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About the Author

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
 
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
 
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Liberty Vocational (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345516567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345516565
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Too short to get a decent sense of character motivation. Where is the rest of the story that will explain why we care? I think I'd rather see this as a novel from Naomi Novik, whose writing I LOVE than as a too short graphic novel with no apparent sequel in the offing.
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Liberty Vocational is not your typical college. Why, you ask? Because it is where young superheroes go to learn how to use their powers to the best of their abilities. Leah Taymore has just started at Liberty Vocational, but her biggest challenge isn't learning how to use her extraordinary atom manipulation powers without causing a catastrophe, it's learning how to get through the day without causing a catastrophe just on her own. Add in to the mix cute boys, an adviser who may not want to advise her and a dean who may be out to get her, and Leah doesn't always have the best days. Then there's Bane. A supervillain of some notoriety who has infiltrated Liberty Vocational with some secret agenda all his own...

Will Supervillains Be on the Final? is cute. Compared to Novik's Termeraire series, it seems to fall a little short for me, but that may be more of the fact that I don't think I'm entirely the target audience, but I can appreciate it for what it is. You can tell that Novik is having fun with her characters and their situations. Leah's goofiness fits her well as she tries to navigate through a life that is entirely new to her. The supporting cast can sometimes be a little over the top, but that's really the point. The book is done in a manga fashion (which lends itself very well to this story), so in my limited manga-reading experience this seems to be true to how they are written, so manga fans should really enjoy this. Yishan Li's art is crisp and clean, and easy to follow throughout most of the book. Novik's Temeraire fans (more the girls than the guys, although the questions of the morality of superheroics might prove to be interesting to the male set, too) should probably give this a try as well, just to see how Novik can stretch her writing muscles.

Nothing challenging here, but something fun all the same.
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This was just really cute. We're in a world where everything is exaggerated -- call it a teen-girl-psychology version of superhero-land. Our protagonist faces her first day at a top-ranking superhero college -- her parents were just regional heroes, so she feels out of her league, not to mention the fact that she's younger than everyone there! Of course, everything goes wrong. She's late, she gets lost, she embarrasses herself in front of everyone (including the hot guys) -- much cute blushing and teenage agony follows, manga-style.

I can't say this is groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it a lot -- it's light and funny and has a nice friendly feeling to it. I look forward to the next installment.
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