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WONDER CITY STORIES

A lot of fun and a little addictive

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Jun 29, 2016: I’ve been blitzing my way through Wonder City Stories for a few days now and I’m enjoying the ride immensely. There’s certainly plenty of content to keep a reader going!

This is superhero stories for anyone who’s ever felt unrepresented, or tokenised, in traditional comics and stories. And one thing you can be certain of is that none of these characters are token anything. The breadth and variety of the cast is pretty astounding and they are all unique and sympathetic in their own way. A few villains may be a touch two dimensional, but that’s acceptable as we’re not seeing through their heads.

Without a doubt my favourite character is the Fat Lady. For anyone who’s never met an opera singer in real life . . . go find one. Being faced with that much force of charisma and extroversion is truly an experience and I can absolutely translate that into superheroism. (It’s not hard to find opera singers, go to a music school and look for the loud ones.) I love the idea that powerful superhumans are more likely to be female, and that the closest thing to Superman is a short, chubby black woman. My other favourites I’ll keep quiet about to avoid spoilers.

The many issues brought up by the stories are interesting, and only very rarely dip into lecturing, but it is occasionally an issue. If you are someone who thinks "being PC" is a bad thing you should avoid this story – or maybe read it and challenge your ideas a little.

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WONDER CITY STORIES

Superhero life has the mundane and profound too, you know

By Kyt Dotson, author of Black Hat Magick

May 13, 2010: "Young Paranormals Christian Association of Wonder City, working with super powered youth since 1964!"

The parallels between the YMCA and the YPCA tickled the cockles of my heart when I read the first two chapters of this story (And to start when I saw YPCA, I thought of the YMCA. This simply got confirmed straightaway when there’s a pool near the YPCA.) I guess I’m just a sucker for four-letter-acronyms. I also play City of Heroes and I like super-powered stories. This may color my review positive somewhat.

I enjoyed following the heroine through her day, coming to the city, and living her life in the strange shadow of her mother. It has all the hallmarks of young adult drama and romance, with some slice-of-life as well. Especially the parts where sometimes as a reader I forgot that our heroine is indeed taller than most.

In my reading I fell in love with the history of the characters as much as the history of their entire society—the paranormals and their plight.

Readers who want well-rounded drama stretched over believable, and adorable, characters who dwell in a living, breathing world, will find everything they’re looking for in this story. There’s almost something for everyone. The conversations and scenes trace a lineage of heroism and paranormal lives from the young (in our heroine) to the middle-aged and elderly lifestyles of these magnificent and interesting people.

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By mamday, member

Feb 17, 2010: A good story about superheroes that doesn’t take place in a high school. The way the story is told you know the author knows where this is going, and I am interested in going along for the ride . . . 

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