The Last Adventure of Constance Verity

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity

Book One

Book - 2016
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"Granted a wish at birth, Constance Verity has become one of the world's great adventurers. A master of exotic martial arts and a keen detective, she is in possession of a collection of strange artifacts, which are mostly kept in unlabeled boxes in her apartment. Constance has spent the past twenty years saving the world, and she's sick of it. She wants an office job and a boyfriend who isn't going to get killed by who knows what, and she's figured out the way to get them: she's going to kill her fairy godmother--Grandmother Willow--who granted the wish--and reset her life. The problem is, saving the world is Constance's destiny. She's really good at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job. Then again, it's also her destiny to have a glorious death."--
Publisher: New York, New York : Saga Press, ©2016
ISBN: 9781481443517
1481443518
Characteristics: 365 pages ;,22 cm.

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Oct 20, 2018

This is my first encounter with the author, and I give him props for writing a novel that satirizes the tropes of an adventure novel. In my mind, though, he should have made it a short story. After awhile, the initially interesting tone becomes an irritant. It's as if he is saying "See how clever I am?" or "See how silly this adventure story can be?"

While he is making fun of the genre, it isn't geared to the most likely demographic- YA. Adults like me may understand the satire, and even kids, too, considering how he lays it on so thick. Yes, there is a story in there, an it's not that bad, but it's too clever by half. I've decided not to continue with the character. It is no longer fun or funny for me.

LeRat Jul 31, 2016

A. Lee Martinez pulls off another one of his parodies of the genre, this time time riffing on the girl adventurer. And as always, hidden in the humor and fun are some interesting meditations on what it means to be special and what it means to be ordinary.

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