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A Trick of Light

(Stan Lee’s Alliances #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  57 reviews
From Stan Lee, the pop culture legend behind Marvel’s The Avengers, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, comes a major literary event featuring two heroic teenagers—one born with extraordinary gifts, one unwillingly transformed. Together they can change the world…or put it in the destructive hands of a danger beyond imagination.

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Expected publication: September 18th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published June 4th 2019)
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    The Nerd Daily
    Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Isabella Stocka

    "Welcome true believers, this is Stan Lee. We’re about to embark the exploration of a fantastic new universe and the best part is that you are gonna create it with me..."

    I never thought I would hear his voice again expect from some videos on YouTube, but here he is, sharing his brilliant mind with his audience for the last time: The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Mr. Stan Lee. You may cry, you’ll explore, and you’ll see yourself in so
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: top-2019-books
    I was completely caught off guard to find that Stan Lee had one more surprise for his fans, hidden up his sleeve... an audio novel, no less! As soon as the book was announced, I wanted to listen to the snippet provided by Audible, and by the first few moments, I had completely lost myself to the magic of this special book! I already knew with absolute certainty that this book would be my next Top Favorite Book of the Year!
    Stan Lee created a new kind of super-hero story,  one that's really refres
    Jonathan Terrington
    An entertaining popcorn-film style of YA narrative. There's some depth of themes and ideas, but overall the narration and story didn't enthrall me it was lacking in greater sophistication, theatre, and was a little bland for my personal tastes. There would be many other superhero or YA fiction fans who would love this and find the narration acceptable. However, if you want some brilliant narration I must say that I have been spoiled with a few readers recently: Mary Robinette Kowal, Michael Kram ...more
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I thought I would love this story, but I just felt okay about it. Part of it may have been the reader for the audiobook; she was too flat for an action story for me. Even in moments of high excitement and tension, she kept the same tone. Sometimes that can be okay, but when paired with the dramatic music and occasional sound effects, it was a bit odd. The story itself didn't really hold my attention. I feel like the beginning was a bit too long, which was odd because it still had an insta-love r ...more
    Hannah Dickinson
    Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was a good book its was full of moments were i was at the edge of my seat even though it was 11 hours it felt like it was much quicker. I was listening to it on a car journey and it points i was just yelling at the back seat of the car.
    Thea Zhu
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Decent start, promising first chapters, but turned out to be ... just okay - even a bit sobering considering this work having Stan Lee as its flagship.

    Ann Leckie fans might appreciate it more.

    Though enjoyed Yara Shahidi's reading performance much!
    Jermaine Young
    Alliances: A trick of the light is a fairly decent read. The story itself is very current and deals with the ills of modern society however the plot feels forced at certain points and the narrative makes sharp unexpected turns that are more disorienting than fun.

    Yara is ok as a narrator but I'm not sure her voice fits the tone of the book. I think she'd be better suited for non fiction historical narration than action adventure titles. She didn't do a horrible job but if you're an avid listener
    Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There's nothing I can point to that as my reason for not being super into this story. The first chapters were good; I was intrigued and the ideas were great.(view spoiler) And felt like the rest of the chapters the author phoned it in. Maybe I felt that way because it was a bit predictable. (view spoiler) ...more
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light has it all: super heroes, unwilling sidekicks, vengeful aliens, secretive organizations and tech gone haywire. The audio book begins with an intro from Stan Lee which was beautiful to listen to his thoughts on the story to come.

    The story is an origin story of sorts as it develops the characters of Cameron, Nia and Juaquo. Cameron has an unusual accident which leaves him with cybertech abilities. The twists are somewhat unusual but keep it interesting. Ther
    Elijah Fry
    Pretty accurately summarized by - and I quote the book itself here: “this is a total Ready Player One ripoff.” Thank you, anonymous commenter of something inside the book that ironically describes the book itself.

    Really though, this isn’t a bad read. There’s just parts that don’t make so much sense, especially seeing as I’m a CompSci student and I like my computer fiction to be realistic or at least attempting to be. They would have really gained a lot from running the script by a programmer. I
    Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    It was surprising to see this come out, and makes me wonder what he has left that will come out. This was a phenomenal and beautiful audio comic that I hope to hear more from. Amazing main characters and well rounded supporting characters, taking today's influences and societal habits and bringing to light the separations of people physically from those around them. We no longer have to be next to each other to communicate instantly, we can simply send a message or a video chat and be instantly ...more
    Brandann Hill-Mann
    Stan Lee certainly knew his genre, and had a savvy understanding of the zeitgeist of the Millennial and Gen Z population. If all you've read are his comics, please do yourself a favor and check out his prose. He turns some fantastic phrases, and builds up the story at a pace that keeps you wanting more and doesn't drag. The changing PoV works nicely, trailing off when it's no longer needed, narratively, though I feel as though there were a few characters who were underused. Just a personal prefe ...more
    Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Generally, I am not a huge science fiction person so this is definitely outside my regular genres, but wow was this ever interesting!
    Personally, I could have done without any of the (view spoiler).
    The narration was amazing--
    James Jr.
    I was pretty disappointed with this audiobook. First of all, the book sounds like it would be an amazing read that is relatable to a new generation, however that is not what happens. This book tries to be way too many things: romance, friendship, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. Unfortunately, it does not do any of them very well.
    This is at it's core, a superhero novel, that involves aliens and some very teen tropes. I didn't really connect with any of the characters and this made the novel a very long lis
    Garth Hamilton
    This was an Audible Original presentation, which I purchased due to Stan Lee's affiliation (and also a $5 Comixololgy credit as a bribe). Ok narrator, though she's a bit too relaxed during the occasional exciting action scenes. Some of the overt influences (Ready Player One, for instance) are directly cited, but many others I noted personally are passed off as original ideas and/or scenes. The protagonist was a bit too mean-spirited, though the digital comeuppances on his rivals were certainly a ...more
    Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    I had high hopes for this book, but alas, it did not deliver.

    The authors fail to create any relatable or interesting characters. There is a lack of character development or growth. The dialogue and interactions are basic and lack a sense of realism.

    The authors also fail to create a vibrant or memorable world in which to set their tale.

    As for the audio recording, the narrator fails to bring the characters to life. Maybe this is due to the material with which to work, but it was an unremarkable pe
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I listened to the audiobook version, and I have to admit that the narrator was not my favorite. Her inflection was off in several key moments, there was no real tone difference between characters, and she had no flair during the action portions. That being said, the story itself was a bit of a disappointment for me as well. The pacing was weird, the characters/relationships did not fully develop, and the plot fell apart at the twist. The redeeming qualities were too few and far between for me to ...more
    Rob Ramos
    This was a surprisingly good read. I was a little skeptical at the beginning of the story because it seemed more like a compilation of character sketches instead of an actual story, but as it continued much deeper themes appeared ranging from what it means to be human, how human beings interact with technology, what the heart most longs for, and other metaphysical ideas all woven into a computer fiction story set in the near future (or possibly the present?)
    The voice actress also did a good job
    Edward Saunders
    Its a solid book. A bit more Sci-fi then Super Hero.

    My main disappointment is that the about on audible page says "Can Nia, Cameron, and Juaquo (Cameron’s best friend) save us from our own collective ruin?" and really its just a Cameron story, the others just don't get the time or chances that I would of liked to see.

    What I really liked was the performance of Yara Shahidi. She did a really good job narrating the book.
    Todd Oliver
    Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The book starts out with Stan Lee doing the opening. It's always nice to hear that voice! His brilliance in the Marvel Universe will be greatly missed. This book is no less than the greatness I always expect from Stan Lee! His ability to create heroes is outstanding. The end of the book leaves it open for another story or series. I'm hoping the story will continue in Stan's absence. Yara Shahidi does a wonderful job with the narration.
    Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was such a refreshing read via Audible.
    Let me tell you what. The way that Stan Lee excitedly introduced his new book really tugged at my heart strings. The world lost such an amazingly unique human, and I am so glad I got to experience his last project.

    This took place in a futuristic world that is so alarmingly similar to the way ours is going that it made the story that much more real. I enjoyed it whole heartedly. It even threw a few twists that I didn't expect.
    Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Stan Lee has done it again! While I wish the physical version of this book was available, listening to it as an audiobook was an enjoyable experience, though sometimes I zoned out and then had to determine where I started zoning out. Overall it's a good book! At times some of the dialogue was a little cringe-worthy, but mainly only towards the end of it.
    This is basically a comic book for your ears. It’s a superhero story for the tech savvy generation. Most of the ideas and themes felt more like repackaged ideas from books and films than like the seminal heroes of Lee’s early work. Stan is at his best in dialogue and in making you care about what happens to the characters.
    Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    The pinnacle of poor pacing. Aspiring writers take note. Three quarters of The Trick of Light was mindless revenge porn. Followed by a quick plot, because stories should have that, need to tick that box. Then concluded quickly because we wasted too much of our word count quota on the revenge porn. Worst story I have encountered in a few years.
    Leslie Nyen
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Catherine Mincy
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I wanted to love it. The intro by Stan Lee set the bar high.

    Turns out, I liked it a lot, but can't give it the "love" endorsement. I would recommend it to fellow Stan Lee fans, but it really fits more into the YA genre.
    Saugat Roy
    Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I am usually not sure of collaboration books, but since it was Stan Lee I had to give it a try. Simply stated it was just wow!!
    The premises was just awesome and I finished this in audiobook and the performance there was just fantastic. Stan Lee fans will not be disappointed.
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Fast paced exploration of the consequences of virtualization. This story lays bare the struggle between the sense of the individual and the power of the collective. Humans connect by choices, and in slow stages. What happens when we collectively connect?
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I feel bad, because I adore Stan Lee and want to give anything associated with him all my money. But this book just wasn' At all. It became a chore to listen to, and eventually I just had to give up on it. :(
    Rebecca Spruce
    Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
    I loved Stan Lee (hate having to write ‘loved’ now). However, I didn’t love this. I found it difficult to relate to the characters, sorry, finished it though.
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    Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) was an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

    With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex