Hey guys! I’m back with another edition of 100 Thoughts While Reading. As always, big thanks to Karina of Afire Pages for coming up with the idea in the first place.
As you can probably guess, I’m doing the Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour hosted – as usual, lol – by the lovely Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch. If you haven’t signed up for the blog tour, don’t fret! It’s available on Amazon, and I’ve included the link below!
There will be a more detailed review to follow, so please stick around for that. I’m so excited to tell you what I thought of this book!
As always, be warned that this post contains spoilery content!
Without further ado, here are my 100 Thoughts While Reading Secondhand Origin Stories.
- Superheroes. Diverse superheroes. This is going to be one heck of a ride.
- I’m gonna love Opal, I can feel it.
- I already sense though that the reason behind her dad being in prison is gonna make me mad.
- ASL! OMFG YAS! (I had just finished a quick course on ASL when I was reading this.)
- An AI named MARTIN. Like JARVIS. Cool! I wonder if MARTIN means anything?
- Issac seems like a supervillain in the making.
- Oh no, does ‘Secondhand Origin Stories’ mean origin stories for both villains and heroes? Is Issac gonna go the mad scientist route?
- Lodestar kinda makes me think of Captain America – if Captain America had bionic arms and a drug problem.
- So Dr. Melissa Tillman is a super-genius who also finances the Sentinels. Tony Stark much?
- HOLY SHIT THEY’RE MARRIED.
- HOLY SHIT THEY HAVE KIDS.
- OMFG ALL MY STONY FEELS.
- Oh, they’re divorced…
- STILL, MY STONY FEELS.
- So does that mean this universe has its own version of the Civil War?
- Oh God no, Kate, don’t go there, Infinity War’s gonna be painful enough.
- So if you have superhero blood, you either get superpowers, or super sick. Interesting… I wonder how that would work genetically?
- Secretary Bridgewater. What a pompous name. It’s perfect.
- A genderfluid character!
- AND XE’S A SHAPESHIFTER.
- Now that I think about it, it totally makes sense that a shapeshifter would be genderfluid. I mean, the binary is meaningless when you can just change from one sex to another with no problem, right?
- Oh, and xyr parents were villains. But xe wants to be a superhero. Interesting…
- Not gonna lie, it’s kinda weird to imagine someone as big and muscled as Yael calling xyr parent figure ‘Papa’.
- Okay, so there are three kids in the Sentinel Tower: Yael, Jamie, and Issac.
- And the adults are: Neil Voss, Dr. Melissa Tillman, Drew, and Solomon?
- I gotta say, it’s kind of hard to keep track of the characters and their powers.
- Nodiah Bridgewater is such a perfect name for a douchey government up-and-up. Honestly.
- Ooh, he’s an altered as well? Since he’s Solomon’s brother?
- “Holy Kings of the Heavenly Rule”…interesting. I assume all altereds are descended somehow from these seven people? Or at least are tangentially related to them? I hope the book goes into detail about the world-building of this universe, because I am muy confused.
- Issac’s been developing illegal, untested nanites. Oh my God.
- VILLAIN ORIGIN STORY, YES? (Spoiler alert: no, Issac is not a villain.)
- Issac is like a baby Tony Stark though.
- I wonder what’s the big deal with Jenna…
- Okay, so Jenna used to be a Sentinel, but she’s gone now? And Issac was close to her?
- ISSAC, NO.
- Baby Tony Stark is a bit of understatement.
- Then again, I can understand being brash and unthinking when you’re a supergenius teenager and your parents don’t listen to you.
- OOH. I bet Issac goes deaf in the explosion and when Opal tries and joins the Sentinels, she’ll teach him ASL, seeing as how she’s fluent since her sister and aunt and dad are deaf, after all.
- Jesus Christ, self, they haven’t met yet and you’re already starting to ship them.
- OH MY GOD.
- SO. MANY. HAMSTERS.
- I’m kind of a little in love with Yael, not gonna lie.
- And yes, I fully admit. It’s the hamsters that did it.
- Yup, called it. Issac became deaf. And Opal’s gonna teach him ASL. *draws hearts all over them* (Spoiler alert: they don’t end up together.)
- Ooh, Lodestar’s being an asshole. I was right about the drug problem, wasn’t I? Like, uppers or something to keep his stamina up. And now it’s taking a toll on him.
- ONE OF THE HAMSTERS IS NAMED SKITTLES. AHAHAHAHAHA. OH MY GOD.
- YAEL IS EIGHTEEN, RIGHT? XE’S LEGAL? IT’S NOT CREEPY FOR ME TO BE CRUSHING ON XYR?
- I mean, come on. Loyal to xyr family, big and strong, and xe KEEPS A WHOLE SQUAD OF HAMSTERS AS PETS. What’s not to love?!
- *snort* Eustus Hamline…I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I know he’s probably got a very serious storyline and point to the plot, but that name is just…I can’t even call it a white person name. Not even white people deserve that name.
- It’s like you’re practically begging your child to go into supervillainy, just so they can get themselves a cool codename.
- I love the little detail about Dr. Tillman’s nails. It’s small insights like that which really tell me all about a character.
- Oh, Yael isn’t open about xyr genderfluidity.
- I am torn between being in love with xyr and wanting to protect xyr at all costs. (Says I, a 5’6” girl who’s constitutionally incapable of lifting weights without loudly complaining, about a 7′ beefcake who could strangle me with one hand tied behind xyr back.)
- The tower kids are finally meeting Opal!
- OH. OH. OH NO. OPAL THOUGHT YAEL WAS XYR BIRTH FATHER.
- But Opal thought she was just protecting Jamie!
- NO DON’T KILL EACH OTHER.
- Okay whew they didn’t kill each other.
- OPAL’S COUSIN IS AWESOME. What an amazing non-destructive but still helpful use of super-strength!
- Oh, Issac. Sigh.
- I feel like Issac’s way of thinking here – feeling that being deaf means he no longer has any inherent worth – is pretty ableist. I mean, it’s Me Before You all over again. I hope the book addresses this soon.
- On a less serious note – NARWHALS!
- Jamie missing her dad the way he used to be got me feeling some type of way, I swear. *pauses to find a tissue* At least he isn’t an alcoholic? Holding out on the drug theory though.
- The South Dakota Uprising? GOD, I NEED BACKSTORY. I NEED A PREQUEL.
- I didn’t know ASL didn’t have gendered pronouns! Interestingly enough, neither does Tagalog. For example, instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ we say ‘siya’ (pronounced ‘sha’) which is more or less a singular ‘they’. Our plural ‘they’ is ‘sila’. We also have a lot of words that aren’t gendered: we don’t have an equivalent for ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ for example and just say ‘kapatid’ (‘sibling’), we don’t have ‘niece’ or ‘nephew’ and instead have ‘pamangkin’. It’s really cool.
- (This is just me angling a way to be able to teach Yael other gender-neutral languages, don’t mind me.)
- OH MY GOD, JENNA’S ARMS. JENNA’S BIONIC ARMS ARE IN STORAGE DOES THIS MEAN SHE’S DEAD?
- There’s more to the whole “Jenna leaving” thing than meets the eye, I am positive.
- NO, YAEL. DON’T FALL FOR IT. NODIAH BRIDGEWATER IS NO GOOD.
- “I have high hopes for its effectiveness in reducing altered crime.” NOW WHERE I HAVE HEARD THAT BEFORE? Oh yeah. It’s pretty much what every government who has no idea how to actually curb crime at the grassroots level says. *cough* Duterte *cough*
- YAS, JAMIE IS MY WOKE QUEEN. GET IT, SIS.
- Oh God, Issac. No.
- This won’t end well.
- Yup, it didn’t end well.
- This Lasansky guy is bad news. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was in league with Bridgewater.
- ISSAC, NO.
- Oh, geez. That was a heartbreak and a half.
- Opal to the rescue!
- So that’s why Opal’s dad is in prison! HOLY SHIT, THIS IS SUCH GOOD COMMENTARY ON SOCIETY THOUGH.
- The privatization of the penal system, the discrimination against people of color – and especially black people – in the penal system, reliance on the death penalty instead of actually working to prevent crime at the grassroots level by addressing poverty and inequality…goddamn but this book is woke as hell.
- So Jamie and Opal…
- Gotta say, I was kinda hoping Opal and Issac would get together. But this is good too!
- OH. Issac is ace! Well, when one is a supergenius hell-bent on changing the world, I suppose sexual attraction would only get in the way.
- YES! Opal calls out Issac on his ableist beliefs!
- Teenagers being teenagers…and then suddenly having to go on the offensive and save the world and defuse a supervillain. Damn, Sentinels, get your shit together!
- MARTIN is a real boy! He got no strings to hold him down… *has flashbacks of Ultron* Okay, not that way.
- I knew Lasansky was no good.
- GET IT, YAEL.
- Oh, so Jenna just retired. To a farm. Like Clint Barton!
- I knew Lodestar had a drug problem! Although it was more a medical problem, instead of an addiction one.
- Yael and Opal are Sentinels-in-training!
- AND THEY ACTUALLY ADDRESS LODESTAR’S PROBLEM BY BENCHING HIM.
- That’s it? It’s over?! But I still have so many questions! I need to know MORE! *grabby hands*
And that was 100 Thoughts While Reading Secondhand Origin Stories! If you’d like to read it yourself (and squeal over Yael and xyr hamsters) check it out on Amazon here. I promise you won’t regret it!
Get to know the author!
After about a decade of drawing comics independently or with small presses, Lee started writing prose out of a combination of peer pressure and spite, then continued out of attachment to their favorite made-up people. They live in Minnesota even though it is clearly not a habitat humans were ever meant to endure, with their lovely wife/editor, the world’s most perfect baby, and books in every room of the house.
If you like categories, they’re an ENFJ Slytherin Leo. If you’re looking for demographics they’re an agender bisexual with a couple of disabilities. If you’re into lists of likes: Lee loves comics, classical art, round animals, tattoos, opera, ogling the shiner sciences, and queer stuff.
If you’d like to read more about this amazing book, check out the rest of the reviews on the #SHOSPH blog tour!
23 April (Monday)
- Secondhand Origin Stories blog tour launch
- Excerpt from Stuffed Shelves
- Feature post from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Feature post from Candid Ceillie
- Review from The Backwards Bookshelf
- Review from Crimson Blogs
- Review from Samantha House
24 April (Tuesday)
- Excerpt from Not Just Fiction
- Excerpt from Utopia State of Mind
- Feature post from Unputdownable Books
- Review from That Bookshelf Bitch
- Review from Bookish and Awesome
- Review from Cliste Bella
- Review from wallflower’s plight
25 April (Wednesday)
- Excerpt from BookMyHart
- Excerpt from The Nerdy Elite
- Review from Candid Ceillie
- Review from F A N N A
- Review from forthenovellovers
- Review from Igniting Pages
- Review from Spines In a Line
26 April (Thursday)
- Excerpt from Provocatrix
- Review from Bookish Wanderess
- Review from bookishwisps
- Review from Flying Paperbacks
- Review from TheHufflepuffNerdette
- Review from My Reading List
- Review from Unputdownable Books
27 April (Friday)
- Author interview on That Bookshelf Bitch
- Excerpt from Afire Pages
- Feature post from Cliste Bella
- Review from The Book Maiden
- Review from The Little Miss Bookworm
- Review from Reader Fox and a Box of Books
- Review from The Youngvamp’s Haven
Remember, review’s coming out in a little while, so please stick around for that!