Saturday, July 14, 2012

Currently Reading: The Enchantress & Supergods

Title:  The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Official, Amazon, GoodReads, Google Books, Wikipedia)
Author:  Michael Scott (Official, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, Wikipedia)

The Enchantress is the sixth and final book in Michael Scott’s excellent Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.  Here’s the Book Description from Amazon –
The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.

San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?

Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.

Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?

Okay so if you haven’t been reading this series then that description probably means nothing to you, but some of the names should be familiar to fans of mythology and history buffs.  And that is what has made this series so much fun—Scott’s ability to weave together characters from history and mythology into a cohesive tapestry.  I highly recommend this series and as much as I’m dying to know what happens, I’m not looking forward to reaching the end because I don’t want to leave this world. 

Title:  Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human (Official, Facebook, Amazon, GoodReads)
Author:  Grant Morrison (Official, Twitter, GoodReads, Wikipedia)

From the Book Description on Amazon –
From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero

The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they’ve gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us?

For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the “superworld,” these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero—why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are . . . and what we may yet become.

I’m only a few chapters into Supergods, but so far it is a fabulous ride through the history of the superhero.  Like Morrison, I believe that comic books, specifically superhero comic books, are our modern day folklore and mythology.   

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