Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way

By Bart R. Leib

Rating: 4 stars

I only added this book to my wishlist because it had a story by a friend in it, but I’m glad that someone did buy it for me as it’s a lot of fun. The premise of this anthology is that each of the stories contains heroes who have small powers. They’re not invincible or can fly, but maybe have really tough skin, or can float just a couple centimetres above the ground.

I think my favourite story was Knuckles by Ken MacGregor about a decent, working class guy who just went out there to help people because it was the Right Thing. I also enjoyed Dawn Vogel’s Fortissimo Possibile and, of course, my pal’s story The Writing is on the Wall, but then I always feel a bit of a thrill about anything set in Glasgow :-).

One thing worth remarking upon is the number of female authors and protagonists in the collection. It shouldn’t be worth remarking upon, but it’s unusual to have a greater-than-half number of female authors.

There were few misses here, I thought. Although I enjoyed The Breeze, it was very much a teen prom drama, the fact that the protagonist had a permanent breeze around her barely came into it. And it’s not that I didn’t enjoy Short Circuit, but it felt very much like one chapter or segment in a larger piece of work (that I’d certainly like to read!).

So a fun collection worth reading by anyone who has a passing interest in the superhero genre.

Book details

ISBN: 9780615901190
Publisher: Crossed Genres Publications
Year of publication: 2013

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