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All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault by James Alan Gardner
Cover Artist: Getty Images
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765392633
Date: 07 November 2017 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault takes urban fantasy and runs it headlong into Superhero fiction with terrific results. James Alan Gardner takes four science students at Waterloo U and gives them superpowers in the traditional way (a lab accident) and pits them against the forces of darkness. It's a very entertaining mashup of fantasy and superhero fiction and scores some good points about both genres in the process.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Sparks are champions of weird science. Boasting capes and costumes and amazing super-powers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard, they fight an eternal battle for truth and justice ... mostly.

Darklings are creatures of myth and magic: ghosts, vampires, were-beasts, and the like. Their very presence warps reality. Doors creak at their approach. Cobwebs gather where they linger.

Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks--and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities--and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names.

Turns out that "accident" was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme. Now it's up to four newbie heroes to save the day before they even have a chance to figure out what their team's name should be!

(Source: Tor Books)

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