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Wearing the Cape Paperback – July 10, 2011
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Marion has since written five more novels set in the same world (Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, Villains Inc., Young Sentinels, Small Town Heroes, and Ronin Games), astonished each time at the enthusiastic response of his readers. He is currently working hard on a tabletop Roleplaying Game for readers who wish to adventure as capes in the world he has made, and he swears that someday he will finally finish his deeply unserious space epic, Worst Contact. Really.
He is still without an agent, but will consider offers.
Top Customer Reviews
The backdrop described by Harmon is one we all recognize, it's an solid extrapolation of how our world today would be changed by the presence of superhumans, both good and bad. And we're not just talking about flight, super strength and invulnerability. Some serious powers are on display, powers that will make you think just how dangerous and thrilling a world with superheroes would be.
As a longtime comic book fan and avid player of "City of Heroes", this book is precisely what the doctor ordered. The characters, while some are excellent homages to easily recognized archetypes, are well written and their motivations are clear. I quickly became engrossed in Astra's story, thrilled at the discover of her powers and dreaded the evil she would face. I cheered on her allies and shook my fist at her foes.
I am a big fan of comic book universes and this one is going to be one of my favorites, in many ways it echoes some of the themes of Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" and if you know that series, then you know that this is not a bad thing.
Do yourself a favor, pick up this book and devour it like I have. Then move on to the sequels and encourage Harmon to keep spinning these wonderful tales.
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The real problems with the novel though lie in mostly two areas. The tone varies between pretty lighthearted and dark and dangerous. The transitions between the two are never very clear, and the really dark elements seem far too incongruous with the preceding lighter scenes. The author was likely trying to play with that element, but it comes off as grating since the author was playing with some rather nice interesting plot elements and pushed them back for some pretty bland high society scenes, which really added nothing to the novel but to show us that Hope/Astra has a wealthy connected family...Really those scenes should've been cut and summarized.
Also pretty problematic was Hope herself. At points you really feel for the character. She gone through a lot: cancer, a friends suicide, a dead sister, etc. And that's molded her into a rather strong individual and you can really feel that nicely. However, a lot of that good will is squandered with her friends the gratingly named, 'Bees' who have a bit too much page time given to them in this story. They added nothing to this story at all and were a complete waste of space for this narrative.Read more ›
So why did I only give the book 3 stars? Well first, there is a heavy young adult spin to it, and I didnt dig that part of it.Read more ›
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Great superhero story with an origin for supers that makes sense and allows for sensible origin stories. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Christopher D Woods
The writing can be a bit bare-bones at times but it's never dull. I started reading it as just another story, but before I even finished I found myself hopping online to download... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BMD
Astra's origin story is filled with a lot of nods to other fictional hero's and a refreshing amount of " I could be girl next door. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BytheYarra
Still working my way through my previously read books which I never did a review. This one was a surprising gem even the second time around. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erin Penn
I love this book. The entire series is fantastic but the first book is still the best. It's the most realistic 'what if superheroes really existed' book I've ever read and I'm a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven M. Chambers
This is a FANTASTIC young adult book with a truly likeable heroine! Superhero fiction is a budding section in the library, and Marion G. Harmon definitely deserves a shelf. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Winslow
A fantastic story with excellent character development. A must read.Published 5 months ago by carlos david
I really enjoyed this book. It is fun, fast moving, and well written. The characters are developed enough that you identify with them and they have a good texture and feel real. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melanie Jensen