Saturday, April 21, 2012

2 Free Kindle Books About Superheroes

Superheroes: The Best of Philosophy and Pop Culture by William Irwin

Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

Why doesn't Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone's misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this free superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory.

Star Light by Thonas Rand

Chris Rush was an average guy, until a construction site accident took his left arm, and then he becomes an extraordinary man when his arm grows back.

In the wake of losing his arm, Chris falls into depression and frustration by having to relearn mundane tasks, like brushing his teeth. While at a prosthetic clinic, he has a chance encounter with a childhood friend, Lilly Christian, the technician that’s going to make his artificial arm. Lilly tries to rekindle their lost love, but Chris' disability hinders his confidence. He’s also haunted by dreams of his mother's death that happened thirty years ago, when his stepfather killed her in front of his eight-year-old eyes.

His world is thrown upside-down when he awakens one morning and discovers that his severed arm grew back overnight. He soon finds out that he’s been watched since birth by a clandestine government agency and now they want to capture him, because his unique DNA has come out of stasis. He learns that they abducted Lilly to use as leverage against him, so he’s going after them. Chris needs to find out what he is and in order to do that—he must find his father, who he’s never met, because he thought he was dead.

Chris leaves behind a trail of destruction as he heads on a collision course with the mystery of his true identity.

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