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ISBN13: 9780375424861
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You don't have to have action figures on your desk to appreciate Austin Grossman's novel Soon I Will Be Invincible. Sure, superheroes and supervillains clash on a galactic scale, but it's not all about fighting for Truth and Justice. The reader gets an inside look at the softer side of life behind the mask. Funny, fast-paced, and well written — you cannot go wrong with this book. I guarantee that you will be inspired to design your own villainous lair or crime-fighting logo, depending on your mood.
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Doctor Impossible — evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator — languishes in a federal detention facility. He's lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.

Over the years he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable: doomsday devices of all varieties (nuclear, thermonuclear, nanotechnological) and mass mind control. He's traveled backwards in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He's commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. Fungus army. Army of fish. Of rodents. Alien invasions. All failures. But not this time. This time it's going to be different...

Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built to be the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, we watch as Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a thrilling first novel; a fantastical adventure that gives new meaning to the notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil.

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"The realm of comic book heroes and villains gets a dose of realism in this whimsical debut from game design consultant Grossman. The story shifts between the perspectives of Doctor Impossible, a brilliant scientist turned world's greatest menace, and Fatale, a lonely cyborg and the newest addition to the venerable group of heroes known as the Champions. Though he's been out of commission for a while, Doctor Impossible hatches a scheme to knock the planet out of orbit ('As the Earth grows colder, my power becomes apparent, and the nations submit,' he reasons). Meanwhile, Champions leader Corefire goes missing, and Fatale has to learn the ropes of superherodom as the conventional climactic showdown (at Doctor Impossible's secret lair) draws near. However fantastical, the characters (including a 'genetic metahuman' and 'an elite fairy guard') are thoughtfully portrayed, with Fatale — stuck in a perpetual existential crisis — bemused over the Champions' purpose, and Doctor Impossible wondering 'whether the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life.' Grossman dabbles in a host of themes — power, greed, fame, the pitfalls of ego — in this engrossing page-turner, broadening the appeal of an already inviting scenario. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Since the end of the golden age of comic books in the mid-1950s, the industry has continued to reinvent itself by exploring one simple question: What would a superhero world look like if it were real? This was the major impetus behind the rise of Marvel comics in the 1960s and "70s, as well as the darker, more sobering visions presented in the "80s with Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Austin Grossman has a superpower himself — it's called writing. This book is a new, winning, smart and funny way of interpreting our world. It's terrific." Douglas Coupland, author of JPod and Generation X

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"Grossman's book is frothy fun with an undercurrent of sadness and a surprisingly human universality." Chicago Sun-Times

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"[A] full-on spoof that conjures a pantheon of cyborgs, aliens, fairies, magicians and zeta-beam-obsessed scientists." Los Angeles Times

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"[A] fresh, warm take on comic books, science fiction and pop culture." St. Petersburg Times

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"Soon I Will Be Invincible succeeds for the same reason NBC has racked up ratings for Heroes and comic books have such devoted followings. The characters may be superheroes, but the stories showcase their humanity." Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

Austin Grossman is a video-game design consultant and a doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he specializes in Romantic and Victorian literature. He lives in Berkeley.

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pandora, February 4, 2008 (view all comments by pandora)
Fantastic comic novel about the quodian lives of superheros and supervillans. In the gleeful but knowing tone of "the Incredibles", "Soon I will be invincible" takes you inside the internal lives of the superpowered demonstrating that everyone has insecurities and problems (even if some of us are trying to hide the heat signature of our first nuclear reactor...) I didn't read comic books as a kid but this makes me think I may have been missing out
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Jonathan, July 19, 2007 (view all comments by Jonathan)
A fun take on the superhero genre, not quite as deep as Alan Moore's Watchmen, but a good prose version. Told by Doctor Impossible, evil genius, and Fatale, a cyborg superhero. Not always spectacular, but pretty clever and worth a read.
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eggofthedead, May 2, 2007 (view all comments by eggofthedead)
First of all, great cover! I grabbed it right away out of the endless stack of review copies. Second of all, great first chapter! Had to be to keep me from grabbing something else off the aforementioned stack. The chapters introducing the two lead characters are available to read online and everyone I've pointed to them has clamored for more. Mind you, I know a LOT of geeks. Finally, it just kept going with engaging, unique characters and an hilarious three-dimensional look into a way of life usually revealed in flat persepctive in the world of comic books. I'll be handselling the heck out of it to fans of comics like the X-Men, books like World War Z and films like Mystery Men.

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Title Wave Books
Anchorage, AK
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424861
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Grossman, Austin
Publisher:
Pantheon
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Heroes
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24x6.41x1.09 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

You don't have to have action figures on your desk to appreciate Austin Grossman's novel Soon I Will Be Invincible. Sure, superheroes and supervillains clash on a galactic scale, but it's not all about fighting for Truth and Justice. The reader gets an inside look at the softer side of life behind the mask. Funny, fast-paced, and well written — you cannot go wrong with this book. I guarantee that you will be inspired to design your own villainous lair or crime-fighting logo, depending on your mood.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The realm of comic book heroes and villains gets a dose of realism in this whimsical debut from game design consultant Grossman. The story shifts between the perspectives of Doctor Impossible, a brilliant scientist turned world's greatest menace, and Fatale, a lonely cyborg and the newest addition to the venerable group of heroes known as the Champions. Though he's been out of commission for a while, Doctor Impossible hatches a scheme to knock the planet out of orbit ('As the Earth grows colder, my power becomes apparent, and the nations submit,' he reasons). Meanwhile, Champions leader Corefire goes missing, and Fatale has to learn the ropes of superherodom as the conventional climactic showdown (at Doctor Impossible's secret lair) draws near. However fantastical, the characters (including a 'genetic metahuman' and 'an elite fairy guard') are thoughtfully portrayed, with Fatale — stuck in a perpetual existential crisis — bemused over the Champions' purpose, and Doctor Impossible wondering 'whether the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life.' Grossman dabbles in a host of themes — power, greed, fame, the pitfalls of ego — in this engrossing page-turner, broadening the appeal of an already inviting scenario. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Austin Grossman has a superpower himself — it's called writing. This book is a new, winning, smart and funny way of interpreting our world. It's terrific."
"Review" by , "Grossman's book is frothy fun with an undercurrent of sadness and a surprisingly human universality."
"Review" by , "[A] full-on spoof that conjures a pantheon of cyborgs, aliens, fairies, magicians and zeta-beam-obsessed scientists."
"Review" by , "[A] fresh, warm take on comic books, science fiction and pop culture."
"Review" by , "Soon I Will Be Invincible succeeds for the same reason NBC has racked up ratings for Heroes and comic books have such devoted followings. The characters may be superheroes, but the stories showcase their humanity."
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