When I saw this at library, I had to pick it up. The writing was uninspiring, but the plot was entertaining enough to keep me reading. Anderson writesWhen I saw this at library, I had to pick it up. The writing was uninspiring, but the plot was entertaining enough to keep me reading. Anderson writes the characters as their Golden Age selves, which means if you're looking for a more contemporary, more serious take on Superman and Batman, this isn't the tie-in novel you're looking for.
For an alleged "crossover," Anderson heavily favors the Superman cast. Batman's main contribution to the plot is (view spoiler)[ saving Supes so Superman can fly off and save the world. The ending battle should have been a team effort, yet Batman gets taken out of the fight almost instantly. (hide spoiler)] Bats felt more like a supporting character than a main protagonist. Though perhaps this was for the best, as Anderson writes Superman a lot better than he writes Batman. At too many points, Batman read like a caricature of himself. (view spoiler)[The overly melodramatic flashbacks to the night his parents died certainly didn't help this. (hide spoiler)]
Anderson name-drops a few celebrities who were alive during the fifties, but never really puts much effort into convincing his reader this story is set in the past. (Also name-dropping two Batman villains does not true crossover make.) I will admit, though, reading about Marilyn Monroe discussing her opinion of the Batman with Bruce Wayne amused me to no end.
Yet despite these issues, I still enjoyed it. Superman and Batman had some amusing interactions and Alfred, when he appeared, was a treat. The Cold War angle didn't feel too over the top (which was a shock). I loved corporate feuding between LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises. The fact that Luthor was causing problems for both Batman and Bruce Wayne really gave the crossover aspect more weight. And personally, I would love to read a Lex Luthor/Batman crossover without Supes, because Luthor is so different from the Batman's usual antagonists. But I digress.
Overall it was fun, though definitely nothing ground-breaking for DC fans. I liked it, but I wouldn't buy it. If you want to read it, I'd suggest checking your local library for a copy. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
About a year ago, I managed to buy the ARC of this book (despite the fact that it says "advanced reader's copy - not for sale" in big red letters on tAbout a year ago, I managed to buy the ARC of this book (despite the fact that it says "advanced reader's copy - not for sale" in big red letters on the front cover) without realizing it was an ARC for $3. While I was excited to read a young adults book about super heroes, I really only bought it because the cover looked cool. Don't worry, I know should stop judging books by their covers.
Legacy is not a particularly good book; I only decided to finish it because it was so short to begin with. It's aimed at younger teens and tweens - though I think the thirteen-year-old me would have been disappointed too. There was a painful amount of "telling, not showing." Almost everything from the characters to the setting to the plot lacks some much needed development. I'd like to think adding about 100-200 pages to this book would improve it, because the story felt too rushed.
That being said, there are some moments where the writing exceeds expectations (in particular, the first dream sequence and yes, you read that right, there was a well-written dream sequence in this book), and I'll admit some of the twists are clever and unexpected. While reading it, I could see the potential of the story, but Sniegoski's lazy writing really dragged Legacy down. ...more
Samantha gave me the ARC (advance reader's copy) of Geektastic and so that's the version I read. There were a few comics and author bios missing, as wSamantha gave me the ARC (advance reader's copy) of Geektastic and so that's the version I read. There were a few comics and author bios missing, as well as at least one story according to the table of contents, however I believe the ARC's more or less like the published edition.
Once I started reading this collection, I couldn't put it down. I even read it in class, which is something I haven't done since high school. Before picking up a copy yourself, be warned: While some of the authors wrote for geeks and non-geeks alike, others were writing for a very specific, very geeky audience. For instance, I had bit of trouble getting through Definitional Chaos by Scott Westerfeld because my knowledge concerning tabletop games is limited. (Also I was preoccupied with (view spoiler)[ whether the guns were real or not. (hide spoiler)]) I would just keep that in mind if you're considering purchasing this book.
Being a geek myself, I really enjoyed the majority of these stories. At times it almost felt like reading fanfiction or a fanbook (what with all the references) except it was a trillion times better than because it was a regular book. Since the stories addressed a wide variety of "geekery," there was a lot to like. My favorite stories were Quiz Bowl Antichrist by David Levithan, One of Us by Tracy Lynn and It's Just A Jump To The Left by Libba Bray.
My one and only complaint is that I really disliked The Truth About Dino Girl by Barry Lyga. The author didn't develop the bully enough, so at the end I hated the main character - whom I'm 99% sure I was supposed to be rooting for. Also the revenge was neither clever, nor classy whatsoever.
But one terrible story out of fifteen isn't too bad and I still really liked this book. I would recommend Geektastic to geeks (or folks interested in geeky things) and/or YA lovers.