Over the years, he's tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, using 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. A fungus army. An army of fish. Of rodents. Aliens. 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 for 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 notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil.
©2007 Austin Grossman; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"The realm of comic book heroes and villains gets a dose of realism in this whimsical debut....Grossman dabbles in a host of themes - power, greed, fame, the pitfalls of ego...broadening the appeal of an already inviting scenario." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
It is definitely among the top 10 of the top 100 books I've listened to.
I loved the evil of Dr. Impossible and the voice acting of Paul Boehmer in that part. He really brought the character to life.
Absolutely...I didn't want to turn it off but there was homework to be done.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I don't know how I ended up with this book but I liked it. It's a super-hero book but is not childish or silly like I expected. It actually looks at characters and their motivations from a mature perspective. If it weren't for the supernatural talents the characters have, it could have been like a traditional thriller with well-developed characters.
I think that's the surprising part of it all: how believable the characters were in a book that has characters who have unbelievable abilities. And the moral isn't as light as one would think, coming from a comic book.
The narration is excellent. There are two main characters, each with their own narrator, and they were perfect for their roles: supervillain complete with the evil cackle and a thread of goodness wanting out and superhero with emotional issues and a hero-worship complex.
What a great idea! It is action packed, clever and very funny at times. The characters are great, as are their relationships. The narrators do a great job. I think this may be one of the most fun things I have ever read. Bravo!
Okay, we live in an age where Superhero movies are taken seriously, so it's no surprise that superhero novels-- other than the ones based on the movies, or based on the comics-- can exist now.
But what's really great is that there is a real story here, with, y'know, plot, character, backstory, suspense, and whatnot.... while at the same time there's a lot of great jabs at the clich?s of superhero stories.
This book was fun. Grossman does a great job humanizing the superheroes and villains. It's great getting the characters inner thoughts as they're getting thrown through walls or trying to impress the others (usually to no avail). The narrators do a great job as well.
What a great listen. The character development is superb. The use of dual narrators is an excellent touch for this book. Sarcasm, wit, and mutterings of total disdain are often hard to convey through written words. That makes this audiobook such a treat. The narrators convey the feelings of the characters and they keep the sarcasm biting and the wit sharp.
I don't write many reviews but I do listen to a lot of audio books and I think this was one of the best I've ever listened to. Both narrators were excellent, one telling the story from a new heroine's perspective and the other from the villan's. The main characters had real depth despite the stereotypical superhero environment of the book.
This was a fun audiobook to listen to the story moves along at a fast pace and has many humorous moments throughout.Authur Grossman's story revolves around supervillian Dr.Impossible who starts the story imprisioned and he dosen't like it at all as he calls himself the smartest man in the world he can't wait to enact his next plan on taking over the world. The good guys who work to catch and stop Dr.Impossible in his plot are the champions with new member Fatale who has a fascinating story of her own .The narrators Paul Boehmer as the voice of Dr. Impossible brings to life the arrogance ,wittiness and evilness of the character . I especially enjoyed his narration of the final battle. Colleen Marlo does a good job also as the voice of Fatale she perfectly captures the alienation and outsider feel of Fatale . This story has an old style feel to it like the old radio Superman shows there is even musicalal introductions to each chapter a neat touch to me . Give this a listen you don't need to necessarily have any knowledge of comic book history or characters even though there are lots of comic references .
The actual plot was short. The book could have been 75% shorter than what it was. The main story was spectacular. I, however, was not entertained by the expository style. Present tense action was submerged in volumes of what has gone before. Including several repeated facts. I found myself not caring for them. Who are they now? What motivates them now? I enjoyed hearing Dr. Impossible’s story. The long version of a villian’s origin story. That alone would have been great (the fact I thought Dr. Impossible was a whiney punk aside), but the real story, the one that was being told was the actual caper. I didn’t need to know every single hero’s origin story in excruciating detail. Just tell me the story. Or change the story to be the biography of Dr. Impossible. The performances were okay. And the story was okay. I’ve read a few Hero Stories and heard “Hero” and so far this is my least favorite. By far.
If you are at all a fan of the classic superhero vs. supervillain motif from the good ol' days of comic books and superhero cartoons, this is a great book to pickup and listen to. Told from two opposing perspectives of a superhero and a supervillain, it's a great revisit to the classic motif of the supervillain who wants to take over the world versus the superheroes who ALWAYS manage to defeat him. The chapters that follow the villain, Doctor Impossible, are by far the best parts of the book allowing you to really get inside the head of the bad guy, where he came from, what his motives are, how he feels when he gets punched by the hero, etc. It's a rarity to get such a well-written and well-rounded view into the mind of the archcriminal with enough humor and all-out fun to keep it light and interesting. Boehmer's voice was perfectly chosen for Doctor Impossible and his performance is superb, reminding me time and again of Will Farrell in "Mastermind," a close parallel to this story. Grossman has created a world of heroes with flaws (as they all should have) that is as much fun to explore as listening to the villain explore why he does what he does, what he thinks of all these crazy people in tights, and just how he'll win this time as opposed to the 100 other times he lost. To me, it's amazing these flawed heroes manage to win as often as they do in Grossman's world, just as much as it surprises me that someone as brilliant as Doctor Impossible has lost in some of the battles he did. Even still, the world, the story and the insights you get into the heroic and villain minds is a fun and enjoyable ride that makes the book a great read.
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