Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe There S Always To The Story, Hidden In The White Space Between Chapters, In The Time Gaps Between Novels There S What Came Before And After, And Meanwhile When Our Attention Was Elsewhere The Other Side Of The Story, Including The Part Our Heroines Didn T Know This Collection Peeks Around Those Corners And Explores The Dark Alleys Of The Menopausal Superhero Series Peer Into The Past To Discover How Cindy Liu Became A Mad Scientist Follow The Bus At The End Of Book 1 Going Through The Change Find Out How Patricia Lizard Woman O Neill Spent Her Christmas Holidays Flash Forward For A Hint Of Where The Series May Yet Lead These Aren T Your Father S Superheroes Whether You Re Already A Fan Or Are Just Meeting These Characters For The First Time, Friend Or Foe Explores What It Means To Be A Hero At Any Age Or Stage Of Life. Disclaimer I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Friend or Foe compiles four short stories from Samantha Bryant s Menopausal Superhero series into one convenient anthology It also includes previews of the first two novels in the series, Going Through the Change and Change of Life. While the stories could be read in isolation each is a complete, satisfying story, and Bryant provides ample background information , I would strongly encourage the reader to read the first three novels in the series first Not only do some of the short stories contain spoilers for the books, but their full depth would be lost on someone who hasn t read the novels.The short stories in Friend or Foe focus mainly on the characters of Cindy Liu and Patricia, lifelong friends turned into foes by the events of Going Through the Change. Here are my quick thoughts on each First in the group, Intervention provides a glimpse into Cindy Liu and Patricia s backstory and shows the inspiration behind Cindy Liu s mad science I found this story fascinating, and it added richness to the characters motivations and their relationship.The title story, Friend or Foe, fills in some gaps about what happened to Cindy Liu and our heroes after the first novel Th
Friend Or Foe by Samantha Bryant is a collection of 4 short stories that bridges the gaps in the menopausal superhero novel series In comics they sometimes have story arcs that last several issues but sometimes they will have a one shot between stories This book is all about giving you little details that you didn t get in the novels.The first story set before book 1 is Intervention and it goes back in time to when Patricia and Cindy Lu were friends You could say it s an orgin story for Cindy as we see what made her decide to be a mad scientist In this one you feel sympathy for her but in the future you see her as caring about science and progress than people The theme here could be that the road to hell is paved with good intentions You also see Patricia already acting like a hero.The second story takes place between the first and second novel Its called Friend of Foe and gets into what happened with Cindy and the other characters right after the battle that ended book one I liked that this story focused on Cindy and her reactions to all the changes that the characters have gone through I found myself debating if I should feel sympathy for Cindy or not, while she shows that she is working for a greater good, she also shows that she doesn t mind using peop
If you are a fan of the Menopausal Superhero series you will enjoy the short story collection it fills in some early years on the two of the main characters Patricia and Cindy 1980s The backstory was enlightening to understand the history between these two characters and also understand the distance between the characters in a sense unlikely friends in the past in the present were not sure what they are to each other The next short story focuses on the now villain from the novels Cindy It takes up where the 2nd novel left off, right after the big fight scene at the college which I applaud the author for doing this as a short story to encourage readers to read this story before you move on to the 3rd book O Scaly night concentrates on Patricia and her lizard woman powers but in an off duty scenario It was entertaining and led to some questions for me on her relationship with a small character from book 1 whic
I really enjoy the clever premise of these stories It s great to see fully realized, strong older women getting in on the superhero genre They re interesting characters, and the superhero aspects stand up to comparison with other, familiar stories, also The stories in this collection follow some of the characters in the books They bridge the gaps in the stories moments that might not have been necessary for the novels, but that are still interesting These stories span decades in the characters lives and serve to further characterize them.Probably the most fully realized story is the longest one the novella With some of these stories, I think it would be best to read the novels before you come to them I don t thi
Combining diverse characters with the comic book action, Bryant creates a series of tales of realistic people in a world of superhero physics.Then, when the reader looks at the review, my mechanical squid drops the spoiler bucket over their head This collection contains four short stories set in Bryant s Menopausal Superheroes universe Intervention When Patricia goes to visit Dr Cindy Liu after the death of Cindy s boyfriend, she discovers a radical change in behaviour And witnesses the first step toward Cindy s superhero making quest Friend or Foe Immediately after the events of Going Through the Change, Dr Cindy Liu escapes the Department, only to be scooped up by a sinister stranger who claims to be her father Meanwhile, Patricia decides to strike out on her own rather than accept a job offer from the Department, assuming she can get them to accept her decision O Scaly Night Patricia gives a man the sort of present only a nigh indestructible lizard woman can The Right Thing With Cindy having agreed a deal to work with the Department, Patricia thinks her quest to track her friend down is over Until Cindy mysteriously disappears from her room.Bryant opens the collection with a short introduction that places each story within th
This is a fun book that gives insight into the characters of the three book series They are short stories that intersperse with the timeline of the novels Since I like to read books in order I would recommend having this offering available at the start of reading the series and jump in to read these stories as they fit into the timeline The author has a helpful explanation for where they fit at the beginning of the book That said I did not re