ARC Review: Otto von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi

26533975Original Title: Otto von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves

Year Published: 2015

Published by: Curiosity Quills Press (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 264

First Sentence: 

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is the story of two criminal masterminds who can conquer anything except their own feelings. Otto Von Trapezoid is a mad scientist who rules an army of robots from his orbital space station. Angry and grumpy, he sees no value in humanity except becoming their ruler. Esmerelda Santa Monica is the stylish self-proclaimed “Empress of Thieves,” who values her own legend and the thrill of the theft over actual wealth. Both live lonely lives, the desire to become the greatest villains of all time primarily on their minds

When the two meet in simultaneous attempts to blackmail the UN, their instincts are to attempt to kill one another, but soon they discover a mutual attraction that neither thought possible. Once they begin to pool their resources, the pair seems on track to become the most successful evil-doers of all time and set out to conquer the world itself. But what happens when their villainous natures emerge, and both realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth? Can either be satisfied with being second to another?

To make matters worse, they must deal with the protestations of Otto’s sidekick robot SCRAP, the meddling of their fellow villains, their families, and worst of all, heroic superspy Jake Indestructible is determined to bring them both down, once and for all.

Filled with robot dinosaurs, exploding dinner parties, and villainous poker games, OTTO VON TRAPEZOID AND THE EMPRESS OF THIEVES is a hilarious sci-fi comedy that will leave you falling in love with the bad guys!

My thoughts:

This book was so much fun to read! I was literally giggling my way through most of it. It took me ages to read, though, which was mostly because I was in the middle of a reading slump when I started reading this.

There are so many references in this book that are hilarious. For example, there is a super hilarious reference to the Star Wars prequel trilogy (you’ll have to read it to find out what it is). The plot itself is over the top, but in a way where you can tell it’s satire and appreciate it for it. The references and the exaggerations are not dumb, they are classy and very entertaining. The characters are of course also over the top and every stereotype you can think of when thinking of villains and heroes. Otto is the typical scientist, super smart and great with robots, but when it comes to humans he is very lost. Esmeralda is the gorgeous thief that can steal the Louvre with ease (no, I’m not kidding). The hero, Jake Indestructible, is the biggest mortal superhero to ever hero. Blow him up and he still comes back. He is the perfect example of how extremely ludicrous all action movies

The characters are of course also over the top and every stereotype you can think of when thinking of villains and heroes. Otto is the typical scientist, super smart and great with robots, but when it comes to humans he is very lost. Esmeralda is the gorgeous thief that can steal the Louvre with ease (no, I’m not kidding). The hero, Jake Indestructible, is the biggest mortal superhero to ever hero. Blow him up and he still comes back. He is the perfect example of how extremely ludicrous all action movie heroes are. If you are punched you don’t shrug it off as easily as all people in action movies do.

This book is the perfect satire of all superhero and supervillain types there are out there.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, it was good fun.

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