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Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain by [Martinez, A. Lee]
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Emperor Mollusk.

Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what's a villain to do after he's done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.

Retirement isn't easy though. If the boredom doesn't get him, there's always the Venusians. Or the Saturnites. Or the Mercurials. Or . . . well, you get the idea. If that wasn't bad enough, there's also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes. But Mollusk isn't about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another. So it's time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement. Except this time, he's not out to rule the world. He's out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316093521
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 5 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Creative June 14 2017
By Lori B. Duff, author of "You Know I Love You Because You're Still Alive" - Published on
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So, let's say you take over planet Earth because you're bored and you have nothing better to do with your time. You're also smarter than everyone else, and basically a benevolent dictator. But then you find that life is lonely at the top, and you don't want to be Emperor any more. Only the evil brain threatens to take over, so you have to (reluctantly) take power, while avoiding what amounts to intergalactic war crimes charges. This would be a brief summary of the plot.

I loved Emperor Mollusk the character, in the way that I love the new version of Sherlock Holmes -- he's egotistical, but not without cause, and has difficulty making friends because he can't find anyone who can keep up. (Still he has the love and loyalty of a scary centipede like creature.)

Witty and creative, different, thought provoking and fun. Loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An enigma wrapped in a tortilla Nov. 19 2013
By Preston Rivers - Published on
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It's so hard to review Mr. Martinez. He doesn't repeat himself as he slides through one genre bending novel after another, except he doesn't really bend each genre, he just makes it a little bit more of itself. Or something. That being said, this one has a little bit less of the something more than some of his others. By the title you can tell that he is taking on 50's sci fi movies and he has a good time with it. For some reason I had trouble getting going with the story. The second half I rolled through, though and enjoyed it. But it wasn't lat the level of A Nameless Witch, for example, because it didn't have the same deeper hook. You didn't get attached to the main character of Emperor Mollusk, because, well, he's a squid-like thing from Neptune who is so smart its hard to be worried about what's going to happen to him. Still, its Martinez and once it gets rolling its a lot of fun, especially if you are old enough to have sat through some of those low budget wonders. If you know him and like him, add this to your list. If you are meeting him for the first time, start with Gil's and Nameless Witch.
5.0 out of 5 stars Smarty, witty, fun, and engaging - Emperor Mollusk is a great read June 14 2017
By Ron Sparks - Published on
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Emperor Mollusk was my introduction into the worlds that A. Lee Martinez creates. I was immediately drawn into the world of the cephalopod Autocrat and his (its?) intellectual and moral challenges. I loved every second of it - from the use of campy sci-fi tropes in completely predictable but hilarious ways to the unexpected depth of an alien emperor who would not weep when there were no more worlds to conquer.

I consider Emperor Mollusk my gateway book for all of Martinez's body of work. If you're you're looking for a smart, funny, and entertaining book tis summer, look no further.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great take on some kinds of space opera Dec 17 2012
By Cissa - Published on
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I seldom physically laugh out loud when reading a book- even a funny one. This was an exception.

I adored the conflation of completely deadpan, often "as you know Bob", exposition with a plotline that- while coherent in and of itself- is one of the silliest ever. The reliance of "mollusk ex machina" plot devices only points this up.

I was vastly amused throughout, and found it a page-turner as well as being both silly and funny... and we might want to add "absurd" into the mix.

I love Martinez, and this book did not disappoint me- while (as usual) being very different from his previous novels. I love that he does not fall into a rut.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Lee Martinez June 5 2013
By M. Butler - Published on
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I admit the only reason I downloaded this book was because I happened to have read another book by Mr. Martinez. (I usually read in the murder mystery genre.) Although having read his previous work could go either way with him! What I mean is he seems to absolutely refuse to stick with any one topic-proving instead that in the science fiction/fantasy realm he can and will write about ANYTHING! The humor and the undeniable intelligence of the author shine through this work. My only complaint about this book-and the author in general-is how he absolutely refuses to 'go deep'. Not following the same subjects is one aspect of that. Keeping the reader rather at arms' length to his main characters, in particular, takes a bit of the enjoyment away-IMHO. Lee Martinez is a very fine writer who knows his business. I think the only reason his name isn't at the top of a list along with the likes of Douglas Adams (where he belongs) is that very reluctance to commit to even brief series and to even a bit more emotional depth. (Odd how I ended up reviewing the author rather than the book!) The book is funny, intelligent, original and fresh-a bit episodic, as someone else said-but that seems almost part of the 'remove' to me. I guess seeing so many utterly formulaic cardboard character pupper masters at the top of the best seller lists when someone like this who is so much more intelligent, skilled at his craft and original bothers me.