Soon I Will Be Invincible


Grossman, Austin

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Soon I Will Be Invincible
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 backwards 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. Of 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, we watch as Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil. Soon I Will Be Invincible is a thrilling first novel; a fantastical adventure that gives new meaning to the notions of power, glory, responsibility, and (of course) good and evil. From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375424861
Characteristics: viii,287 p. ;,25 cm.


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Dec 19, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

For those of us who grew up reading comic books, enjoying sci-fi and other geek pursuits, it's been bittersweet to formerly lonely adolescent boy pursuits become mainstream. Austin Grossman's debut novel is about super heroes and super villains, particularly evil genius Dr. Impossible. Initially, I thought this book would be obnoxious and pleased with itself, like "Ready Player One" and "How To Live Safely in a SF Universe." But it's quite clever and enjoyable, recalling "The Incredibles" (but more grown up) and "Watchmen" (but funnier).

Aug 23, 2013
  • labrys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

bham2013 This fantastic tale is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Dr. Impossible, evil super-genius, and Fatale, aspiring superhero. Filled with complex characters and hilarious situations, this is the literary equivalent of the avengers movie - ridiculously over the top but too fun to put down. I'm not a comic book reader but I thoroughly enjoyed the intelligent writing and gleeful energy of this dissertation-procrastination.

Jun 30, 2013
  • ramiec rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book really made me laugh. It has lots of great lines.

May 28, 2013
  • elewep rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved the premise of this story and especially loved the chapters from the point of view of the supervillian, Doctor Impossible. It lost itself in some of it's own details, especially when talking about the different superheroes/villians in the history of this world, but there is a glossary to help you out. There were a couple of things that were started but then sort of fizzled out, which is why I only gave this one a three out of five stars. But, in the end, I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

Aug 16, 2012
  • andrewgraphics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alternating first-person narrative of the world's smartest super-criminal and one of it's latest super-heroes, which leads up to their cataclysmic battle. Slightly ironic throughout, this is ultimately a straight adventure tale which not only covers the criminal's latest plot to take over the world but also 70 years of history of earth's mightiest heroes. Recommended even to those who don't like comics and want a light read.

May 02, 2012
  • KileyP rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A comic book without the pictures, superheroes and evil villains and all. Austin Grossman has hit on the love of all things superhero for a generation that isn't "supposed" to read comics anymore - and so he's developed an emotional and complex story following superheroes through their regular shenanigans, but also giving us a glimpse behind the masks. Laugh out loud funny, I hope Mr. Grossman brings us more like this in the future.

Apr 15, 2012
  • jeffrc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

like megamind meets the incredibles

Oct 15, 2011
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

couldnt help thinking of 'the monarch' from the venture bros.

Jul 06, 2011
  • john_shade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Tremendous fun; very funny and emotionally deep. For a first book, this is a winner, and I eagerly await further works.

Sep 21, 2010
  • leep375 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A good read. Very entertaining


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Jun 30, 2013
  • ramiec rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

These are the times when I wish I could fly.

Jun 30, 2013
  • ramiec rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hey,um,Honey? I think that guy over there is Doctor Impossible.

Jun 30, 2013
  • ramiec rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Spend too much time as a rainbow and you lose your grasp on certain things.


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