Discussion & List: Villains & Heroes in Fiction

October 24, 2013 Discussion 13

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?

SteelheartSTEELHEART 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 Victoria SchwabVICIOUS 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 & VillainsSUPER 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 VictoriousVILLAINS 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-HeroesEX-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 anthologyMASKED 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 WondersSEVEN 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 AgeAFTER 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 GuideTHE 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 MolluskEMPEROR 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.

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13 Responses to “Discussion & List: Villains & Heroes in Fiction”

  1. Pamela D

    I am sure you will be surprised to hear that most of the books on your list are ones that I am planning to read. 🙂

    I am actually planning on picking up Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1 (the graphic novel) at the library today.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh yes! WILLOW right? I read that. I have to admit I didn’t realize I really should have started at the beginning. I grabbed it on netgalley. So I might decide to pick up one of those huge volumes I’ve seen at the comic book store. Course – I don’t have much time to go through that whole 8 seasons of graphic novels. I never did watch the TV show and I heard its best to have watched the show – do you think that’s true?

      • Pamela D

        After the seven seasons of the Buffy tv show ended, they did a series of comics (I am not sure if it ended or not) called season 8, which is supposed to take place after the tv show ended. I think there are some other Buffy series comics too. I think Willow is one of those? I am not sure. I am very new to the graphic novel/comic book genre. If you read Season 8, you are going to want to at least the wiki on the TV show (the wikipedia page is very extensive). It was a great show though and is on Netflix.

        You might want to check out if your library has Buffy. These books can get pricey fast.
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        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          I saw a huge omnibus volume of Buffy comics at the store. I mean it was huge the size of my torso! I agree they can get pricey. I do love owning graphic novels though. I hope someday that my kids will like to read as much as I do and that graphic novels can definitely help them towards that if they don’t just start out as voracious novel readers like I did. So we’ll see. Bah – Buffy might end up waiting forever…its just such a huge endeavor. Hell I loved Supernatural and I could only get through 4 seasons of it.

          • Pamela D

            Wow that is a huge book if it is the size of a torso! I don’t think I would keep that book open! 🙂

            I only got through all of the seasons because my husband really likes it. I would have given up long ago. The show doesn’t have enough female characters in it and…well I am going to stop myself there. I find it okay; I just have a few problems with it. A show that just started up (season 4 starts next year) that is fun is Lost Girl (the main character is a succubus) and it is lots of cheesy fun.
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  2. Silvia

    Ok wow, can I have all of them? Seriously, they all sound amazing.
    Steelheart is the only one I already knew of and I cannot wait to read it – glad to hear you liked it!
    I think I’ll have to put the rest of these on my wishlist too… I’m a huge fan of superheroes and villains.

    On Buffy: You can easily skip the first two seasons. They’re pretty much just monster-of-the-week episodes, and although a few characters are introduced there who turn up again later, but you can read up on them then if you’re confused. Season 3 is where it starts to get good and you start to get bigger storylines that lead you nicely into the epic seasons 4 and 5. 6 is a bit weak at times but has its moments (musical episode!) and 7 ends it with a bit of annoyance and a bang.

    I really recommend it. It has powerful female characters, it has monsters and excitement and mystery and is funny and witty and is not just black and white. Yeah, I love that show!
    (And I love Joss Whedon for this answer to the interview question “So, why do you write these strong female characters?”: “Because you’re still asking me that question.”)

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Ok Ok! You and Pam are both on me about it. I will try to give it a try. It might take me forever to get through it though lol. I have to admit I do love Joss Whedon so I should just do it.

      • Silvia

        *rubs hands and cackles evilly* I promise you won’t regret it 🙂

  3. Nathan (@reviewbarn)

    You may or may not already know, but George RR Martin edits a multi author, shared universe series of super hero fiction under the Wild Cards name. I know some of the people who have contributed stories include Carrie Vaughn and Daniel Abraham.

    As for me, not really my thing. The only super hero comic I really enjoyed is everyone’s favorite, Watchmen. May try Vaughn’s sometime, I like her other works.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes, I do know about the Wild Cards universe. I have read several short stories that take place in that world. For some reason though those really haven’t caught my eye for some reason. I have even read a few of those authors. I don’t know why it isn’t screaming my name to be read. Maybe its because I like knowing all of these other stories instead are in different worlds/universes. So you get such an awesome mix up each time. Maybe I’ll give them a shot someday but eh…too many others I’d rather read instead.

      Super hero/villain fiction is still somewhat of a new genre of reading for me. I don’t think I could read too much of it back to back =P

  4. Bookworm1858

    I really love The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M Campbell if you’re looking for another (YA) superhero book to add to the list. I think we’re drawn to the way authors play with the ideas of good and evil in recent iterations, maybe? I don’t really know why they’re so popular but I know I’m part of the mass who enjoys them.
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