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on Feb. 19, 2013 :
The Karaoke Duo vs the Karaoke Zombies is a highly entertaining superhero parody.
On the one hand, you'll see all the familiar plot lines: the slightly awkward superhero, the disapproving chief of police, unrequited love on the part of superhero crime-fighting partners, smooth-talking villains with blond hair and bulging muscles, beautiful minions-in-crime who see the error of their ways, superheroes tied upside down over vats of nasty, boiling things, mind-controlled zombies, 100-feet high monsters roaming the streets, missiles about to blow up vast chunks of the world, etc. So, in a way, there are few plot surprises...
...which makes it all the easier to relax into the story and enjoy the humor for what it is. The story is over-the-top, in plot and in slapstick humor. With charming self-deprecation (Mr. Stark even makes a reference to himself in the novel...see if you can find it), the Karaoke Duo vs the Karaoke Zombies had me chuckling through every page. Occasionally, I snorted aloud and was grateful I wasn't drinking anything at that time. The prose flows smoothly and well; Mr. Stark's writing style lends itself easily to humor.
What I did not expect was the subtle sweetness of the romance in the book. The romance had real heart, and while it certainly wasn't dwelt upon in much detail, it was the soul of the book and the plot.
I finished reading this book in a single seating, and highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a well-written humorous play off superhero themes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Danielle Nicole Bienvenu
on Jan. 25, 2013 :
I LOVED it! Stark is well off the beaten path but you can't help but marvel at him because of it. The Karaoke Duo Vs.The Karaoke Zombies is a far cry from what I would normally read yet I fell in love with it. I enjoy a good comedy and Stark's book was certainly that. I found myself chuckling throughout... especially with the evil doers carrying identification cards of their status. I highly recommend this to anyone with a fancy for comedy. Just because zombies is in the title is no reason for you to advert your attention from it if you aren't zombie inclined. I will definitely be spreading the word on this one. I don't give 5 stars easily but I think Starks deserves it for his clever humor and thinking outside of the box. I would like to see this as a continual comic strip.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)