I’ve been on a bit of a Super Hero & Villain kick lately. I swear there are so many great books that I’ve read lately that I thought I’d put together a little list of ten books I’ve either read or have my eyes set on reading soon – because I am just seriously enjoying it right now. So, if you have any that you want to point out to me please let me know!
Have you read any Super Hero or Villain ficion? Do you read comic books or graphic novels? Or are you just a lover of the super hero movies? Lets hear it! And what do you think draws us to this type of fiction?
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson (my review) – I read this last month and it was amazing. A red star in the sky has changed people granting them super powers…but there are no heroes…only villains. What are you waiting for? Read it already! It’s like Urban Fantasy meets Comic Book super villains!
VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab (my review) – Two friends hypothesize that extra ordinary people exist and something specific has to occur to grant these people their power. They experiment on themselves…and are successful. Twisted and dark with a touch of serial killer. Definitely not one to miss! Stay tuned because in a few days I have an interview with the author and I just put up a review of it today. I have already bought this book for 3 different people that is how much I enjoyed it!
SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS edited by Claude Lalumiere (my review) – a short story anthology including 28 stories from a great collection of authors. All of super heroes or villains from various genres. I loved this – and even did a youtube excerpt reading. See it by clicking the title link.
VILLAINS VICTORIOUS edited by Martin H. Greenberg (goodreads) – This remains my favorite short story anthology. Are you the kind of reader that often finds yourself in the villains corner? Then this is a must read – this is where the villain has his day in the sun.
EX-HEROES by Peter Clines (my review) – The zombie apocalypse breaks out – but what happens in a Los Angeles that not only has zombies or “exes” but also super heroes? For that matter what happens if you have zombie super heroes??? I really got a kick out of this one. Any lover of zombie fiction should give it a try.
MASKED edited by Lou Anders (description taken from goodreads) – Superheroes have come a long way since the “Man of Steel” was introduced in 1938. This brilliant new collection features original stories and novellas from some of today’s most exciting voices in comics, science fiction, and fantasy. Each marvelously inventive tale shows us just how far our classic crusaders have evolved—and how the greatest of heroes are, much like ourselves, all too human.
SEVEN WONDERS by Adam Christopher (description taken from goodreads) -Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura — a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…
AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn (description taken from goodreads) – It’s not easy being a superhero’s daughter…. Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world’s greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she’s ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she’s the favorite hostage of every crime boss and supervillain in Comemrce City. She doesn’t have a code name, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.
THE MAD SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION: ORIGINAL SHORT FICTION FOR THE MODERN EVIL GENIUS edited by John Joseph Adams (description taken from goodreads) – From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses—from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.
EMPEROR MOLLUSK VERSUS THE SINISTER BRAIN by A. Lee Martinez (description taken from goodreads) – Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what’s a villain to do after he’s done . . . everything. With no new ambitions, he’s happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel alien invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he’d prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course.