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Captain Freedom [Paperback]

G Robillard

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Book Description

Jan. 26 2009

Freedom's fifteen minutes are over!

Software pirates! Mostly extinct dinosaurs! Giant barbarians! Crooning criminals! Captain Freedom's beat them all, saved the world, and looked fantastic doing it—but he couldn't fend off middle management.

The Superhero lifestyle is all that Captain Freedom has ever known. What's he supposed to do now? Enter politics? Write a children's book?

Freedom's in a bad way and he's only a stint in rehab away from a lifetime of celebrity reality shows. But with the guidance of his new life coach, maybe Freedom can stumble in a new direction—even if it means having to make peace with his parents . . . or finally commit to a single long-term archenemy.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (Jan. 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061650684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061650680
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,730,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Captain Freedom is a truly funny and energetic romp of a social satire, a terrific send up of not only of super heroes, but the cult of personality in general.” (-Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and Fool)

About the Author

G. Xavier Robillard writes for several humor sites, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Comedy Central. He lives in Boston. Captain Freedom is his first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Freedom Saved My Life Aug. 8 2013
By Bri99 - Published on
Hysterical. Sharp satire that kicked ass before Kiss Ass was conceived. Stands alone as a guide to finding life coaches in the unlikeliest of places.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and derivative, but that's the point April 4 2013
By Seth in SF - Published on
This is very fun. It's uneven and often derivative, but that's kind of the point: it's in the "throw a joke a second and some are bound to stick" tradition and in the "broad and easy satire by forcing modern life into stock genre" genre, making it a light read filled with some good comic ideas and some light and easy social satire.

The book is billed as the memoir of Captain Freedom, a has-been superhero telling his rags-to-riches-to-washed-up-but-still-rich life story, taking us through his days as a sidekick ("Liberty Bill") to his early hero days, to being the top hero around, and then down to being a nobody and trying to claw his way up.

The recurring theme is around heroism versus self-interest; Captain Freedom is so convinced people only do heroic things for the fame--and the heroes around his agree--that he isn't even able to be cynical. His sidekick, DJ, has a better grasp of the world but no better view of people and the assembly-line, Hollywood studio system-inspired hero industry does nothing to change their minds.

The plot, weak as it is, falls apart a few times and the flashbacks and memoir structure isn't well handled, but none of that gets in the way in this type of book.

I like these light satires and I wish they were more common these days (they come in and out of fashion like most things). Don't expect too much going in, but enjoy the observations and the jokes.

It helps to know a little something about comics, at least in broad terms, but it isn't any more necessary than knowing about psychology is to watching The President's Analyst.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SO funny May 11 2010
By S. K. Brown - Published on
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Not my usual type of reading material, but I was really glad that I got this book. I heard about it on NPR a while ago, and just read it while in Aruba. Love the way the author ties in funny things about real life celebs,politicians,California with the fiction. I would and have recommended this to friends.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun Feb. 12 2009
By matt dundas - Published on
I laughed until i fell off my chair. Then i got up, read some more and fell over again.
Non stop fun. A constant stream of whit fired at you from beginning to end.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but not very funny Aug. 13 2012
By The Wood Man - Published on
I stopped reading this about 1/2 of the way through. The premise was good but it simply was not entertaining enough to keep going. I can't remember the last time I did not finish a book. Bottom line is it's simply not funny, a couple of smiles here and there but that is it.

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