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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.

Review:

"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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"This witty debut novel is sure to please fans of Lethem and Chabon and remind you that smart prose can be as vivid as any graphic concoction." Playboy

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"It's a hoot....A delirious, often hilarious story that both satirizes and pays homage to superhero story cliches." Tampa Tribune

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"[Grossman] fully embraces his inner geek; he gives us heroes and villains with a consciously sardonic eye." Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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"Soon I Will Be Invincible doesn't so much play with the clichés of superhero comics as bathe in their pulpy froth." Austin American Statesman

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"Every comic-book cliche in this witty, stunning debut is lovingly embraced, then turned inside out." Wired

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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

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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

Synopsis:

Doctor Impossible — evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator — languishes in a federal detention facility. Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the famous super-team who must act together in the face of unthinkable evil.

Synopsis:

Doctor Impossible—evil genius, would-be world conqueror—languishes in prison. Shuffling through the cafeteria line with ordinary criminals, he wonders if the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life. After all, he's lost every battle he's ever fought. But this prison won't hold him forever.

Fatale—half woman, half high-tech warrior—used to be an unemployed cyborg. Now, she's a rookie member of the world's most famous super-team, the Champions. But being a superhero is not all flying cars and planets in peril—she learns that in the locker rooms and dive bars of superherodom, the men and women (even mutants) behind the masks are as human as anyone.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a wildly entertaining first novel, brimming with attitude and humor—an emotionally resonant look at good and evil, love and loss, power and glory.

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. Visit him online at www.sooniwillbeinvincible.com.

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lukas, December 19, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
For those of us who grew up reading comic books, enjoying sci-fi and other geek pursuits, it's been bittersweet to formerly lonely adolescent boy pursuits become mainstream. Austin Grossman's debut novel is about super heroes and super villains, particularly evil genius Dr. Impossible. Initially, I thought this book would be obnoxious and pleased with itself, like "Ready Player One" and "How To Live Safely in a SF Universe." But it's quite clever and enjoyable, recalling "The Incredibles" (but more grown up) and "Watchmen" (but funnier).
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Norman M. Brenner, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Norman M. Brenner)
A hilarious pastiche of superhero/supervillain adventures. The story is narrated mainly by Dr. Impossible, a reluctant supervillain with issues. The same accident which granted him evil powers also created the world's leading superhero, and he has labored under the latter's shadow ever since. So what if he is currently in prison for life, and his island fortress is sinking into decay under a canopy of jungle lianas? He'll be out before you can say "Shazam!", get it up and running again, and blackmail the whole world to his will (again). Or will he?
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Amy Bruno, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Amy Bruno)
This book is exactly what I wanted. A proper anti-hero that I could really sink my teeth into. Dr. Horrible's singalong blog in story form for the true comic book geek.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279866
Author:
Grossman, Austin
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Subject:
fiction;superheroes;fantasy;science fiction;superhero;humor;novel;comics;sf;supervillains;comic books;cyborgs;evil genius;satire;urban fantasy;adventure;sff;comedy;villains;speculative fiction;heroes;supervillians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.575 lb

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"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 , "This witty debut novel is sure to please fans of Lethem and Chabon and remind you that smart prose can be as vivid as any graphic concoction."
"Review" by , "It's a hoot....A delirious, often hilarious story that both satirizes and pays homage to superhero story cliches."
"Review" by , "[Grossman] fully embraces his inner geek; he gives us heroes and villains with a consciously sardonic eye."
"Review" by , "Soon I Will Be Invincible doesn't so much play with the clichés of superhero comics as bathe in their pulpy froth."
"Review" by , "Every comic-book cliche in this witty, stunning debut is lovingly embraced, then turned inside out."
"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."
"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."
"Synopsis" by , Doctor Impossible — evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator — languishes in a federal detention facility. Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the famous super-team who must act together in the face of unthinkable evil.
"Synopsis" by , Doctor Impossible—evil genius, would-be world conqueror—languishes in prison. Shuffling through the cafeteria line with ordinary criminals, he wonders if the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life. After all, he's lost every battle he's ever fought. But this prison won't hold him forever.

Fatale—half woman, half high-tech warrior—used to be an unemployed cyborg. Now, she's a rookie member of the world's most famous super-team, the Champions. But being a superhero is not all flying cars and planets in peril—she learns that in the locker rooms and dive bars of superherodom, the men and women (even mutants) behind the masks are as human as anyone.

Soon I Will Be Invincible is a wildly entertaining first novel, brimming with attitude and humor—an emotionally resonant look at good and evil, love and loss, power and glory.

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