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Soon you will be entertained
on 23 February 2017
Last year I read 'You' by Austin Grossman - a great book about game development that really resonated with me. I may have only done hobbyist game development, but a lot of what he describes matched my own feelings perfectly. This evening I finished 'Soon I Will be Invincible' by the same author. It's a complete shift in terms of tone, nuance and writing confidence, but it's also an early contender for 'most fun book of the year'.
The plot is so (intentionally) cliche that it's not worth recounting, but it's basically the story of a few own-brand Lidl versions of famous super-heroes and the battle they have with an Aldi version of Doctor Doom. What's interesting about it is that it tells the story as a pair of interleaved narratives, one from Dr Impossible (the supervillain) and one from the newly recruited superhero Fatale. In doing this, the book manages to delve a little into the purported psychology of villainy, as well as the social interplay of personalities available in a Justice-League style supergroup. In doing *that* it emphasises just how incredibly weird comic book conventions are, and the impact on the real world that such personalities would have - how society is changed by their mere presence, regardless of their actions.
Fundamentally a very simple book with some really clunky writing in parts, but really enjoyable and well worth checking out.