By Ben Thompson
From sex-crazed gods to starving monsters, Ben Thompson brings mythical titans to existence 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 ladies who launched into insane adventures, played awesome feats of exceptional awesomeness, and overcame all odds to violently smite their foes into bloody pulp. In Badass: The beginning 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 within 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 amazing hair, who beaten the skulls of giants with a ridiculously large hammer
An Anglo-Saxon hero so hardcore he may possibly 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 intensely embodiment of badass
From Publishers Weekly
In his first publication, Badass, Thompson, author of the website badassoftheweek.com, all for 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 offers targeted and adrenaline-fueled screeds on forty characters "whose tales of ball-crushing conquest are nonetheless remarkable adequate to make even the tamest readers are looking to take hold of up a sword and pass trying to find dragon meat." matters comprise 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 surgeon Who ("these murderous, automatic salt-shakers are vile constructs of natural evil"). thankfully, the publication contains 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, acting 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 due to the fact 2004, and has written funny history-related columns for shops reminiscent of Cracked, Fangoria, Penthouse, and the yankee Mustache Institute. even supposing he's by no means flown a jetpack over the Atlantic Ocean or punched somebody so difficult that his head exploded, he's thought of via many to be the world's most appropriate specialist on badassitude. His first e-book, Badass, used to be published in 2009.
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