Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books

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Let’s continue with the cycle of Super-Heroes, now with examples in prose novels, that they are books with no illustrations and only text. Although the superhero genre has its undisputed position in the format of comic books, already for a while is becoming more common to find options of stories told in prose novels, I guess this gives authors more control over their stories where not exposed to their characters to be absorbed by houses like DC or Marvel losing the rights of authorship, also not required to work with an artist, it can be a double-edged sword, because a good artist can generate interest in a bad story, but a bad artist can alienate readers from a good story. It also allows them not to participate by force in the multi-title event which is now the norm in comic books, at least once a year, if not more, where the characters are mixed into one mega-story. The titles in prose novels with original super-heroes, created by the authors, are more abundant than you could imagine, so I gave myself the task of choosing 9 options that I considered interesting, but as I said before, there are many other options, so if it is a genre that interests them, I invite you to investigate on your own, if the examples chosen are not what you were looking. The important thing is always: Read. Any book. Just read.

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Reckoners

The mega popular writer Bradon Sanderson, author of many book series, last year (2013) started a new book series entitled “Reckoners” with the publication of the first novel titled “Steelheart”.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

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The Black Stiletto

The author Raymond Benson has had enough experience to be one of the writers allowed to write official James Bond novels, in 2011 initiated a book series in the genre of heroes, where the stories are narrated in two different times, the era where masked heroes were born and the present. The series entitled “The Black Stiletto” has published four novels to date.

Could Martin Talbot’s elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed, still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy? But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out. Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto’s old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well.

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Wearing the Cape

The writer Marion G. Harmon began in 2011, a book series in the genre of superhero entitled “Wearing the Cape” which has already published three novels and 2 short stories.

Who wants to be a Superhero? Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name “Astra” and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan? In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a “cape” is strong. But the price can be high-especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her.

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Sidekick

Wallace Auralee debuted as a novelist with her book “Sidekick” in this June 2014.

Bremy St. James, daughter of billionaire Atticus St. James, has been cut off from the family fortune and is struggling to survive in a world that no longer holds its breath every time she buys a new outfit. To make matters worse, her twin sister is keeping secrets, loan sharks are circling, and the man of her dreams — a newspaper reporter — is on assignment to bring down everyone with the last name St. James.

Things are certainly looking bleak for the down-and-out socialite until a good deed throws her into the path of the city’s top crime-fighter, Dark Ryder. Suddenly, Bremy has a new goal: apprentice to a superhero, and start her own crime-fighting career.

Ryder has no need for a sidekick, but it turns out the city needs Bremy’s help. Atticus St. James is planning the crime of the century, and Bremy may be the only one able to get close enough to her father to stop him.

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Jamie Baker

The writer Kelly Oram entered the superhero genre in 2010, initiating the book series “Jamie Baker”, which to date has published three novels and a short story.

An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

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Maximum Ride

The mega-popular and prolific writer James Patterson, author of book series such as “Alex Cross” and “Women’s Murder Club”, in 2005, began a book series within the genre of superheroes called “Maximum Ride”, which it extends to 8 novels.

Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that’s just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don’t know where they come from, who’s hunting them, why they are different from all other humans… and if they’re meant to save mankind — or destroy it.

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The Cloak Society

The writer Jeramey Kraatz debuted his series “The Cloak Society” in 2012, which has already written two novels and has announced the third this year (2014).

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City’s superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and vanished without a trace. But the villains have been waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. . . .

Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again.

But during his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: He saves the life of a Junior Ranger of Justice. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders what, exactly, he’s been fighting for.

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Super

The writer Ernie Lindsay published in June 2014 in this novel that ventures into the world of super-heroes.

“Every hero’s journey has a beginning, middle, and end…I am that end.”

A world mourning a fallen superhero.

A president targeted for assassination.

A conspiracy that runs deeper than anyone expects.

Leo Craft is the best at what he does; he assassinates superheroes, but only the ones who deserve it. Life is good, simple, until an ultra-secretive government agency hires Leo to execute two impossible tasks: eliminate the world’s foremost superhero, Patriotman, and hunt down a fellow assassin whose target is the President of the United States.

When everyone wears a mask, trust is hard to come by – and even the elusive truth can be caught in a web of lies.

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Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

The writer Jim Bernheimer in 2011 began a book series in the genre of super-heroes but approached from the point of view of a supervillain. After the publication of the first book in 2011, recently in 2014 has now released a second book which is a prequel.

“Being a supervillain means never having to say you’re sorry … Unless it’s to the judge or the parole board. Even then, you don’t really have to. It’s not like it’s going to change the outcome or anything.”

Those are the words of Calvin Matthew Stringel, better known as Mechani-Cal. He’s a sarcastic, down on his luck armored villain. Follow his exploits as he gets swept up in a world domination scheme gone wrong and ends up working for this weak willed, mercy loving heroes. Immerse yourself in his epic battles and see what it’s like to be an outsider looking in at a world that few have ever experienced.

Climb into Cal’s battlesuit and join him on his journey. Will he avoid selling out his principles for a paycheck and a pardon? Can he resist the camaraderie of being on a super team? Does he fall prey to the ample charms of the beautiful Olympian Aphrodite? How will he survive the jealous schemes of Ultraweapon, who wears armor so powerful it makes Cal’s look like a museum piece?

See the world of “righteous do-gooders” through the eyes of someone who doesn’t particularly care for them.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK HAPPY READING!

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