Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology (2020)

Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology Tricia Reeks KyleRichardson Seanan McGuire AimeeOgden Jennifer Pullen Michael Milne Lavie Tidhar Nathan Crowder Behind the Mask A Superhero Anthology Behind the Mask is an exciting collection of short stories about the everyday lives of superheroes Ranging from laugh out loud funny to deliciously dark these stories are about the ordinary day to da
  • Title: Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology
  • Author: Tricia Reeks KyleRichardson Seanan McGuire AimeeOgden Jennifer Pullen Michael Milne Lavie Tidhar Nathan Crowder
  • ISBN: 9780996626262
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology Tricia Reeks KyleRichardson Seanan McGuire AimeeOgden Jennifer Pullen Michael Milne Lavie Tidhar Nathan Crowder Behind the Mask is an exciting collection of short stories about the everyday lives of superheroes Ranging from laugh out loud funny to deliciously dark, these stories are about the ordinary day to day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals growing up, growing old, relationships, parenting, coping with that age old desire to fit in when, let s face it, they donBehind the Mask is an exciting collection of short stories about the everyday lives of superheroes Ranging from laugh out loud funny to deliciously dark, these stories are about the ordinary day to day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals growing up, growing old, relationships, parenting, coping with that age old desire to fit in when, let s face it, they don t Ms Liberty Gets a Haircut by Cat Rambo, copyright 2009 by Cat Rambo, originally published in Strange Horizons October 26, 2009 Destroy the City with Me Tonight by Kate Marshall, copyright 2017 by Kate Marshall Fool by Keith Frady, copyright 2017 by Keith Frady Pedestal by Seanan McGuire, copyright 2017 by Seanan McGuire As I Fall Asleep by Aimee Ogden, copyright 2017 by Aimee Ogden Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century or Until the Gears Quit Turning by Jennifer Pullen, copyright 2017 by Jennifer Pullen Inheritance by Michael Milne, copyright 2017 by Michael Milne Heroes by Lavie Tidhar, copyright 2016 by Lavie Tidhar, originally published in Strange Horizons September 19, 2016 Madjack by Nathan Crowder, copyright 2017 by Nathan Crowder Quintessential Justice by Patrick Flanagan, copyright 2017 by Patrick Flanagan The Fall of the Jade Sword by Stephanie Lai, copyright 2017 by Stephanie Lai Origin Story by Carrie Vaughn, copyright 2016 by Carrie Vaughn, LLC, originally published in Lightspeed Magazine April 2016 Eggshells by Ziggy Schutz, copyright 2017 by Ziggy Schutz Salt City Blue by Chris Large, copyright 2017 by Chris Large Birthright by Stuart Suffel, copyright 2017 by Stuart Suffel The Smoke Means It s Working by Sarah Pinsker, copyright 2017 by Sarah Pinsker Torch Songs by Keith Rosson, copyright 2017 by Keith Rosson The Beard of Truth by Matt Mikalatos, copyright 2017 by Matt Mikalatos Over an Embattled City by Adam R Shannon, copyright 2017 by Adam R Shannon Origin Story by Kelly Link, copyright 2006 by Kelly Link, originally published in A Public Space Winter 2006 and reprinted in Kelly Link s Get in Trouble Random House 2015
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  1. Hannah

    In a nutshell very well crafted anthology with lots and lots of amazing, thought provoking stories, both by established authors Kelly Link and Seanan McGuire for example as well as authors who are less well known I enjoyed this mix of different voices a whole lot I have been thinking about this review all morning and still do not know how to write it I always find anthologies difficult to assess and to review there are so many things happening and obviously some stories resonate with me than ot [...]

  2. Lexxi Kitty

    I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for a fair review Holy Angst Batman This sure is an angsty bunch of stories Super depressing Anyone who decides to become a hero is stupid judging by these stories These are stories of the lives behind the mask The mask of superheroes Turns out superheroes have crappy lives, who knew, eh maybe anyone who has watched most superhero movies and seen how angsty and depressing superheroes are Cat Rambo Ms Liberty Gets a HaircutFF All Fem [...]

  3. TL

    Edited for mini review Spread this out a bit by reading a story or two three each day but not feeling good skewed that a bit haha Overall, a well done collection with some stories I think would have been would be great as full length novels or series Loved catching the hints and nods to SuperHeroes we all know and love as well.I hadn t heard of the majority of these authors but I enjoyed getting to know them, so to speak, for the first time in these stories and wouldn t mind reading of them one [...]

  4. Bandit

    Superheroes Superpowers I m a huge fan Wasn t quite sure how to rate it, but in the end decide to be generous Not every story in this anthology was a standout, but the quality was notably consistent and some were surprisingly good Surprisingly, because with exception of 2 or 3 names, most of the authors were unknown to me and I ve only read Vaughn previously Majority of the stories have a female angle, female protagonists, etc Don t think I should have read them all in a row in two sittings, thi [...]

  5. Endlesscribbles

    An anthology of short stories that show how depressing it is to be a superhero This book is full of angst and the dark side of doing good I have now officially taken Superhero off my bucket list

  6. Simon

    A strong, varied anthology about superheroes, supervillains, and their regular livestl dr at Overall, as alwaysThe whole point of an anthology is to bring together wildly different styles and ideas, united by a single concept and see if it works More often than not, it doesn t There s always a varying ratio of duds to gems and it s very rare to see a book of this kind that accomplishes the herculean feat of being good all the way through.And yet here we are.Behind the Mask presents 20 stories fr [...]

  7. Lucille

    I would TOTALLY recommend this anthology While I didn t love all of the stories and it is totally normal and fine , they all had their place in here and I feel that the ones I didn t connect with still have the potential to be someone s favourite This will make everyone see super heroes villains in another light.Some stories were lighter than others, some were really dark, but they all complement each other on what it must be to be a super powered person, live in a world with super powered being [...]

  8. Alex Sarll

    A collection of prose short stories themed, sometimes loosely, around superheroes and their worlds Contributors such as Kelly Link and Lavie Tidhar were what got my attention than that, though if anything, I have the same scepticism of SF and fantasy writers doing superheroes as of litfic writers doing SF and fantasy There can be the same sense of condescension, the notion that I ve not been keeping up with this field, but I know better anyway , leading to an awful lot of pale retreads of ideas [...]

  9. Carolina Victoria

    I wrote mini reviews for all 20 short stories, so enjoy Ms Liberty Gets a Haircut by Cat RamboI love superheroes I ve made that very clear multiple times So I was very happy when I started reading this story about a team of SUPERHEROINES Our protagonist, Ms Liberty, is a cyborg writer whose creators made her to not really feel anything, just to have a woman to have sex with Pretty disgusting to me This is her journey on how she discovers herself and her true meaning, and what doea life mean to h [...]

  10. Lianne Burwell

    Also reviewed on my blog hereBehind the Mask falls into the category of themed collection in that all the stories are variations on superheroes, or at least people with abilities beyond the normal Most are about characters that could be called superheroes or supervillains right down to the mad scientist with a hideout in a volcano , but there are also aliens or the child of aliens , cyborgs, and even some magic realism I requested this book from NetGalley mainly because I am a fan of Seanan McGu [...]

  11. Shomeret

    I started reading superhero comic books when I was a mere sprout in the 1960 s I still love them especially female superheroes That s why I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review an ARC of Behind The Mask A Superhero Anthology from Net Galley.Sixteen of the twenty stories that appear in this volume are original to the anthology Only four are reprints The stories I liked best have never appeared anywhere else Other stories were well written but didn t appeal to me There also were sto [...]

  12. Debbie

    I adore superheroes They are one of my weaknesses and as soon as I saw this book, I jumped on it It did not disappoint The stellar line up of authors have crafted short stories that all approach superpowers differently, and in often unusual ways Like the story where gaining superpowers means you end up being forgotten Or the one where a retired superhero doesn t realized she s retired A number of the stories showed the human side of superheroes, the stories about those who were in their lives or [...]

  13. Josh

    A collection of really powerful superhero short stories These stories are not your run of mill super hero tales but rather a look at superhero s after the bad guys have been fought Or at the families of superheroes Or the tough loses that superhero s face And maybe a villain tale or two.Very good read most are very powerful stories i wish a coupla could be expanded into full novels I got this book through GoodRead s Giveaways an excellent source of interesting books

  14. Tehani

    I m a fan of superhero stories I rarely read comics these days, but I seem to enjoy an awful lot of prose novels that take the superhero genre and give it a little twist In Behind the Mask, there are 20 stories that play with what it is to be a superhero or supervillain, in some cases Some could come straight out of the existing comic universes we know, others are far subtle and different All are, without exception, highly engaging reads From stories that are at least on the surface played with [...]

  15. Martu Castro Vallejo

    Full review on inkyreviews 204.5 out of 5 stars Superhero can mean different things depending on who you ask If you ask your Grandpa, he ll probably recall reading about superheroes in comics when he was your age if you ask a kid, he ll probably say his Dad is a superhero The official definition, however, states it is a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers or an exceptionally skillful or successful person.I think exceptionally skillful person is the perfect definition for the [...]

  16. Elizabeth Fitzgerald

    Behind the Mask is a solid collection of short stories that nevertheless left me feeling ambivalent Since I m not much of a short story reader, this could definitely be a reflection of my reading taste than the anthology itself However, I didn t find myself hurrying back to it.The stories often focused on the domestic and the personal, which I rather enjoyed They re less about the big, flashy battles though those make the occasional appearance, such as in Seanan McGuire s story Pedestal Instead [...]

  17. Rina Reviews

    Thank you to to Xpresso reads for providing this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.Overall Rating 8.5 10 StarsI really enjoyed this anthology I felt that all the stories were well written and edited Reading each story was like sampling a fancy cheese tasting plate Some I liked than others, but Behind The Mask provided a diverse and enjoyable array of different styles, subject matters and tones Each story was unique and interesting in it s own right My personal favourites included Destr [...]

  18. Marzie

    I received this book from Net Galleyi Exchange for an honest review.First let me be straight up and say that short story anthologies aren t always my thing Their usual unevenness bothers me I was interested in this anthology because of the A List of authors involved It doesn t disappoint but it doesn t enthrall, either For the most part, the stories are interesting, and some, for example Kate Marshall s Destroy The City With Me Tonight, and Ziggy Schutz s Eggshells, have stayed with me days afte [...]

  19. MyBookishRealm

    I haven t read short stories since my teenage years and I must say I have been missing out.What a great collection this was, we are introduced to a myriad of new superheroes, villains with a range of quirky powers I especially loved the truth serum beard this particular one had me laughing out loud We follow these characters as they not only try to save or destroy the world but also their daily struggles of whether they should change their appearance, listen to their guilty conscience or if thei [...]

  20. Cora

    Behind the Mask is an anthology of 20 short stories about superheroes and or supervillains There are a variety of stories by authors that are both familiar to me and new to me Besides the super powers, one thing all the stories had in common were that they were about the superhero as a person rather than their exploits fighting crime They were stories about people that happened to have super powers rather than stories that focused on those powers I really liked all the stories in the collection [...]

  21. Lauren

    Stunning smorgasbord of super stories These stories are bite sized and range from light hearted to heart breaking The superhero genre is an old one by now, but these authors each manage to put their own spin on the people behind the masks Some of them made me uncomfortable with the angsty reality that superheroes would bring, others were a total mind screw My favourites were those that kept the optimism of the genre alive, but through a different lens Standouts for me though others can and will [...]

  22. Monica

    It s hard to fairly review an anthology as they re are so many different stories but the best thing I can say is that these stories were all unique I loved almost all of them, only one or two which I didn t really enjoy as much I liked the general theme of the whole anthology, I mean who doesn t give superheroes Each author interpreted the term superhero differently so there was a diverse set of characters The stories themselves and their specific themes were diverse as well Some stories were po [...]

  23. Alison C

    This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.I received an ARC of Behind the Mask A Superhero Anthology, edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson, through LibraryThing s Early Reviewer program As the title advertises, this is an all original anthology of short stories about superheroes, a few by authors whose names I recognize Cat Rambo, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, Kelly Link and most by people I haven t read before As with all anthologies, any given reader will like some stories [...]

  24. Tejas Kotak

    Behind the scenes stories of superheroes and villains give readers a view into a world beyond the glamour, action, and drama seen in comics and movies The tales range from the wry comedy of mundane glimpses into job interviews or the woes of aspiring sidekicks to the existential questions of what heroes and villains want and need from each other.The anthology is a great read for anyone who enjoys the superhero genre, and can introduce them to intriguing new authors.

  25. Suzanne Moses

    I often find short story anthologies uneven, but I was really pleased with this one The stories are different and distinct but seem to share an overall tone and reflect well off each other.

  26. Ruby Ridge

    I was given this book complimentary from LibraryThing in e book form in return for my honest review Everything stated in this review is of my own opinion and I was not compensated monetarily for providing this review I like superhero stories but I really do not like the short story format, this anthology has convinced I am right Some really good authors fell flat on their faces Some didn t make sense and other were pretentious.A generous 3 stars and a note to self to stick to novels

  27. Jenny_acc

    An interesting collection of superhero themed stories Some were very well written,others not so much,but overall it was an enjoyable book.

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