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Review: Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life…

Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life… Neil Gaiman!! Jodi Picoult!! Brad Melrzer!! and All-Star Roster on the Caped Crusader’s that Saved Their Lives
Edited by Liesa Mignogna

Genres/Themes: Superheros (Marvel & DC), Nonfiction, Tear-Jerker, Short Stories/Essays


*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

What a great read.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As broad as our exponentially growing cultural fascination with caped crusaders is, it runs just as deep as this long awaited anthology underscores. Liesa Mignogna the VP, Editorial Director at Simon Pulse and editor of this anthology can expound on the virtues of Batman (her wedding was even Batman-themed) but it’s her retelling of incredibly harrowing yet ultimately inspiring encounters with The Dark Knight over the years, as she struggled to coexist with the supervillains in her own family that birthed this collection.

Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life gives readers the chance to connect to their beloved authors, while those same authors connect to their beloved superheroes, and within that feedback loop of respect and admiration lies a stellar, and phenomenally accessible, anthology full of thrills, chills, and spills.

Contributors include New York Times bestsellers Christopher Golden, Leigh Bardugo, Brad Meltzer, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Vaughn, Jodi Picoult, and Jamie Ford, as well as award-winners and mainstays like Joe R. Lansdale, Karina Cooper, and Ron Currie, Jr among many others. Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life‘s authors share their most hilarious and most heart wrenching experiences with their chosen defender to explain why superheroes matter, what they tell us about who we are, and what they mean for our future

Once again, I’ve fallen for a book without reading the synopsis first. So, imagine my confusion when I think I’m going to be reading some short stories involving Superheros in people’s lives but in actuality it is non-fiction about superheros affecting people’s lives.
I thought, “Oh great… this will be interesting.” Add an eye roll and only a pinch of sincerity and that is how I was feeling. I still wanted to give it a shot.

So, I started with the introduction… and was actually interested.
Then came the essays and yes, some were a bit boring or not to my taste. Yet, there are so many beautiful pieces here. So, many sad stories… I also cried on multiple occasion. Not to fear though, because there are also funny stories or a mix of the two in one.

These stories are about the importance of Superheros’ in a person’s life or moments in time. These essays seem to be written from the heart and… and I had/ have so many feelings.

This is a book I think I might read again somewhere down the line. The messages are clear and meaningful in the setting presented.
I definitely want to recommend this book to people.


Who is your favorite Superhero, and why?

My favorites are Batman and Rogue. Batman is just the cooliest haha and he doesn’t need super powers to kick anyone’s ass. Rogue… Rogue and I have always had a connection.


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