Science Fiction

Honey and Salt

Honey and Salt by David Perlmutter

Format: Kindle

Date of publication:  2017

Size:  343 kb [ Kindle format – print length is 138 pages ]

Genre: Superhero fiction


This book is available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format. I am reviewing the Kindle book. It was easy to read and very well written.

If you are okay with strong violence throughout the book (which every superhero story contains) then you will embark upon a mesmerizing journey with Olivia (actually Captain Fantastic) and her rise to her rightful status within a group of great girl superheroes.

The characters are very colorful and memorable and well educated and articulate. The story is also a parable about how the world got into a mess and about what lengths that determined “players” i.e., people will go to in order to restore balance.

I found the plot easy to follow and the stories of self-belief and redemption came through. The superhero’s journeys are juxtaposed against their every day lives as mere mortals, which I find interesting and entertaining.

The meaning of honey and salt is clearly made apparent by the end of the story. It has nothing to do with cooking. It’s a metaphor for the vagaries of life with both sweeteners and pain.

Perlmutter’s novella covers friendship, girl power and superheros in a story of nonstop action. The concepts and humor are best embraced by older readers, i.e., late teens and above. There are many serious issues covered by the plot.

Altogether the story is very creative and fun to read (if you don’t mind the violence) because of the brilliant characters, such as Muscle Girl (and of course the fledgling Captain Fantastic).

If you are looking for a romping plot about global neighborhood girls, their hidden heroic exploits, and the twists and turns leading to them saving the world, with amazing original characters, and a lot of intellectual dialogue, this book is a good one to read. You can imagine it being a movie as you read it.

Some reviewers opine that the book is clunky with the written expression varying between young adult and older. I think that if you focus on the characters and the plot, that if that is so, it doesn’t matter.

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball (Chupa Cabra House), The Pups (, Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing) Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville Press, forthcoming), and The Encyclopedia of American Animated Cartoon Series (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).

You can find more of his works on his Amazon site to read.

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