Disclaimer: I received an eARC from the Author. In addition, I have backed the Genrenauts Kickstarter.
Twitter Summary: Twice as Much RomCom, just as much Multiverse SF!
First Line: Leah Tang hustled into the Genrenauts HQ at nine-o-eight AM and snuck her way to the ready room, exhaling in relief at having escaped King’s anal-retentive time-cop powers.
Review: It is no secret that I’m a fan of Mike Underwood’s work in general , and his Genrenauts series in particular. My previous reviews of the books are Shootout Solution by Mike Underwood and The Absconded Ambassador by Mike Underwood .
One of the features of most of Mike’s stuff is taking genre and it’s trappings (geekery, fandom, tropes) and examining them from a different angle. He has a gift for writing genre that revels in genre. Much like a child taking apart the DVD player to see how it works, Mike likes to get down to the elements that make up genre and twist them around.
In the Cupid Reconciliation, Mike manages to write about a group of people who are investigating and dealing with a RomCom story line, while simultaneously being part of their own RomCom story line. I don’t know how he story boarded that, but the idea of figuring all that out gives me a headache.
Really, my only criticism of the story, mainly that the antagonist seems a little paint by the numbers/cardboard cutout is really just another extension of the genre that Mike is lampshading.
Mike has a breezy conversational way of writing that lends itself well to quips, wordgames, and great characterization. He’s able to pack in a lot of quirks and personalities into each of his characters, to really make them separate entities.
Final Verdict: Thoroughly enjoyed, very much recommend supporting the Genrenauts Kickstarter.
It’s already funded, and is working towards audio stretch goals.