In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.
©1986, 2010 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The collection of stories provide an eclectic view of a reality where superheroes are real and there is science to explain it. Many views of related subject matter, common protagonists, and circumstances varied by time make for an interesting view of the "what could have been" where means are by turns the new downtrodden and the new elite. Very well narrated, the excellent production make what are at times using time shifts and thematic leaps easier to follow.
I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.
It would be near the top in terms of anthology. For most of the book, it blended the stories well and managed to link them in a well structured fashion.
To some, the book, on a whole is a wonderful collection fit for a PG-13 audience. But there are excpetions, two stories in particular have dark sexual bent that is out of sync with the rest of the book and can be skipped over with little loss
Possibly the Melinda Snodgrass tale of the Blythe, it shares a sense of intimacy with the characters that is different in style from much of the book, but dives deeply into the character of Blythe and Dr. Tachyon in ways seldom achieved in the book.
These are the stories of your Heroes.
The book's first third is the absolute height of storytelling, it never truly gets bad, but this is short fiction writing at its best. The civil rights elements are well done, and were the story "Strings" to lose the focus on the violent sexual abuse, it would be a bright light into the understanding of the characters, as written the concept was a disturbing distraction from an otherwise intriguing tale.
A collection of stories has stronger stories and worse stories.
This one has an awesome frame story and strong in-between moments written by the guy that wrote Game of Thrones.
It is a strong collection in my opinion because it is alternative historical fiction with a fantasy bent. As an alternative history, it's very interesting. Plus, I can't resist professionally written transformation stories. They're my favorite.
For adults who never wanted to leave comic books behind, and for SF fans willing to try out a new style of writing, this is an imaginative collection of related stories read by a gifted narrator who took all the nuances seriously.
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