Soon I Will Be Invincible

I just finished Soon I Will Be Invincible, the debut novel by Austin Grossman. It’s rather good.

The book is a superhero adventure told in alternating chapters by an experienced evil genius (he’s in prison for the twelveth time when the book starts) and a new cyborg hero. The action of the story is straight out of a silver age comic book (the villian says things out-loud like “Who dares?” and “In the coming era I will rule the world, as is my right.”) but the inner lives of the two narrators are complex and authentic.

Grossman will be reading at the Bookslut Reading Series on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:00pm at the Stop Smiling Storefront (1371 N. Milwaukee). Nick Bertozzi (The Salon) and Paul Hornschemeier (The Three Paradoxes) will also be reading.

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