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  1. says:

    This is SF Well, actually, it s Western, but since I don t want to bother making a shelf for that and it really is SF without being Westworld, I ll leave it as SF.Except It s also a writing manual, giving us all the insides of How To Write A Story as the means to live while being inside one Or three Or eighteen stories Or however many Tau Heinleinesque The Number of the Beast alternate universes there are when genres spin into umbrella universes that split even further into sub genres that split into yet subgenresAnd the whole point is that the GENRES ARE MIXING AND BREAKING DOWN oh my god the universe is breeching Damn cool concept, and I think I m gonna like this even than Geekomancy, because it s not only tapping into nostalgia, but it s also going to tap into archetypes in a BIG way in order to Get Things Done Hell, it s written in such a way that even the ultra conscious way that the story is written gets sublimated into the characters who consider the fine points of storytelling just so they can manipulate a whole worldview inside the genre And then, underneath that, or above it, I can t really decide where that layer belongs, we ve got Leah transforming from Reluctant Hero, to Kid, to Sidekick, back to Reluctant Hero in her own tale that is, in itself, a metafiction of all these alternate realities.And is it easy to follow, unlike my review s narrative Hell yes It s all story, tongue in cheek pure adventure.It s good all by itself.The only thing that could make it better is an ongoing series of novellas doing the same thing and enlarging the concept But Oh, Wait It is I m tickled pink And thanks to Tor, I recently got Episode 2 as an ARC Guess what I m going to do in 2 minutes


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    Our world is surrounded by genre worlds only slightly removed from us in the dimension of narrative, and they have an effect on us via a thematic semiotic lol resonance And there s a group of people whose job it is to keep the genres stable That s where Leah Tang comes in She s just been recruited to help out and her first job is to help out a team with a routine Western story.This is a light, fun read with a focus on diversity and a massive awareness of tropes and the problems with tropes Or the problem tropes Something like that.I will be continuing with them.


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    A preposterously creative idea, with the writing talent and humor to back it up Light hearted, and very rewarding I m looking forward to the the future episodes.As a side note, the wonderful Mary Robinette Kowal crushes the audiobook narration of this one, continuing to win at life as she always has.


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    The premise is simple, yet somehow ended up hitting me really hard there s our regular everyday world, and there are story worlds that exist in another dimension in space orbiting Earth, impacting Earth based on which story world that s at issue Problems in the story worlds cause problems on Earth, so if you can fix problems on the story worlds, you can solve Earth s problems For me, someone who is pretty damn worried about Earth s problems on a pretty regular basis, this simple solution that is also so much wish fulfillment as a geek was really rather poignant I had to actually put my Kindle down for a moment and take a break because of how happy the concept made me, and how sad I was that we don t have such an easy fix The cast of characters will probably be dismissed by folks who hate diversity for diversity s sake or checking off boxes on the SJW checklist but honestly, it was really refreshing to see so many non white non male characters They all felt like solid characters, not tokens, and for being a novella, what we saw of each character s motivations made sense and worked.So far as the plot went, I saw the twist coming about a mile away, but I was happy that was where the story went, and I was definitely pleased with how the ending was wrapped up on Western world.I m impressed with the pacing and the plotting, because there s a lot of ground to cover and really not all that much space to do it in These could easily be much longer books, but the episodic nature and short time span addressed in text by staying too long in story worlds Bad News Bears means the story has to be tight, and it is There are still, however, plenty of mentions of real world issues and current events This is very much a book that is of this moment this moment being 2015 2016, with all the socio political, class, race, gender, environmental issues that conjures up They don t all get mentioned overtly, but it s obvious that the issues are apparent and important to the characters, and I expect some of them will come up in later books in the series.It s certainly not for everyone, and the folks who it would immediately turn off have probably long stopped reading this review If you re looking for a fun adventure that s socially aware and culturally relevant, I think this would be a good book for you.I was provided with a copy of this book for review by the author.


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    The first Genrenauts novella aka The Pilot Episode Meet struggling stand up comic Leah Tang as she is invited to join The Genrenauts.When a story breaks on one of the other worlds based on a genre, like Western, Romance, Science Fiction, etc , the Genrenauts deploy to find and fix the broken story to protect our so called real world I listened to a ton of Westerns as books on tape as a kid, and I love thinking about how formative the Western is for American storytelling We see its influence in Action movies, Superheroes, and It s a genre that has been immensely popular, but waned in popularity for quite some time It s making a comeback now, and I m excited to take part in this new wave of stories re examining and re framing the western, especially in terms of looking at gender, race, and sexuality.If you re a fan of the Ree Reyes Geekomancy books, I think you ll love Genrenauts, too.


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    You never choose to be the Chosen One You just are First, do not read the blurb on this book read the book Especially of you like books or writing As the name Genrenauts implies, this story is as much about story telling as it is about the story If I explain why, it ll spoil your delight Trust me.Imagine a semi normal person is enlisted to help keep the genre worlds and ours safe What are the genre worlds What do you think That s all I m telling.The relatively short novel is stuffed with pop culture and literary references Obvious acronyms are not spelled out The obligatory PC is deftly served In other words, Underwood credits the reader with having a brain Genre expectations, archetypes, and time honored tropes are visited and occasionally turned upside down Well designed, well told Maybe not quite five stars, but I m rounding up because it s so much fun.Think counter narrative.


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    I received an early copy of this novella through NetGalley.I confess right from the start I m biased I read this as an early draft and loved it, and I was overjoyed when Genrenauts was announced as part of a new novella series at Tor The concept is a delightful and original mash up of Quantum Leap and Sliders and so many other fun shows Earth has parallel worlds that echo tropes of literary genres, and if a story on such a world goes off kilter, it impacts people on Earth Leah is recruited straight out of her stand up show and dropped into a bucketful of weird and unbelievable It s a fun ride as they jaunt off to western world, where troublesome tropes do exist but are delightfully subverted by Underwood s deft plotting I can t wait for the next installment


  8. says:

    WHERE S EPISODE II


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    Because he didn t have enough series irons in the fire already, here s a new series from Michael R Underwood the man behind the Ree Ree Geekomancy series, Shield and Crocus and The Younger Gods which may be a series or may be a stand alone This one is sort of familiar territory, but differs enough that it doesn t feel tired.So, Leah is trying to make it as a stand up comic in Balti I didn t realize that Balti was a good place for this, but sure, why not So, the stand up isn t working for her, her day job is as a receptionist and isn t the basis for a future So she can t help but be interested when some mysterious man who seems to appreciate her act approaches her and says I m Dr Angstrom King, Department of Comparative Literature I run a narrative immersion laboratory, and I m looking for new staff I think you might be an excellent fit.The reality behind that gobbledygook is tough to explain in a paragraph, but I ll try there are several parallel universes to ours Earth Prime , and each of these correlates to a genre in fiction not just books , so there s a Science Fiction World, a Romance World, A Horror World, and so on Each of these universes impacts ours in the narratives we tell each other And when something goes wrong the World s narrative, it spills over in our reality So there s a group of people like Quantum Leap or Voyagers who pop in, fix the problem, and pop out once stability to the narrative returns The people that are aware of these worlds and that travel between are called Genrenauts catchy, eh So, Leah tries it out, traveling to Western World to clean up a sticky situation While there, she meets some of King s team, helps some people out, and get a real baptism by fire into this strange new world There s some fun with tropes, character types, a shootout, bad whiskey pretty much everything you d want sans a squinty Eastwood character.It s told with a light touch the debt to Leverage and The Librarians is obvious and readily acknowledged , with a good dose of action, a hint of a looming catastrophe conspiracy There s a good deal of literary narrative theory under girding this whole project it s not as frivolous as it may seem.There s so much emphasis on the premise of this series, and with the adventure in Western World, that we didn t get a good introduction to the characters In addition to Leah, there was King and 2 teammates, some references to a couple of others, 2 people from the Western world But Leah s the only one that I could say has than 1 dimension to them I m confident when I say that ll be taken care of in short order in the future, though But for now, the team is full of types, not people Leah is further on her way to being a fully developed character, primarily a collection of characteristics and tics at the moment but close She s smart, savvy, quick on her feet, a pop culture junkie Unlike, Ree, Leah s a professional smart aleck or aspires to be one, anyway Not that anyone needs a justification to be quippy and snarky in the face of danger in SF, but it s nice that she has one I enjoyed meeting her, and want to get to know her better while watching these collection of characteristics congeal into a character.I m giving this 4 Stars, I think it earns a 3 it s so pilot episode y that it s hard to tell I really enjoyed it and I m in for at least a handful of books, so I ll give it a one star bump for the premise I m eager, really eager, to get the next one.


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    Come check out my Book Blog for fun stuff and reviews A Copy of this Novella was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an Honest ReviewFirst up, as always, we have the blurb Leah Tang just died on stage Not literally Not yet.Leah s stand up career isn t going well But she understands the power of fiction, and when she s offered employment with the mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, she soon discovers that literally dying on stage is a hazard of the job Her first job takes her to a Western world When a cowboy tale slips off its rails, and the outlaws start to win, it s up to Leah and the Genrenauts team to nudge the story back on track and prevent major ripples on Earth.But the story s hero isn t interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance So this caught my eye I had heard whispers here and there about this concept, this idea A series where the idea that all genres of fiction, from Romance to Fantasy to Historical Fiction were real, and that there were people who would police them.This is the first in a series of Novella s exploring a team whose job is to go into these places, and correct the Story.The basic idea is that each of these worlds follow the general Genre conventions of their particular style Western s are categorized as being gritty, with clear Heroes and Villains Fantasy has your wizards and dragons Sci Fi with its spaceships Spy World would have non stop skullduggery And each of these places affect Earth via Ripples When a world gets out of balance, we get affect, generally in a negative way.In this book, the Western world goes off the rails, with the Bad Guys actually defeating the Hero and making off with a ton of loot Its up to the Genrenauts, and their new recruit Leah Tang to fix it.While the book is short it is a novella after all I could not help but get sucked right into the concept Everything is explained just enough to get me going The characters are great and interesting, and they included both our main character who is an Asian Female this is rare as hell and even had a Transgender lady male to female It comes up briefly, and then just moves right on Its well done, and fun.And thats the biggest draw here The entire book is just FUN Its not deep, or meaningful You won t find answers to your own self doubt or anything here But you will find action, adventure, and just a generally fun time.I honestly can t wait for the next book in this series I want to see where things go I rate this a solid 4 5 If the concept interests you I urge you to grab this up, read it, and become a fan like me Also its like 3 for the Kindle edition, so no excuses folks Bookworms really should give this a read


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The Shootout Solution download The Shootout Solution, read online The Shootout Solution, kindle ebook The Shootout Solution, The Shootout Solution ed8074c20c69 Jasper Fforde Meets Leverage The Genrenauts Travel Across Dimensions To The Worlds Where Genres Live, Fixing Off Track Stories To Protect Our EarthLeah Tang Just Died On Stage Not Literally Not YetLeah S Stand Up Career Isn T Going Well But She Understands The Power Of Fiction, And When She S Offered Employment With The Mysterious Genrenauts Foundation, She Soon Discovers That Literally Dying On Stage Is A Hazard Of The Job Her First Job Takes Her To A Western World When A Cowboy Tale Slips Off Its Rails, And The Outlaws Start To Win, It S Up To Leah And The Genrenauts Team To Nudge The Story Back On Track And Prevent Major Ripples On EarthBut The Story S Hero Isn T Interested In Winning, And The Safety Of Earth Hangs In The Balance