Anitra Smith (anitra) wrote,
Anitra Smith

Book reviews: Superfolks and Making Money

So... I was reading Labyrinth by Kate Mosse, but I just couldn't get through it, and I took a break and re-read a bunch of my favorites. But my whole purpose for writing book reviews this year was to examine books I have NOT read before, and there have been two more of those - so here goes:

14. Superfolks by Robert Mayer.
As it said in the foreword to this edition, we're getting used to fallible super-heroes now (The Incredibles, anyone?), so this book didn't have the same impact on me that it would have years ago (it was written in 1977). It was still highly enjoyable to watch the Superman-esque main character as he tries to reconcile his middle-class suburban "secret identity" with his urges to use his powers and do the right thing. The sexual aspects were amusing, (Peter Pan is grown-up and gay, the main character's highschool sweetheart became a stripper, and whenever he uses his superpowers to slate his lust, he ends up hurting himself) and surprisingly not crude (for the most part). It's not just poking holes in the comic-book establishment, though; there is an actual plot, full of danger and gut-wrenching decisions that must be made. I'm glad I read this book.

Rating: A

15. Making Money by Terry Pratchett.
This book might as well be subtitled "the continuing adventures of Moist von Lipwig". This time, Moist ends up in charge of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork, where he tries to convince: the general public that gold is worth less than potatoes, the bankers that they should incentivize small deposits from normal people, a "female" golem that it is not worth it to have a crush on him (eep!), his fiancée (Adora Belle Dearheart, AKA Spike) that food shouldn't be able to look back at you, a dead lecherous wizard to help him control a horde of golems, and a small dog to give up a highly inappropriate toy. I always enjoy Terry Pratchett, although I'd say that "Going Postal" (which introduces Moist) is just a touch more interesting.

Rating: A+
Tags: books, reading list 2008

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