You know, James Davis Nicholl has a real gift for writing a great paragraph on just about any theme.
Here’s his post at tor.com on the care and feeding of supervillains.
And here’s his last paragraph:
Granted, by definition costumed crooks will have executive function issues that might make them hard to convince. Happily, anyone who sets out to be a superhero probably has issues of their own. Let yours blind you to the failure modes of an iterated prisoners dilemma and guide you towards Silver Age commensal relationship with your rogues gallery. The bystanders will thank you.
Executive function issues! Ha ha ha! I really did chuckle out loud. A commensal relationship! That’s just as good. Fun column.
Okay! Favorite superhero / supervillain novel, go!
I liked Sinner by Greg Stolze quite a bit. I did think the ending was weak. Still, I should definitely read that one again.
I did not much care for Steelheart by Sanderson. Too much character stupidity.
A few days ago, I started to read All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, which has a great title, but good lord, soooo much info is dumped on the reader during the extra-long introductory couple of chapters and I lost interest.
I do like superhero novels, though. Particularly the ones that create their own world with new heroes, not novels that feature Superman and Lois Lane, or whatever.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple more superhero novels I’ve tried. If you’ve got a favorite, drop it in the comments!