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They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded (edition 2018)

by James Alan Gardner (Author)

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Title:They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded
Authors:James Alan Gardner (Author)
Info:Tor Books (2018), 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:August 2019, super heroes, Sparks, vampires, ghosts, magic, science

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Returning to the world of "Those Explosions Were Someone Else Fault" (where superheroes, villains and the supernatural powers-that-be square off in a rough balance of power), Gardner is not giving us a sequel, as he apparently intends the four planned books to all be free-standing stories. What he does do is concentrate on the issues of "99" (Jools Walsh to friends & family), a person who represents the best a person can be; at least when she's not beating herself up with self-doubt and liquor. Apart from Jools working through her issues, the guts of the plot turns on the gun of the title, who built it and what its real purpose is. If you read and enjoyed the first book you'll certainly enjoy this one; other folks will still probably want to read the initial novel before giving this one a try. ( )
  Shrike58 | Apr 7, 2019 |
Fuck, the political correctness! The final straw, which made me discard it, was when the protagonist who insists she's "gender non-binary" demands to be called by the "pronouns" ze, zir, etc. And the others agree to go along with this! Nope. Life's too short.

Should you read this? Only if you want an SJW lecture instead of a story. ( )
  Carnophile | Jan 9, 2019 |
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Only days have passed since a freak accident granted four college students superhuman powers. Now Jools and her friends (who haven't even picked out a name for their superhero team yet) get caught up in the hunt for a Mad Genius's misplaced super-weapon. But when Jools falls in with a modern-day Robin Hood and his band of super-powered Merry Men, she finds it hard to sort out the Good Guys from the Bad Guys--and to figure out which side she truly belong on. Especially since nobody knows exactly what the Gun does.

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