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Imagine a world where instead of Hollywood, the Kardashians, Real Housewives, and the Bachelor, you had The Super Patriots. And The Super Patriots had the world's best marketing division. And it's always on. Velveteen’s world looks and functions exactly like ours, except their celebrities are superhumans – and the marketing division decides the vantage points of good and evil. As you can imagine, anyone not with them must be against them – but when 95% of the world’s operational superheroes are with them… being against them gets a little tricky.
Velveteen is a superhuman whose focus has always been on the human, rather than the super. She wants the world to reflect that back at her. I do, too. She is a heroine I could have met on the subway yesterday.
When Seanan McGuire started writing Velveteen shorts, I don't think she expected her "silly superhero stories" to resonate so soundly with the world we live in, to tell a truth so firmly and make us laugh until we cry with poignancy and wit. I haven’t listened with a book without stopping for a long time but, I powered through Velveteen (clocking in at twelve and half hours) in almost exactly two days. That should tell you something about Velveteen and the enrapturing world she takes you to.
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What did you love best about Velveteen vs. the Multiverse?
I love the story and the performance overall. Seanan McGuire is awesome!
What other book might you compare Velveteen vs. the Multiverse to and why?
Hero by Perry Moore - because they're both stories about the protagonist as underdog hero and the heroes are the villains.
Have you listened to any of Allison McLemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
1) Tag getting attacked by the killer robots (I won't tell you what happens). 2) Victoriana in the vampire dimension (loved it and loved Vampire Princess!!!!)
Any additional comments?
The vocal performance was excellent, overall, but there were points towards the end where the male voice characterizations were a little blurry. I totally loved the voice artist's characterizations of Velveteen, Princess, Jacquiline (Jackee? Jacqui? Jacki?) Frost, Victoriana, and Polychrome. I was telling my friends on facebook about Victoriana and Polychrome (Polly Chrome?).
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