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The Shootout Solution

Book 1, Genrenauts - Genrenauts Episode 1

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When Stories Break, You Send in the Genrenauts.
Struggling stand-up comic Leah Tang is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the Genrenauts, a secret organization of dimensional travelers. Leah learns that our world is just one of many, and every other world is the home of a story genre — Science Fiction or Romance, Fantasy or Western — populated by archetypal characters and constantly playing out familiar stories.

The Genrenauts’ mission: find and fix broken stories. If they fail, the ripples from the story worlds will cause havoc and devastation on their home world.

Leah joins the team as they travel to Western World to stop a bandit posse on the rampage. But the Western's hero isn't interested in winning, and the safety of Earth hangs in the balance...

The first episode of the exciting science fiction novella series. If you like Leverage, Redshirts, or Quantum Leap, check out Genrenauts for a brand-new adventure.


"If you like the TV show Leverage or the books of Jasper Fforde, Genrenauts is absolutely the series for you. Exploring genre tropes while saving the world has never been more fun." — Between the Covers

"Who hasn't wanted to imagine themselves parachuting into a story gone wrong and putting it back on track? It's storytelling as heroism, genre savviness as power. Endless fun. Catnip for genre geeks." — Marie Brennan, World Fantasy nominated author of A Natural History of Dragons

“A clever, exciting, and seriously fun twist on portal fantasy that sends a geeky stand-up comedian into the Wild West. Sign me up to be a Genrenaut, too!” —Delilah S. Dawson, author of the Blud series and Hit

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From Publishers Weekly

16 November 2015 – Underwood (Hexomancy) launches the Genrenauts series of novellas with this disappointing episod. The story is occasionally entertaining, but it's undercut by a plot both slight and trite, and a narrative voice too obsessed with snarky pop culture references to allow the story to grow. Leah Tang is an aspiring and generally unsuccessful stand-up comic. After a disastrous performance in which she digresses into a rant about her background as a young genre fan, she's approached by Dr. Angstrom King, a comparative literature professor. He explains that there are alternate worlds, each dedicated to fictional genres, and when things go wrong in those worlds, they affect Earth drastically. His team the Genrenauts goes in to fix things, and he wants Leah to join them. It's an entertaining enough concept, and the diverse cast of characters is a nice change of pace. Alas, the clich s of genre literature are a little too on point, and Underwood neglects to twist or undermine them. The meta-trope of Leah as a chosen one never goes anywhere, and her excessive need to highlight pop-culture references distracts from the story itself. There's potential for growth, but not much incentive for readers to return.

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The Shootout Solution
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: 17 November 2015
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Print Length: 164 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Genrenauts
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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