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Super Born - The Book

By Charles Ashbacher

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5.0 out of 5 stars Farce and satire of many things, an entertaining read, December 30, 2010

By Charles Ashbacher “(cashbacher@yahoo.com)” (Marion, Iowa United States)

This review is from: Super Born: Seduction of Being (Paperback)

The superhero genre is one that at some point enters the fantasy world of every person. To have the ability to simply use your mind to move things such as vacuum cleaners, to fly and to get things done without actually having to do them is something we all dream of. Single parents that work sometimes seem to approach this level as they juggle schedules, work and being a parent, multitasking where the multi component is a number greater than two.

This book is a very odd and amusing member of this genre; it involves super women born with powers due to an unusual radiation being present in economically downtrodden Scranton, Pennsylvania. In an odd and amusing twist the powers were granted only to women born during halftime of the Super Bowl. An additional consequence of the radiation is that the young men are so dumb that they are little more than animated utility poles.

The main character that narrates the story is a young male journalist that possesses many of the clichéd characteristics of that group. His place of residence is dirty, there is little more than beer in his refrigerator and when he meets a woman the first thing he notices is her breasts. In a break from his usual line of sight, he is one of the seedy bars when he notices the fire in the eyes of one of the super females. She is the B. I. B. a black clad woman that prowls the streets of Scranton at night reigning in crime. The B. I. B. is not out every night because she has to fulfill her role as single parent to her daughter.

There is enough satire here to fill several books. Areas that are “attacked” are:

*) The superwoman syndrome

*) Men that largely think with their thrusters

*) Superhero fantasies

*) Crime bosses

*) Nerdy professor types

*) Rivalries between females

*) Friendships between females

It is all in good clean fun, the dialog is very humorous, the main character is not a hero type, he is lazy, lecherous and often interested in little more than beer and sex. At times it seems a strain for him to simply write his chronicle of the events. I enjoyed it, smiling at the absurdities and the nonsense intertwined with farce. 

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