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Superpowers [Kindle Edition]

David J Schwartz
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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`witty and charming debut ... an adult novel but teenagers of 14+ will enjoy it'
-- Times


"Schwartz strikes the right balance between vicarious superhero adventure and thoughtful reflection on the hidden costs of being a good Samaritan"
--Carl Hays, "Booklist"
"A book for everyone who's ever wondered what superpower would be most fun or whether Batman or Superman would win in a fight. (And for everyone else who's ever wondered what made comic books so much fun.) David J. Schwartz has written a first novel with superpowers, smarts, and heart to spare. If you'll forgive a lame pun in the service of a swell book: Bookstore patrons, online browsers -- may the Schwartz be with you.
--Kelly Link, author of "Stranger Things Happen" and "Magic for Beginners"
"A thoughtful and convincing blend of magic and realism. I believed in these ordinary, recognizable college students with their extraordinary abilities. As their powers change and fail them (and vice versa), "Superpowers" tells us a story both soaring and sober."
--Karen Joy Fowler, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Jane Austen Book Club "and "Wit's End"

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A brilliant, darkly funny debut what happens when a group of college kids wake to discover their ordinary lives have just taken an extraordinary turn...

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A party in a college flat in May 2001. A case of dodgy home-brewed beer. A violent storm. Next day: the mother of all hangovers. What would you do if you the morning after the night before brought a banging head, a raging thirst... Oh, and your very own superpower?

Meet the All-Stars: Harriet, Charlie, Caroline, Mary-Beth and Jack. Harriet can make herself invisible, Charlie can read your mind, Caroline can fly, and Jack, well, Jack can run faster than a speeding bullet.

Determined to become costumed crime-fighters, but baffled by the lack of super-villains to tackle, the quintet soon finds that the ramifications of their new powers are more complicated than they anticipated, and that humans (even themselves) are much more fragile than they'd realised.

About the Author

David J. Schwartz works as a librarian in Chicago. His fiction has received an Honorable Mention in 2004's YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, and been shortlisted for the Speculative Literature Foundation's 2004 Fountain Award, and has appeared in The Third Alternative, Strange Horizons, Talebones and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.
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