By Ben Thompson
From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to lifestyles in stories of experience, bloodlust, and unrelenting badassitude.
because the starting of human historical past humans have created myths, tall stories, superheroes, and arch-villains—men and girls who launched into insane adventures, played impressive feats of unprecedented awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The start of a Legend, Ben Thompson compiles those fantastical stories from the start of time to at the present time and tells them within the thoroughly over-the-top demeanour during which they have been meant, together with:
The Indian god-king who led a military of monkeys opposed to the King of All Demons
The Viking god of thunder and extraordinary hair, who overwhelmed the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer
An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he may perhaps arm-wrestle monsters' joints out in their sockets
The hate-filled literary behemoth who obliterated send hulls together with his face
The Norse necromancer queen who summoned a horde of zombie berserkers
Dirty Harry Callahan
The prototypical modern day antihero and extremely embodiment of badass
From Publishers Weekly
In his first ebook, Badass, Thompson, author of the website badassoftheweek.com, serious about warlords, samurai, pirates, and gunfighters who really existed; during this follow-up, he turns to mythological badasses all through background. From Anubis and Zeus to Capt. James T. Kirk and Godzilla, Thompson provides distinct and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless striking sufficient to make even the tamest readers are looking to clutch up a sword and move looking for dragon meat." matters contain El Chupacabra ("this freakadelic ass-reaming spawn of Satan"); Diomedes ("the wanton slaughter of faceless jobbers is simply the start of awesomeness"); and, in a long-overdue tribute, the Daleks from general practitioner Who ("these murderous, computerized salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the publication comprises badass girls in addition to males, and Thompson's overheated prose rises even additional whilst describing the Indian goddess Kali: "When she's now not eating the entrails of the gods, getting under the influence of alcohol on human blood, appearing her Dance of Annihilation... she shoots blood out of her mouth like a fireplace hose... she's pretty well the main completely steel being ever." (Mar.)
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About the Author
Ben Thompson has run the warhammer of an internet site badassoftheweek.com for the reason that 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for shops similar to Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yank Mustache Institute. even if he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched an individual so challenging that his head exploded, he's thought of via many to be the world's most desirable specialist on badassitude. His first publication, Badass, was once published in 2009.
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