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Audible Audio, Original recording Audiobook, 12 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Audible Studios (first published June 4th 2019)
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Kailey In the afterwards, it explains that the co-authors/contributors would have meetings with Stan Lee and talk about the characters. It specifically menti…moreIn the afterwards, it explains that the co-authors/contributors would have meetings with Stan Lee and talk about the characters. It specifically mentions how he was the one who came up with a key character and their part of the plot twist. ultimately he shaped and designed the core of the characters and the plot of the universe. Similar to how he created Marvel characters but stories are written by others.
Also this book is Sci-Fi. and Patterson is even quoted in the recommendation.(less)
Lisa Yes, it would be appropriate. At least, I would let my 12 year old read it. No sexual content whatsoever, however there are glimpses of violence (no w…moreYes, it would be appropriate. At least, I would let my 12 year old read it. No sexual content whatsoever, however there are glimpses of violence (no worse than in a comic book, though).(less)

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J.L.   Sutton
“At the end of the day, Cameron won’t be a cyberkinetic superhero ready to save the world. He’ll be a boy, standing in front of a girl, offering her the meager gift of his heart and hoping that it’s enough.”

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Stan Lee's A Trick of Light was an enjoyable adventure. It started with stories of its two main characters, Nia and Cameron. From there, it followed the pair's digital adventures and their budding relationship. Even though that could have been enough (since AI and social media etc are connec
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⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Let's be honest, I mostly picked this up because it has Stan Lee's name on it. But then, let's be real about this too, this book was not written by Stan Lee alone. It's based on his ideas, questions and characters, but written (or at least co written) by Kat Rosenfield. It's actually an audiobook project, but I read the print version.

Story time!
I joined the Marvel fandom very late (end of 2019 to be exact). But when I finally did, I sort of threw myself into these movies with my everything. I've
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The Nerd Daily
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Cmoore
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Charles
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A teenage boy and a girl with super powers do something, maybe save the world?

Did-Not-Finish (DNF).

Full disclosure, I’ve been a fan of Stan Lee for years -- Nuff said?

My ebook version was a moderate 350-pages. It had a US 2019 copyright. I received it free with my Amazon Prime subscription. I now suspect that the Amazon publisher gives away books it early determines nobody is going read to put a lot of eyeballs on them.

Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and film p
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to HMH for sending me a free copy
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Rissa
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Alliances ⭐️
All Cameron wanted was to be famous but now that he is all he wants is to disappear. During a freak boating accident Cameron is struck by lightning and thusgiven the ability to control all technology. He becomes a pro hacker and creator. He is connected with what seems like the whole world. But with powers comes with responsibility and great danger.
Nia on the otherhand is isolated and exhiled but she has never really minded until she met Cameron. She is willing to break the rules an
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Alice
When I learnt that Stan Lee had left his multitude of fans with a final good-bye in the release of the novel he was known to dream of writing, I could't wait to get my hands on it.
I was ready to behold the culmination of his unpairable career and.. was sad to be disappointed.
When I understood that the co-author for this book would be an author of YA fiction I didn't know, I just hoped it was to assist him in the transition from comic book writing to prose, to help him get acquainted with the new
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Kacy❁
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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Terri Jones
Knowing the lead author has died, I went into this novel knowing it was supposed to be a series, and the ending does not disappoint in that regard. But neither is it a cliffhanger, so don't hold back if you want to read it, not on that account.

At the end of the day (er, book), I give it three stars because it is perfectly adequate, genuinely compelling from mid-point on, and there are plenty of twists. But it does have some issues I find annoying and/or disappointing. (They may not bother you,
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Bonnie
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O - M - G

I am left exhausted with so much emotion. This is outstanding in only a fashion Stan Lee could have created.


“What is more real? A world we are born into or one we create for ourselves?” In A Trick of Light, Stan posed this existential question— ... and delves head deep into a world that has many philosophical quandaries to assess.

I took notes while reading this so I could site excerpts and my personal feelings about them;however, I think I want to leave it with a simple statement. Read
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Evelyn Jane
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Trick of Light was a free Amazon Prime offer. I was very curious about it just seeing Stan Lee's name on the cover. In my opinion it is an enjoyable YA science fiction novel. We have a teen boy, Cameron, who is the nice guy that can't catch a break. In his attempt at internet stardom he is involved in a life altering accident which leaves him changed in an unexpected way. He is unwilling to return to school until he finds out how he can control and use this change to his benefit. During this p ...more
Pat Harris
I wanted SO much to really love this last Stan Lee book but it never captured my heart... or mind.
Stacy Croushorn
New Avengers?

This is Stan Lee’s last work. A new team of super power endowed young adults that are meant to save earth. It was ok, not great, but not bad either. I got bored. Didn’t want to finish it, but it’s just not my type of book. I can see where others would love it. Just not me.
Eileen
4.5 stars

I've been a fan of Stan Lee's for many years, but mostly through his movies, rather than through comic books, although I've read comic books and graphic novels here and there. But generally speaking, I've preferred novels to graphic novels because I need words to draw me into a story and into a world. This is not to say that I haven't read some really excellent comic books (the Sandman comics come to mind). I just have an easier time with words than with pictures.

This is a book that is
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Joe Kucharski
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
A Trick Of Light, Stan (the Man) Lee’s final creative output and debut of his Alliances Universe, checks off many of the Mirthful One’s classic requirements: teenage outsiders, power and responsibility, broad explanations, and the need to be loved. Although Stan gets top billing, Kat Rosenfield deserves all the credit for the delivery of a fun page turner that absolutely fits lockstep with those hallowed Marvel myths.

Cameron Ackerman is a high-school senior nerd who wishes to be a big-time YouT
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Dan Shonka
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I was lucky enough to win this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. And you should probably know I was an avid Marvel Comics reader as a youngster. Ok, as a not-so-young-ster, too. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I must admit early on I was wondering how the very different storylines were going to connect, but being a True Believer I had little doubt they eventually would. The villain(s) are spectacularly evil. The heroes have their flaws, and it's easy to like them and hope for the best. There ...more
Dollie
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I’m a long time Stan Lee fan and saw this book in an online library I belong to, so I borrowed it. I didn’t really know what it was about. I didn't need to because it was co-authored by Stan Lee. I wasn’t disappointed. It was written more for a young adult audience than for old ladies, like me, but I enjoyed it. An alien being comes to Earth to seek revenge on the Inventor and then take over humanity. Unfortunately for her, she has to go through Cameron, a young man with extraordinary and smart ...more
Elysa
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
Arthur L Spain
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a Comic Book

This not a comic book, but the same creative genius can be found here. I don’t want to give any spoilers here. I loved the main characters. I can’t tell you too much about them without spoiling things for you. Nia and Cameron are like a lot of teenagers but they’re not really. So much of this book is not what it seems. I only gave this 4 stars because it started a bit slowly for me. Once I got into it it pulled along fiercely. One distraction I had was totally on me and not the s
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Robyn
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I’m shocked to have loved this book so well. I don’t read comics, I’m not really in to superheroes. If it weren’t for movie adaptations I’d be completely unfamiliar with that whole universe. (I totally get the Stan Lee worship though. The guy was clearly a story-telling genius.) I read a review for Trick of Light that intrigued me so I checked it out of the library and wow, am I glad I did! There were a few things that bothered me, but overall this is a fast paced thrill ride of a book ...more
Berni Phillips
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Save your money, folks. This really isn't very good. I'm a big fan of comic books so I bought this and listened to is on Audible because of Stan Lee's name. I realized he would not be doing the writing, but I had hoped he had some sort of hand in it.

I didn't think the writing was very good nor was the narrator. A disappointment.
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Ninetailedkat
I enjoyed the audio book very much. I will say that this reminded me slightly of a combo between Ready Player One, The Borg and some other scifi book I can't place right now. But in a good way. the story isn't super complicated yet it is entertaining. I felt more backstory could have been provided in some parts and that certain characters lacked development which would have enhanced the story for me. I am not sure if this was marketed to any particular audience but it definitely had a YA feel to ...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.
Brittany
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars rounded down. This book had some high highs and some low lows. It took awhile to get me really interested, and then I didn't want to put it down, and then it went in a direction I didn't particularly care for. ...more
Shannon
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow the background music on the audiobook was wholly unnecessary. The story is just as bonkers as an audiobook having a soundtrack.
Yin Ping
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!
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Nate C
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
your never alone
Paula Lyle
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This isn't bad, but it was certainly disappointing. It felt very YA, normally I would mean this as a compliment, but in this case the author seemed to be talking down to the readers. Explaining why the reader should feel a certain way about the action, rather than allowing you to do that on your own. Often this did not match my own reaction, so I constantly felt a disconnect between myself and the material. The ending's clear way to a sequel didn't create a need to read it. ...more
Rachelle Huddleston-Lorton
Thought Provoking

A very good read that raises so interesting and some rather disturbing issues regarding our current age and where we might be headed as a society.
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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
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