I’ve been conflicted about this book since the moment I started reading it. As an independent author, I really like to try and push up other author’s works as much as possible. I’m not generally as concerned about telling everyone that I didn’t like a book by someone whose name is instantly recognized. But for those folks just starting out, I generally like to try and give them a little extra boost when possible.
Luckily, so far, this has been easy, as I’ve really enjoyed most of the independent books I’ve read. It’s never really been all that much of a stretch to give these titles at least a four star rating. They’re imaginative, clever, original, and, over all, fun to read.
This book, in my opinion, is not. (and saying that means I’m certain to be hit with all sorts of terrible feedback from those who like it, or the author…who might actually be a friend of mine, I’m not sure from the pseudonym)
That’s not to say that you won’t enjoy it. Humor works differently for different people. This one didn’t work for me, but might be exactly what you’re looking for. Being funny isn’t generally something that everyone agrees on. So, when I go into the real review here, I want to highlight the fact that this very well might be the book for you, as there is some worthwhile stuff going on. It just wasn’t for me.
If character names like Stupidman, Idiotboy, Lord Badguy, Dr. Doctor, and Larry are character names that instantly pique your attention, this may very well be the book for you. As the goofy title and author pseudonym suggest, this book is filled with goofy little jokes that attempt to tickle the reader as it continues down its simple path of good vs. bad. Oh, well, actually, maybe it’s not that simple. In fact…maybe Stupidman isn’t quite as good as we initially thought….
Kename’s goofy romp in the world of superheroes takes a look at many of the items that are considered standards in the superhero realm and turns up the stupid. The characters in this book are constantly surrounded by a haze of stupidity as they attempt to bumble their way through the basic plot that is provided. The only sense of sanity we get amid this crazed bubble of characterized humanity is in the character of Idiotboy who seems to not only be able to actually see what’s truly going on, like, “hey, that guy is going to attack us now” or “you’re looking the wrong way”, but also has a few moments where he appears to be the only person in the troupe with superpowers, as he has a few moments of possible precognition. But he’s overlooked. That’s the joke. He could have saved the day countless times, but no one pays attention to him.
Little jokes like that are littered across the text of this book, making this less about plot as it is about humor. And for some it may work well, for me, this type of humor just didn’t quite work for me. In fact, I had to check a number of times to see if this was intended to be a children’s book, as the simplicity of the humor seemed much more suited for 10 and under than an adult audience.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that’s the intention…but that doesn’t mean that this couldn’t be a fun little read for those who are just starting out on the reading path. I think there might have been a few words that might need to be overlooked, but I honestly don’t think there were…and there are a few hints at some demonology, but nothing dark…much lighter than many of the more popular mainstream titles of today.
Overall, I wouldn’t suggest this for someone looking for anything too clever or original, but if you’re looking for something silly and dumb to while away some time, this may just been the book for you.