This vacation I've been reading Superpowers by David J. Schwartz.
I picked this book up as an impulse buy, and here's why:
First of all, it's a novel about college students in Madison, WI. Since I spent a large slice of my college career there, all the locales mentioned in this book are easily remembered. When the characters go to the SERF, I remember myself going to the SERF.
However, you don't need to know Madison to enjoy this book. The concept alone is enough to merit a read: ordinary people wake up one morning transformed into beings with superpowers. You won't find a cliche supervillain subplot here--mostly this is about what would happen if an ordinary person suddenly had extraordinary powers.
The five powers themselves make for a great conversation piece: which of the five would you choose if you could pick one of them for yourself.
1. Speed. The ability to run 20 miles in a couple minutes. When you run, objects in the world seem to be standing still, so dodging bullets isn't out of the question. Running to a nearby state is not a problem.
2. Flight. No wings necessary. The ability to soar through the sky.
3. Invisibility. Can be turned on and off at will.
4. Super strength and near invulnerability. Think of the powers of the Thing, except you still look normal.
5. Telepathy. Not just able to read the minds of those nearby, but also the ability to scan an internet-like web of thoughts.
Which would you choose?
Schwartz does a good job on this novel. It doesn't surprise me that he has a large selections of comic and science fiction/fantasy reviews that he has documented from a former blog and also a current blog. If you enjoy reading reviews, give them a try.