Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Review: The Powers That Be: A Superhero Collection
The Powers That Be: A Superhero Collection by Will Swardstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very decent collection of indie superhero prose, well-written and, what's more, well-edited.
Some stories are about ordinary people who are kind of like superheroes, others about superheroes who face challenges of real life, and some lie somewhere between the two. In one story, I was a little disappointed by a late hint that the protagonist had some kind of unusual ability herself; it undercut the premise of "ordinary person at risk from superheroes" that had been running very successfully up until then (though it did explain her rashness). One or two of the stories had moments where what was going on could have been more clearly conveyed. But most of the stories had very satisfactory conclusions, good, strong characters, and vivid writing that didn't slow down the pace or distract from the story.
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