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ISBN13: 9780307279866
ISBN10: 0307279863
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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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Virginia Spatz, September 15, 2011 (view all comments by Virginia Spatz)
Just want to note that you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book. I am not a comic book fan. Not a supervillain or superhero either, but definitely understood their struggles. Both voices of the narrative are compelling and funny.
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Alfred Ritter, September 8, 2011 (view all comments by Alfred Ritter)
This is great book, but be warned. It is written by a comic book nerd for other comic book nerds. If you are one, say Huzzah! and proceed. If not, look elsewhere. The book tells the story of a group of heroes not unlike the Avengers or the JLA as they face off against a recently escaped supervillain.

If it was just that it could be little different from a comic book. Thankfully it is much more. For one, it is a fun send-up of the genre. There are references, jokes and allusions aplenty. Grossman also does a nice job poking fun at comic book standards, like the ritualized banter between hero and villain.

There is also a real exploration of the emotional character of the main villain and a new cyborg member of the hero team. We see the villain as the revenge seeking outcast nerd he is and the vulnerabilities of a 400 pound part human machine that can't really find a place in normal society.

It's worth noting that Austin Grossman's twin brother is Lev Grossman author of the similarly genre tweaking The Magicians. Lev's book is more provocative, meaning it might hit you harder than this book, or it could drive you crazy. Soon I Will Be Invincible is closer to its source material, escapist pleasure, but of a high order.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279866
Author:
Grossman, Austin
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Price, Daniel
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:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 624 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307279866 Reviews:
"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 ,
Without warning, the world comes to an end. The sky looms frigid white. The electric grid falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground.

Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light, and everything and everyone are gone—except for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from destruction by three fearsome and powerful beings, the Given sisters suddenly find themselves elsewhere: a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.

Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world—a mordant cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had, and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them—before time runs out.

"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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