Soon I Will Be Invincible

Soon I Will Be Invincible

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
When Doctor Impossible, an evil genius and ambitious wannabe world dominator, launches a new plot to seize control of the world, Fatale, a woman built by the NSA to be the next generation of weaponry, joins a group of misfit superheroes in their quest to destroy Doctor Impossible.

Blackwell North Amer
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 backward 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, Fatale joins a team struggling with a damaged past, having to come together in the face of unthinkable evil.

Baker
& Taylor

When Doctor Impossible, an evil genius, mad scientist, time-traveler, and ambitious wannabe world dominator, escapes from prison and launches a new plot to seize control of the world, Fatale, a woman built by the NSA to be the next generation of weaponry, joins a group of misfit superheroes in their quest to destroy Doctor Impossible. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424861
0375424865
Branch Call Number: SF GROSSMAN
Characteristics: viii, 287 p. ; 25 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 19, 2013

For those of us who grew up reading comic books, enjoying sci-fi and other geek pursuits, it's been bittersweet to watchformerly 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).

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jhirdler24
Sep 06, 2013

A superhero tale. Well, more of a super villain tale. The book asks the question, if you are a super-genius, why would you continually try to "take over the world" when you know that some superhero is just going to swoop in, beat you up, and break your doomsday device? After the third try, you think you'd learn your lesson. Not Doctor Impossible. He's been to jail 12 times and he STILL plans to escape and take over the world. The book goes back and forth between Dr. Impossible's perspective & the newest member of the Champions(a Justice League/Avengers clone), a cyborg named Fatale. It covers all the various topics you would expect in a world with superhumans. Most of the heroes are thinly veiled versions of popular comic superheroes. A Superman-type named Corefire (super-strength, flight, invulnerability, super-senses) has gone missing and the Champions, the "world's premier super-group" reforms to find him and stop Dr. Impossible at the same time. A very interesting ending.

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labrys
Aug 23, 2013

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.

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ramiec
Jun 30, 2013

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

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elewep
May 28, 2013

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.

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andrewgraphics
Aug 16, 2012

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.

KileyP May 02, 2012

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.

jeffrc Apr 15, 2012

like megamind meets the incredibles

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22950006357453
Oct 15, 2011

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

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john_shade
Jul 06, 2011

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

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ramiec
Jun 30, 2013

These are the times when I wish I could fly.

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ramiec
Jun 30, 2013

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

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ramiec
Jun 30, 2013

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

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