Review: Heroics for Beginners

Heroics for Beginners
Heroics for Beginners by John Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book #50 for 2015

This is another book that you have to be in just the right mood to enjoy. And that mood must be silly. The humor is sort of in the same vein as Shrek or Airplane! or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but not presented with the same flair. Think more Scary Movie 3 than Galaxy Quest, caliber-wise. Some of the jokes were a little too dependent on references to fleeting pop culture figures, and some of them got old pretty quickly, but sometimes Moore was able to recognize that and dropped them after a few references. Like the whole Lord Voltmeter allusion to Rowling’s Lord Voldemort. It wasn’t all that amusing to begin with, but at least Moore didn’t harp on it and moved on to other jokes before it annoyed me too much.

The plot was absolutely ridiculous and meandered a lot, sometimes expending a little too much time and effort chasing down a bad pun. But by some miracle, it held together tolerably well and was generally entertaining. If you’re willing to accept this level of often juvenile silliness, it can be a fun read.

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