With the new Avengers movie hitting screens, I was thinking -
What would Spiral recommend to this spectacular cast of superheroes?
Well, I can’t resist a bit of character analysis and and jab of whimsy, so I decided to give it a shot. Here’s what I recommend – now pick up a book and get to it!
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING AUTHOR’S COURT
BY MARK TWAIN
Hey there Captain – We all know you are a bit sensitive and certainly a powerhouse out of time. I’ll think you’ll appreciate this story of a fish out of water and how, inevitably, you can’t re-write history.
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS BY KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
Let me just explain one thing to you Stark – You have free will. Everyone else is a robot. Wait, wait, wait, I mean -You are a robot, and everyone else has free will. Okay, maybe not – but I think you’ll appreciate this biting satire, even if you’re a robot with free will.
MATILDA BY ROALD DAHL
Hey Thor, this little girl has some Power < yep, with a capital “P”. Her family is mean, her teacher is the worst, but she finds support in a comely teacher and learns to take control. I think you’ll clench your teeth at the mean-spirited humans she has to deal with – but remember, we’re not all bad.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
BY CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
Bruce – I think you’ll like this one. It is creepy, I won’t lie. But I think you’ll be taken by the narrator’s descent into psychosis and come to find a deep understanding within these pages. Perhaps a bit of insight into your own malady?
THE BLACK WIDOW
WHY THE CHILD IS COOKING IN THE POLENTA
BY AGLAJA VETERANYI (TRANS. VINCENT KLING)
This is a dark book, Natasha, but I just need to recommend it to you. It’s tragic, it’s stunning, it’s everything that you escaped. The story will make you cry, but sometimes it’s good to remember our demons.
GEEK LOVE BY KATHERINE DUNN
Okay, this one might hit a little bit close to home, Clint, but like Natasha, I think you’ll appreciate it. Circus freaks, familial strain, unfettered emotions - have I got you yet? Draw a bubble bath and jump in.
ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE
Loki – I think you’ll be lost forever trying to figure this one out – Have at it.
Those are my very specially selected recommendations. What would you recommend to The Avengers? Let us know on facebook and twitter – #spiralavengers
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