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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-24 20:40
Subject: #68 Michael Carroll: The Quantum Prophecy (New Heroes)
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Michael Carroll: The Quantum Prophecy (New Heroes)

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (10 Mar 2006)
ISBN-10: 0007210922
Category(ies): Fantasy/YA

Carroll has written two novels in this series so far. He's also a regular at Octocon. I feel somewhat cheeky in that we happened to buy this a month earlier, in a charity shop, and then to happen to have it with us at Octocon. So, what the hell, we got it signed.

OK, this is a superhero novel. But it's set ten years after a climactic battle between superheroes and supervillains, which mysteriously ended with all of both disappearing (whether at the battle or not). The world has settled back into normality. But school kids Colin and Danny seem to have some unlikely abilities, and are their parents really the normal people they seem to be? As the first of a series, the answer is obviously not.

A thoughtful look at what it means to be a superhero.
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James Shields
User: lostcarpark
Date: 2006-10-25 00:44 (UTC)
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Sorry, didn't mean to post anonymously...

Yeah, loved this book. Just finishing off a Doctor Who book with Jack, then we'll be starting on the sequal.

I'd highly recommend, but then, Mike is a good friend, so I have to say that, don't I?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-10-25 07:43 (UTC)
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(Killed the anonymous copy - no need for both)

I did notice a rather enthusiastic Amazon review, so I think I can say you do appear to have liked it.

As for books by friends: I'm not sure what one could say if a friend wrote a stinker. I can think of only one example, and that's a case where the result was an attempt to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear: the dialog and characterisation were fine, but the plot was horrible, and the plot (being a novelisation) was a given.
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