Book Review: The Shootout Solution: Genrenauts Episode 1 by Michael R. Underwood (Five Stars)

Book Review: The Shootout Solution: Genrenauts Episode 1 by Michael R. Underwood

Five Stars out of Five

“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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