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Monday, March 16, 2015

"Lois Lane: A Real Work of Art" by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane: A Real Work of Art 
(an official teaser short story)
Gwenda Bond 
CapstoneSwitch Press
Here's a stroke of bookmaking genius: telling Lois Lane's story. In Gwenda Bond's capable hands, the character takes on new life as a girl detective. The story is billed as "an official teaser short story for the young adult novel LOIS LANE: FALLOUT that takes place before Lois moves to Metropolis. FALLOUT is forthcoming from Switch Press in May 2015."

This short work is available online here. It relates how Lois Lane, who is supposed to be an art prodigy, feels out of her depth in art class. However, she stumbles upon a clue that will help resolve a crime. There's also a cute reference at the story's finale if you don't read it too quickly as I nearly did.

The tale is described as a teaser, which it does well, hinting at the novel to come. The story itself is perhaps too quickly resolved, but one does sense something of Lane's character, a smart and sometimes witty YA detective. Fans of Veronica Mars, take note.

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