Book Reviews

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart.

Emergence, by David R. Palmer.

Illegal Aliens, by Nick Polotta and Phil Phoglio

Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson.


The Moon In Hiding (The Green Lion Trilogy), by Teresa Edgerton.

Power Down, by Ben White.

Silverlock, by John Meyers Meyers.

The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley


Wildguard: Casting Call, by Todd Nauck.

Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio.

The Armor of Light, by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett.

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis.

Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, by Jim Bernheimer.

A College of Magics,  by Caroline Stevermer.

How Much For Just The Planet, by John M. Ford.

10 thoughts on “Book Reviews

  1. Hi Marion
    I came across your web site while looking up superhero prose books and am intrigued by Wearing the Cape.

    I have also written a superhero novel, so I’ll be interested to see your take on the genre. When I was researching my own book, I didn’t discover a great many non-comic books that interested me. But I like the look of Wearing the Cape and I’ll be downloading a copy to my Kindle.

    Would you be interesting in reviewing my book? It’s called A Class Apart, and is the first in a series of superhero novels entitled Class Heroes. If you would like a copy (in PDF, Kindle, ePub format) then let me know.

    I have set up some websites to support the book. You can see sample chapters on the main website, so you can determine whether it is the kind of thing that interests you enough to review.

    Kind regards
    Stephen Henning
    The main website for the series. You can find all relevant details about A Class Apart here, such as information on me, the characters, and the series itself.
    A ‘news’ website, with fictional news reports and videos relating to the events in A Class Apart.
    A blog, written in the form of a private diary, by the teenage heroes themselves. It lets the readers know what’s happening in the characters’ lives after book 1 – and sets up book 2.

    1. Actually I was already aware of A Class Apart and have purchased it for my Kindle. I haven’t read it yet (very busy on Bite Me), but I try and keep abreast of other superhero fiction titles. I don’t do a whole lot of reviews–so far I’ve only reviewed two other superhero-genre books. If I enjoy a book but think its only Good (i.e, a 3-star book) then I usually don’t review it on Amazon, and I never turn in a negative review unless I think a book is worse than just bad. I will, however, be happy to post an Amazon review for A Class Apart once I have finished it. And good luck! The more good superhero prose out there, the better!

  2. That would be great, thank you very much.
    Wearing the Cape has been added to my Kindle, and I’ll return the favour by posting a review on when I’ve finished it.

    Thanks again, and kind regards

  3. Hi, I just found your site and will read Wearing the Cape. I hope it is not too impolite of me to mention my series of stories Powers vs. Power, in three ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere. It is set in a real L.A. with real people, some of whom have powers. I call it superheroes for grownups.

  4. I gotta say, you sucked me in. Worse than that, you inspired me. I won’t go into the messy details; suffice it to say that I’ve got a monster re-edit ahead of me. My problem? Getting the motivation to go back and, for all intents and purposes, re-write an entire book just to make it more socially acceptable. But, hey, like I said, that’s my problem, not yours.

    The point of this missive is this, a question: do you play City of Heroes?

    Sounds like a pretty stupid question, and probably one that’s already been asked of you- I wouldn’t know for certain. The reason I ask, however, is because, well, yeah, I do. I don’t like to admit it in certain types of company (I’m a Soldier in the Army… mixed responses to that kind of stuff), but I do enjoy playing it, if for no other reason than to indulge that fantasy most guys are plagued with: being a super-hero, even if by proxy. So… as a player in this MMORPG, I found myself joining what they call a Supergroup. In this case, it was called “The New Guardians.” From what I’ve been able to learn, they’ve been around since before WtC was written… and yet they use the same emblem that was on your original book covers. I mean, identical. Coincidence?

    1. That’s very interesting. Yes it’s a coincidence, but not a strange one. I’ve never played City of Heroes (my own superhero experiences were the old tabletop dice-and-paper kind), but there are only so many good names for protectors after all: Guardians, Sentinels, Watchmen, etc. As for the symbol, I based it on the old-style compass symbol (all sorts of symbolism in a mixed compass-star sign).

      It’s cool to hear I’ve inspired another writer, but I’m curious; why the rewrite? There are lots of other superhero stories out there, and few of them are aimed at the older-teen YA reader.

      1. Well, the book I wrote is erotic fiction. Graphically erotic fiction. I published it on LitErotica and it got some great responses, so I’m heartened by that. I’ve heard a few times from my readers that if the erotica was toned down by several orders of magnitude, the overall story would be extremely marketable. So I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a rewrite, in order to make it more mainstream.

        As for hearing from your readers by way of in-the-weeds book reviews… I couldn’t agree more. I completely understand the feeling of satisfaction when I read a positive comment on something I’ve written- heck, even criticisms help (provided they’re constructive, of course). I’ve wanted to add a comment on your Amazon page, but, in truth, it’s all already been said. You’ve created a marvelous world for people to wander around in, to imagine and enjoy. That alone is meritorious, but that you did it WILL bespeaks that sought-after quality which makes writers stand out: talent. You’ve got it, in spades.

        I work for the U.S. Army right now. Lots of reasons I took up the mantle of Service, but one of them was to acquire new and interesting experiences from different parts of the world. I can safely and proudly say that I’ve accomplished that goal. My contract with the military will end in a couple years and I fully intend to put the axe to the grindstone on publishing my work. Seeing you do it on your own, successfully, is how you’ve inspired me. I mean, I’ve always been a writer; I’ve longed to be an author.

        Your personal adventure is proof positive that it IS possible. For that, I commend, thank and respect you a great deal.

  5. “I’ve wanted to add a comment on your Amazon page, but, in truth, it’s all already been said.” True, but a writer always loves hearing it again. More to the point, the Amazon system will list books based on both their sale numbers and their Star Ratings–so even a quick “Cool! Awesome!” and a good Star Rating is a boost to the system.

    As to your authorial ambitions, it’s a new world–what I and many many indie-authors have done couldn’t have been done even five years ago, before the Kindle, the I-Pad, and the Nook. If you tell a good story and market it electronically, you will find your readers. If for no other reason, I would encourage you because the superhero genre is hugely underserved right now; there is tremendous opportunity for new writers with stories of capes to share.

  6. HI, George

    I’m a member of the Pen & Cape Society, and I just self-published my first novel, The Wonderland Effect. It’s kind of a “Lewis Carroll meets Professor X” thing in tone (neither is actually a character in the story) and it is geared toward older teens and young adults. I’m sure you get lots of requests for reviews, but if you have time to check it out, a review on Amazon would be much appreciated.

    I’ve read everything in the Wearing the Cape series to date, except for Ronin Games, which I will be picking up soon. It’s easily one of the best supers in prose stories out there. I like the fact that the stories deal with serious issues, rather than tending toward camp. I’m sure the new one will carry on the tradition.

    1. Hello Robert, I’m glad that you have enjoyed the Wearing the Cape books, and pleased that you’ve released a story of your own. Unfortunately I will have to pass on your request; I haven’t replied until now because, while not request-reviewing has always been my policy, you are the first from the Pen & Cape Society to make a request and I had to review my position carefully. That said, your story sounds fascinating and from what I read on Amazon’s Free Look Inside, it is very well written. I wish you the best of luck.

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