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Meet Anna: a smart woman who chooses to become the villain instead of the victim.
After an encounter with a superhero that leaves her leg shattered and with a permanent limp, Anna sets out on a path for revenge and to expose the collateral damage and pain inflicted by superheroes.
It’s the female villain origin story —from the POV of a minor henchperson in a temp job— that we all want to read!
“...Hench explores the individual cost of justice through a fascinating mix of Millennial office politics, heroism measured through data science, body horror, and a profound misunderstanding of quantum mechanics."
From the jacket:
"Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. Working for a monster lurking beneath the surface of the world isn’t glamorous. But is it really worse than working for an oil conglomerate or an insurance company? In this economy?
"As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured. And, to her horror, compared to the other bodies strewn about, she’s the lucky one.
"So, of course, then she gets laid off.
"With no money and no mobility, with only her anger and internet research acumen, she discovers her suffering at the hands of a hero is far from unique. When people start listening to the story that her data tells, she realizes she might not be as powerless as she thinks.
"Because the key to everything is data: knowing how to collate it, how to manipulate it, and how to weaponize it. By tallying up the human cost these caped forces of nature wreak upon the world, she discovers that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing. And with social media and viral videos, she can control that appearance.
"It’s not too long before she’s employed once more, this time by one of the worst villains on earth. As she becomes an increasingly valuable lieutenant, she might just save the world."
Not a bad gig for a temp, amiright?
Bring your sack lunch and share your worst job stories as we read “Hench” for fun.
As always, we don’t expect everyone to finish reading the book, but there will be spoilers (there always are), so forgive us.
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Read-for-Funners! Come join us on a Scottish holiday as your summer beach read! Our selection is Royal Flush, which is the third book in Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series.
We join flat-broke Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fourth in line to the English throne, as she she stumbles through her summer vacay and solves some mysteries along the way!
From the jacket:
"With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner-and-theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcée houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky."
After a very embarrassing misunderstanding in London, naive and clumsy Georgie is back in Scotland at the cold and drafty —and possibly haunted— Castle Rannoch. With competing assignments from the Queen, Scotland Yard, and her dreadful cheapskate sister-in-law Fig, Georgie has her hands full. Add in her dramatic actress mother, her flighty friend Belinda, penniless love interest Darcy, future Queen Elizabeth II, and perhaps Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, and boy do we have a fun book!
This book is a romp, a comedy of manners, and a pastiche of late roaring '20s/'30s stunts wrapped around the whodunnit of an on-going attempt to kill members of the Royal Family, and an unlikely romance with the mysterious Darcy.
So put on your spats and flapper dresses, and let’s meet-up to discuss Royal Flush!
As always, you don’t have to have finished reading the book to attend, but be forewarned that there will be spoilers!