Front Page

Content

Authors

Game Index

Forums

Site Tools

Submissions

About

KK
Kevin Klemme
March 09, 2020
34393 1
Hot
KK
Kevin Klemme
January 27, 2020
19846 0
Hot
KK
Kevin Klemme
August 12, 2019
6997 0
Hot
O
oliverkinne
December 19, 2023
3135 0
Hot
O
oliverkinne
December 14, 2023
2872 0

Mycelia Board Game Review

Board Game Reviews
O
oliverkinne
December 12, 2023
1682 0
O
oliverkinne
December 07, 2023
2110 0

River Wild Board Game Review

Board Game Reviews
O
oliverkinne
December 05, 2023
1881 0
O
oliverkinne
November 30, 2023
2081 0
J
Jackwraith
November 29, 2023
2578 0
O
oliverkinne
November 28, 2023
1759 0
S
Spitfireixa
October 24, 2023
3256 0
Hot
O
oliverkinne
October 17, 2023
2402 0
O
oliverkinne
October 10, 2023
2318 0
O
oliverkinne
October 09, 2023
1963 0
O
oliverkinne
October 06, 2023
2156 0

Outback Crossing Review

Board Game Reviews
×
Bugs: Recent Topics Paging, Uploading Images & Preview (11 Dec 2020)

Recent Topics paging, uploading images and preview bugs require a patch which has not yet been released.

× Use the stickied threads for short updates.

Please consider adding your quick impressions and your rating to the game entry in our Board Game Directory after you post your thoughts so others can find them!

Please start new threads in the appropriate category for mini-session reports, discussions of specific games or other discussion starting posts.

What BOOK(s) are you reading? ARCHIVE

More
24 Mar 2011 15:33 #92045 by Shellhead
I just finished reading Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman. It was an enjoyable book about superheroes and super-villains in a very familiar setting. The chapters alternate between two point-of-view characters. Fatale is an experienced crimefighter who has just been invited to join the New Champions, the premier superhero team. Doctor Impossible is a classic super-villain mastermind with a scheme to take over the world.

This could have easily been a bad book, re-hashing lots of familiar themes and concepts from superhero comics. But Grossman manages to pull it off just as well as Kurt Busiek did with Astro City. He takes the familiar and looks at it carefully with fresh eyes, yielding some interesting insights. So even though the core of the New Champions is clearly based on DC's trinity, and another team member is an obvious Wolverine type, it's still interesting.

Some of the insights were even startling. A character is poking around in the New Champions headquarters and notes the peculiar combination of smells, commenting that it can be a fine line between having superhuman powers and having a chronic medical condition.

Or this insight: "If you haven't been this close to superhumans, you don't understand what it's like to fight them. Even when you've got powers yourself, the predominant impression is one of shock. The forces moving around you are out of human scale, and your nervous system doesn't know how to deal with it. It's like being in a car accident, over and over again."
The topic has been locked.
More
24 Mar 2011 18:30 #92073 by iguanaDitty
Shellhead wrote:

I just finished reading Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman.


Nice! A fun book. I thought it was more farcical/parody than you seem to have. I thought the villain was appreciably more interesting than the heroes. I really liked his complete inability to translate the coherent inner dialogue to actual speech.
The topic has been locked.
More
01 Apr 2011 10:48 #92882 by Ska_baron
holycrapholycrapholycrap

Just started Neuromancer (first read)

holycrapholycrapholycrap

project.cyberpunk.ru/lib/neuromancer/
The topic has been locked.
More
01 Apr 2011 21:26 - 01 Apr 2011 21:27 #92926 by Hatchling
Oooh, I just stumbled across Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse in a bookstore and picked it up. One of these months I'll have some time for leisure reading. I can't wait.

www.amazon.ca/Go-Go-Girls-Apocalypse-Vic...schler/dp/1416552251
Last edit: 01 Apr 2011 21:27 by Hatchling.
The topic has been locked.
More
08 Apr 2011 15:31 #93491 by sisteray
> Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman

If it would have just been the villain it would have been a masterful novella. The hero stuff was OK, but really didn't add anything to the zeitgeist. Why not just read old Teen Titans Cyborg stories? The hero stuff was 20 years too late.
The topic has been locked.
More
09 Apr 2011 13:46 #93552 by Dair
I started A Game of Thrones this week and I'm about 2/3 done so far. Great stuff and I'll definitely be watching the HBO show.
The topic has been locked.
More
09 Apr 2011 16:23 #93558 by Dr. Mabuse
I just finished reading " The Nema of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss (thanks Jay for the recommend!).

Great stuff, I tore through it in a week and a half or so (that's fucking fast for me). I'm really looking forward to the next book " The Wise Man's Fear."
The topic has been locked.
More
11 Apr 2011 10:26 #93676 by Columbob
Dr. Mabuse wrote:

I just finished reading " The Nema of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss (thanks Jay for the recommend!).

Great stuff, I tore through it in a week and a half or so (that's fucking fast for me). I'm really looking forward to the next book " The Wise Man's Fear."


Just finished that one yesterday. You'll love it for sure if you enjoyed TNotW. Some answers, but a whole lot more mysteries that will need to be unraveled in the final book.

Here's a hilarious teaser, courtesy of Penny Arcade (Tycho and Rothfuss are buddies).
The topic has been locked.
More
11 Apr 2011 12:29 - 11 Apr 2011 12:30 #93709 by moofrank
Reread The Midnighters trilogy as I am running it as an RPG mini-campaign. Still one of my favorite short series.

Also doing the first book of The Laundry. An odd book, that shows the author as a full-on computer nerd. He references stuff from the Jargon File and has a grasp of really old 70's-era computing. Tie that to a theme that is somewhere between James Bond, Dilbert, and Lovecraft. (Screw the Walther PPK, I want a Class 4 Hand of Glory.) And it pulls it off in a way that is both far funnier and far less sillier than Necroscope.

Oddly enough, I picked up the Laundry because of an RPG blurb as it uses a modified version of the BRP/Cthulhu rules.
Last edit: 11 Apr 2011 12:30 by moofrank.
The topic has been locked.
More
11 Apr 2011 13:40 #93721 by Almalik
Soon I Will Be Invincible is a great book! Doctor Impossible is probably my favorite superhero/villain ever!

There are rumors of a sequel or second book in the same world by the author, but I haven't heard anything more substantial.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it got me hopeful about superhero fiction in general so I picked up several others, none of which were nearly as good.
The topic has been locked.
More
12 Apr 2011 23:54 #93953 by metalface13
I also enjoyed "Soon I Will Be Invincible," but not as much as I love "Neuromancer." I lent my copy to a friend years ago and never got it back. Now we live on different parts of the country. I should get another copy.

I could use a good book recommendation. Preferably something in science fiction or fantasy. Maybe I'll pick up the sequel to Guerellmo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain.
The topic has been locked.
More
24 Apr 2011 19:49 - 24 Apr 2011 20:20 #94964 by ubarose
This thread has been locked. It has served it's purpose, but has become too long and it's too difficult to find things in it. Please continue to share what books you have been reading by starting new threads in the "Books" forum. You can start a new thread with exactly the kind of information you used to put in the replies to this thread.

Thanks.
Last edit: 24 Apr 2011 20:20 by Boots.
The topic has been locked.
Moderators: Gary Sax
Time to create page: 0.880 seconds