Super Powers by David J Schwartz, Gigolo by Golden
AFTER thoroughly enjoying the film Iron Man and having spent the past week shouting 'HULK SMASH!' at customers as a result of watching The Incredible Hulk, I decided to get even more of a superhero fix by reading a new novel by David Schwartz, called Super Powers.
It starts off with some typical American college stereotypes - the geek, the jock, the pretty girl, the not-so-pretty girl, the studious one - having a few drinks. The next morning, they all wake to discover they have developed super powers (a subtle title, wasn't it?).
The story continues with them getting used to their abilities and deciding what to do with them.
What I really enjoyed about this book, and where it is superior to similar material, is the decision to concentrate on the physical and emotional turmoil that the group goes through rather than relying on a hackneyed super-villain to ruin the day.
There are some great plot twists that I didn't see coming, and each character comes alive on the page (the old guy they visit in the retirement home is a particular favourite).
Although primarily a sci-fi novel, the writing is so good that the genre label is of little importance - I've already suggested this book to several friends; I suggest you read it and do the same.
Now, for the open-minded reader, Gigolo, by an author going by the pseudonym of Golden, makes a refreshing change to the sexploit books such as Girl With a One Track Mind by Abby Lee or Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend.
Written from a man's point of view, it's a candid look at the life of a professional man-for-hire and, as such, is sometimes rude but often very surprising.
If you want to try something similar in tone to Hotel Babylon or one of the aforementioned sexploits, then this is for you!
Top 10 books
1. 3 Para, Patrick Bishop
2. Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
3. Devil May Care (James Bond), Sebastian Faulks
4. The Outcast, Sadie Jones
5. Sniper One, Dan Mills
6. Second Chance, Jane Green
7. Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
8. Head On, Ian Botham
9. Lessons In Heartbreak, Cathy Kelly
10. Making Money, Terry Pratchett
These were the top ten selling titles at Books Etc, The Chimes, Uxbridge, for the week ending June 29.