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"A cool, clever, wickedly twisty superhero story. You can, and will, provide your own pictures..." - Mike Carey, New York Times bestselling writer of The Unwritten and X-Men 

"A blast of pure pleasure.  This is Watchmen meets NYPD Blue, while The Incredibles stroll by; fast-moving action infused with Christopher’s infectious love of pulp fiction and the superhero genre."
- Philip Palmer, author of Red Claw, Artemis and Hell Ship

"Superheroes, we’ve always been told, are far above the common man in both powers and nobility, but Adam Christopher unrelentingly tells the story of heroes struggling to guide the world long after they’ve lost their own way. Seven Wonders slams readers in the gut from the very first page and then just keeps on firing cannons, giving readers the same choice as every single citizen of San Ventura… either duck and cover, or ride along with the laser."
- Paul Tobin, author of Prepare to Die!, Spider-Girl and Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man 

Seven Wonders is everything that’s great about superhero novels - a fast pace, a complicated plot, iconic characters, and an unlimited effects budget. Absolutely wonderful.
- Seanan McGuire, New York Times Bestselling author of Discount Armageddon and Ashes of Honor 

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Adam Christopher was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles, which isn't a bad start for a child of the 80s. In 2006, Adam moved to the sunny North West of England, where he now lives in domestic bliss with his wife and cat in a house next to a canal, although he has yet to take up any fishing-related activities.
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Product Details

  • Series: Angry Robot
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857661965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857661968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Christopher was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles, which isn't a bad start for a child of the 80s. In 2006, Adam moved to the North West of England.

Adam's fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine, and in 2010 he won a Sir Julius Vogel award, New Zealand's highest science fiction honour.

When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over superhero comics and The Cure.

Visit www.adamchristopher.co.uk

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Johann Thorsson on September 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
A great start!

The book starts off with a bang, I can't remember the last book that really got me like Seven Wonders. (Ok, I can. It was The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel). We start in a bank being robbed by a supervillain and his henchmen, and we are introduced to the protagonist, Tony, who is wondering whether he should use his newly discovered superpowers to stop the robbery. The villain is dark and evil and the reader really gets a sense of the terror he holds over the residents of San Ventura in general, and the people in the bank in particular. Tony makes a move, slams into the villain and runs with superspeed out of the bank and then flies into the air. The chapter ends in a cliffhanger, where Tony and the villain, The Cowl, lose consciousness in the air over the ocean and fall into the drink from a great height. I could not wait to read more!

Unfortunately, the book is downhill from there.

We go back a few days and get to know Tony. Sort of. I just finished the book, and I have no idea whether Tony even has parents, what he wanted to do with his life or much of anything about him apart from the immediacy of his life in the novel. We are also introduced to a number of superheroes, most notably San Ventura's Seven Wonders, superheroes that are uniform, superpower and nothing else. Batman is interesting because he has a history and is vulnerable. None of the Seven Wonders are interesting, because they have no history as individuals, and seem to be less-than-busy but still lead no lives.

*SPOILER WARNING* Everything below this point will ruin the book for you.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ackm3D on September 3, 2012
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"A superhero novel? Yes please". Unfortunately, what starts off as an interesting premise with a promise to spin a unique yarn, turns into a mediocre slugfest with bland characters, uneven pacing, unsatisfying action and a plot that wavers -- almost like disparate B-grade comic book stories thrown together.

The book started slowly and it showed immense potential at around the 40% mark and a glimpse of a promise: a look at the realities and politics of being a superhero. This never comes to fruition. On the contrary, the novel devolves into golden/silver age schtick complete with ridiculous plot-points and shifting loyalties. This certainly left me disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian on September 3, 2012
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I really liked the premise of the book. I'm a sucker for superhero stories, so this was right up my alley, but I think the book could have used another edit before being released. I caught myself shaking my head at dialogue that was meant to be intentionally campy, which came off as stilted instead. The pacing was also a little bit off, and at several points I found myself going back a few pages to find out who was doing what. Still, I read the whole thing in one sitting, so there was definitely something there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Thomas on March 15, 2013
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I read his last book and was disappointed that half way into it, the main plot of the book is reveled. In Seven Wonders, he does that again and while you may think that one story line has ended, in comes something else and it happens a few times in the book. I had to back up a few pages here and there just to figure out what was going on sometimes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raiche on September 12, 2012
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I thought this sounded like an interesting take on the superhero genre. Here we have an everyman, gaining powers and dealing with a world that is -almost- out of villains. Great potential! And at times, the story really does get there. The villains are interesting, the heroes obviously have something shady going on, and the story subverts standard templates fairly well.

But then points of view will shift. Again and again. And time too. Keeping track is not so bad, heck, I loved Malazan! But each point of view adds enough to a character to make them flawed, while showing another character as horrible/boring, and maybe hint at some deep character story that will never be revealed. In the end, not a single person is easy to relate to, or really even interesting. After a while I gave up knowing whose eyes I was supposed to be seeing through and just tried to pick up what was going on.

That's a bit of a waste as well. There are really three or four stories here, each condensed too much, but yet interesting. I would love to know more about some of the goings on, the history, interactions. Sadly almost everything goes out with a whimper or a mostly-described fight, then proceeds to the next story. Eventually it's old school comicbook madness, even referring to an 'infinite crisis'. Maybe there's satire here?

At the end it is revealed that this began as a project of vignettes. From that angle, these are great. Connecting them end to end has taken away from what could be interesting characters/stories in their own right. The editor should have helped make this a cohesive novel, or just stuck with vignettes or short stories.

All that said, I read this in one sitting, so it at least keeps the attention!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandeno on February 10, 2013
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Lots to like with the writing in this one, but the plot was all over the place and, well, just wasn't my cup of tea.
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