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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Soon I Will Be Invincible

by Austin Grossman

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I wasn't supposed to check anything out at the library. (How often do these entries start out this way?) Well, I was only supposed to be checking out a movie for movie night, when it occurred to me that after all this time, I'd never been in the library's fiction section. I wandered over there and of course ended up checking out two books, even after I'd just been lecturing myself on not meeting my 2013 goals for reading from my to-read shelf. Ooops. But I'd been meaning to read this book for over a year since I'd met Austin in Austin and someone (Penny? Dad?) had grabbed the last copy of Invincible from the shelf at Book People. That should count for something, right?

Invincible was good, but I kept wanting it to reach just a tiny bit farther for greatness. It is a novel of superheroes and villains driven by real people problems. A common enough theme in comics, but the novel format allows for more introspection. The characters were interesting, but so dry that I never had enough empathy for them for the book to really get its hooks into me.

Grossman's next book is still on my to-read list. I want to see where he goes from here. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Another reminder that my husband laughing hysterically at a book won't mean I find it funny, or even particularly like it. I complained to him it was derivative. He said it was purposely derivative. I said it was still tediously boring. He raised an eyebrow at me. I went and ate a cupcake. So all's well that ends well I guess, but still, perhaps don't read this book unless you're into superheroes and the whole Marvel/DC Comics universes. ( )
  evilmoose | Sep 15, 2014 |
Very well read comic book from two points of view that of Dr. Impossible, the super villain, & a young super hero in alternate chapters. The voice of Dr. Impossible is especially good. Instead of avoiding tropes, this book embraces them all, gives us the origins & motivations of each with a fairly twisty ending including a real shocker, but one that made sense. It was a lot of fun & perfect in this format. I don't think it would have read as well in paper, even graphic format, for me. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
It was hard for me to rate this book. It's written in choppy little bits, but does well for itself. The real thing is that it made me sad. The writing provokes an emotional response, and it's surprising to me that I like the book, because the response wasn't excitement or a thrill or intrigue, but melancholy and sadness. This is a very well-written book.

As usual, I didn't care for the swearing. I wish he'd developed some of the characters further, or made room for a sequel. This is an author to keep an eye on.

Alicia, thanks for loaning me the book. ( )
  Tom_Wright | Jun 26, 2014 |
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To my parents, Allen and Judith Grossman
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This morning on planet Earth, there are one thousand, six hundred, and eighty-six enhanced, gifted, or otherwise-superpowered persons.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307279863, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:57 -0400)

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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 backward 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, Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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