From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain

From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain

Minister Faust / Oct 24, 2020

From the Notebooks of Dr Brain An outlandish outrageous tour de force by the most innovative prose stylist in the field Robert J Sawyer author of HominidsThey re Earth s mightiest superteam and dysfunctional as hellNIPOTENT MAN a

  • Title: From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
  • Author: Minister Faust
  • ISBN: 9780345466372
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • An outlandish, outrageous tour de force by the most innovative prose stylist in the field Robert J Sawyer, author of HominidsThey re Earth s mightiest superteam and dysfunctional as hellNIPOTENT MAN a body with the density of steel, and a brain to matchTHE FLYING SQUIRREL aging playboy industrialist by day, avenging krypto fascist by nightIRON LASS mythology s An outlandish, outrageous tour de force by the most innovative prose stylist in the field Robert J Sawyer, author of HominidsThey re Earth s mightiest superteam and dysfunctional as hellNIPOTENT MAN a body with the density of steel, and a brain to matchTHE FLYING SQUIRREL aging playboy industrialist by day, avenging krypto fascist by nightIRON LASS mythology s greatest warrior but the world might be safer if she had a husbandX MAN formerly of the League of Angry Blackmen but not formerly enoughTHE BROTHERFLY radioactively flyPOWER GRRRL perpetually deciding between fighting crime or promoting her latest album, clothing line, or sex scandalHaving finally defeated all archenemies, the members of the Fantastic Order of Justice are reduced to engaging in toxic office politics that could very well lead to a superpowered civil war Only one woman can save them from themselves Dr Eva Brain Silverman, aka Dr Brain, the world s leading therapist for the extraordinarily abled Faust has pretty much invented his own genre He s totally original, full of surprises Richard K Morgan, author of Altered Carbon Samuel Delany, Harlan Ellison, and Ishmael Reed all rolled into one Faust s writing is biting, insightful, and hugely entertaining Ernest Dickerson, director

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      • Minister Faust

        Minister Faust is a long time community activist, writer, journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and martial artist in several disciplines.Minister Faust refers to his sub genre of writing as Imhotep Hop an Africentric literature that draws from myriad ancient African civilizations, explores present realities, and imagines a future in which people struggle not only for justice, but for the stars.He lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughters, where he also runs Canada s top bean pie bakery, Desserts of Kush.


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    1. My essential ethos with book recommending has been to let bad book fall into the obscurity they so richly deserve--any kind of attention a terrible book gets fans that spark of interest in it and there are so many good books out there deserving of attention and praise.So, I hardly (I think never) rate a book 1 star. I just leave it off the radar-you won't know I even read it.But in the case of this book I have to make an exception.Having read the delightful "Soon I will be Invincible" by Austin [...]


    2. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegal.)I've mentioned this before, but for those who missed it and still don't know, the 1980s and '90s saw within science-fiction the development of what's now known as the "Dark Age;" informed equally by punk and postmodernism, it was a time of brooding introspection in the genre, when such traditional stereoty [...]


    3. This book reliably gets compared to "Soon I Will Be Invincible", which I feel is kinda inappropriate. Grossman's novel was an homage. It wasn't there to do anything new, and do nothing new is exactly what it did: it was silly, made jokes we already knew, made the punches we've seen in comics we've read put out by publishers who are still recycling those same ideas over and over in an industry that is terrified of doing anything different so they just get people who are very talented technically [...]


    4. Sorry to say this did absolutely nothing for me; in fact, the language and self-indulgent style turned me off within the first dozen pages -- and I'm usually a superhero nut. Glad I borrowed this from the library instead of buying it.


    5. This story begins on the premise that Comic Book Superheros are real, and have influenced recent world history in not so very pleasant ways. This idea is hardly new, and has had several recent writers explore the idea in other novels and graphic novels- most notably Alan Moore’s now infamous graphic novel “The Watchmen”.This novel offers a new twist on the idea however. The Heroes in question are members of the Fantastic Order of Justice (or F*O*O*J*) and they have only recently defeated e [...]


    6. I learned that it's possible to do a worse job than Mark Millar in deconstructing the heroic genre. In fact, I disliked this book so much, I'm tempted to ruin the ending by giving away the BIG surprise, but nah, I'll spoiler it.Spoiler:After basically making mock of the entire genre and all associated with it, it then lets the bad guy win. It lets him completely and utterly destroy the good guy down to disgracing his name and legacy forever. Seriously, I wanted to find the author and punch him a [...]


    7. Ok, maybe not actual conspiracy theorists, but if you've ever been accused of being one, you'll enjoy this novel. Never has a book kept me so totally in the dark about how it was going to end, yet still managed to have a proper, satisfying (well, frustrating, but REAL) conclusion.


    8. Fun characters and good post-modern super-hero action, offset by terrible, terrible psycho-babble and an unsatisfyingly unreliable narrative. Overall, still good, but could have been a lot better.


    9. Just couldn't seem to get into the writing style of this book. I love superheroes so this would seem like a natural book for me but it just wouldn't click with me. The writing seemed to forced and campy. Not recommended


    10. I finished reading From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust on Shabbat evening, and it was good. This is thoroughly odd book: the premise is that this is a self-help book which has been written by the therapist of a group of superheroes whose internal neuroses are tearing them up - the supervillains have all been defeated in the so-called Götterdämmerung battle, you see, and the organization (analogous to the Avengers or Justice League) is not-quite purposeless at this time. There is [...]


    11. From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain packs a superhero-sized punch. Artfully combining a comic self-help book geared towards hyper-sapiens seems like a great idea that would be entertaining standing on its own, but what makes this book such a joy to read is author Minister Faust's fantastic prose. Perhaps you will be taken a bit aback by the over-the-top language and unique character dialects, as I initially was, but I would urge the reader to stick with it, and you will be pleasantly rewarded with t [...]


    12. I approached this book with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. On one hand, the idea of superheroes undergoing therapy is interesting, and great for comedic potential, but in the wrong hands, it could be a terrible foray into stereotypes and too-broad humour.[return]Thankfully, the author managed to avoid all of that, creating a book that is simultaneously a critique and love letter to comic book heroes, while at the same time lampooning self-help books as well, and providing some contempo [...]


    13. An interesting attempt at doing something different in the super hero novel genre, this book rapidly became a mess of deconstructed caricatures. It did tackle the issues of race and a privileged narrator interpreting everything via her own references, but it didn't trouble to make any of it particularly believable. Reading most of the characters' dialogue was actively annoying as the author seemed heavily reliant on vocal tics to distinguish the characters (one valley girl, one swedish accent, o [...]


    14. The Notebooks of Dr. Brain chronicles the therapy sessions of the superhero team, F*O*O*J - The Fantastic Order of Justice. While the book is hilarious, it digs deep into topics that many writers have trouble finessing.Meet The Flying Squirrel, Omnipotent Man, Iron Lass, X-Man, Brotherfly, and Power Grrrl, as they tackle racism, sexism, relationships, all while Dr. Eva Brain helps them work through their issues with each other, superheroing, and the world around them.Minister Faust is an amazing [...]


    15. A clear departure from Minister Faust's first novel, "Dr. Brain" demonstrates an incredible range from the author. The novel is at once a hilarious satire of superheroics and psychology, and a complex, multi-layered analysis of the forces at work in our own world.The novel reads like a self-help book for superheroes, which allows its fictional and eponymous author to deconstruct the superhero mythos in a way barely hinted at in Moore's Watchmen. At the same time, Faust infuses these failed, flaw [...]


    16. I loved Coyote Kings. I pretty much hated this book. At over halfway through, there was no discernable plot, and no character I cared about at all was more "if one of these characters survives, will I be OK with that? If so, which one?"I think partially my dislike is because Faust wrote it from the perspective of the most annoying character. Which is saying a lot. Maybe she's only the most annoying because the reader's forced to be in her head, and forced to spend every moment with her; maybe if [...]


    17. I really enjoy reading superhero fiction, and I'm not above some fast and fun, light-hearted renditions alongside the more dark and realist ones - but 'From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain' is too flippant and (dare I say it) too derivative.It deliberately sets up to satirize pop-psychology/self-help books, and it does that in a fairly humorous way. But the psycho-babble and obvious stand-ins for classic superheroes (DC's The Big Three, for example) makes this more of a fan thing - something that is [...]


    18. Dr. Brain's notebooks starts off a bit slow. I was interested, learning all the characters, but then the learning keeps going; and going.There's a plot twist involving a death, and from that point on the story really picks up. The last 100 pages are really strong and hard to put the book down from that point on.Minister Faust hits all the comic book soap opera mile markers without becoming cliche or tiresome. He does this while juggling such themes as racism, classism, bigotry, and xenophobia.He [...]


    19. This is the book every kid from Cleveland wanted to write but didn't. The central concept is interesting, but Minister Faust doesn't stop with simply that interesting idea. He develops an interesting story that will keep readers reading while he gives them some interesting and off-the-wall ideas about psychology and the sociology of pop culture. His one attempt at political commentary is either a call to freedom or merely a clever interpretation of current events, depending on what you think he' [...]


    20. A superhero novel written in the style of a self-help book for caped crusadersI know, but trust me, it works. If you're even marginally familiar with superheroes, you won't have to stretch your imagination too far to recognize who the fictional heroes are based on (especially the big three). But the book is far more than a parody, the characters are all flawed with various degrees of narcissism, racism, sexism, and just about every other "ism" you can come up with -- but it's not played for laug [...]


    21. Fausts' sophomore novel, to the Cayote Kings. Here Minister Faust makes commentary on the socioeconomic, cultural, political and racial issues of todays society by using classic super hero archetypes. Characters everyone would recognize from both DC and Marvel comics, but with considerably more issues. And while he pokes fun of and creates decidedly more flawed versions of these characters, at the same time he pays homage to all comics and great hero's. A good read, though the divisiveness and h [...]


    22. This is not bad. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, and it wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be, but it was still utterly worth reading. I was a bit thrown off by the fact that it turned out to be more of a parody than a satire - the main characters are clearly each mocking specific comic book characters. And that's a shame; the unique characters are so much more interesting and creative than the parodies. But the ending went in an unexpected direction, and made it worth pushing throug [...]


    23. Picked this up on a whim in a clearance sale. Turns out it's actually pretty darn good! Framed partially as a self-help book for superheroes, told by eminent super-shrink Dr. Brain, this features a great cast of characters, a surprisingly deep discussion of the politics of heroism, a huge amount of agonising and inspired puns, comic book homages (right down to awesome and always-appropriate alliteration!) and surprises that kept me guessing til the end. Great fun!


    24. It was OK, the ending felt really forced. Of the books I've read in this genre (Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, Soon I Will Be Invincible) this was definitely the weakest.


    25. A brilliant satire on superheroes--Faust's prose crackles with wit and a deep understanding of his subject matter. But underneath the parody of caped crusaders and pop culture, a deep political commentary can be unearthed like the contents of the Hawk King's Blue Pyramid. Highly recommended, and now I really want to seek out Faust's first novel, "The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad".


    26. After his stellar debut, Minister Faust was going to be hard pressed to top "Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad"but he delivers a complex, smoldering story that will make you mad, make you laugh and seriously re-examine the heroes you have been cheering for all these years in comics and on the big screen. Read it!!!


    27. I found the book hard to get into at first,due to the narrators rather florid style,but it picks up after a while. There's some nice comic book references too. ("Crisis of infinite dearths","Cosmicus and the Gold Glider").And some surprisingly relevant political allegories towards the end. If you enjoyed this,you might like "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman.


    28. Amusing premise, cute twists on superhero and villain stereotypes, and even more amusing pokes at pop psychology. Unfortunately this one seemed to fall apart in the last fifty pages. The plot became increasingly confused, and confusing, ceased being amusing and candidly became a chore to finish up. Which is a pity, since the first 200 or so pages had more than their share of chuckles.


    29. Faust understands our current "deconstruct the superhero" mode of thinking about the genre perfectly. This book, in fact, not only was well written, and quite insightful about some of our oldest supherhero archetypes, it was also a very interesting metaphor about how the 2008 election could have turned out. Just a fantastic novel.


    30. Not what I was hoping for. I don't think I'll finish this book, actually. I only got through the first 30 pages or so. If you want a tongue-in-cheek superhero novel, read Soon I Will Be Invincible.


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