Monday Book Review: Paradox by Lee Nilsen

Paradox edited by Lee Nilsen



This is a very special book to me. It is a collaboration that I was invited to participate in. The book is nearly 400 pages long and filled with stories, poems, and musings centered around the “imperfect” hero motif (I dislike the term “imperfect” as I find nothing at all imperfect about these great guys!)

The other great thing about this book is that the majority of the proceeds from the eBook go to a charity called, which helps people with spinal cord injuries to reclaim their lives, particularly through sporting events.

The Good:

A couple of the stories in here are long enough to be their own stand alone novellas! My favorite is The Best Friend by Annabelle.  She has a classic chick lit voice in her writing and it makes it so delightful. Her characters are well drawn and distinct, and her female main character is easy to relate to! She’s a girl who works hard to maintain a particular appearance, afraid that people will not like her if she isn’t polished all the time.

She has a weakness for gorgeous men who take her for granted. When she starts dating Jude, who is rude and not particularly into her, it’s his best friend, Will, that Libby becomes close to. Will becomes a best friend to her as well. It’s hard for her to see how much better it is to be with Will, who loves her with her hair in a ponytail wearing sweatpants and playing video games.

The Bad:

Since there are so many different authors, the stories can be hit or miss. There are some I love and others I don’t really like.

Yummy Hero Factor:

Will in particular is sweet and cute and funny. Ms. Lee has a real way with creating endearing characters. The other heroes in the book are also very sexy.

Great Line:

“I think the world is made up of two kinds of people: those who prefer McDonald’s and those who prefer Burger King. I prefer McDonald’s and Will prefers Burger King. It’s amazing we can even speak to each other.”


You’ll find something to love in this collection! And watch for the sequel, Devoted, a new collection of fiction and non-fiction coming out soon. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s here. I’ll have a short story in the new collection that won’t be available anywhere else.

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  1. Devushka
    May 18, 2012

    I bought this book and read it cover to cover in just a couple of days. My personal favorite was the first story, “Tokyo Story” by Sakura Sakuran. There really is just about something for everyone in this short story anthology, and though the title of the anthology is “Paradox”, it is not limited to stories with paraplegic heroes. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone who is interested in reading stories with … I’m going to use the word non-standard … heroes. 😀

    • RuthMadison
      May 19, 2012

      “non standard” I like it! It really is such a great variety. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to reading the next anthology!

  2. Rebecca
    May 21, 2012

    I enjoyed this book – The Best Friend was also definitely my favorite story. I love her voice. The characters were interesting, and the narrator was funny. Really engaging.

    I’m also happy I was able to help with the editing on Devoted, and can’t wait to see that when it comes out as well!

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