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All Those Explosions Were Someone Elses Fault [KINDLE] ❄ All Those Explosions Were Someone Elses Fault By James Alan Gardner – Monsters are realBut so are heroesSparks are champions of weird science Boasting capes and costumes and amazing super powers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard they fight an e Monsters are realBut so are heroesSparks are champions Explosions Were MOBI ï of weird science Boasting capes and costumes and amazing super powers that only make sense if you don't think about them too hard they fight an eternal battle for truth and justice mostlyDarklings are creatures of myth and magic ghosts vampires were beasts and the like Their very presence warps reality Doors creak at their approach Cobwebs gather where they lingerKim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak All Those PDF or scientific accident what else transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks and drafts them into the never ending war between the Light and Dark They struggle to master their new abilities and of course to design cool costumes and come up with great hero namesTurns out that accident was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme Now it's up to four newbie heroes to save the day before they even have a chance to figure Those Explosions Were PDF ☆ out what their team's name should be.

10 thoughts on “All Those Explosions Were Someone Elses Fault

  1. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum think we can all agree that superheroes are awesome Like most fans I love reading about their powers their adventures and the lore that surrounds them and their origins—and for a long time comics have been the go to for my fix However recent years have seen an influx of superhero novels hitting the SFF arena and while arguably the good ones have been far and few between that has not stopped me from checking out new ones whenever they come outHence my latest venture into the genre a uirky novel bearing the eually uirky title of All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault The short version of the description is Sparks vs Darklings—Sparks being akin to traditional superheroes while monsters are the supernatural creatures of folklore and legend such as ghosts vampires lycanthropes demons and the likeThe long version of this story though begins with an ordinary college student named Kim Lam who attends the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada One night she and her three roommates Miranda Shar and Jools notice a group of Darklings lurking suspiciously around in one of the engineering buildings on campus Deciding to investigate they accidentally end up getting caught in a freak scientific explosion which transforms them all into Sparks Endowed with amazing new powers the four friends decide to take it to the next level by donning costumes and giving themselves superhero namesThere’s plenty to like about this book most notably the world building In what is perhaps one the best opening chapters I’ve ever read James Alan Gardner show us how very different Kim’s world is from our own by offering us a little story about a demon a were beast and a vampire who walk into a bar Not only does this set the tone for the rest of the novel it also introduces readers to the Darklings a cabal of wealthy elites who have managed to buy their way into power and immortal life becoming reborn as undead creatures through an agreement called the Dark Pact Sparks on the other hand have abilities based on a complex science magical system fueled by a force called the LightI also enjoyed the refreshingly diverse cast Kim a self described “short ueer Asian” is a geology major who has gone through many personas and evolutions of her identity in an attempt to find herself and see where she fits in We find her still struggling with this even when the story begins as her narrative gradually reveals a young woman who is emotionally aloof and unsure of how best to express herself Kim also lives with three other scarily smart women including Chemistry major Shar whose fussy ways and talent for baking the most delicious cookies has earned her the role of “mother hen”; Physics major Miranda who sings with the voice of an angel; and Biology major Jools who loves hockey and worships Wayne Gretzky Despite the congenial relationships between the four women readers get the sense at the beginning that Shar Miranda and Jools are merely “the people I live with” to Kim but eventually their shared experiences lead them all to a deeper meaningful camaraderie and friendshipAlso a shout out to the fact that this book takes place in Waterloo I’m a transplanted Canadian who considers myself a Torontonian at heart but UoW was one of my old haunts because I had friends who studied there There was a surprising moment when I found out this story was set there followed by a rush of nostalgia when I realized how much of the culture Gardner had managed to nail down just rightAnd now for my least favorite part of a review—in which I talk about what I didn’t like In truth I would have given this book a 4 star rating or higher had it not been for a couple of in my eyes major flaws The first of these was the info dumping There’s too much filler in general which ruined what could have been an action packed and fast paced book Several dozen pages could have been shaved off cutting out the bits that didn’t add much to the story and the pacing and flow would no doubt have been much improvedThe second issue that put a damper on the experience for me was Kim herself She’s a great character but like many “new adult” books of this type the wishy washiness of the protagonist can sometimes drive me to frustration and rage Kim managed to kill a lot of the fun by constantly bringing up the past and pining for an old romantic interest She’s gone as far as to invent new personalities for herself to forget some of the painful memories and unpleasantness—which would have been fine if not for the fact that she herself is the one dredging up those bad memories in order to relive and obsess over themAnd thus my search for a great—and not just merely decent or good—superhero novel continues That said though minus my gripes above All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault was still a fun superhero novel and I’m glad I got to read it I hear a seuel is planned and while I’m not sure I’ll read it yet it’s good to know there will be adventures on the horizon for Kim and her friendsAudiobook Comments This audiobook exemplifies top notch voice acting In a story where the majority of the characters were young college aged women it was still easy to tell who was speaking the dialogue at any given time because narrator Emily Woo Zeller did an excellent job varying her voices tones and accents Overall a great listen

  2. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Superheroes vs monsters in a story that embraces the ridiculousness of the premise and takes the reader on an action packed ride with some brand new superheroes as they find their feetKim is a young genderueer university student in Waterloo Canada When a group of friends including Kim gets exposed to the Light the source of super powers in this world they find themselves with a sudden introduction to the superhero world as Sparks and almost immediate opposition from Darklings creatures such as vampires werecreatures and demonsThis is fun and it never lets up in terms of action but I think it needed work on resolving some of the character issues raised here Kim's identity as a genderueer person who used to be Kimee and in love with a boy destined to be a darkling is well explored as is the thinking around the subtraction of identity that leads to Kim But when the boy reappears there isn't enough time given to that relationship There are also some issues between Kim and one of her teammates that just don’t get resolved To sum up the immediate evil plot is foiled but we get the barest introduction to an interesting team dynamic both within the team and with potential alliesrivals Feels like the very early stages of what will need to be a long series

  3. Wanda Wanda says:

    42567891 starsThis was a truly fun book and I am so glad that I will get a chance to hear the author speak next month I confess that I had never heard of him until he became a keynote speaker for the When Words Collide conference here in Calgary I am so glad to have discovered him and his DarkSpark seriesI am a great fan of fantasy but when I originally read the blurb for this book I had my doubts whether it was really for me Once again I am shown that I shouldn’t judge a book by what is written on the cover I was only a paragraph or two into the novel when I realized that it was going to be a bunch of funI especially appreciated the dialog both between KimZircon and her compatriots and her inner monologue Then there were things like vampires buying blood from human donors not wanting to call it “blood money” it becomes known as “trickle down” Take that Ronald Reagan So many things made me grin like a looneyThat’s the biggest reason I think that I enjoyed this book so thoroughly I often struggle with written humour but in this book I just GOT it Maybe because the author is also Canadian but I was amused by so many details Because of course one Canadian hero is going to be a super hockey player and name herself after Wayne Gretzky Ninety Nine became my favourite character and I am excited to see that she will have a starring role in the next book And yes I have already reuested it from the library and hope to have it in my hot little hands next weekI am so pleased to have discovered this author I can hardly wait to hear what he has to tell about his creations and his process Just a month away

  4. Lauren Stoolfire Lauren Stoolfire says:

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewBoth monsters and superheroes are real Sparks are the superheroes the term superhero has already been trademarked with costumes and awesome super powers that don't really make a whole lot of sense if you think too hard about them and they fight for truth and justice mostly Darklings are creatures of magic and they warp reality with their presence doors creak and cobwebs gather They are creatures you might know as vampires demons weres ghosts and Kim Lam was a regular college student until a freak accident turned her and three friends into Sparks forcing them into the unending battle between the Light and the Dark but first they're going to have to master their new powers and come up with cool hero names and costumes Turns out though that the accident was the first act in a Mad Genius's latest scheme and now these four newbie superheroes have to save the day and they haven't even picked their team name yetAs soon as I heard about this new release from James Alan Gardner I knew I had to try it I mean superheroes and monsters? Yes please I have never read a book with a combination uite like this before but it sounded perfect since I love superhero movies and can't get enough urban fantasy Luckily All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault lived up to most of my expectations I loved watching Kim and her friends figure out their newfound powers and all the bells and whistles It's so much fun exploring a world in which both superheroes or should I say Sparks and monsters exist together The world building in this is outstanding and we're thrown right into the mix The science 80% and magic 20% system that controls the world and defines powers and abilities for both Light and Dark creatures Even though we're dealing with so many sci fi and fantasy elements mixed together the story never gets too silly or inconsistent My favorite part is actually the relatability of Kim our Spark narrator Kim is an Asian Canadian gender fluid person who is still in the process of self discovery and reinvention she mostly uses she her pronouns Her voice is incredibly refreshing and admirable plus just the right amount of nerdy Kim might just be one of my new favorite characters of the year by the wayOverall if you're looking for a sci fi urban fantasy novel with monsters and superheroes that packs uite a punch and fits in so much in just under four hundred pages Plus the formatting is uniue and is reminiscent of comic book pages making you speed through the story that much uicker If you're a fan of fast paced adventure the Marvel Cinematic Universe this novel is incredibly visual a strong cast of characters and can't resist all sorts of urban fantasy worthy creatures you absolutely need All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault by James Alan Gardner in your life I will definitely have to check out of his work in the futureThanks again NetGalley

  5. Harald Koch Harald Koch says:

    I've read Carrie Vaughn's After The Golden Age and Seanan McGuire's Velveteen series and Dreadnought and Sovereign by April Daniels I've read many of the comics I've seen all the MCU and DC movies You don't have to explain superheroes to me You especially don't have to spend an estimated 50% of the text explaining them to meThen I come across this line On our way from Red Pine Villa Ninety Nine had regaled us with a uick infodump followed by you guessed it an infodumpWith all the filler removed this book could be the first couple of acts of the novel that's desperately trying to escape from the constant asidesStill a fun romp through a superhero origin story if you can ignore the above

  6. Audrey Audrey says:

    35 starsThis is part of the emerging genre of superhero based novels I recommend it for anyone who likes superhero comicsA freak explosion gives four roommates super powers and soon it’s up to them to save their college town in Ontario There are a lot of explosions in this book The new heroes experience three long showdowns with dark forces These seuences are well done with action that is creative and easy to picture Sometimes action scenes in books are based off of movies which doesn’t work because they just turn into a blow by blow account that reads like a technical manual This author avoided that trap Still I’d haved like to see down time for our heroes; see them as students and see them interacting without an immediate life or death crisis going on The four roommates are each studying a difference field of science Our main character is a geologist and seeing them nerd out over rocks was super cute The book also acknowledges the BS science that goes into super powers and the crazy costumesIf you enjoy this definitely check out The Supes review here an indie book that I actually liked

  7. Steve Steve says:

    Entertaining story but way too much with the infodumps Also this was very similar to the Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson It just added a dose of magicI'm not sure if I'll read the next book

  8. Mike Mike says:

    I've been known to complain that supers novels are often not very good I'm going to have to start easing back on that complaint I've read several excellent supers novels lately and this is one of them Four college roommates end up with superpowers thanks to a brush with a supervillain's plot in a world where the wealthy and powerful elites have mostly become darklings vampires weres and demons for the sake of the longevity and the power Only the advent of sparks the word superhero has been trademarked by some darkling trademark troll is keeping them in check I have one and a half complaints My one complaint is that a world even a Canada ruled by a dark supernatural elite should maybe seem dystopian than this though goodness knows wealthy elites are pretty dystopic already and we seem to manage My half a complaint is that the protagonists are just a touch too powerful though given what they have to face that's understandable and they certainly use their powers with intelligence not just whaling away at their adversaries Apart from those small niggles this is a thrill ride of tension and cool set pieces that aren't just meaningless action told with verve and cleverness in an appealing voice Bonus points for showing us a pair of people who are clearly recognisable as DC canon characters without ever using their exact names the name of their town or even the name of the state; and for lampshading the aversion of the trope where someone pointlessly conceals important information and is killed or captured before they can pass it onI also have to admire any author who's capable of this passage On a scale of ambition from one to ten where one was a doorknob and ten was a great white shark Elaine would use the doorknob to beat the shark to deathSuperhero novels can easily be cheesy trope ridden overly derivative filled with dull slug fests or just amateurish in their execution None of those things apply here The narrator a genderueer character of Asian ancestry and the other three main characters ring true bicker realistically are appropriately nerdy and display interesting and original superpowers itself uite an achievement Based on the sample at the end the next book will be narrated by a different member of the group the one who's human maximum at everything and it'll be interesting to see how the author keeps that from being boring makes the character still relatable and maintains the tension I have every confidence that the author of this book is capable of pulling off that difficult feat The editing is in general good apart from an occasional may that should really be might I received a review copy via Netgalley

  9. Brendan Cooney Brendan Cooney says:

    This is a spoiler free reviewRead on In The SheetsAll Those Explosions is the first book published under Tor by Canadian author James Alan GardnerI wanna start by saying this book is bizarre but in the best possible way It takes place on an alternate earth where superheros or Sparks are possible and the rich can sell their souls to be super powered demons and ghouls and were beasts known as DarklingsThe book takes place in Waterloo around the University of Waterloo campus and some other familiar locations in the region It's very unusual for a book to take place here and was very surreal to read considering I live in Waterloo It's like seeing a movie that was filmed in your city except it also takes place in your city and it's filled with demons and superheroes and destruction The way the book is formatted is super no pun intended uniue and really gives it a comic book feel while still remaining a fun novelATEWSEF follows a very diverse and well represented group of 4 UW students who accidentally become sparks and set out to protect Waterloo Region Which by itself is hilarious to type This is a hell of an origin storyI really enjoyed the book it's totally worth a read and I can't wait to hear what other people have to say about it

  10. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Kim and her friends are transformed into superheroes in a freak lab accident Superheroes are well known in this particular reality so they're enthused than freaked out by their newfound powers But of course with great power comes great responsibility and within moments of getting psychic sonic ultimate human ability or size changing powers they are embroiled in a fight against the forces of darknessI liked the thoughtful imaginative ways everyone used their powers I liked that the main characters were all women or gender non conforming I really liked 99 who's basically like Captain America crossed with Casey Jones But the tone and style of this book rankled at me Every paragraph begins with a sentence in bold which probably seemed like a cute idea at first but really wore out its welcome 400 pages in There's endless infodumping; even in the last chapter the main character is still explaining things to the reader in paragraph form And there's just something about the way the story is told that felt smarmy and self satisfied

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