Hmmm...I see a lot of Smallville (the TV series) as well as the standard Superman mythos in this book. However, I really think the author managed to pull off the retelling of an old tale in a new fashion beautifully. If someone came along who knew nothing of Superman and Smallville that person would enjoy the hell out of this book, as I did as well, even with my wealth of comic book knowledge.
I have to give this four stars just because I don't like to give anyone five too quickly. The Many Worlds of the Solarian is an easy book to read and moves the reader along with his (or her) imagination intact and running on full throttle.
Great book. I'll have to read all the others by this author.
I thought Jake Drake did a great job on his first book of this series - Parallels - but XKalibur came across as a very fitting sequel - is it a sequel if there is a series planned? Anyway, I enjoyed everything about this book. The scenes inside the internet between Wraith and Glitch were classic and added humor as well as pathos to the story. But the main plot involving the sword-wielding XKalibur was worth the cost of this book all on its own. Still the flavor of the Smallville TV series, but just enough originality to offset any semblance to that show, proved that the author knows how to write from his own concepts. Drake has an original touch to his writing that brings a newness to everything he pens - er, types. I heartily recommend this book to everyone who likes superheroes and fantasy/sci-fi mixed.
Now that this book has been expanded in so many ways I have to give it five stars. This revision was the way to go. I enjoyed the change in the beginning and how the concept of who The Solarian is and where he really came from and the fact that the questions aren't all answered just yet. Makes me want to come back and read the next book and the one after that until all the questions have been answered.
Great job of rewriting Mr. Drake.
I've only read through the first few chapters so far since downloading this book today, but I like how the protagonist is made to look as human as the rest of us. Way to treat that "chester". Makes me wish I could be a vampire so I could rid the world of human garbage too.