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Life in Wonder City

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Jan 6, 2013: I knew I was going to like Wonder City Stories when it started off with an account of one of our heroines trying to find somewhere to sleep for the night and thwarting someone trying to mug her in the process. One of the things I loved about these stories in general is the way we follow people, many of them with super powers (but not all), and see them in their real, ordinary lives.

Some of the people we follow are younger and starting off their careers, like Nereid, the daughter of two retired third-line superheroes who’s trying to become a superhero in her own right. Also, Megan Amazon, another superhero’s daughter, who’s not at all interested in getting into the game and is simply looking for a good job so she can make a living. Some of the people we follow are older, retired superheroes and the regular people involved with them, and the author does an excellent job of making all of these people interesting and bringing them to life in a way that made me excited to read about any of them as the tale progressed and we followed one story or another more closely.

One of the things I found myself enjoying the most is the fact that Wonder City Stories focuses on the day-to-day lives of the people in them, not simply one fight after another that gets tedious because you always know what to expect. Not that huge battles don’t take place in this story, but when they do, we’re treated to the run up and aftermath as well as the fight itself. I liked very much the fact that the fight wasn’t just the end of the story and that we got to follow up with the people who ended up in the hospital and the ones who helped to clean up the mess afterwards, and so fully see the impact of the events on the lives of all of the people involved.

The writing in these stories is done in a very easy, naturalistic style that I find inviting to simply dive in and read dozens of chapters at a sitting, but it’s also polished at the same time. The one thing I had some difficulty with at first was the landing page; I had a bit of trouble figuring out where to begin reading. Once I did, however, each chapter has forward and back buttons, so if you either use the Table of Contents or a link to your most current chapter, that issue should be solved.

At any rate, I’ve been having a lot of fun reading this series and plan to continue to do so. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in superhero fiction, especially anyone tired of the stereotypical heroes and superhero story track, and interested in finding out more about the people behind the masks, as it were.

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