Soon I Will Be Invincible
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 tra...more
I will grant that there is some amusement to be found in Dr. Impossible's story. His wry, matter-of fact viewpoint is often entertaining, and the telling of a comic book tale fr...more
When I first saw this on the shelf, my mind raced frantically back to the long cardboard boxes of comic books that I still keep stored up in the attic, each comic tucked safely away into a plastic sleeve to protect its "value"--a concept that my incredulous wife mockingl...more
"This morning on planet Earth, there are 1,686 enhanced, gifted, or otherwise superpowered persons. 678 use their powers to fight crime, while 441 use their powers to commit them. 44 are currently confined in Special Containment Facilities for enhanced criminals. Of these last, it is interesting to note that an unusually high proportion have IQs of 300 or more -- eighteen to be exact. Including me....more
Anyhoo, mix a bit of Hancock, and some of Disney's Sky High Academy, with a *big* helping of Mike Myers' Dr Evil and you've got some idea of the fun of this book. I'll leave the plot synopsis to others, but I really enjoyed the viewpoint of the main...more
This book is that bad. Really.
It's so bad, I wonder what's wrong with someone that they could actually like this book. I know, that's a really mean thing to say, but if you read this book and it doesn't make you feel like the world just got a little darker and more dreary, I challenge that you aren't actually a human being, but probably some sort of text scanning utility maintained by a B...more
What makes a hero? Or, more interestingly, what makes a villain? Better: what drives them?
Every hero and villain has an origin story. But the better story is not how they were made; it's what they've become, where they're going and why.
I'm not really a co...more
Update upon finishing: I really wanted to like this book, but it never gelled for me. Too much jumping around from flashback to current timeline to hints dropped about the future, and the charact...more
It has the following great quote on superherodom:
"Your powers are what you always have with you. It’s one piece of knowledge we all share here. No matter how many dossiers the government keeps on you, no matter what data your enemies have collected, no one knows your powers the way you do. Everyone has seen them on TV. For everyone else, it’s a momentary fantasy. They don’t have to take them into the kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedro...more
A superhero novel that switches narrative viewpoints b/w supervillain and new superhero. It is more melancholy and internal than comic/action-packed, though all those aspects are present.
Had following emotional reaction
15% - admiration for Grossman's approach to these old themes
15% - amusement at cleverness
15% - outright snickering
20% - sadness
25% - not reacting because nothing t...more
Grossman's uber-abled characters struggle emotionally and physically with their own abilities and limitations. None of that is parti...more
The Bad: While there is a very strong in depth view of Dr. Impossible and his world -- where he...more
So, such a review might came across as damning.
Damning is certainly not the intent.
Soon I will be invincible took me a long time I read. It isn't a dense or complex book and at 287 pages it isn't a lengthy book. It took me a long ti...more
I adored this novel - devouring most of it on a flight home. Chapters alternate between Doctor Invincible, a has-been villan on his way back up to the top, and Fatale, the newbie good guy who has everything to prove. Each character presents their own thoughts on...more
Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel alternates between two narrators--the evil villain, who is supposed to provide the book's comic relief; and the new heroine,...more
La novela tiene como protagonistas a un veterano supervillano ultra inteligente y a una cíborg novata en el mundo de los superhéroes.
Es bastante divertido ver el punto de vista del supervillano, con el que no puedes evitar empatizar mientras va recordando escenas de su creación y fechorías anteriores.
La cíborg es algo menos interesante, pero está muy bien su punto de vista de casi intrusa dentro del mayor grupo de superhéroes.
The "Aren't superheroes screwed up." stuff was done much better in Watchmen and about a million other books, and the supervillian who is always a day late and a buck short was stolen wholesale and half as well from The Monarch in The Venture Brothers.
The story does offer some chuckles and twists, but it doesn't build to anything, and the big twist doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
I found it kind of disappointing, but overall kind of enjoyable. Austin Grossman tries to bring a more human face to the world of superheroics (and supervillainy), and if you haven't read a comic book since 1975, you might be surprised at this. I don't think he does an especially stunning job in thi...more
Austin Grossman, Berkeley grad student, game designer, and comic-book connoisseur, offers a fresh take on the hidden realm of contemporary superheroes. Critics compare the novel favorably to Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, the prime-time, sci-fi soap opera Heroes, and the animated big-screen hit The Incredibles. Although the plot and Grossman's sense of humor wear thin for some critics, Soon I Will Be Invincible is certainly a worthwhile diversion, a flight of fancy with heart, and the p...more
Narration bounces back and forth between Dr. Impossible (the fourth smartest mad scientist on Earth) and Fatale, a half woman/half cyborg who has recently been recruited to join The Champions, Earth's greatest team of heroes...when they're not arguing amongst themselves.
The story itself is predictable, but it's the characters that keep things interesting. Specifically, t...more
He has since contributed as a writer and designer to a number of critically acclaimed video games, such as ULTIMA UNDERWORLD II, SYSTEM SHOCK, DEUS EX, and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND, and has taught and lectured on narrative in video gam...more