Croak - hero.

4 out of 5

A Bulldog Drummond spoof. Bored racist sexist adventurer has super powers drive by erectile tissue. After fighting, blood pressure problems are such that he must have sex with whatever is available, or die.

3.5 out of 5

Rope guru has feelings, too.

2.5 out of 5

Subway sorcery.

4 out of 5

Duelling theoreticians.

3.5 out of 5

Secret virgin telekinetic goes to Temp school.

4 out of 5

Dream priest.

2.5 out of 5

Super flying woman inspires envy.

3.5 out of 5

http://superprose.blogspot.com/2006/11/temps.html ( )
  bluetyson | May 21, 2007 |
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