After the Golden Age

After the Golden Age

Book - 2011
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It's not easy being a superhero's daughter....

Carrie Vaughn has captured legions of fans with her wildly popular Kitty Norville novels. Now she uses her extraordinary wit and imagination to tell a sensational new story about superhuman heroes--and the people who have to live with them.

Most people dream of having superheroes for parents, but not Celia West. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world's greatest champions, she has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she's ever done is win a silver medal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she's the favorite hostage of every crime boss and supervillain in Comemrce City. She doesn't have a code name, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.

Rejecting her famous family and its legacy, Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes, becoming a skilled forensic accountant. But when her parents' archenemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the "Trial of the Century," Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus--and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765364609
9780765325556
Branch Call Number: VAUG

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ChesterChester
Sep 25, 2017

A fun, clever read. Not heavy, but fun and well written. Thumbs up.

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 08, 2017

Brilliant satire of powerless daughter of superheroes used as supervillain bait.

DBRL_JulieC Jan 16, 2017

What if your parents had super powers and were the symbol of justice in your city? And what if you didn’t have any powers? Not only do you feel like your lack of powers is a disappointment to your father, but you are constantly getting kidnapped by the bad guys to lure in the parents! This is the everyday life of Celia West, daughter of the famous Captain Olympus-with powers of strength-and Spark-with powers of fire.

I had a lot of fun reading this book. I’m a fan of superhero graphic novels and I was intrigued that a superhero story in the form of a regular novel existed. The heroine is spunky and we follow her as she navigates through her strained relationship with her father, a new romantic interest, and solving a mystery that involves the origins of the superhuman powers her parents and friends possess. The most important thing to take away from this book? You don’t have to have super powers to be a hero.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 17, 2014

This was a surprisingly heartfelt and entertaining read I reckon can be enjoyed by both fans of "Golden Age" comics and the general reader. I look forward to the soon-to-be-released sequel!

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monikak1
Jun 21, 2012

story about super heroes daughter with no super powers. Read to chapter 4 but didn't enjoy writing style.

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dprodrig
Jun 27, 2011

Definitely an interesting read due to the plot concept - what would you do if your parents were super and you weren't?

Find it's not quite as good as the Kitty books, but a nice read nevertheless.

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damnmagpie
Jun 02, 2011

I sat down, expecting to read a few pages over breakfast, and there went my morning. Sneaky, pull you in writing that makes you want to pull apart the characters' lives in one go.

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