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The life eaters
Brin, David.
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La Jolla, CA : WildStorm Productions, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
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Based on the Hugo nominated novella, "Thor Meets Captain America," THE LIFE EATERS is an incredibly imaginative tale that uses stunning artwork to explore Germany's embracement of necromancy to win World War II. In this enthralling historical fiction, Adolf Hitler devises an unholy plot that pits the ancient Norse gods against the Allied forces. But after quickly gaining advantage and ground against his enemies, the Fuhrer's mystical strategy suddenly backfires when the food of the gods runs short. Now with the enraged mythological icons on a desperate search for nourishment, Germany becomes involved in a secondary war of truly epic proportions as Norse and Hindu gods battle for survival and sustenance.

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David Brin is a scientist, writer, and public speaker. He was born in Pasadena, California, on October 9, 1950. Brin attended the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and later earned a doctorate at the University of California. He accepted a position as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Brin is a former fellow at the California Space Institute and serves on several government and nongovernment advisory committees dealing with issues involved with technological growth. Brin has lectured all over the world on such topics as space flight, ecology, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Brin deals with global warming, the destruction of the ozone layer, and pollution of Earth. His 1987 novel, The Uplift War, received the Hugo Award and the Locus Award. His novels have been translated into 20 languages.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1986, science fiction writer Brin (Startide Rising; The Kiln People) published a novella, "Thor Meets Captain America," an alternate-history story in which the Nazis win WWII by enlisting the aid of the Norse gods (except for Loki, who assists the American resistance). With an understandable title change, this graphic novel expands on that story and presents a sequel to it. There are lots of imaginative details here: battles between jet fighters and gigantic Norse birds; a submarine carrying a crew of mythological dwarfs; and some clever speculation on the way that history might have turned in the past 60 years (e.g., the "Khmer Bleu"?). But there's also a certain amount of heavy-handed preachiness: an inappropriately clunky vision of ash-induced global warming; a dreadfully sappy scene in which leaders of every religion put aside their differences to defend the planet; and a climactic scene in which a human is tempted by divine power that's straight out of a mid-1960s superhero comic. Fantasy artist Hampton is at his best when he gets to illustrate larger-than-life images (such as the gods or Yggdrasil, the World Tree-or even the devastation of the Asian killing fields), if a bit less adept at the book's punch-'em-up action scenes and talking-heads sequences. (Nov. 2003) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book's first third is a comics adaptation of Brin's Hugo Award-nominated story, "Thor Meets Captain America," in which the Nazis are aided in World War II by the Norse gods. When one American, Chris Turing, discovers the terrible secret behind the gods' appearance, he stands up to them in the face of death. In the remainder of the book, a man inspired by Turing's defiance is given the opportunity, and the power, to fight the Nazis' gods-but now the gods of other pantheons are roaming Earth as well. Brin's desire to downplay the role of heroes and highlight the good work of the average person is notable in a field full of superheroes, but in the end it mitigates the strength of the story. Hampton's full-color paintings are realistic and often powerful. DC recommends the book for mature readers owing to bloody violence and minor nudity. Recommended for larger collections, for midteens and up. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.