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Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel Hardcover – August 27, 1996
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“Excellent. Hugo Award-winning author C.J. Cherryh uses her vast talents to add to the adventures of two timeless, beloved characters.”
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relationship is founded on a secret. Now that secret is in jeopardy. In this exciting new novel, award-winning author C. J. Cherryh takes us deep into the private lives and thrilling adventures of Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and the world?s most famous super hero, Superman.<br><br><b>Where is Superman when you need him?</b><br><br>The <i>Daily Planet</i> offices rumble in the aftershock of an enormous explosion. As Lois Lane stares through the settling dust, a terrifying sight takes shape: the high-rise hotel down the street has completely collapsed. Hundreds of people are trapped inside, including an entire children?s soccer team. And Superman, the guardian of Metropolis and the love of her life, is half a world away.<br><br>Even with his super powers, Superman can?t be everywhere at once. As he struggles desperately to save a village threatened by a bursting dam, Lois races through the pandemonium of the collapsed hotel, throwing herself into the rescue effort—and eme
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This novel is closer to the simple wonder, gee-wow awe of the original, but a fine author brings the best of the novel's long form characterization, reflection and depth - the lady can write, as Alice "Andre" Norton observed back when comic books cost a nickel.
All the stock characters are here, but somehow they are living and breathing, thoughtfully fleshed out with a novel's power and depth. Superman can save people from a dam breaking in the Caucasus, and his flight is described from the inside, and later we find he does liaison with the State Department and the Red Cross. Without the perhaps excessive navel gazing of some comics, a person wrestles with great power but also uncertainties that go beyond just which power will save the day.
As a person, Lois is still a bit held back by her 2 dimensional comic persona,notably by her failed engagement to Lex Luther shadowing her engagement to marry Clark, but Cherryh shows Lois as a hero in her own right. Her slight size and great courage saves lives in a vividly realized building collapse - and in her own voice she shows a range of human feelings that make heroism more real. As a counterpoint to Superman thinking and feeling, rather than just leaping tall buildings in a single bound and yet again preserving his secret identity from Lois' curiosity, this is Lois and Clark in a relationship with challenges but also reinforced by sharing the adventure.
Cannot speak for the TV show or other novels, but C. J. Cherry is a wonderful story teller, and perhaps this book will introduce you to many more truly enjoyable novels.
Is it up to Ms. Cherryh's normal standards? well no... and yes.
Here is a story where, you see a conflicted Superman, with a Lois that you can understand Superman being in love with. I never could understand that with the original Black and White series as a kid.
But what is cool about this story is, Ms. Cherryh shows a Superman with powers that make sense, going into detail about laws of conservation of matter and energy. I don't think any Hollywood screenwriter is going to pull that off.
So bottom line is it is a story that I enjoyed reading, and I think any Superman fan, who is somewhat educated may find fascinating. But that's just what I think.