FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“You are where?” Wrye spoke into his cell phone, having just donned his vintage tux, including top hat, white scarf, boutonniere, and silver tipped cane.
“A few states away.”
“But we are supposed to announce the Tattle and Wrye Book Review Award.”
“That’s in December.”
“Noooo. It’s this month.”
“Ut oh…I’m bad.” Tattle looked sheepish. “I thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift, and…well…errrrr…I messed up. But I do have a perfect article for this month. Our review of DOOLIE GOGH by Steven Ure, a humorous sci-fi adventure from CBG’s BURST!”
“Well, I must agree, that was a fun read and deserving of being brought forth without further ado.”
“You’re wearing that old tux again, aren’t you?”
Noticed a moth ball aroma and wrinkled up his nose. “Let’s just get on with the review.”
Tattle leaned back and rocked comfortably on her rubberized sparkly gown. “Doolie Gogh is an old world super hero, the type who makes women drool and men envy. His heroics are super-duper cause he has super speed, super healing, super speed, and super flying ability.” Her hands flay about as if dramatizing his assets. “Of course, he is also muscular perfection and handsome oozes from him like honey from a hive. Even his alter facade, mustached Ryan Lott, is spectacular. He is super wealthy, super classy and super unidentifiable. Yup, sometimes he even wears glasses.”
At his end of the cell phone, Wrye shed his hat, bow tie and top coat. “You forgot the super ego part and rat-destroying fetish.”
“Was getting to that….”
“He’s really an alien,” Wrye interrupted. “He initially worked for the Galactic Police Bureau and was sent to Yoiq Prime, where elephant sized rats were….”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, but he never got there and ended up reborn on this planet with a super need to help those in distress….” Tattle sighed softly. “I have to admit, the helping part is secondary to the obsessive attention getting part. He even enlists the help of Tiffany Turner, a little known but ambitious newspaper reporter, to promote him in a positive light. After all, fighting supervillains often got messy when tossing villains and their outrageous equipment about.”
“Anywho, Doolie and Tiffany had a short-lived romance, but a long-term alliance. For a couple of years, he got his shinny image and she became a TV reporter media star. Meanwhile, he kept attempting to overcome that little disability that caused him to rip apart or squash, depending on his mood, any rat that crossed his path.”
“He soaked up the accolades but soon discovered, as time went on, that people weren’t quite as adoring. Then,” Wrye lowered his voice to a deep baritone level. “Da da da daaaaa, after Doolie destroyed one bank too many, Senator White declared Doolie and all copy cats of his sort a menace. Under threat of incarceration, he declared them all banned from all and any super-heroic deeds. Doolie became a defunct hero.”
“What is a superhero to do?”
“In Doolie’s case become a supervillain!” Wrye twirls his cane as if a band leader.
“Pre-ban, however, he had saved Eva Byers, a gorgeous, non-famous actress, from a fatal accident. Her encouragement to follow his heart takes him on a complicated journey that could lead to his annilation. Poor Doolie… um… I think.”
“This book is a hoot,” Wrye stated. “It has a sharp comic wit wrapped in a layer of satire. Despite Doolie’s super-extreme ego and misguided attempt to redeem his character for the sake of that very outrageous self-image, he is somehow likeable. You want him to win the day, win the girl, and be the ta-da superhero. Though Doolie is shallow, somehow the author has managed to intertwine enough good to make him a winner and earn the reader’s interest.”
Tattle attempted to sit up, but rolled and did a full-circle somersault, yet kept talking. “The author has a clean writing style and the story keeps you charmed, laughing and enthralled. You never know what will happen next. The characters are all flawed yet, somehow, that makes them strangely complicated and compelling. Even the final supervillain is so pathetic and round-the-bend nuttier than an attic full of hoarding squirrels, you feel a twinge of pity. Plus, underlying humor can be found in both prose and dialogue. At the same time, there is a fundamental truism about the over-all nature of mob mentality and political manipulation that gives depth and mesmerizing appeal.”
“We would both highly recommend this book to not just sci-fi readers but those who simply wish to be entertained. It is a great fiction experience!”
Until next month, keep reading.
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash of Blather City, Wannachat
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