Mar 222013
 
Review: Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super StoriesMasked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories by Camille Alexa, Claude Lalumière
Published by Tyche Books Ltd on Feb 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Thrilling adventures of Canadian superheroes… and villains!

75 years ago Canadian cartoonist Joe Shuster co-created the world’s premier superhero: Superman. Over the decades the genre has gone from camp to counter-culture, from pop art to postmodern, from noir to new wave. Today’s superheroes feature in bestselling novels, hit TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters … and Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories. Mexican luchadores wrestle primordial evil in Vancouver … The Intrepids battle Nazis in Nova Scotia … A mysterious masked man rescues an adventuring heiress in a steampunk Gold Rush-era Yukon … Zombies and ancient Viking magic are unleashed in downtown Toronto … A godlike oracle wanders Calgary with her cyborg handler … The fearsome Iron Shadow stalks the streets of Kingstonia … The Coachwhip and Cat-Girl fight crime in lurid wartime Montreal …

In these 24 tales Canada’s most daring writers reimagine the super genre from its outer limits to its pulp origins, exploring the diverse landscape of Canadian identity and geography. With stories by: Marie Bilodeau, Chantal Boudreau, Kristi Charish, E.L. Chen, Michael S. Chong, Kevin Cockle, Emma Faraday, Patrick T. Goddard, Alyxandra Harvey, David Nickle, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, D.K. Latta, Michael Matheson, Derryl Murphy, Jonathan Olfert, Rhonda & Jonathan Parrish, David Perlmutter, Lisa Poh, Jason S. Ridler, Rhea Rose, Mike Rimar, Jason Sharp, Emma Vossen, A.C. Wise. Featuring an Introduction by Mark Shainblum, creator of Northguard.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a collection of short stories that really surprised me. I didn’t expect there to be such a wide variety of characters and plotlines. When you think superhero, I picture the classic good guy in tights saving the world. But this collection showed me that it can be much more than that.

Like most short story collections, some stories make more of an impression that others. My favourites included Nocturne, which features an ordinary man who dreams he is a superhero, The Seamstress Without a Costume, which features a woman who creates the costumes for both superheros and villains, and The Shield Maiden, which features an archaeologist who discovers an artifact that changes her life. These stories range from sad to thrilling to scary, and everything in between.

Overall, I was very impressed with the wide array of stories within the collection. I would recommend this book to readers who love hero stories, and fans of Canadian authors. The talent contained within this collection is extraordinary, and is a great way sample the authors’ styles.

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