Playing for Keeps

Good Playing for Keeps Author Mur Lafferty are Books Mur Lafferty is the author of Six Wakes and The Shambling Guides series from Orbit books as well as several self pubbed nove

Good Playing for Keeps Author Mur Lafferty are Books Mur Lafferty is the author of Six Wakes and The Shambling Guides series from Orbit books, as well as several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series She is the host of podcasts I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the Manly Wade Wellman Award, and joined the Podcast Hall of Fame in its inaugural yearTE mail is NOT a good way to get in touch with me If you wish to reach me, contact information is available at my website.. The shining metropolis of Seventh City is the birthplace of super powers The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire The Third Wavers are stuck with the leftovers the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, the grace to carry a tray and never drop its contents, the power toThe shining metropolis of Seventh City is the birthplace of super powers The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire The Third Wavers are stuck with the leftovers the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, the grace to carry a tray and never drop its contents, the power to produce high powered excrement blasts, absolute controlover elevators Bar owner Keepsie Branson is a Third Waver with a power that prevents anything in her possession from being stolen Keepsie and her friends just aren t powerful enough to make a difference at least that s what they ve always been told But when the villain Doodad slips Keepsie a mysterious metal sphere, the Third Wavers become caught in the middle of a battle between the egotistical heroes and the manipulative villains As Seventh City begins to melt down, it s hard to tell the good guys from the bad, and even harder to tell who may become the true heroes.. A viral Book Playing for Keeps You may not know it yet, but you want this book. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Hey, Jason, maybe *you* want this book, but how do you know that *I* want it?" Well, nameless faceless reader, I'm glad you asked that. If you like superhero stories, you'll like this book. It's got the usual fun action, adventure, and cool superpowers that make your inner fan-person go "squee." If you don't like superhero stories, you'll like this book. Instead of focusing on the jet-setting antics of a few too-perfect people in tights, this story revolves around the (mostly) normal, average people who get caught up in the super-powered drama around them... whether they like it or not. (Here's a hint: it's mostly "not.") If you think superheroes are spoiled, too-perfect, overgrown jocks who like to prance around in their underwear, you'll love this book. Because, well, they *are,* and this book certainly pulls no punches in that regard. Trust me, you're not the only one who feels this way. If you like good character stories, you'll love this book. You've never met anyone quite like Keepsie, and you'll soon be hooked. Just be warned, though, once she has you, getting away can be... well... difficult. But who would want to anyway? So now you see why you want this book. Next time, how about we just save time and you trust me on this, okay?

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  1. Mur Lafferty is the author of Six Wakes and The Shambling Guides series from Orbit books, as well as several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series She is the host of podcasts I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the Manly Wade Wellman Award, and joined the Podcast Hall of Fame in its inaugural yearTE mail is NOT a good way to get in touch with me If you wish to reach me, contact information is available at my website.

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  1. You may not know it yet, but you want this book Now, I know what you re thinking Hey, Jason, maybe you want this book, but how do you know that I want it Well, nameless faceless reader, I m glad you asked that If you like superhero stories, you ll like this book It s got the usual fun action, adventure, and cool superpowers that make your inner fan person go squee If you don t like superhero stories, you ll like this book Instead of focusing on the jet setting antics of a few too perfect people [...]


  2. The collection of folks with lame powers in a supers setting is something of its own subgenre, complete with its own tropes and dangers The single greatest accomplishment of this book is how deftly it avoids most of those traps Most notably, there are very few scenes where the heroes end up in a situation where their esoteric power is exactly the right solution, and thank goodness for that Similarly, Lafferty does a great job of starting things off morally gray and keeping them there, rather tha [...]


  3. If this book was a movie it would be a low budget Direct to Video one Previously, I would have given this a 1 Star but I ve evolved as a reader and am now mature enough to save my 1 stars to those books that are an abomination Areas in which this book was lacking STORYKeepsie and her friends are Third Wave heroes, which are people with useless superpowers like keeping all bar trays upright or knowing things about people from sniffing them In a town run by real superheroes and infested with super [...]


  4. The misfit superhero storyline is nothing new One of my all time favorite movies is 1999 s Mystery Men about a team of wannabes who have to step up and become real heroes to save Champion City from the clutches of the evil and delightfully campy Casanova Frankenstein That movie was based on characters from the cult comic book Flaming Carrot There was also the The Specials, which followed the misadventures of the sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world Another prime example is Ben Edlun [...]


  5. I picked up Mur s book because I am a fan of her podcast and I feel it helped me to get published and I wanted to pay her back in some way I m very glad I did as I heartily enjoyed Playing for Keeps I love her basic premise that in addition to major super powers there are minor ones as well I, myself, seem to posses the inexplicable ability to turn off street lights I m a big fan of the secondary characters and of the love interest in this book I was left wanting .I could also see an alternate w [...]


  6. I didn t read the book, instead, I listen to the podcast of it I loved it This story gives you a unique twist about the whole superhero villian story Further, the powers of some of the people in this story is ridiculously funny I didn t think I d like this story as much as did It s a definite listen.


  7. Upon discovering that Campbell Award winner Mur Lafferty had written a book about superheroes with shitty powers, I immediately bought it, and I have no regrets Playing for Keeps is a fun ride.Keepsie Branson runs a bar for members of the Third Wave, those with powers deemed too useless to be worthy of superherodom Her power No one can take anything from her Hurrah, go fight crime with that Her best friend can balance anything on a bar tray BIG WHOOP It s not invulnerability and flight and laser [...]


  8. Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty is an interesting new take on the superhero genre Just like in real life, you re not entirely sure who the good guy is, because everyone in charge has their own agenda the only difference is that these politicians have superpowers Actually, almost everyone has powers, but the only people who get to have the super prefix to their names are the ones who have really good ones like flight and invisibility Everyone else gets stuck with things like summoning elevators [...]


  9. A freebie, and the sole written word I ve read from the First Lady of Podcasting Mur s pixie voice and soft spoken geekitude rings out in waves in this superhero novel if the guys from Cheers were C list superheroes forced into action, pitted against both superhero and supervillain This is for the Matter Eater Lads, the Bouncing Boys, and the Lasso Kids of the comic book world Well, it s a good concept anyway But the problem is the plot goes around and around and it never feels like you get anyw [...]


  10. If you re looking for a slightly different spin on superheroes, give Mur Lafferty s Playing for Keeps a read With that dry wit that only Mur can create, this was a real fun trip Thanks, Mur, for taking my love of comic books and superheroes and setting it off kilter


  11. How can you go wrong with a book where the main characters have super powers like being able to throw a bar tray or shooting fecal matter from your hands or not being able to be stolen from And that last one, that s the one which gives this book its name It s the one that matters Because Keepsie the main character has a very special ability Anything that is her s is her s, unless she chooses otherwise And that s what kicks this book into motion.Keepsie and her pals aren t exactly A squad superhe [...]


  12. This book initially started out promising It had an interesting theme what about the people whose powers aren t on the same level of Superman or Wonder Woman, who are never quite good enough Had it stuck to that, it would have been fine Unfortunately it made the mistake of overpowering its main character, thus removing what made made her interesting and undermining its own message Cannot recommend.


  13. This book needs a sequel I really appreciated He development of the characters the written undertones of how people who were often overlooked become important and recognize their worth in critical times The authors voice was also pleasant to listen to


  14. The premise was good and the characters were interesting, but somehow around the middle, I lost interest The story just couldn t pull me enough to plow through the novel There was too much of fighting, which I didn t care much for Left it midway.



  15. Ooh goodness, this was fun Humor of personalities along with lame superhero powers Yep, win win All need to listen read this one Fun and great story with superheroes and villains, and those in the middle But think twice about who you think are which FULL REVIEW When Keepsie is taken captive by Doodad, a super villain, and she finds he slipped a metal sphere in her pocket, the crew of Third Wavers that visits Keepsies bar stand with their friend and get drawn into the constant battle between good [...]


  16. I read Playing for Keeps back in Feburary It s been sitting on my shelf for years and for some reason I never bothered, which is hilarious given how much I love this book I mean I listened to it as a podcast before it was even picked up by the print publisher I listened to the fan cast The only fanfiction I ever wrote started out in Keepsie s bar It was one of the first superhero things I ever actually liked And yet, it sat ignores on myself for at least 3 or 4 years And when I finally picked it [...]


  17. Please note this book is available for a free download as a.pdf file here The.pdf also includes a short story that follows the novel Parasite Awakens You can also buy this book from.Hang on to your tights and secret identity Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty is an imaginative and entertaining new superhero story that will leave you looking at caped crusaders in an entirely new way.The story revolves around Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City, the birthplace of [...]


  18. When I started reading Playing for Keeps, I knew nothing of the book or its author, Mur Lafferty Playing for Keeps is a superhero story about the other guys, the second tier heroes called Third Waves here who didn t quite make the grade Instead of being heroes, Keepsie Branson and the patrons of her bar live in the shadow of the Academy They live ordinary lives, either trying to ignore their lesser powers or putting them to use in their choses profession.From the beginning, Lafferty pulls reader [...]


  19. I loved the idea of this book people with less than spectacular powers getting caught up in a super heroes vs super villains war and not quiet knowing which side to take.I was impressed with the wide variety of super powers and the creativity behind them The super heroes get the typical powers, including super strength and flight, but there is also a few interesting originals like a guy who s tattoos can come to life The super villains have their own interesting powers control over machines, sup [...]


  20. This was a quick, entertaining read The main character is Keepsie She lives in a world inhabited by heroes and villains with superpowers, as well as a class of people with minor powers, classified as too insignificant to make them useful to serve as heroes Keepsie s own power is the ability to prevent people from stealing things from her When one of the villains gives Keepsie something to keep things get really interesting Keepsie and her other Third Wave friends find themselves stuck between he [...]


  21. I haven t been overly tempted by the Seventh City series, though I love good superhero prose This book about the lower powered crew did tempt me and made it worth the ride after a slow start.Good solid, middle of the road, e book only superhero prose Much longer than I thought when I bought it over 100 pages instead of the normal 50 or so which turned out to be good The author takes a while to get engrossing The concept had me buy the book, but by the third or fourth chapter the poor dialogue ta [...]


  22. What happens when the superheroes turn out to be less than heroic What about those people with less desirable to those who would be heroes at least superpowers Meet the regulars, who are anything but regular, at a local bar in a city overrun with supes on both sides of the law When they get caught up between the villians and the heroes, things turn a little hectic What will they discover about the world they live in and their own selves.Action, adventure, heroism from unusual places, and a whole [...]


  23. I d read a novella of Mur s that was set in the Siglerverse and really enjoyed it even if I then made a nitwit of myself by complimenting her on Twitter and misnaming the book.Later, I read The Shambling Guide to New York City and was thrilled by it it s on my growing list of books to review Since there s still a while until Ghost Train to New Orleans comes out, I grabbed Playing For Keeps for my Kindle the other day.The first night, I started reading at 11pm, and finally had to drag myself to b [...]


  24. This is a fun little book, I was immediately sucked into the story, I m a sucker for Superhero Supervillain stories and this one focuses on the poor schmucks caught between the Virtuous and the Devilish.The main focus of the story is on the Third Wavers , folk who also got powers, but powers that have been written off as useless or downright disgusting Ability to sober someone up with a touch, Able to smell the history of something, ability to never drop a bar tray Get the picture The title is a [...]


  25. Enjoyable self published book The audiobook was read by the author herself, who does a much better job of reading than many other authors I ve listened to Be warned, though, that the audiobook version has a very annoying repeating musical riff that breaks up the narrative podcast style about every ten minutes, and by the end of the book it will get on your nerves Keepsie and her friends are D list superpowered people, not effective enough to be real superheroes and get academy training Instead, [...]


  26. A fun read I almost feel bad only giving it a 3 out of 5 it seems like it deserves a bit , but I ve reset a bunch of ratings recently, so that s probably where it falls on my list That s not a bad rating, I quite enjoyed it The primary plot points appeared a bitumped up, I guess Unfocused Arguably a good representation of how things would happen in real life there s no actual narrative rhythm Things just happen, and we wire them together in retrospect But for novels, that feels a bit loose, at l [...]


  27. The previous superheroes in modern day book I read was the Worm epic by Wildbow, which set the bar rather high This doesn t come close to topping that this doesn t, however, make Playing for Keeps a bad book I enjoyed the rogues vs established heroes conflict as it was presented, but had a few concerns with the book 1 The character voices often felt muddled There were several times where I found myself thinking, Wait, why is this character avoiding contractions They ve never avoided contractions [...]


  28. Mur Lafferty tells the story of Keepsie, who s superpower is to hang onto anything that belongs to her That s not enough to make her a superhero in Seventh City, so she owns a bar where the other second rate heros hang out She s bitter about her place in life but comfortable until the day it all goes wrong This is a fun read, and a story you won t want to put down There are plenty of rough edges, but this book was originally written as a serialized podcast and then collected into a novel It coul [...]


  29. I listened to this as an audiobook, and I think that at least for me, that may not have been the greatest way to take it in It doesn t allow for as much internal projection into the words, or reflection on their visual structure and composition on the page Hearing all the characters from the same source sort of made a lot of the side ones blur together for me This is despite the fact that I do enjoy Ms Lafferty s voice It was fairly enjoyable though through several car rides The underdog not qui [...]


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