Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Book Inspection: Enemies & Allies by Kevin J. Anderson



Plot Sketch: Bruce Wayne is fighting crime as Batman, but Gotham City PD thinks he's a criminal. Meanwhile, Clark Kent is off rescuing people as Superman and the whole world thinks he's the man. Lois is in love with her rescuer, Kal-El. Clark is trying to make a name for himself as a reporter, not a gossip columnist. Bruce Wayne discovers corporate espionage. Where else can you get a story that forays in Siberia, Marilyn Monroe, The Fortress of Solitude, Sputnik, Area 51, and references to Sugar Ray Robinson and Dr. Mengele?

Verdict: I Heart It!! I really ate this up. When I first read about the concept, I was intrigued, but I had no idea how much I would really love it. Anderson's writing style lets you believe what he's saying. I thought that it was a brilliantly woven story that made me smile, and compelled me to keep reading. I definitely recommend this to you.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Metropolis/Gotham City, with some adventures in Siberia and Cuba.

What is the main character's name?
Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Lois Lane
Lex Luthor

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Since the story is told from at least four points of view, I have to consider all four main characters. Of course Batman is my favorite, hands down. That's because he used his ingenuity to fight crime. Then comes Lois Lane. Then Superman. I did not heart Lex Luthor, but I guess arch villains are not supposed to be hearted, right? I did like the way all four were written though. I thought they were incredibly developed for a 300-page novel.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
1.5 days

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
I didn't. There was one part where I went, “Um, yeah right. The story was believable until now.” and then I kept reading and thought it was believable again. That's it.

Is this a good read for Monster?
Totally. The guys in your life will probably love this.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
I kept thinking the whole time I was reading it, “Where is Spidey?” I think it would be cool if he could introduce Spiderman on down the line. I really do.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
“If only her father could see her now – tough little Lois turning into a girly, emotional mess.”

How many chapters were in the book?
65! They were really short, but I liked it that way. Each chapter had an emblem of Superman or Batman so that you knew which characters would be talking. The chapter title was the location that part of the story was taking place. Well done.

Does the author have a website?
Yes: http://www.wordfire.com/

Stats:

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: May 5, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061662550

Acquire It: (it's out today!)

Hardcover

Notes:

Kevin J Anderson talks about this novel over at Harper Collins Online in a video.



Contest: *CLOSED!*

If you would like to win my copy of Enemies & Allies, leave a comment telling us who you prefer: Batman or Superman, and why. Extra Entries are available by:

+3 Blog Post/Blog Sidebar (leave link)
+1 Facebook/MySpace/Twitter (tell me you posted it)
+2 List another book that Anderson writes that you have either read or are interested in reading in your comment.
+2 New followers/Subscribers (tell me!) Subscribe
+3 Existing Subscribers (tell me!)
+1 Twitter Followers new and old (tell me!) Follow Me
+1 Email someone about this contest and cc: me (+1 for every recipient)
+1 Become a Fan of I Heart Monster on Facebook

Please leave all of your comments in one post, or reply to your post if necessary. Also, please leave your email address. Use scr.im or emailcover.com if you want ;o).

This giveaway ends May 30, 2009 at 11:59PM Arizona time.

Have questions you'd like to see added to The Gauntlet? Email me.

29 comments:

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

I choose Batman because Superman is a dick. Do you know how hard it was to pick just one example from SuperDickery.com?

On a more serious note, I prefer Batman because darker, more flawed characters hold my interest more than a perfect paragon of goodliness (despite what the Silver Age of comics suggests...), and Batman is a man worked to become this capable defender, while Superman had the gifts first and chose how to direct them.


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+2 The books of his I really want to (and should) read would be the Jedi Academy trilogy.
+3 I follow you via my RSS feedreader!
+1 You already know I follow you. :)
+1 And fangirled. :P

Okay, my maths is generally terrible and it is late at night, but I think that comes to 11?

jonnyskov said...

Batman is about as close to a superhero ninja as one can be.

I Heart Monster said...

11 indeed :o)

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NotNessie said...

Everytime I try to leave my email in the field above the internet freezes, so I'll just put it here: gypsyrover21(at)yahoo(dot)ca

I prefer Superman because Batman creeps me out.

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ShootingStarsMag said...

I'd LOVE to be entered. I'd have to say Superman as my favorite. I grew up watching and hearing about him as my dad is a huge fan and then my older sister fell in love with it.

I'm already a follower of the blog, but I JUST became one before reading this, so you decide what that means. LOL

Never read anything else by this author...but he wrote The Last Days of Krypton right? Sounds fun too!

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bridget3420 said...

No need to enter me, I already have this book. Just wanted to say that I loved this book!

bbx said...

Batman! Because he's a human being without super powers. He just is mega-rich and owns supertoys and gadgets :)

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Jules said...

Hmm... Batman. Because he's dark and he has the bat mobile. :)

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Llehn said...

I am a Batman fan because I love it that he is dark and has more issues which means great conflict! Plus it doesn't hurt that the current Batman is Christian Bale!
+ 2 I am a Star Wars fan so I would love to read any of the Star Wars books that Mr. Anderson wrote, probably Dark Apprentice.
+2 I am a new follower.

Llehn said...

Oops I meant that I am already a follower!

cmh512 said...

Love the sound of the book and Batman is my favorite hero. His beginning
in crime fighting with the murder of his parents is so righteous. Also,
I like the batmobile, batcave and Alfred! Many thanks.....Cindi

cmh512 said...

I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted your giveaway!
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Many thanks, Cindi

cmh512 said...

I follow you feed via my Google Reader Page!
Thanks, Cindi

cmh512 said...

Also, I am a fan of I Heart Monster on Facebook!
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Popin said...

I definitely prefer Batman. He's human and has no real super power, plus his arch enemy is the Joker. He's just awesome by default. :p

Thanks
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Carlene said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing. I have always thought Batman was way hotter then Superman. I am a new follwer.
Thanks
Carlene

sena said...

Batman b'coz he's hot! Plus he has the supercool batmobile!
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+2 List another book that Anderson writes that you are interested in reading - The Last Days of Krypton
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Jennifer said...

I like Batman because I like that he is a human without superpowers, it makes for a more believable character! mattandjen[at]gmail.com

parkerozgood said...

I am torn between Batman and Superman. If I had to pick though, I would choose Batman. Because he is a bad ass and can figure out a way to defeat any villain. Superman is a close second. I would really love to have a copy of this. Thanks for the chance

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I am a fan on facebook.

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Kelly said...

I prefer Batman--his "powers" are more interesting, given that they are all driven by his intense desire for justice and with gadgets that (in theory) would be available for a non-powered person to use.

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madamerkf said...

I like Superman because he can fly and see through things and do all sorts of cool things..Batman is just a man...

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bluebelle0367 said...

Batman! He is rich, handsome, has all sorts of really cool gadgets and who can forget the batmobile.

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Guest said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

I prefer Batman as being a superhero with super powers always seems to make it easier to succeed. I prefer normal people doing extraordinary things as heros

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Guest said...

I like Batman better because he's a hero without the superpowers.
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I want to read The Last Days of Krypton.

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