There is another source of entertainment that doesn’t have funny pictures, is not the theatre of the mind, doesn’t require you to buy an $11 ticket to get kicked in the back of the head, while some moron talks loudly on their phone.  I’m talking about books, and this year I want to make it a habit of reading more prose instead of my over abundance of four color fun.  Each month, I’ll be picking up a new book, reading it, and then devoting a special episode of the Major Spoilers Podcast to it.  Think of it as a Book of the Month event, without calling it a Book of the Month, because there are plenty of people who will get pissy if I use that phrase.

I hope you will be a part of this as I get closer to the show.

January’s Book:

Soon I Will Be Invincible
by Austin Grossman

Doctor Impossible – evil genius, diabolical scientist, wannabe world dominator – languishes in a federal detention facility. He’s lost his freedom, his girlfriend, and his hidden island fortress.

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 traveled backward in time to change history, forward in time to escape it. He’s commanded robot armies, insect armies, and dinosaur armies. Fungus army. Army of fish. Or rodents. Alien invasions. All failures. But not this time. This time it’s going to be different.

Fatale is a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world’s most famous superteam. She’s a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built to be the next generation of warfare. Filling the void left by a slain former member, Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.

There’s plenty of time for you to pick up the book and get it read before January 31, 2010.

The Author

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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21 Comments

  1. Dan Hunter
    January 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm — Reply

    OOooo I’ve read this!

    • astrodinosaurus
      January 3, 2010 at 3:33 am — Reply

      Same here!

  2. January 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm — Reply

    Wow… Can I have a copy?

    • January 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm — Reply

      Sure, head on down to the local B. Dalton and pick yourself up a copy. If you aren’t one for going to the bookstore, Amazon has them for sale as well.

  3. January 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm — Reply

    Great idea. There is actually a good deal of “super hero” prose stories out there. I’ll see if I can hunt down a copy of this to read as well.

  4. Gibralter
    January 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    That is such a good book. I loved it.

  5. Dan Hunter
    January 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm — Reply

    can’t remember anything about the plot except I quite enjoyed it though.

  6. Usagizero
    January 3, 2010 at 3:30 am — Reply

    The plot itself was kind of forgettable, but i loved the look into the minds of the characters in the book. Not the most original idea, but the way he presented the villain and heroes i really enjoyed, and something a book does well.

  7. January 3, 2010 at 5:00 am — Reply

    I am currently reading this. I’m in the first third right now and I’m loving it so far.

  8. January 3, 2010 at 8:46 am — Reply

    Awesome book – I’ve read it a few times since I got it last summer. Good to hear that so many other people enjoy it, too.

  9. Greg A
    January 3, 2010 at 9:40 am — Reply

    I read it a couple years back and remember liking it. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking–at least to someone who has been reading comics for over 30 years, but still entertaining.

    I’m surprised it hasn’t been optioned for a movie.

    The book to get is Superfolks by Robert Meyer. It has been credited as influencing works like Watchmen, Miraclemen and Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel.

  10. January 3, 2010 at 10:20 am — Reply

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The evil bastard perspective and the rookie hero meanderings were surprisingly realistic when you consider that you’re reading fantasy. I thought of it as sort of an Authority/Ultimates/Modern Hero tone mixed with a nefarious scientific mind. You will enjoy this book if you appreciate modern storytelling in “Capes” comic books.

  11. Dan Hunter
    January 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm — Reply

    Are we going to be covering the adaptions of Knightfall? Crisis? Death of Supes? etc?

  12. Steve
    January 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    This is one of my favorite super-hero book books ever!

  13. January 4, 2010 at 9:34 am — Reply

    Will you be sticking to the superhero genre in your selections?

    • January 4, 2010 at 9:45 am — Reply

      Depends. There are a lot of books that I have purchased over the last two years that I have not had a chance to sit down and read, so those will be on the list first.

  14. January 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Excellent book, thanks for giving me a reason to re-read it.

  15. Steve
    January 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    Hero! Pick Hero next!

    • January 5, 2010 at 12:00 am — Reply

      February’s has already been decided upon.

      • Steve
        January 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm — Reply

        Pick Hero next after that!

  16. Andrew
    January 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm — Reply

    I loved reading this book when I picked it up from the library a few years ago.

    As the others said, it’s not groundbreaking or anything really new, but how many comics are. It’s quite enjoyable.

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