Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps

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by Mur Lafferty
     
 

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The shining metropolis of Seventh City is the birthplace of super powers. The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts: flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire. The Third Wavers are stuck with the leftovers: the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, the grace to carry a tray and never drop its

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The shining metropolis of Seventh City is the birthplace of super powers. The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts: flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire. The Third Wavers are stuck with the leftovers: the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, the grace to carry a tray and never drop its contents, the power to produce high-powered excrement blasts, absolute control. over elevators.

Bar owner Keepsie Branson is a Third Waver with a power that prevents anything in her possession from being stolen. Keepsie and her friends just aren't powerful enough to make a difference. at least that's what they've always been told. But when the villain Doodad slips Keepsie a mysterious metal sphere, the Third Wavers become caught in the middle of a battle between the egotistical heroes and the manipulative villains.

As Seventh City begins to melt down, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad, and even harder to tell who may become the true heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934861165
Publisher:
Permuted Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author


Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. Her books include The Shambling Guide to New York City, Ghost Train to New Orleans, Playing For Keeps, Marco and the Red Granny, and The Afterlife Series. She is the host of the award winning podcast I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. She is the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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Playing For Keeps 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have only gotten 3/4 of way through this book, but I am on the edge of my seat. My wife is really surprised, since I do not read alot of books because I read very slowly. This is keeping my interest, and is very well laid out. It has the type of super heroes I've imagined in my dreams. Awsome Job Mur!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ti book is better than diverent.And i dont use that lightley ?
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This is technically a new genre and so without a template of expectations-this is good stuff. So plotholes are big and the energy wanes in select parts. The author's other works are much more formidable. Still, I wanted more in the end, and that says something- like a sequel!
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Melhay More than 1 year ago
When Keepsie is taken captive by Doodad, a super villain, and she finds he slipped a metal sphere in her pocket, the crew of Third Wavers that visits Keepsies bar stand with their friend and get drawn into the constant battle between good and evil. But, who are good and who are really evil? That could be subject to ones perception. Keepsie is part of the Third Wavers that have "lame" powers and are told they are not Hero quality. Oh, but these 'lame' powers are amazing when they are put together as a team. What these characters learn of themselves and the twists the can do to strengthen their powers is a blast. I love the play on words with the title and Keepsie's name and her ability. She keeps things. Well, not willingly. When she owns something, it can't be taken from her without the other freezing in a stasis until she releases them. Keepsie is an independent woman. Strong. And she learns she has friends to have at her side. The story starts right in with Keepsie getting taken by a villain and finding something he left in her pocket. We see the Heroes and Villains through Keepsie's eyes, and her friends. Hmmm, makes one wonder on who's the 'hero' and why. When it comes to the sphere, which can not be stolen from Keepsie do to her power, we see that neither side - hero or villain - might be the 'good' side. So who do you pick to give it back too? This is a world that not everyone is a 'hero' and some are corrupt, others make bad choices from inflated heads. The use of desires and manipulation to get what they want, or try stealing. This story made me chuckle several times. The comments from Michelle, Keepsie's friend and waitress, oh she's a quick one. And the powers that the Third Wavers possess! Hahaha! Just to much fun! The quick ideas of all these are great. The crew is even brutally honest with each other and I love hearing it, it makes me chuckle. There is lots of action, even though Keepsie might not be a big action fighter - her power is more a passive one - there is lots going on around her. It's cool! And oh the destruction to the city. Heroes and Villains collide! Boy do they all take a beating. When listening to this, Mur starts each new section with a Recap from the previous episode. I rather enjoyed this as it brings the story to a personal level, like I'm in this city. The people make me laugh with their comments and the "character" they take on as well. You have to go into this looking for fun. You need to listen to it and have a blast with it. Relax with superheroes in the Seventh City. They aren't the ones you'd expect. I highly recommend listening to this one, for fun. You'll enjoy it!
BWFoster78 More than 1 year ago
In Playing for Keeps, Mur Lafferty tells the story of a group of people with powers so worthless that they’re not considered adequate to become a part of the city’s elite group of heroes. When the hubris of those very heroes leads to their downfall, it’s up to the misfits to save the day. Why to buy this book: It is competently written, and the ebook edition doesn’t cost a bunch. Why not to buy the book: While the writing is competent, it is not spectacular. Though there are no major stylistic annoyances, the plot drove the characters whether than my preference of the reverse. My biggest complaint was that it sometimes wasn’t clear what was happening and why it was happening. Bottom Line: I don’t regret reading it, but it didn’t feel special to me. I give it a middle-of-the-road 3 stars.