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Apr. 13th, 2016 02:22 pm
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Quantum Prophecy (Michael Carroll)

Another interesting YA superhero novel. Superheroes all disappeared or lost their powers mysteriously 13 years ago. Now the next generation are just starting to get their powers, which is a good excuse for why there's infrastructure for superheroes but the young ones are important.

The title refers to a prophecy by a superhero called Quantum, which is a bit of a cheat but probably better than trying to justify why it's quantum :) This bit is quite ominous, one of the powerful, good, but eccentric heroes had visions about some disaster involving one of the new generation, which underlies all the events.

But the main characters aren't very memorable, and it was ok but not great.

Conspiracy of Angels (Michelle Belanger)

Urban Fantasy about different orders of angels living on Earth, and the fallout of events from 1000 years ago. Great premise, but I wasn't interested enough to seek out sequels.

A Prospect of Vengeance (Penultimate Anthony Price)

I can't remember the title, but I think I read my way almost up to date with everything he wrote.

I love his books where minor characters are updated to viewpoint characters, and we get to see previous characters from the outside. But I find it hard to get into the books about completely new characters, like this one.

And it's true, I'd rather he'd kept writing about cold war books, even if that wasn't the real world, than try to cope with transitioning to a post-cold-war spy agency.

Girl Genius #11

Always fun, but this one was especially funny too.

Don't tell my parents I'm a supervillain (Richard Roberts)

Another reasonably good YA superhero novel. It handles people gaining powers in interesting ways, it makes explicit the "mad scientist" thing the hero does builds awesome one-offs which have to be re-purposed to the situation at hand. But it feels a bit pointless that being a supervillain is mostly just a name, there's not really anything "bad" about it.

(Edited to add authors)

Date: 2016-04-13 02:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
(I am not sure if you caught my rec going by, but I think you might very much like SL Huang's Russell's Attic series; the ebook of the first, Zero Sum Game, is available under a Creative Commons licence.)

Date: 2016-04-13 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, seconded.

Another series I tend to mentally file in almost the same headspace, in that I feel as if I enjoyed them for kind-of-similar reasons so would recommend either one to people who liked the other, is K. B. Spangler's 'Rachel Peng' novels.

Date: 2016-04-13 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for these! Authors' names would be helpful ...

Date: 2016-04-19 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alextfish.livejournal.com
I enjoy reading these posts, because we have moderately similar taste in books, and if it's a book I liked I love to see other people talking about it even if they don't say much; and if it's a book I've not heard of but like the sound of (like Quantum Prophecy) then it serves as brief book recommendations, which are always good :)

In related content, do you own Quantum Prophecy or was it borrowed? If it's yours, then no hurry at all, but next time we're going to be in the same place, I'd like to borrow it if that'd be okay :)

Date: 2016-05-03 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alextfish.livejournal.com
Definitely no hurry, but sometime we're going to be in the same place, that'd be cool :)

Date: 2016-05-19 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alextfish.livejournal.com
Thank you! I enjoyed that :) Not the best YA novel ever, but it does tick most of my boxes, and was an enjoyable page-turner. I'm interested to track down the rest of the series. Thanks for the review and bringing me the book!