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Tour: 81. Masked edited by Lou Anders...

July 22, 2010
Title: Masked
Editor: Lou Anders
ISBN-13: 9781439168837
Paperback: 399 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository

FTC Disclosure: My copy of Masked was provided by the publisher for this blog tour. I am an affiliate for IndieBound, The Book Depository, and Amazon, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

drey's thoughts:
Masked is a collection of short stories about superheroes--the good, the bad, and the ugly. I've never reviewed something like this before, so I hope the format works. The stories (and my thoughts on some of 'em):

Cleansed and Set in Gold by Matthew Sturges
A somewhat-disturbing story about where The Wildcard gets his powers. I'll let you read it to find out for yourself, but, ewwwwwww. However, the story does make you wonder what you'd do in the name of the greater good.

Where Their Worm Dieth Not by James Maxey
A tale of the endless cycle of life and death, misplaced trust, and loss. Along with passing commentary smoking's ills. I felt horrible for the hero in this one.

Secret Identity by Paul Cornell
Superhero in a rainbow costume gets heckled for kissing a woman. Can donning a superhero costume mess with your sexual identity?

The Non-Event by Mike Carey
A heist gone wrong. So bloody wrong.

Avatar by Mike Baron
Newbie do-gooder realizes that actions have consequences.

Message from the Bubblegum Factory by Daryl Gregory
Breaking into prison to break out of prison to save the world. Eh, it's a complicated world, it is.

Thug by Gail Simone
Written without proper spelling or capitalization, I found this journal a bit difficult to read, but I may give it another whirl when my head's not pounding.

Vacuum Lad by Steven Baxter
Launch of a new superhero? Is it a miracle, or just another result of genetic manipulation?

A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Chris Roberson
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... And provides an apprentice.

Head Cases by Peter David and Kathleen David
Funny short story with a character with my son's name. *grin*

Downfall by Joseph Mallozzi

By My Works You Shall Know Me by Mark Chadbourn

Call Her Savage by Marjorie M. Liu
A futuristic society with echoes of history where the superhero(-ine) is a killer without a cape.

Tonight We Fly by Ian McDonald
So what do superheroes (& villains) do when they "retire"? Alumnus groups? Online forums? Secret messages in the daily paper for secret meetings with your former enemy to relive the good ol' days?

A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too) by Bill Willingham

drey's rating: 4/5 Excellent

Challenges: 100+, Pub


wheels209 said...

Hey Drey,
Hmmm....Head Pounding....Okay read another couple of books and call me in the Hard!!! seriously hope you feel better my friend. later....

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