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Batman: Inferno (DC Comics) (A Movie in Your Mind) (A Movie in Your Minde) Audio CD – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: A Movie in Your Minde
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: GraphicAudio (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599505541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599505541
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alex Irvine is the author of The Narrows; One King, One Soldier; and A Scattering of Jades, which won the Crawford Award for best new writer. He was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best new writer and a Pushcart Award nominee for his short story Snapdragons. Irvine s short fiction has appeared in the Vestal Review, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Alchemy, and The Year s Best Science Fiction, among others. He lives in Portland, Maine.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

1

July 26, 9:09 am

Bruce Wayne has never figured himself for a power-tool enthusiast, but the fact is hard to deny. He blames Lucius Fox, which is a dodge, like blaming Tsunetomo for his love of physical discipline as expressed through the martial arts. It has always been there, latent. Waiting for the shriek of the lathe and the brutal seduction of the pneumatic drill. Today it’s the jackhammer, pulverizing a bulge in the cave wall. Smoothing, leveling, squaring. He will bring order and regularity to the cave the way he brought order and regularity to his fear: through planning, diligence, and the necessary application of force. Where millennia of water had meandered and eroded and precipitated, leaving an organic and irregular labyrinth, a few weeks of work will yield a haven, a completed base of operations from which a man with the right kind of courage and dedication could save his city from those who would corrupt it and do it harm.

He wants as much of the cave to remain natural as is possible. Once he cleared and squared enough space for a laboratory, workshop, training area, and garage, that was enough; now he’s in the finishing stages. Too much work, too much hammering and blasting and drilling, might displace the bats that were the reason for his coming here. As they were the collective reason for so much else. Bruce has already redone the cave’s wiring twice to accommodate the additions he’s made since deciding to create this hideaway two years ago, and if he goes ahead and adds all the facilities he has in mind, he’ll have to do it again. Right now the computer workstation is in a level spot surrounded by stalagmites, the metalworking area nestles in an alcove that still stinks of guano, and he can’t do any materials testing because he needs a climate-controlled room. Good thing I’m a billionaire playboy, he thinks. If I had a real job, I’d never have time to get all this done.

As soon as the jackhammer’s echo dies away into the depths of the cave, Alfred is there. “Why don’t you take a break, Master Bruce?”

“Alfred, you know I can’t,” Bruce says. “I need to get this squared off before the reception tonight.”

“If I may be so bold,” Alfred says mildly, “the cave will be exactly where you left it.”

“Yes, it will. And tomorrow it will be a portfolio review, or a charity appearance, or a stockholders’ meeting that will get in the way, and this will be just a cave until I come down here when I don’t want to and get this done. Or are you suggesting I should put the job out to bid?”

The idea of a gang of Gotham’s finest hard hats banging around under the foundations of Wayne Manor brings a smile even to Alfred’s studiously impassive face. “Surely not,” he says. “But you must realize when you have brought your crew to the last of its strength.” Alfred snaps a handkerchief out of his pocket and dabs at his forehead and the corners of his eyes. “If you’ll excuse me, Master Bruce, I believe I will enjoy a break for both of us.”

“Be my guest,” Bruce says.

Alfred sits in the swivel chair in front of the bank of monitors near the elevator and leans it all the way back, resting a hand over his eyes. Bruce starts to go back to work, but out of all the thoughts about Tsunetomo and grand schemes for the cave, the morning’s “Bull’s-Eye” column creeps into the front of his mind and won’t leave.

He leans the jackhammer against the cave wall. “You read the paper this morning, Alfred?”

“I’m quite sure you know the answer to that question, Master Bruce.”

“So what do you think? Should I start to license Bat-gear? Or maybe I should get a Bat-wife first, and have some Bat-kids so I can sell pictures of them in the maternity ward to the gossip rags. Sound like a good idea to you?”

“It seems to me,” says Alfred, “that the very fact of your marriage would keep the gossip rags in rapture for years. Whether your betrothed was a bat or not.”

Bruce laughs. “True. Wonder if it’s time for another Bruce-Wayne-jilts-socialite scandal. Think that would goose the stock price a little?”

“I highly doubt that shareholder value is dependent on your amorous escapades,” Alfred says.

“Still, if there’s any chance I could do the company some good . . .”

Alfred gives him a sidelong look. “I shall consult the social register,” he says. “Surely there is a lass remaining who has not yet been victimized by your charms.”

“That’s the spirit,” Bruce says. “When you find her, invite her to whatever the thing is tonight.”

“The thing, as you so casually put it, is a charity event for Wayne Enterprises’ cystic fibrosis foundation.”

Bruce starts clearing rubble into a bin. It doesn’t match training on a glacier with Tibetan warrior-monks, but it’s hard physical work and he falls into the rhythm of it, feeling muscle and ligature flex and lengthen, hearing the air in his lungs and the steady backbeat of his heart. There is music in the body, if you know to listen for it—a more metaphysical thought than Bruce Wayne usually allows himself to indulge in, but when you’ve decided to devote your life to breaking your body and your mind against the tide of evil and corruption that constantly threatens Gotham City, there is something centering about plain mundane labor. Especially when you can do it in a cave that’s constantly fifty-seven degrees instead of the ninety-plus summer heat baking the city.

He has just topped the bin off and lifted the handles to wheel it back to a depression in the back of the main cave when Alfred calls, “Master Bruce. I believe you’ll be interested in this.”

“What’s that, Alfred?” Bruce thought Alfred was asleep. He should have known better.

“If I’m not mistaken, a situation has arisen that requires the . . . informal . . . services you have of late provided our fair city. May I suggest you have a look yourself?”

Butler-speak, Bruce thinks. Much too late to cure Alfred of it, but he has a passing impulse to endow a charity for the education of butlers in idiomatic regular English. “Be right there.” --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Native of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Writer of books, comics, games etc. Fan of Detroit sports, any and all soccer. PhD, former professor. Father of three. Resident of Maine. Pets: two dogs, a parrot, a snake. Favorite writers, in no particular order: Cervantes, Borges, Murakami, Dick, Pynchon, Herriman, Chaucer, Kelly. Ask me again tomorrow, the list would be slightly different.

Some favorite books, not written by people on the previous list (but all written by people who might have been on the list on a different day), and again in no particular order: Sarah Canary, Gould's Book of Fish, Geek Love, Midnight's Children, Song of Solomon...

Current projects:

Marvel: Avengers Alliance, a Facebook RPG -- you've always wanted to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., right? Well, you can if you go to http://apps.facebook.com/avengersalliance

I'm also working on another Marvel game, some things for Blizzard, two novels, a novelization of an upcoming movie, and various shorter pieces and comics. More details as I can reveal them, but trust me, it's some pretty cool stuff.

Customer Reviews

Satisfying above average book and is definitely worth a read for Batman fans.
WarOnCrime
Imagine the Joker being able to not only sneak into the Batcave, but also driving off in the Batmobile with the Batman's only Batsuit!
Donald R Mendoza
This book was a great read. the characters were given a lot of depth, and the plot was fairly engaging.
steve in New Mexico

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WarOnCrime on January 16, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A good read and highly recommended over John Shirley's Batman: Dead White.

This Batman book actually feels like it belongs - it has all the elements you expect and as with anything the Joker is involved with - a few sick laughs.

Set in what seems 50% post-Batman Begins and 50% post-The Man Who Laughs(from comics continuity) - it includes Lucious Fox in the same capacity Batman Begins does as well as sets a small familiar origin and first caper from the Joker reservoir incident from The Man Who Laughs. Arkham Asylum is seemingly within the city limits as it is in Batman Begins. What I can't place is the use of Jonathan Crane and few references to Falcone. Jonathan Crane works at Arkham Asylum and is a public figure and very much resembles Batman Begins - but no mention of incarceration - just strong pointing to the fact that he, like the people he treats, just isn't right in the head. His dialogue even sounds like the Batman Begins interpretation and the use seems appropriate.

Enfer isn't half bad, he's a little above average for a book original villain - he's well explained and has the kind of Gotham villain flair we've come to love (or hate).

A hefty dose of involvement and mention of Gordon is a welcome addition to the book and would make your mouth water at the possibilities if the new Batman sequel continues to devote some time to the character.

After reading the plot summary for the book I was skeptical - but it is executed quite well and will keep you interested. The Joker's dark humor and his relationship with Enfer is very entertaining. After all the material that's out there on the Joker it really is surprising how well he's represented in the book - so Joker fans will not be disappointed at all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Cole on November 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I will have to admit the main reason I picked up this book is the cover picture. I had heard nothing about the story, the author or where in the mythos of the Dark Knight the story fell. All I knew was it had the Joker. Add to my "Cart" and ring me up please.

I have to admit after reading the book I still am a little unclear where it falls in continuity. It appears to take place in the "Batman Begins" world but I was taken aback by the fact that Dr. Crane (Scarecrow) was still heading up Arkham in this story.

Putting that aside the story flows quite well. The new villain, Enfer, is not just a throw away created to die. He has a great back-story that works and I hope we will see him again. The story also mentions a prior encounter between Batman & Joker and, without giving too much away, the Joker is already an inmate at Arkham at the beginning of the book. Could elements from this book be foreshadowing of what's to come in the next movie??? I have to admit I have been a fan boy since the Adam West days and have yet to really hate a portrayal of the Dark Knight.

Ok, maybe I hated Clooney.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of audiobooks. The radio doesn't work for me during a commute or while running errands anymore. Since I acquired the iPhone, I've got even more reason to enjoy audiobooks every day. The connection in the car is great, and all it takes is a set of earbuds to get me mobile.

Over the years, I've learned to tell good readers from lesser ones in only a matter of minutes. Sometimes the book suffers from the experience of a weak reader that's just not capable of doing a good job of keeping all the various characters separate with only one voice.

However, GraphicAudio is a great little company whose slogan guarantees "a movie in your mind." After listening to Batman: Inferno, I have to agree. They have a full ensemble cast and provide myriad background noises and sounds that pull listeners into a scene the way that Old Time Radio does. They also restructure the story to take advantage of those aural anchors that keep that imaginary world sounding so real. I'm looking forward to more of their books.

But onto the book review. I really enjoyed Alex Irvine's take on a Batman novel. I thought he kind of overplayed the whole "Batman's gonna kill the Joker" mantra, but the Joker parts were totally entertaining. They were also a mix of the recent movie Joker played by Heath Ledger and the Clown Prince of Crime from the early Batman issues. The Joker's really not tied into the real world, and brings real menace to anyone that lives there.

The plot in this book also offers a new villain that I hadn't before encountered in Batman mythos. His name is Enfer and he's an ex-fireman turned pyromaniac with delusions of grandeur. As it turns out, he's one of Dr. Crane's (Scarecrow) pet projects.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on August 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Definitely the creepiest cover for a Batman novel.

Another book with some small ties to the Beyond Beyond milieu, as here, Lucius Fox is a technologist at Wayne, not a financier. Gordon is a Captain. Ducard was one of Batman's trainers.

Batman has problems with two supervillains, one an arsonist that was transformed into a metahuman during some mercenary work, and has a grudge against the GCPD, and also the Joker, who, after the firebug Enfer toasts Arkham, stumbles across the Batcave and steals a Batsuit.

Luckily for the Batman, Enfer and the Joker don't get along, and spend some time in opposition.

After every chapter in this book is a press clipping from a Gotham newspaper, which is done quite well.

Batman has two supervillains, one burning down quite a few parts of the city, and one his usual crazy self, as well as a loss of trust from the media, the police, and the general population.
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