Soon I will be invincible

I just read Aaron Grossman’s novel Soon I Will Be Invincible, and I heartily recommend it as an amusing summer read. It would be perfect for a long trip (sorry I didn’t write this post in time for everyone going to OLS). It’s set in a world where super-powers exist, and interleaves first person chapters narrated by Doctor Impossible (a super-villian, “The Smartest Man in The World”) and Fatale (a rookie superhero, “The Next Generation of Warfare”).

Grossman strikes a nice balance by taking everything seriously enough to capture what’s great about superhero comics, while slipping in enough sly jokes to keep things light. For example, the book starts with Doctor Impossible in jail, and it turns out that the authorities have decided he’s not an evil genius–he just suffers from Malign Hypercognition Disorder.

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