Sunday, December 6, 2009

Top 60 Novels of 2000-2009 Countdown, No. 26

"From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain" by Minister Faust

Toward the end of the decade, I became obsessed with superhero novels – literature that explores the bizarre yet human aspects of having superhuman powers. Two pretty good novels in this genre that didn't make my list are "Heroes," a YA novel by Perry Moore, and "It's Superman," a Superman origins novel by Tom De Haven, who wrote the series of novels about comics. This one was a winning mind-bender, in which a dysfunctional group of superheroes, satirizing Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others, find themselves confronting a mysterious evil plot as they interact with a future urban environment and a shrink who specializes in their problems. Faust has an Afro-centric political agenda, but he's also a hilarious writer with a talent for creating a fascinating plot that eventually bends in on itself and creates a provocative, ambiguous conclusion. It also has a lot of sex. But anyway, I look forward to whatever Faust is going to write next.

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