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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (March 14 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770530878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770530874
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Claude Lalumiere has edited thirteen previous anthologies, including one previous volume in the Tesseracts series (the Aurora nominee Tesseracts Twelve: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction) and two previous superhero anthologies, including Super Stories of Heroes & Villains, which was hailed in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as "by far the best superhero anthology." In addition to being a frequent contributor to Tesseracts anthologies, he's the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, and Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes. <br /><strong>Mark Shainblum</strong> was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co―created the comics series Northguard and the bestselling humour book series Angloman, which later appeared as a weekly strip in The Montreal Gazette. Mark also collaborated on the Captain Canuck daily newspaper strip and Canadiana: The New Spirit of Canada, a webcomic featuring the first female Canadian flag superhero with her own series. In the late 1990s he co-edited the Aurora Award-winning anthology Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis. Mark currently lives Ottawa with his wife Andrea and daughter Maya.

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I have been waiting for this book to come out, I have always enjoyed Tessaracts but lets face it, the Superhero writings are just so "in" at the moment.. As a fellow Canadian, I was hoping for and got really great Canadian stories.. There was a bit more darker or even borderline super stories then I expected but its good to stretch the line at times.

Well worth the read! Pick up a copy, you will not regret it! :)

My only issue had nothing to do with the stories, but I could shave a .5 off for the kindle price, its a bit steep..
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Great collection of very Canadian stories. The fact that these are superhero stories in prose means that the authors get to explore the inner worlds of their characters to an extent that's not possible in comics or movies. Plenty of rich and interesting takes on the genre, of which the best tend to be grounded in real locations.
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A superb anthology. I'm so lucky and honoured to be one of the writers in here.
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HASH(0xa849cf30) out of 5 stars Widely varied set of short stories - overall good Feb. 12 2016
By Jennifer McGaffey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A wild assortment of short stories, on the theme of Canadian superheroes. The only concept missing was the simple, straightforward four-color hero. There were heroes who _had_been_ like that and were now dealing with various aftermaths; there were stories about the underside of that story (the medical center and the zombie girl, in particular); there were people on the outskirts of the simple story; there were simple, straightforward heroes who weren't at all. There were a lot of rather depressing stories, each twisting the simple heroic notion in a different direction. There weren't very many with cheerful aspects - the old lady with the mugs was a nice exception to the general trend (and a lovely twist at the end). Unfortunately, the first story (the one people will read in a bookstore, or in the Amazon Look Inside) was one of the worst - teen angst of the whiny sort (the girl I like doesn't like me, wahh wah), with a side helping of poorly controlled powers. I might have been interested in another story in that world - the mainstreamed super kids was an interesting concept - but not that one. If it hadn't been an Early Reviewers book, I would not have gone on - and I would have missed some good stories that way. There were several others I didn't like - the "lady or the tiger" ending of the zombie girl one was rather stupid, and some I had no idea what was going on even when the story ended. Some also seemed to be part of an established series, with assumptions I didn't know - The Jam was one, and if it is I'd like to see more of that world. The steampunk heroes were another story I'd like to see more of (and another of the rare cheerful ones - real conflict leading to new life and new plans). Overall, worth reading, though if I reread I will definitely skip from one story to another, missing out the unpleasant or annoying ones. And of course, what annoys me might captivate someone else...but really, the first story needs to move somewhere else - it's a bad example of what's in the book.
I received a free copy from the publisher via Librarything.com, in return for an honest review.
HASH(0xa7dd0294) out of 5 stars Great superhero anthology. March 9 2016
By P. Dickman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
For the tl;dr crowd – this is a great anthology of short stories with a variety of takes on the topic of superheroes. I enjoyed most of the stories in Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen. Many of the stories stood out to me.

The Island Way by Mary Pletsch and Dylan Blacquiere – I wanted more. I want to know the stories of what came before.
Blunt Instruments by Geoff Hart – A perfect snapshot of a much bigger story, it felt complete while leaving me intrigued.
Bloodhound by Marcelle Dubé – The classic loner who cares.
The Jam: A Secret Bowman by Bernard E. Mireault – I just liked it.
In the Name of Free Will by A. C. Wise – One of the darker stories in the collection, touching on the complexity of superheroes and their relationships with villains and loved ones.
Lost and Found by Luke Murphy – Finding purpose when life just got complicated.
Crusher and Typhoon by Brent Nichols – A historical steampowered hero story.
Black Sheep by Jason Sharp – Oh, the joy this story brought me. There is a part of me that loves to take the side of the "villain."
Midnight Man versus Doctor Death by Chadwick Ginther – Classic story of using “dark” powers for good, making tough choices.
SÜPER by Corey Redekop – I found this story hilarious.
Bedtime for Superheroes by Leigh Wallace – I think this one was my favorite. Marie is a fantastic character.
The Ride and Fall of Captain Stupendous by P. E. Bolivar – Another kinda dark story, with some good twists. Makes you think about the motivations of public superheroes.
A Week in the Superlife by Alex C. Renwick – Kinda depressing but interesting take on the superhero story.

For a moment I was worried that as an American I would be missing something reading a book of stories set in Canada, but while I'm sure some of the settings might be clearer in my mind if I knew the locations by name I did not feel like my experience was lessened by that fact.

I would highly recommend this book to any fan of superheroes, supervillains, comic books, or short stories. I tend to find new authors from peer recommendations or anthologies, so I will definitely be looking up many of these authors and checking out other works by the editors.


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