Dave LeCompte (really) (tsmaster) wrote,
Dave LeCompte (really)

Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

Have you noticed that it's mostly novels that have to name their classification on the front cover? I haven't seen "Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Practical Domestic Pets: A Work of Non-Fiction" or "Windows Vista For Dummies: A Book of Poetry".

In any case, I just read a novel (if the cover is to be believed) about superheroes and supervillains. CoreFire has gone missing, Doctor Impossible has broken out of prison, and The Champions are bringing on some new talent. Alternate chapters are told by Doctor Impossible (the smartest villain alive) and Fatale (a cyborg hero who's not sure she's ready for the job).

The Dr. Impossible chapters tell enough of his backstory to make him an almost sympathetic character - I didn't find myself rooting for him to win, but I'm glad he didn't die, either.

Similarly, the Fatale chapters made the travails of living with a half-robot body seem authentic, down to the blinking clock display in her left eye that she can't figure out how to turn off.

I strongly recommend this book to all my friends that enjoyed X-Men, Batman, Heroes or is in grad school.

Oh, huh - I just noticed my chosen icon for this post comes from The Tick, yet another Superhero influence. One thing I liked both about The Tick and SIWBI is the imaginative names for the supers. Chairface Chippendale, The Mighty Bulb, and Anne de Siecle, to name a few.

Why are you still reading this? Go, read a book!

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