Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TLC Blog Tours: League of Somebodies

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: Dark Coast Press (April 9, 2013)
This astounding original debut tells the tale of Lenard Sikophsky whose father has fed him plutonium since the age of six in the hopes of making him the world’s first superhero. He is forced to pass the unusual tests of manhood locked in the centuries old tomb, The Manaton, a secret relic passed down for generations. Falling in love with the beautiful, compulsively suicidal Laura Moskowitz doesn’t make his life any easier. But with the guidance of the Sikophsky men, the antiquated rulebook, and of course a healthy amount of plutonium, Lenard accepts his fate as an exactor of justice. . . .

Twenty years later, Lenard’s son Nemo is introduced to the same destiny as his father, only this time the violent entity called THEY are in dangerous pursuit. Lenard’s life and the legacy of his family are put to the test when he is forced to defend everything he loves.

Samuel Sattin’s work has appeared in Salon Magazine, The Good Men Project, io9, Kotaku, and has been cited in The New Yorker. He is a Contributing Editor at The Weeklings, and author of the debut novel League of Somebodies, described by Mat Johnson as “So rich with originality it’s actually radioactive,” and by Joshua Mohr as a “Whirling force that blends the family saga, superhero lore, and a coming of age story to a frothy cocktail.” He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, beagle, and tuxedo cat. Please visit him at

My Thoughts:  
This book is hard to describe, let alone fairly review. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I found it highly creative and at times entertaining, yet also a bit heavy handed at the same time. I'm kind of a geeky girl myself, so I appreciated the comic nerd slash weirdo vibe, that I got from this novel.

Sometimes the book seems to fly as fast as a superhero, while at others it seemed to drag on and on like molasses. At some point in this book I seriously felt like I needed to crack open a dictionary to understand what was being said. I am all for "intellectual" books, but in this case it seemed a bit..gimicky, almost as if Sattin wanted to show off how many big words he knew.

 In the end, I think that this book was fun. It had it's flaws, but the story shone through pretty darn brightly. The story was compelling enough to allow me to overcome the bad and focus on the good. And let's face it people that cover is BADASS!

(if you don't hear an 80's hair metal band start playing in your head when you look at that cover you are DEAD TO ME!)

Tour Stops

Sunday, June 23rd: A Dream Within a Dream
Tuesday, June 25th: Book Addict Katie
Tuesday, July 2nd: Lectus
Wednesday, July 3rd: Must Read Faster
Monday, July 15th: Giraffe Days
Tuesday, July 16th: Excellent Library
Wednesday, July 17th: Man of La Book
Friday, July 19th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Monday, July 29th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, August 7th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, August 8th: BoundByWords
Monday, August 12th: she treads softly
TBD: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

1 comment:

  1. I agree -- the cover is awesome! I'm glad the story shone through in the end. Thanks for being on the tour!


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