"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day."
-Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues
“People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes."
-Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
"Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand."
-Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: The Betrayal
"Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times."
-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
"Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough."
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Darkness shields as much as it threatens."
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
"So there's an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”
-Amelia Beamer, The Loving Dead
“Twenty percent? What am I, your waiter? I got you five vampires, not a BLT.”
-Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead
“I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world.”
-Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
“Love is a tempestuous mistress. And none of us shall ever master her.”
-Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow
“His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
“Why is it that what we do know can save us, but what we don't know can kill us?”
-T.A. Barron, Ultimate Magic
“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.” “That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
-Jane Yolen, Briar Rose
“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
-Roger Zelazny, This Immortal
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" "That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.”
-Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr


The books below define the category. Feature superheroes but aimed at adult, rather than young adult, readers.

For each book, we provide direct links to the online bookstore of your choice. Just click Go To. To learn more about a book, click its cover or title. Click Series for books that are part of a series and you will see the entire series. Have fun browsing our shelves!


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    Saints Astray
    Jacqueline Carey

    Fellow orphans, amateur vigilantes, and members of the Santitos, Loup Garron-the fugitive...

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    In Hero Years... I'm Dead
    Michael Stackpole

    Twenty years ago someone stole him away from Capital City. Having been released from captivity...

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    Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain
    A. Lee Martinez

    Emperor Mollusk.

    Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other...

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    Empire State
    Adam Christopher

    The Empire State is the other New York. A parallel-universe, Prohibition-era world of mooks...

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    Peter Clines

    It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex...

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    Fort Freak
    Edited by George R.R. Martin

    In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over...

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    Mark Walden

    Scheming, extorting, menacing and general evilness are nothing new in the world of villainy -...

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    Burn Baby Burn
    James Maxey

    Pit Geek and Sundancer are supervillains in an age when superheroes have been outlawed. After...

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    Costume Not Included
    Matthew Hughes

    Chesney's efforts to Save The Day and Win the Girl make slow progress. Meanwhile, Boss Greeley...

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    Victory at Any Cost
    K.M. Johnson-Weider

    It's 2014 and the surviving members of West Pacific Supers, along with some new recruits, are...


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    From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
    Minister Faust

    They’re Earth’s mightiest superteam–and dysfunctional as hell.


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    After the Golden Age
    Carrie Vaughn

    Can an accountant defeat a supervillain? Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of...

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    Confessions of a D-List Supervillain
    Jim Bernheimer

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volume One - it's the full length...

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    Bad Monkeys
    Matt Ruff

    Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder.

    She says she's a member of a secret organi...

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    Peter Clines

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes...

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    Karma Girl
    Jennifer Estep

    Bigtime, New York, is not big enough for both Carmen Cole and the superheroes and ubervillains...

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    Black and White
    Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge

    It's the ultimate battle of good versus good.

    They were best friends at an elite...

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    Third Class Superhero
    Charles Yu

    Charles Yu experiments with form and genre to explore the stories we tell ourselves while...

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    Evil Genius
    Catherine Jinks

    Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s...

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    The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
    Minister Faust

    Hamza and Yehat are The Coyote Kings–best friends, one a disgruntled dishwasher and the other...


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    The Awakening
    Michael Carroll

    Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them - until now....

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    It's Superman!
    Tom De Haven

    The world's most popular and enduring super hero and acclaimed novelist Tom De Haven come...

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    Matthew Cody

    Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

    Twelve-year-old Daniel,...

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    Brave Men Run
    Matthew Wayne Selznick

    April 18, 1985-Into a world already wound tight with the desperate tensions of the Cold War...

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    Robert Mayer

    Before there was WATCHMEN, there was SUPERFOLKS.... David Brinkley used to be a hero, the...

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    The Scent of Shadows
    Vicki Pettersson

    When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada...

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    Wearing the Cape
    Marion G. Harmon

    Who wants to be a Superhero? Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman...

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    The Last Days of Krypton
    Kevin J. Anderson

    Everyone knows how Kal-El—Superman—was sent to Earth just before his planet exploded. But what...

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    Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libby, Dennis Lee & Cody Martin

    It’s good to be meta-human, a superhuman hero in a world of normals. Use your superpowers,...

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    Perry Moore

    The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps...


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    Count Geiger's Blues
    Michael Bishop

    Critic Xavier Thaxton detests popular culture. But when a wildly improbable plunge into a pool...

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    Wild Cards
    Edited by George R.R. Martin

    There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in...

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    The Face of Apollo
    Fred Saberhagen

    Ancient Greece has many heroes. Young Jeremy Redthorn, seemingly doomed to virtual slavery as...

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    Robert Cormier

    It is the summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can “fade.” First bewildered,...

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    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    Michael Chabon

    This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who...

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    The Death and Life of Superman
    Roger Stern

    "Superman-dead!"--The Daily Planet. On November 18, 1992, news of Superman's death shocked...

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    The Invisible Man
    H.G. Wells

    H.G. Wells's "The Invisible Man" is considered to be one of the greatest science fiction...

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    Aces High
    Edited by George R.R. Martin

    After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors...

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    Killing Floor
    Lee Child

    Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It present...