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Prime Suspects. Torrent hash: Report this Page. I was more interested in his short story book Horror, Heroes and Humor cause it had zombie stories! That novella was great great great.
Bernheimer made a few changes to the end of the novella so that the story would continue. The story is about Calvin Stringel, or rather, Mechani-Cal, a down in his luck low-rate super villain. He runs. You bet he does! That is until he is force to fight or become a salve. As a character, Cal is very well developed. We see character growth or really the rediscovering of his character even if its such a short book.
The supporting characters are also well described and introduced. The dialogue and banter are rather witty and I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
This is quite an entertaining book and I highly recommend it.
Jun 10, Vincent Bernhardt added it. Well, he's not Batman Then again, Cal isn't a good guy either. Not that Batman is a totally good guy Hey, I'm not dissing one of DC's favorite sons, but Batman has his issues, doesn't he? This isn't about Batman. The fact that I am comparing the anti-hero of this book to Batman should say something, though. Cal is a bad guy. He isn't very good at it, though.
Sadly, he's worse at being a good guy. Yet when the chips are down and you're the guy in the metal suit that has to save the worl Well, he's not Batman Yet when the chips are down and you're the guy in the metal suit that has to save the world, what do you do? Well, duh, you go find the most beautiful girl on the planet, take her captive and convince her you're the good guy Then you try to be a good guy.
Cal almost fails at that too, but Hey, that wasn't really meant as a plot summary. If you like superheroes, you'll like this book. If you think superheroes are over-rated, you'll love this book.
And if you like a humorous and twisted look at the world from a failed super-villain's point of view, this is the book for you C'mon, now you KNOW you want to read it! After all, didn't you once want to be a super-villain? I mean hero! I meant super-hero Sep 21, Erin Penn rated it it was amazing. Read it before handing it over just to make certain it was good. Story has stuck with me and I borrowed it back last year to reread. And I just bought the Kindle version and reread it this year.
I have been reading through a lot of the superhero stories on the market recently. Jim's story is by far the best, and I believe was the story which reactivated Best Superhero Book Available Right Now I bought the hardback book direct from the author at the CarolinaCon a couple years back for the boyfriend.
Jim's story is by far the best, and I believe was the story which reactivated this genre superhero novel. Could the book use a little editing it is self-published? A content editor would have smoothed out a few of the bumps, but that would have also make the book less snarky. The book is snarky awesome. Best part of the book: The character development of the main character and his love interest.
Confessions of a D-List Supervillian isn't just moving from one battle to the next, but having the characters grow, change and become better people. Jim Bernheimer has constructed a marvelously demented reality in Confessions of a D-List Supervillian.
This is a world where Bugs have taken over human will, the Olympian Gods are superheroes, and one snarky, somewhat geeky villain is the only person left to save the world.
Calvin Stringer, a. Everything he does seems to work…almost. At odds with a super hero named Ultraweapon, Cal takes on the Olympians, the bugs, a dinos Jim Bernheimer has constructed a marvelously demented reality in Confessions of a D-List Supervillian. At odds with a super hero named Ultraweapon, Cal takes on the Olympians, the bugs, a dinosaur or two, and the love of his life in the person of Greek Goddess Aphrodite. This story is tightly written and a fun read that is hard to put down once started.
There are parts that are laugh out loud funny. I highly recommend it. Funny, fast paced, had a plot that kept up the surprises and was both true to the superhero genre yet totally unpredictable.
The plot twists that the story throw at you come silently and slowly upon the reader. The final one was the best, and it makes the end of the book REALLY good, even on later reads, because you can then see the little hints that are thrown out. The pacing for the book was incredible.
It was written so that you just jump right into the story and find out about their world as Funny, fast paced, had a plot that kept up the surprises and was both true to the superhero genre yet totally unpredictable. It was written so that you just jump right into the story and find out about their world as you go along, but none of it feels forced.
It just feels natural that your filling in the edges of the super powered world full of heroes and villains View 2 comments. It's the end of the world, and the only person left to save it is cut-rate supervillain Calvin Stringel, a. Mechani-Cal, a bad guy so inept that his list of failures include a botched bank job that landed him in prison and a failed invasion of Branson, Missouri.
Fortunately, he's much better at being a savior than a bad guy, perhaps because he's a survivor. More likely, it's because the Rube Goldberg machine that begins with his low self-esteem -- keeping him in his suit and thus unwittingly It's the end of the world, and the only person left to save it is cut-rate supervillain Calvin Stringel, a. More likely, it's because the Rube Goldberg machine that begins with his low self-esteem -- keeping him in his suit and thus unwittingly protected from the bugs carrying the Apocalypse-- weaves its way through infected heroes captured and locked up in his dungeons for their own good, of course , a few less-than-epic battles, a love story, and a final battle.
The deflating aftermath in which our villain learns that heroes aren't all they're cracked up to be proves to be just as interesting as the actual fight to save the world.
I loved this book almost as much as the prequel, Origins of a D-List Supervillian. While Origins gave us a meandering but thoroughly entertaining origin story, Confessions delivers a much more focused throughline.
Stringel in this book is a hardened, world-weary loser whose passion and positivity were long since beaten out of him in Origins , and his quest to save himself and inadvertently the world is a fun redemption arc enhanced by its strong supporting cast. Bernheimer does better with the supporting cast here than in Origins , which is understandable given the two storylines. Stringel's views of the various heroes and their shortcomings make not only for excellent comedy but also some solid social commentary.
I also loved that the effect of the bugs is not immediately remedied by removing the bugs -- it's treated as an addiction, and Stringel has to detox each victim. A lesser book would've handled this more cleanly, and Bernheimer deserves credit for stringing out the pain and making Stringel actually fight against heroes who don't want to be saved -- even after the bugs are removed -- rather than giving him a quick win. Now, I didn't like this quite as much as Origins , because it got almost implausibly dark about halfway through.
Surprising, considering this is more of a redemption story compared to Origins , which was about Stringel's fall but was a much lighter story. Still, this was an incredibly fun, fast-paced novel with interesting characters told from the point of view a sympathetic but unscrupulous protagonist.
I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. May 09, Karissa rated it really liked it. I got an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The first part of the book is that same story, but it is expanded to look at events that take place after the end of the original novella.
MechaniCAL was a bottom of the barrel supervillain until evil mind-controlling bugs took over the world. Now he seems to be one of the only people with uncontrolled thoughts and is stuck I got an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Now he seems to be one of the only people with uncontrolled thoughts and is stuck living in his supersuit to stop the evil bugs from attaching to his neck and controlling his thoughts. A group of superheroes called The Olympians have also been taken over by the bugs.
MechaniCAL is going to do his best to try and win over the Olympians so he has some sort of help in turning back the buggy invasion. This story is a lot of fun to read, very tongue in cheek, and well-written. If you liked the novella you will enjoy this version; finally we get to read about the aftermath of the bug invasion. There is a lot of action in this book and the scenes are very well-done. The characters are very human, they all have their flaws.
They are also a bit over-characterized at point; but that only serves to add to the humor of the story. The book manages to be very funny and light, yet still touches on some deep issues. He is intriguing and finds himself in an incredibly unique situation. The superheroes are also interesting; although the majority of them are not as filled out as characters as Cal is. The book is very creative and Bernheimer thinks of scenarios and superpowers that are both creative and laugh-out-loud funny.
Overall this was a fun and engaging read. If you like reading about superheroes, supervillains turned superheroes, and enjoy humor in your story then you will definitely enjoy this book. It was a fun and easy read and was very entertaining. Jan 19, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was not what I expected. I was thinking I would find something funny and probably a little dumb. What I got was a hilarious story with non-stop action and great characters.
Calvin Stengel had high hopes for his life. He is a brilliant mechanical engineer, had a great job with a superhero's company and things were looking until. Until they fired him, stole his designs and blackballed him from the industry. His only option then was to turn to a life of crime. Calvin becomes Mechani-CAL, a bad guy in an armored suit. But he wasn't good at it. Lucky for Cal he is in his suit when an experiment gone wrong puts the world under the control of genetic, mutant bugs.
He saves the world and finds himself on the other side. Cal never loses that villain mentality and his idea of how to deal with problems differs somewhat from his new teammates'. And some of them can be downright ugly about it.
Excellent characters and fun times. No graphic violence, no steamy sex scenes. Good times. May 21, Amanda rated it really liked it. I'm stepped out of my usual romance genre and decided to read something different.
Maybe I'm on a high after seeing "The Avengers" this weekend, but I really enjoyed delving into a world of superheroes and villains. What I liked most about this book: He knew this, didn't apologize for it, nor did he let anyone really change him from who he was. While other characters hem-hawed around him, he kept true to himself. He is like other genius artist I've met--don't bother me unles I'm stepped out of my usual romance genre and decided to read something different. He is like other genius artist I've met--don't bother me unless you have something really big to deal with.
I also liked how the "good guys" were portrayed with tarnishes on their haloes. They weren't the best, and ultimately had the same failings as the rest of us humans do. What I didn't like was how the story line jumped around. The stops and starts felt somehow disconnected. In places, it was hard to keep up with the characters and how they related to the story.
Overall, this was a very entertaining and quick read. Leave reality out the door and escape into some good action. Aug 21, PsypherPunk rated it it was ok. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this. And although I'm frequently glad the Goodreads rating system says "I liked it" rather than "I thought it was good" , here's a book that I have trouble admitting I enjoyed. The protagonist is a criminally misunderstood anti-hero who's a mechanical genius, more moral than his heroic colleagues and manages to get none other than the modern incarnation of the Goddess of Love to fall in love with him technically more than once.
It's puerile, it's overly simp I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this. It's puerile, it's overly simplistic, questionably plotted and bizarrely episodic: But like I said: I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. Sep 29, Edward Becerra rated it it was amazing.
I found this book to be hilarious! The "let's see things from the bad guy's point of view" has been done before, as well as the "POV of a low-level mook. There's a very entertaining "film noir" sound to this book, and it's one of the books I'll be happy to keep on my shelf I found this book to be hilarious!
There's a very entertaining "film noir" sound to this book, and it's one of the books I'll be happy to keep on my shelf and my e-reader to read over and over again. I gave it five stars, and I meant every star. Jul 26, Liz rated it it was ok Shelves: I really went outside of my comfort zone here, and I felt like a fish out of water. This is told from the male protagonist's POV, had almost zero romance and, other than the superhero fights, read like a telenovela. The hero is mind controlled into sleeping with one of his hero teammates who is also mind controlled , she ends up pregnant and he later fakes his own death, but then his ex-girlfriend Aphrodite figures out he's still alive and gets her memories back after being mind-wiped and she fin I really went outside of my comfort zone here, and I felt like a fish out of water.
The hero is mind controlled into sleeping with one of his hero teammates who is also mind controlled , she ends up pregnant and he later fakes his own death, but then his ex-girlfriend Aphrodite figures out he's still alive and gets her memories back after being mind-wiped and she finds him and they're in love again! I enjoyed reading something I normally wouldn't, but I think I'll return to my regularly scheduled program now.
The best part about the book was the quips which Mechani-CAL gave throughout. The action sequences and the fighting style reminded me of Bartimaeus. Highly recommended for fans of superhero genre esp. Iron Man. Can't wait for more books from Jim. Feb 22, Elspeth rated it liked it Shelves: This book was really fun, the author must have had a blast writing it. Apr 11, Charles rated it liked it. Avengers, Justice League, etc.. The author likely put his tongue through his cheek while writing this.
Plotting was a little choppy, but was well within the several tropes-in-flight. This story is about as deep as a carpark puddle, but being without any pretensions, it was a quick, fun read. However, it can only be appreciated by a superhero comic book nerd. If you liked this, you may also be interested in Ex-Heroes Ex-Heroes, 1 my review.
Oct 29, C. Phipps rated it really liked it Shelves: Damn, we need more independent fiction like this.
That's my summary of this work. I put it up there with Soon I will be Invincible for 'best superhero fiction I've read. Confessions of a D-List Supervillain is, by contrast, remarkably upbeat for a story about a career criminal. There's some flaws in the book, don't get me wrong. I'm not a big fan of the cover and there's Damn, we need more independent fiction like this. I'm not a big fan of the cover and there's some story issues which annoyed me. Still, it's about as good as a comic book I'd enjoy reading.
Really, it reminds me a lot of the age-old maxim that comics should leave the reader feeling happy at the end. Given the glut of "darker and edgier" storytelling, it's nice to have something which lets you feel good about the protagonist. The title is a bit misleading.
The protagonist, Mechani-Cal, is only a supervillain for the first fifteen or so pages of the book. Really, his criminal inclinations are barely existent and he didn't fall into evil as so much slid vaguely downward thank you, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is, however, an excellent story about how one man gets wrapped up in events far larger than himself and ends up making stupid mistakes.
Cal is likable enough. He's a bit like an evil Peter Parker or a criminal version of the second Blue Beetle. The book sympathizes with him a bit too much. It's as if we're expected to agree embarking on a life of crime is an acceptable response to getting laid off. Really, one of the funnier jokes in the book is how Cal is so completely lost in himself that he accents the "Cal" in several of his inventions like "Mani-Cals.
Amusingly, no one points this out to Cal over the course of the story. Cal, thankfully, goes by his real name for the bulk of the narrative. The bulk of the narrative focuses on Mechani-Cal's involuntary quest for redemption. Not to spoil, since this happens in the first few pages of the book, but another supervillain has conquered the world. Given the alternative is becoming a slave, our anti-hero protagonist becomes one of those people who wants to see the world freed.
The rest of the book focuses on Cal's on-again off-again relationship with Aphrodite, one of the world's few remaining superheroes. I confess, the romances didn't exactly wow me in the story. Calling it plural romances is also stretching it a bit since the main part of the story focuses on Cal's romance with a superheroine while I was rooting for another character he has sexual tension.
As with all "shipping", the story runs the risk of having readers like one character over another and I confess, I liked the "secondary love interest" astonishingly more than the main girl. I suspect I will not be alone, which may come to bite Jim Bernheimer in the butt if he ever wants to do any sequels. Maybe they can hook up in the sequel? What can I say, dare to dream. An area where the author succeeds is that he manages to make a fully populated and original superhero universe.
Original is somewhat relative since he takes some obvious shortcuts like making the "Olympians" the main superheroes of the setting. You don't really need to know much about Greek mythology to have a vague idea what Athena's personality and powers are. This shorthand works well in giving us a dozen or more superheroes without having to waste much time describing them.
More attention is paid to Ultraweapon, who seems to be this universe's Tony Stark with all of his darker qualities turned up to the I'm a fan of the minor characters, especially, like Wendy and the Bugler. One thing I liked about the book is that the author isn't afraid to let things go horribly wrong. When the book opens, the heroes have really screwed up and the consequences are devastating for the entire world. For a time, it reads like Permuted Press fiction with the setting approaching post-apocalyptic.
Yes, a book with serious consequences to the world being taken over is lighter and softer than most comics out there. What can I say? We live in a time of very dark comics. I confess, though, Jim Bernheimer really should have thought of a different name for the setting's archvillain. The Evil Overlord? Yeah, it's cute and funny due to the Evil Overlord List but it kind of undercuts the menace fellow is supposed to possess.
He also has subplot that's introduced which never really goes anywhere. I'm hoping we'll see the consequences to Cal's Faustian bargain with the man in the sequel.
If I do have one major complaint there's a gimmick that the book is essentially the real-time first person perspective of Cal. This is distracting and while it does eventually have a payoff that makes perfect sense, I think the set-up could have been done differently.
A few people may claim the ending also has a "cheat" regarding one of the character's fates but I'm a sucker for happy endings. Which brings me to the price. Honestly, this is an oddball complaint but the price on this book's Kindle is abnormally low. At three dollars, I felt the book should have been 5.
I don't usually do this with independent fiction but I think the author earned his fee with this work. Calvin Stringel, aka "Mechani-Cal," is, as the title of his autobiography indicates, a D-list supervillain.
He's that guy you barely remember who took up about 4 pages in issue six years ago. Spider-Man beat him up once, and maybe he was part of a gang that got flattened by the Avengers during an ill-conceived plan to raid Fort Knox.
Mechani-Cal is basically, as he is repeatedly reminded, a cheap knockoff of Ultraweapon, who is this universe's Iron Man. As the story starts, however, the vill Calvin Stringel, aka "Mechani-Cal," is, as the title of his autobiography indicates, a D-list supervillain. As the story starts, however, the villainous Overlord has unleashed a plague of mind-controlling insects that have taken over most of the planet.
Mechani-Cal, by staying in his armor for the last few weeks, is one of the few free-willed humans left on Earth. When he runs into the Olympians — the most powerful superhero team on Earth, and all mind-controlled — he manages to free Aphrodite from her mental enslavement.
They head back to his secret underground base, which is basically a rathole in a junkyard. The plot thenceforth flows in heroic fashion as Mechani-Cal ends up literally helping save the world, and thus "reformed," tries to earn a pardon for all past crimes by joining the good guys.
Of course, none of them trust him, and Calvin is, while not truly evil, certainly not a hero. And he's now dating Aphrodite. Who used to be dating Ultraweapon. Ultraweapon doesn't take this very well. Mechani-Cal is actually a "realistic" character given the givens of a superhero universe. The explanation for how an engineering genius has wound up being a low-rent villain mostly known for getting pounded by any hero he has the misfortune to fight makes sense, and Cal's struggle to redeem himself, without really feeling like he needs redemption, makes him a character you root for even if he is still kind of a jerk.
It helps that it turns out that some of the heroes are even bigger jerks. Cal levels up in a big way over the course of the book. He also gets to bang two of the most beautiful and powerful superheroines in the world, despite being a nerdy, unattractive ex-villain.
A wish-fulfillment fantasy? Oh yeah. But he never really stops being a dork who screws up more often than he succeeds.
And yet, he's very human and endearing in a fallible way. He continually does all the right things, not necessarily for the right reasons. I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It was like a good miniseries based on some obscure mainstream comics character that a writer took a shine to, except of course these are all characters who exist only in this book.
Jun 14, Heather Faville rated it it was amazing. Technically 4. He was on the bottom rung of the supervillain ladder and didn't seem to be heading upward anytime soon. That is until evil mind controlling bugs began to take over the world. Now this armored supervillain just might be the world's only hope against these superbugs set on world domination.
But the question remains, will CAL remain the villain he longs to become or will the Technically 4. But the question remains, will CAL remain the villain he longs to become or will the companionship of the do-gooders and the lovely Aphrodite cause him to switch sides and fight along with the rest of the world's heroes?
I love the premise of Confessions of a D-List Supervillain! Most superhero tales come from the point of view of the hero.
Having the story come to the reader from the villain's viewpoint was very refreshing and fun. CAL seems to not have really had a choice in his decision to become a supervillain Jim Bernheimer created entertaining and witty dialogue that was full of sarcasm and very tongue in cheek.
Bernheimer came up with some very creative situations for his characters to find themselves, which, of course, means they have to figure out a way out of the predicament.