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Friday, September 7, 2012

Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman

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Now for today's post where venturing where this reader has never gone before...are you scared? You shouldn't was a really enjoyable read and one that I think many of you might enjoy as well. It's from the realm of Fantasy and features a hero many of us know and love...the Batman. Ready to read all about it? Without further ado, today's book of choice is...

Wayne of Gotham
Tracy Hickman

This is the story of a hero made super by technology and tenacity. It tells us just what happens when justice is not enough and wrong is found no matter where you turn. We get to explore the younger days of Wayne's father,Thomas, and see not only how he became the shrewd businessman he was but the dark past of both him AND Martha that not even Batman was able to uncover. It was his first case, the death of his parents, and one he's never been fully able to put to rest...until now. Thanks to a dramatic game unfolding, the events that led up to that nigbt will finally be revealed. Be careful what you ask for Bruce for among "the truth" may be truths best left in peace.

Even a non-enthusiast super hero fan like me (as in I know of them, but rarely partake of their tales) found this story rather enjoyable! You've got a full cast of villians making their voices heard and if you've even occasionally read or watched the cartoon series, you'll recognize the varied cast from Scarface to Spellbinder to the's a reunion of the worst sort but the real kicker is a BIG blast from the past in more ways than one...suffice it to say that I doubt you'll see this one coming. As for the side of good...

Good old Bruce is up to his old tricks; saving dameselles in distress and showing the citizens of Gotham that not everything that goes bump in the night is out to get you...only some of them. I really like the direction his character takes; the carefully constructed facsade arranged just so as to give him yet another face to hide behind. He plays the part and plays it well, maybe even TOO well to some degree. It's easy to lose yourself when you're constantly filling the shoes of another. Moving on...

All in all, I'd say it was a remarkable adventure with the caped crusader that will leave you eaiting with baited breath as to the final ending. The story unfolds at a steady pace, revealing sides to people and events otherwise left BIG surprise involves Alfred, dating back to his father and his father before him; let's just say I'd stay on his good side if I were you. Its got something for the hardcore fans (learned thanks to a tweep why he's referred to as "the Batman"...old school reference to classic stories) as well as those merely curious to try something new with an old friend. Rest assured, you will not leave this adventure un-entertained.

Recommended read for teen through adult readers...come one, come all and she what's in store for the Batman this time around. Review copy received courtesy of itbooks ( a division of HarperCollins Publishers. (THANKS!) To discover more about this title as well as their full catalog, be sure to visit them online, like them on Facebook (http:/ or follow along on Twitter (

Until next time...happy reading!


Felicity Grace Terry said...

Ooh I know several people who would love this. Thanks for a great review.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

My daughter's boyfriend is a big fan, and i think this would make a great Christmas gift for him...thanks for sharing it, so glad you played with your new toy!

Alexia561 said...

Nice review! I'm not a big fan of Batman, but am curious about his parents so might give this one a try. Like that you aren't a big fan either so good to know ├Żou still enjoyed it! Thanks!

The1stdaughter said...

Oh! This looks like a great upcoming Christmas gift for my hubby, which will then be passed on to the Turkeybird (at a later date) because they both love Batman. Great review! Nice to know you don't have to be a rabid fan to enjoy this one. ;o)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh this is new and interesting. Hmm, wonder if the kid would be interested in a Batman story. :) Thank you.

Gina said...

Petty Witter: My pleasure!

kimbacaffeinate: Yes, it was fun...and glad to help with the gift list! ^_^

Alexia561:'s not so much running around caped crusader in the night as it is learning more about his past, their past and what's come back to bite them in the present.

the1stdaughter: Definitely don't. Even a little batsy familiarity will work. ^_^

Melissa: Good stuff!

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