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Cover Launch: EMPEROR MOLLUSK vs. THE SINISTER BRAIN by A. Lee Martinez

Like I was saying when I posted the Chasing the Moon wallpapers, I love that Will Staehle’s covers really work together to give the author a cohesive look and feel, but they work as the stand-alone stories they are. I thought Monster was my favorite…until this one came in. A squid riding a body with a suit and tie! I mean come on, that’s hilarious. And the squid has a crown. And the back cover art is pretty fab too, just wait and see. So here’s another great one, to look and and to read, for a tale of intergalactic politics and a galaxy-wide scourge…who just might be sick of keeping up his reputation.

And really, the best reading line i’ve put on a title in a long time. “He came, he squirmed, he conquered!” ha!

Here’s a teaser, and all A. Lee Martinez’s covers together after the jump…


Emperor Mollusk.

 Intergalactic Menace.  Destroyer of Worlds.  Conqueror of Other Worlds.  Mad Genius.  Ex-Warlord of Earth.

Not bad for a guy without a spine.

But what’s a villain to do after he’s done . . . everything.  With no new ambitions, he’s happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he’d prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science.  Just as a hobby, of course.

Retirement isn’t easy though.  If the boredom doesn’t get him, there’s always the Venusians.  Or the Saturnites.  Or the Mercurials.  Or . . . well, you get the idea.  If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s also the assassins of a legendary death cult and an up-and-coming megalomaniac (as brilliant as he is bodiless) who have marked Emperor for their own nefarious purposes.  But Mollusk isn’t about to let the Earth slip out of his own tentacles and into the less capable clutches of another.  So it’s time to dust off the old death ray and come out of retirement.  Except this time, he’s not out to rule the world.  He’s out to save it from the peril of THE SINISTER BRAIN!

 A. Lee Martinez is back with another strange adventure–a comic tale of a conquering space squid, his pet ultrapede, and needlessly complicated fiendish plots. ……


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  1. Jamie (Mithril Wisdom)

    September 13, 2011
    at 1:50 am

    I adore those covers! I’ve been missing some speculative-comedy recently, I think this will be the one to fill the void :D

  2. kturner

    March 11, 2012
    at 6:56 am

    Why did they chance the text from a pretty good “He Came, He Squirmed, He Conquered” to the much lamer “With Great Power Comes Great Hilarity”?

  3. JD

    July 8, 2012
    at 3:11 pm

    I loved this book! When I finished this book I reread it, not because I missed important details or did not understand the plot. My actions were completely based on the fact that this book, Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain, was a very very good book. I would love to read more stories about The Ex-Warlord of Terra.
    From cover art to plot, this book reigns superior to countless other books.

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