Dreams of the Golden Age
It's twenty years later, and a new generation of superheroes is itching to take up the mantle, inspired by the now-retired Olympiad. One of them is Anna, Celia's daughter, and Vaughn alternates between mother and daughter so that we ...more
Cass: After the Golden Age was better.
Marlene: (refers Cass to Sidney Harris cartoon). Not that I don’t agree with you. After the Golden Age was better. But I think we need to be a little more explicit in our reasons. (and for anyone who is wondering, no, Sidney Harris is not a relative. And DAMN)
Cass: FINE. I can work with that. If you insist.
The primary issue with Dreams of the Golden Age was Anna. As a protagonist she left me utterly ...more
This is not a book about superheroes. It's a book about people and how they've been affected by superpowers...and that's what really lets it shine.
In several ways, this is exactly the opposite of a comic book. It's common for the costumed personas to hog the spotlight, with the secret identities barely figuring in. Not so here; these are quite clearly people first and superheroes a distant second, yet their powers are always there, quietly influencing everything. A family dinner is still a famil...more
Celia's solo moments stood out, but I found it difficult to warm up to Anna. Her story was more predictable, and none of the other teens were built up enough to make their friendship drama feel natural. Her romance was thin enough that it could have been ditched entirely without making a bit of difference.
The only moment that gave me the s ...more
I enjoyed this. Both the ...more
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Not quite as strong as the earlier outing (After the Golden Age) but still very good. This volume takes place about 18 years after the first, with the next generation of heroes taking the stage. Mostly high school kids, they are trying to figure out both how to use their powers safely and where they fit in the world—all with a healthy dose of teenage angst. I especially liked how some of the powers the kids have aren't as easy to be heroic with as others, and the conflicts that arise as a res
Now don't get me wrong, some parts were interesting, but the majority was slow. T ...more
Celia is a middle-aged business woman in commerce city. Her parents were superheroes and she grew up immersed in the w ...more
The central character is Anna, but sometimes she's not really the star of her own story, which is also a minor weakness. Too often she is a witness to events that, to the reader, may seem to be the important ones. Also, Teddy and the other teen characters are just not ...more
What really endeared me most to Anna was that her superpower was nondescript. Poor Anna, her power is there just enough for her to be considered a superhuman but not cool enough to be on par with her other super friends who can shoot lighting out from fingers, turn invisible, and they get all the attention and glory. Teen angst ensues but it's, thankfully, not too overbearingly so.
Celia, the non-powere ...more
A new set of problems arise with a new generation of supers. How do they hide their powers from their parents? Is there a hierarchy of powers? How do you deal with matching the achievements of parents (as noted, what do you do when your parents really ARE superheroes)? These are problems all parents and teens have to deal wit ...more
The stakes are a little lower in Dreams of the Golden Age, but they're still interesting. Anna and her teenage friends have superpowers--some defensively-oriented, some offensively-based--in addition to exams, watchful parents, and curfews. The kids are desperately trying to keep their abilities secret while determining how best to help the city they love. On the other side of the coin, Celia is investigating ...more
By Carrie Vaughn
The beautiful story of living in the shadow of family legacy. Like her mother before her Anna West is struggling to put her life in perspective. She is a teenager, but more than that she is a legacy the granddaughter of a set of superheroes. Her grandparents saved the city countless times, their daughter hundreds of times. Now Anna has to find a place for her unique power. She needs to solidify a team and find a mission. Her mother without super powers has ...more
Like the comics that inspired the story, the younger generation has grown up with
the stories about the Olympiad and are eager to prove themselves: faster and stronger than the
A fan's tribute to the genre of comic book superheroes. ...more