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Tales Of The Dim Knight

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    An Enjoyable Ride

    Pull on your tights and hang that cape around your neck, we're going for a ride. What kind of ride, you ask? A superhero spoof ride, a dysfunctional family ride, a marital struggle ride. A ride into redemption.

    When mild-mannered Dave Johnson ends up with a alien symbiont enabling him to imagine reality, what does he do with this power? Years of reading comics comes to his aid, as the kid at heart and his naivety lead him to take on the persona of a superhero. Dave is a little dim, but his heart is in the right place, despite the temptations of power and the best ways to use it, especially when the symbiont intends to use Dave to take over the world. Yet, Dave isn't stupid either. He has a head on his shoulders.

    But despite this fact, he finds success as a superhero, but not a lot of success as a father and husband. While superhero action abounds, there is minimal tension created by his fights. His power allows him to dispense justice all too easily that few villains have a chance, though a couple of times they make some valiant attempts. But the superhero part is mostly for spoofing anyway, not for creating a thrill ride.

    Rather, the the real tension of the story evolves from the complications Dave's secret job has for his wife and children, not to mention his enemies. The heart of the novel revolves around family, right and wrong, the misguided ways we tend to deal with our hurts, and grace, all wrapped in a light-hearted story that will have you chuckling and smiling.

    The writing is solid. The characters while at first appearing stereotypical (what do you expect with a spoof?) take on depth as the story progresses. The personal struggles are easy to identify with and provide the strength of the story. It is an easy and enjoyable read.

    I found two areas primary that I felt the story could have done better. First, the superhero adventures themselves didn't feel like an integral part of the full plot. They felt somewhat random at times, appearing to exist more to cause problems with the wife and kids than to be an complete story arc themselves. Mind you, I'm not saying they didn't have some story arc. One of the villains who comes in and out of the course of the book has his own character arc, and some stories have their own mini-arc, but as far as each adventure fitting into a complete novel arc, it was hit and miss. I think the story would have been better if that could have been developed as a more complete story arc.

    The second is that while the resolution is believable, and the motivation of the characters not totally absent, I felt the resolution to be a little too quick and needing a slower development, especially on one of the characters. What happened is not unrealistic, and happens in real life. But for a story, it appeared to arise abruptly.

    Despite those two issues, this book was a fun read. If you like spoofs of superheroes, with a story of redemption against the evil Dave faces not only on the streets of the city, but also in his family and within himself, then this is the book for you. The story gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars for me. I enjoyed it.

    Note: I was provided an electronic copy of the book by the author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    A highly entertaining and thought-provoking book!

    <i>Tales of the Dim Knight</i> is the first book put out by Splashdown Books that I've had the opportunity to fully read.

    Mild-mannered janitor, Dave Johnson, likes playing super-heroes with his boys--

    This is the story of how Janitor Dave--who really isn't all that bright even though he is very good-hearted--comes into possession of an alien symbiote that turns him into super-hero material.

    But nothing comes easily for Dave! Completely aside from the fact that all the good super-hero names are taken and he doesn't want to get in trouble for trademark infringement, he's a super-hero in a very quiet, mostly crime-free town! At first he just about goes nuts trying to find crimes to stop, with rather startling results. And his alien symbiote is not without flaw either; the mad creature keeps trying to seduce Dave to the dark side and turn him into a super-villain!

    Meanwhile, his wife, Naomi, is becoming convinced that he is neglecting her for another woman. And, of course, being true to the super-hero code of silence, Dave refuses to tell her what he's really up to.

    He's off saving the world from crime and code violations as Powerhouse! And, as Powerhouse, he discovers that it's more fun to fight crime in the biggest nearby city, Seattle, and becomes a commuting super-hero. It is here that Powerhouse tangles with the mob, and meets an amazing man of the cloth whose life--and death--transform Mild-mannered Dave Johnson into so much more than a super-hero.

    Join this stalwart defender of the weak and helpless as he battles crime-bosses, terrorists, alien abductors, and a wicked lawyer in his search for peace in his heart, his marriage, and his world.

    My reaction: I found this book entertaining, and yet disturbing at a profound level.

    While Tales of the Dim Knight requires a more hefty dollop of "suspension of disbelief" than most books I've lately read, it manages to be incredibly hilarious! I would recommend it particularly for people who've never lost track of their inner child.

    I don't, however, think that <i>Tales of the Dim Knight</i> is a particularly good book for young adults or for people who are currently on the receiving end of a bad separation or divorce.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

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    Humorous with a moral side

    I enjoyed this book, not only because it takes place in the local city of Seattle, but because it promoted great family values. Granted, it had some cheesy dialogue, but it played with the superhero clichés quite a bit. Not all the book is light-hearted humor, though. There are a few points where it explores the dark territory of how far one should go in the name in justice, and where it becomes plain revenge and/or spite.

    Marriage is a big theme in this book, I was surprised to find. Dave, the "superhero," often finds himself away from his family, and mistrust builds between him and his wife. She eventually attempts a divorce, and Dave asks, "What haven't I done for her?" He sets aside more time for his family, and ultimately turns to God for help.

    Although not everyone will meet an alien symbiote and inherit powers, this book is still practical in everyday life regarding decisions about justice, revenge, and marriage.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    The endearing dim bulb superhero

    Mild-mannered janitor Dave Johnson finds a piece of body armor, puts it on, and discovers he has just picked up an invisible passenger-an alien symbiote (entity that lives with you in your skin) who gives him super powers.

    Dave can now turn himself into Powerhouse, a superhero who darts around Seattle saving people. But he's a bit of a dim bulb. This book is full of hilarious situations where Dave just doesn't quite get it but the reader does, as Powerhouse pursues a canny set of bad guys and their boss, Marco.

    Poor Dave doesn't find an appropriate time to tell his wife about his hobby, so his marriage has difficulties, then reconciliation, then more difficulties, and so on. Dave tries the best to save the world, his marriage, and his children, while keeping in check the global power ambitions of his alien symbiote. But he finds that all his heroic deeds are not enough. And Marco the bad guy has things to learn too.

    What do I think?

    The characters in this book are endearingly cartoonish. Those who love superheroes and their exploits will like this book, especially those looking for a good laugh. And there are lessons for all of us about faith and trust in God.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    This is a fun book to read

    This book is a little different from what I normally read. It is a fun read with enough twists and "characters" to keep it interesting.

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