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Cream of the Cool

Superhero novel, written by April Daniels in 2017. It's the first book in Daniels' "Nemesis" series.

Danny Tozer doesn't have a very easy life. Her father is abusive. Her mother is distant. And things get even rougher for her one day when the mighty Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero, falls out of the sky, dies at her feet, and grants her all of his amazing powers -- superstrength, invulnerability, flight. And it all comes wrapped up with a free transformation into the…

A quick bit of comic book trivia for any non-comics fans: a few years back, a comics fan (and future comics writer) named Gail Simone set up a website dedicated to "Women in Refrigerators" -- women characters in comic books who got killed off, maimed, and abused solely as a method for giving male superheroes angst and drama. Gwen Stacy, Karen Page, Alex DeWitt -- all killed off so the lead character would get a chance to grit his teeth and swear vengeance.…

Also a 2017 action film starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins.

Before the spoilers, I will say this: GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE.

And before you forget, NO, SERIOUSLY, GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE. EVEN IF YOU READ THE SPOILERS AND KNOW THE STORY, GO SEE IT ANYWAY - IT IS THAT WELL DONE.

Let's get the plot out of the way first:

Diana, princess of the absolutely gorgeous island of Themyscira - lives in a literal Eden surrounded by only women. She is the only child…


The Stainless Steel Rat
by
Harry Harrison
Walker and Co., 1961.

When the office door opened suddenly, I knew the game was up. It had been a money-maker -- but it was all over. As the cop walked in I sat back in the chair and put on a happy grin. He had the same somber expression and heavy foot they all have -- and the same lack of humor. I almost knew to the word what he was going to say before he uttered a syllable.