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Peter Parker's life has hit a peaceful stretch. No evildoers have tried to flatten him in weeks, his marriage to Mary Jane is stronger than ever, and he's enjoying his job as a high school science teacher. Life is good. Naturally, that doesn't last. When Peter learns that his old enemy the Rhino is on a rampage in Times Square, he suits up as Spider-Man to stop the destr Peter Parker's life has hit a peaceful stretch. No evildoers have tried to flatten him in weeks, his marriage to Mary Jane is stronger than ever, and he's enjoying his job as a high school science teacher. Life is good. Naturally, that doesn't last. When Peter learns that his old enemy the Rhino is on a rampage in Times Square, he suits up as Spider-Man to stop the destructive villain in his tracks. But he's unexpectedly foiled in his attempts by the Black Cat, a former ally and old flame. The Cat informs Peter that the Rhino is just a distraction -- the real threat comes from a group of Ancients, members of the same race as the being called Morlun, who Spidey defeated in battle years earlier. The Ancients are now looking to exact revenge -- and hope to steal Spider-Man's life force in the process. To defeat such powerful beings, Spider-Man is going to need all the help he can get, especially from the Black Cat. But what will Mary Jane Parker have to say about that? Peter isn't sure which is worse -- the Ancients trying to drain his life force, or the wrath of a jealous wife....


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Peter Parker's life has hit a peaceful stretch. No evildoers have tried to flatten him in weeks, his marriage to Mary Jane is stronger than ever, and he's enjoying his job as a high school science teacher. Life is good. Naturally, that doesn't last. When Peter learns that his old enemy the Rhino is on a rampage in Times Square, he suits up as Spider-Man to stop the destr Peter Parker's life has hit a peaceful stretch. No evildoers have tried to flatten him in weeks, his marriage to Mary Jane is stronger than ever, and he's enjoying his job as a high school science teacher. Life is good. Naturally, that doesn't last. When Peter learns that his old enemy the Rhino is on a rampage in Times Square, he suits up as Spider-Man to stop the destructive villain in his tracks. But he's unexpectedly foiled in his attempts by the Black Cat, a former ally and old flame. The Cat informs Peter that the Rhino is just a distraction -- the real threat comes from a group of Ancients, members of the same race as the being called Morlun, who Spidey defeated in battle years earlier. The Ancients are now looking to exact revenge -- and hope to steal Spider-Man's life force in the process. To defeat such powerful beings, Spider-Man is going to need all the help he can get, especially from the Black Cat. But what will Mary Jane Parker have to say about that? Peter isn't sure which is worse -- the Ancients trying to drain his life force, or the wrath of a jealous wife....

30 review for Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Like most of the other reviewers I read this book more because of Jim Butcher then Peter Parker. Over all, it was a good story with 2 minor flaws. First, one of Butcher's biggest talents is working out the logic of his worlds. The world in this book that of Marvel comics. It's a rather schizophrenic world: there are hero's, and aliens, super-science, and magic, and gods from every pantheon. Butcher throws a couple of passes at applying order to all of that; but he's not really allowed to change Like most of the other reviewers I read this book more because of Jim Butcher then Peter Parker. Over all, it was a good story with 2 minor flaws. First, one of Butcher's biggest talents is working out the logic of his worlds. The world in this book that of Marvel comics. It's a rather schizophrenic world: there are hero's, and aliens, super-science, and magic, and gods from every pantheon. Butcher throws a couple of passes at applying order to all of that; but he's not really allowed to change it, nor can he modify Spidey's relationships. Sometimes that shows. Second, Spider-Man is too much like Harry Dresden. That's why I got the book in the first place. Spider-Man cracks wise during fights, as does Dresden. Dresden always goes after the Villan no matter the odds, so does Spider-Man. They're both saps about women, and they both do guilt a little too well. The problem with all of this there are points in the book where you shake your head and ask, "Why is Harry Dresden Kissing Marry Jane?" It's oddly distracting... Beyond that, it's a good book. I don't have quite as much to say about why it's a good book as I do on the book's flaws, but you'll have to trust me. The villains really seem like they might beat Spider-Man, the characters are compelling, and the action is nice and solid. I'd recommend it to fans of Dresden. But you'll need to think of it as a parallel universe where Malcolm Dresden picked a different name for his kid - a name that contained fewer stage magicians, and the kid got a radioactive spider rather then a magic staff.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Audiobook. I'd read anything Jim Butcher wrote even Spiderman. I'm not a Spidey fan BTW. Now for the real shocker, I liked it, really liked it. The story had all the right levels of action, emotional moments and fun. The narrator did an excellent job, the author, well he can do no wrong. Audiobook. I'd read anything Jim Butcher wrote even Spiderman. I'm not a Spidey fan BTW. Now for the real shocker, I liked it, really liked it. The story had all the right levels of action, emotional moments and fun. The narrator did an excellent job, the author, well he can do no wrong.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is Sequential Art written by one of my favorite Fantasy authors....Jim Butcher. I do NOT read a lot of books in this genre (Sequential Art). Actually, I only read it when I have to for a reading challenge. But the author's name on it, drew me right in. I was wondering if Jim Butcher was going to "Dresden-ify" Spider Man aka Peter Parker. But no, happily he kept Peter Parker.... Peter Parker. First, I recommend the audio version of this.....I know, I know, that sort of defeats the purpose of This is Sequential Art written by one of my favorite Fantasy authors....Jim Butcher. I do NOT read a lot of books in this genre (Sequential Art). Actually, I only read it when I have to for a reading challenge. But the author's name on it, drew me right in. I was wondering if Jim Butcher was going to "Dresden-ify" Spider Man aka Peter Parker. But no, happily he kept Peter Parker.... Peter Parker. First, I recommend the audio version of this.....I know, I know, that sort of defeats the purpose of Sequential Art. Following along with the book for the art is always an option. But audios are the easiest way for me to get any reading done at all. So I'll take it. I liked this one. I loved the attention to detail regarding the characters and their relationships. (The dialogue helped with this...immensely.) I think these things are what made this work for me. I like it when I can have some kind of connection with the characters. With this particular story, that made it easy to do. So once that was established, I was along for the ride and I enjoyed my morning listening to this. So 4 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: Currently on Audible Plus - Spidey's POV & tone had the kind that I've seen in the newer Spiderman movies. - Overall, good narration & fun adventure story in the Marvel universe. Bonus Dr. Strange! I do like that character a lot. Notes: Currently on Audible Plus - Spidey's POV & tone had the kind that I've seen in the newer Spiderman movies. - Overall, good narration & fun adventure story in the Marvel universe. Bonus Dr. Strange! I do like that character a lot.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Contract writing is something many established authors shy away from or only do pseudonymously, but Jim Butcher knocks this out of the park, earning credit for both him and the Spider-man franchise.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    That was fun and different from anything I typically read. A comic without the pictures, written by a talented author. Biggest knock is that it felt a lot like Harry Dresden instead of purely like Spidey. It was still a good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Radgoski

    I thought this was an exceptional story about my favorite Superhero, Spiderman. I'm a bit put off by the recent trend in comics about Spidey because they are changing too much about him and his situation. Even the MCU changed too much. But this story is just right. It takes place after he and MJ have been married for awhile. She is a struggling actress, he is a high school science teacher...the Peter Parker we know and love. What I liked first and foremost is that this novel is tonally correct. I thought this was an exceptional story about my favorite Superhero, Spiderman. I'm a bit put off by the recent trend in comics about Spidey because they are changing too much about him and his situation. Even the MCU changed too much. But this story is just right. It takes place after he and MJ have been married for awhile. She is a struggling actress, he is a high school science teacher...the Peter Parker we know and love. What I liked first and foremost is that this novel is tonally correct. It hits the right notes with Peter (Spidey), MJ, Felicia and even the cameo with Aunt May. It also doesn't ignore the larger Superhero universe Spiderman belongs too (Marvel) with references or appearances by Rhino, Black Cat, Dr. Strange, Hulk, Avengers and quite a few offhanded comments about past Spidey villains. (Green Goblin, Doc Ock, the Lizard to name a few) The story is fairly concise in that it takes place over a few days. It has a foe I don't recognize, but may be one of the more obscure foes I just don't know about. The fight sequences are great and well described - and make sense. The puzzle, as it is, is strong and understandable. Overall, I felt the entire novel hit it out of the park. There really wasn't anything about it I disliked and quite a lot that I liked very much. I recommend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: Spidey has to deal with 3 evil, vampire-ish baddies who come looking for revenge after their brother got killed. I have read all of the Dresden files books, so when my husband picked this up and told me why, I was intrigued. Having read many comic books, I've decided that there definitely are some writers that are better for certain characters. Butcher was meant to write Spider-Man. It's unfortunate that Marvel pays its novelists so little, because Butcher could definitely make me wa Basic Plot: Spidey has to deal with 3 evil, vampire-ish baddies who come looking for revenge after their brother got killed. I have read all of the Dresden files books, so when my husband picked this up and told me why, I was intrigued. Having read many comic books, I've decided that there definitely are some writers that are better for certain characters. Butcher was meant to write Spider-Man. It's unfortunate that Marvel pays its novelists so little, because Butcher could definitely make me want to read more of the novelizations of various graphic storylines. I don't tend to read them, as the visual medium tends to work so much better for the stories. Authors tend to resort to WAY too much visual description to compensate for the lack of pictures. Butcher manages to find a balance between dialogue and description, plus he's so used to writing snarky comments for Harry that he really does Spidey well. Spidey has to learn to work with others, including his enemy the Rhino, in order to win the fight. There's a didactic nature to the story that's pretty obvious, and the subplot's relation to the overplot is very obvious, but it's all good, lighthearted fun peppered with witty Spidey banter. It isn't my favorite novel by a long shot, but it was a fun, quick read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Findley

    A really fun follow-up to the 'Morlun' storyline from about 15 years ago. It surprised me I had never heard of this book until recently, since I was reading (but not buying) Spider-Man back in 2006 when it was published. Oh well, it was still a lot of fun to jump into and enjoy the ride. Spidey and Co. defeated the villains using a little non-help from Doctor Strange and Wong. If that doesn't make sense, read the book and it will. Since it is Spidey, there was a point where he is all but defeate A really fun follow-up to the 'Morlun' storyline from about 15 years ago. It surprised me I had never heard of this book until recently, since I was reading (but not buying) Spider-Man back in 2006 when it was published. Oh well, it was still a lot of fun to jump into and enjoy the ride. Spidey and Co. defeated the villains using a little non-help from Doctor Strange and Wong. If that doesn't make sense, read the book and it will. Since it is Spidey, there was a point where he is all but defeated, gives an inspirational speech, and then the villain is beaten. One final word of review and minor spoiler: Gremlin! Find it! Buy it! Read it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This was fun. It was very much like reading a book from The Dresden Files, so I definitely liked that part. Spidey basically reads like Dresden, but I feel like he kinda has that same personality anyway. This was very easy to read, and I enjoyed seeing the group of people Spider-Man works with.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grace W

    (C/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) so Butcher does a truly great job in this book, the world is really up his alley. But I.... do not like Peter Parker. I thought maybe Butcher could change that for me, maybe give me a reason to love him but sadly even Butcher cannot Dave the character for me. He’s just not that interesting and the minor characters are equally uninteresting. Not because Butcher didn’t try but just because of the source material he has to work within.

  12. 5 out of 5

    NephriteON

    The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in 2019. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/09/13... Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours by Jim Butcher Hello everyone! I wasn’t intending to take another detour but I quite simply...had too much fun! I haven’t enjoyed myself this much since listening to Realmslayer! For clarification check my review here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/02/25... Those of you who have followed my reviews for a while will be awar The following review was originally published in the online newspaper The Orkney News in 2019. Link here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/09/13... Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours by Jim Butcher Hello everyone! I wasn’t intending to take another detour but I quite simply...had too much fun! I haven’t enjoyed myself this much since listening to Realmslayer! For clarification check my review here. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/02/25... Those of you who have followed my reviews for a while will be aware of the fact that I am something of a casual comic book fan – mostly thanks to watching the Spider-Man cartoon in the 90s. My three part dissertation of sorts on the History of Carol Danvers – Captain Marvel – is all the proof my readers will need. But I think its only fair I give a bit of my history with these Marvel audio productions. They aren’t actually audio original superhero stories. There is a company which produces prose book adaptations of select comic book storylines ranging from Iron Man classic Extremis and other Spider-Man storyline Kraven’s Last Hunt to recent superheroine superstar Kamala Khan – Ms. Marvel – and her introductory storyline No Normal. But recently it was announced that Dreamscape Media would be releasing not only these and others in audio but producing new audio adaptations of the newer prose books. Strangely I had no awareness of these newer releases at first. I ordered this Spider-Man release out of curiosity, only to realise after the fact it was a Dreamscape release. Now let’s start the review itself with the plot. Things have been going well recently for Peter Parker. There’s been no world ending supervillains hanging about, him and Mary Jane are peacefully enjoying married life and his job as a grammar school teacher has been going well. Naturally something has to come along and ruin it. The Rhino starts causing chaos in town – big stupid lug – and of course that means it’s time for Spider-Man to make an appearance! But there’s a big problem. The Black Cat – ally and good friend – warns Spidey that The Rhino is just a lure. Years ago Spider-Man defeated a vampiric hunter who hunted through some form of totemic magic. Morlun. And Morlun’s brothers and sister are out for blood! But how can Spider-Man, normal everyday Peter Parker stop beings called The Ancients? And how can he keep MJ safe while trying to stop hunters who care little for collateral damage? This story is really entertaining. You don’t need to know tons about comic book history – or watch at least a dozen full length films – to get caught up in swinging along the New York skyline with Spidey catching yourself on the silver lining of the clouds. The story does a very good job at giving the gist of previous events so you feel up to speed without stopping to question everything. And the writing is very well done! This story really has captured Spider-Man’s quippy one liners and cheesy jokes really well whilst also managing to pull off the quieter moments. Breakfast scenes with MJ, small talk at work, even the occasional call to Aunt May. It all feels one hundred percent believable. I very easily found myself closing my eyes and seeing everyone of these conversations in my mind’s eye as well as all the action scenes. That makes sense since the story was written by Jim Butcher – author of The Dresden Files series – and I’d be more than happy to see him channel his inner Peter Parker once again. Especially when he is able to make the main villainess Mortia and her brothers chill the blood. She’s enjoying this chance for revenge just a little too much. The narration was supplied by Jack Meloche and he does a very good job! He is a pitch perfect Spider-Man and his performance as Mortia really makes her feel like a remorseless huntress with only one thing on her mind. Blood. The comparison to vampires is more than apt! His Mary Jane and Black Cat are also very believable as I could easily lose myself in the world his narration provided. I hope to hear him again if Dreamscape do any more Spider-Man stories. Any superhero stories at all! I’ll be keeping an eye and ear out for Jack Meloche just like I do for Johnathan Keeble and Toby Longworth when listening to Warhammer. The story really is quite the ride! I almost listened to the entire thing in a day because I lost all track of time. You know a story’s good when you look at the clock and can’t believe it! Even if you are only casually interested in superheroes and their ilk I recommend giving this a chance. It can be quite gripping! And if you have any family members who are Marvel Comics or Cinematic Universe fans or webheads? Buy this now! They’ll thank you for it I’m sure! I might just review a few more in future. In conclusion this story really is quite the package and I recommend it highly. I couldn’t stop grinning while listening or while writing most of this review. I’ll be back when I can but there may be a short review delay for a while. I’ll return as soon as I’m able to finally keep my promise and return to Good Omens! Sayonara! Nephrite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Really neat story and well-written. I especially liked getting to know Rhino in those scenes. I guess the main baddies would have been more scary if I had read the OG story to know how bad it was with the one dude but they don't menace enough here. Really neat story and well-written. I especially liked getting to know Rhino in those scenes. I guess the main baddies would have been more scary if I had read the OG story to know how bad it was with the one dude but they don't menace enough here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Rey

    6 out of 10. Not a fan of Spidey, but dammit Butcher's name was on the cover. 6 out of 10. Not a fan of Spidey, but dammit Butcher's name was on the cover.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Riggs

    I enjoy Jim Butcher. I like Spider-Man. For some reason, this didn't hit the spot for me. I really wanted to love it. I enjoy Jim Butcher. I like Spider-Man. For some reason, this didn't hit the spot for me. I really wanted to love it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kiril Panchev

    Jim as usual at his best!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason Wilson

    3.5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    James Hynes

    Jesus did not know this was written by Dresden dude

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    Overall, this was a fun read. The problem with these kind of books, is that they fall into a long established history. This book does that. So you have to spend time trying to figure out where in the history it falls, this can be rather distracting and to a point, disorienting. If you can get past that, the story is very good, and what you would expect from Jim Butcher.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Enzo

    What can I say combining Jim Butcher with one of my favorite super heroes is all kinds of win! So Spidey is now a professor and he gets to coach the basketball team. But life is not that simple a new threat arrives that makes him doubt himself and the safety of MJ. We get to see Spidey team-up with the Rhino. Yes, I just typed the Rhino! Strange things are afoot and this is one action packed book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    I really should have read this book years ago. But then again, in 2006 I wasn't really paying attention to Spider-Man in the comics and had no real idea who Jim Butcher was. I'm still not back to reading Spidey comics (except for about a year's worth post-"Brand New Day" thanks to friend Eric Bauman's generosity) but I certainly know who Jim Butcher is. There's a lot of similarity between the way Butcher writes Peter Parker and the way he writes his own Harry Dresden -- not surprising considerin I really should have read this book years ago. But then again, in 2006 I wasn't really paying attention to Spider-Man in the comics and had no real idea who Jim Butcher was. I'm still not back to reading Spidey comics (except for about a year's worth post-"Brand New Day" thanks to friend Eric Bauman's generosity) but I certainly know who Jim Butcher is. There's a lot of similarity between the way Butcher writes Peter Parker and the way he writes his own Harry Dresden -- not surprising considering Peter, when written correctly, is that great mix of introspective insecurity and extroverted bravado that Butcher writes so well. Both characters share a penchant for defending the underdog, being chivalrous to a fault, and delivering snarky pop-culture references mid-fight to throw the enemy off their game. But I think what Butcher does equally as well is make sure supporting characters (secondary, tertiary and smaller) are characters rather than caricatures. Anyone can write a Spidey novel and give us a strong, sexy Mary Jane, a doting Aunt May and perhaps even a flirty-to-a-fault Black Cat. Butcher takes the time to show that Mary Jane is very much like her husband when it comes to insecurity and bravado, that Aunt May is more intuitive and sensible than decades of writers have given her credit for, and that Felicia Hardy is more than just a reformed cat-burglar. But he also takes time to develop a personality for the Rhino that I don't ever remember seeing displayed in the comics, and when he trots out Doctor Strange and Wong for extended cameos they have distinctive personalities. Butcher also makes Peter Parker's personal life as important as the super-hero portion of the book, something lots of super-hero novels get wrong. The work and home life dramas (getting assigned to coach the basketball team; Mary Jane needing to get her driver's license to commute to an acting gig in NJ) don't feel like scenes an author shoved in because xx amount of paragraphs have to feature the hero out of costume. The personal scenes progress Peter's story an counter-balance the action. Each side of Peter's life feeds into the other. As it should be. Of course the fight scenes are balls-to-the-wall craziness. Butcher is one of my favorite writers of more-than-human battles. I can visually every move, and he manages to do that without describing every move in minute detail. If you're a Butcher fan at all, and even if you're not a comic book fan in general or a Spider-Man fan in particular, I have to highly recommend this.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryk Stanton

    I wanted to read this book since the first time I saw it on the bookshelf at Books-A-Million, the cost was a bit prohibitive for a quick-read superhero book. I have probably taken it off the shelf and put it back on the shelf a dozen times in the past few years. I mean, it's Spider-Man (my favorite superhero) and written by Jim Butcher (one of my favorite authors), but all they have had has been a trade paperback version for about $15. And then, suddenly, I remembered they have these nifty things I wanted to read this book since the first time I saw it on the bookshelf at Books-A-Million, the cost was a bit prohibitive for a quick-read superhero book. I have probably taken it off the shelf and put it back on the shelf a dozen times in the past few years. I mean, it's Spider-Man (my favorite superhero) and written by Jim Butcher (one of my favorite authors), but all they have had has been a trade paperback version for about $15. And then, suddenly, I remembered they have these nifty things called public libraries where people can are a books for free. I checked my local library and, sure enough, they had the book. It *was* a fast read, but it was also fantastic. I should not be surprised; it is Jim Butcher, after all. But I did not know what to expect, and I would not have been disappointed if I paid the money for this book. It was that good. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I was totally caught up in the action and I really liked the depth of the characters, especially Felicia Hardy and the Rhino. Butcher weaves several subplots into the main conflict that all pay off gloriously. If you get your hands on a copy of this book, and if you are a fan of Spider-Man and/or Jim Butcher, I think you will love this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Harris

    Jim Butcher was born to write Spider-Man. He's as much as admitted that the hero of his best selling series The Dresden Files shares not a few personality traits with our favorite web-head: a fierce desire to defend the helpless, constant money problems, and an inability to keep from cracking wise in the face of much more powerful opponents. Butcher here has set Spidey against some dooozies. 3 predatory siblings of an opponent who once came as close to killing our hero as any other. Toss in that Jim Butcher was born to write Spider-Man. He's as much as admitted that the hero of his best selling series The Dresden Files shares not a few personality traits with our favorite web-head: a fierce desire to defend the helpless, constant money problems, and an inability to keep from cracking wise in the face of much more powerful opponents. Butcher here has set Spidey against some dooozies. 3 predatory siblings of an opponent who once came as close to killing our hero as any other. Toss in that Butcher writes Pete's pre-Brand New Day marriage to Mary Jane so well that's it's got to be freaking embarrassing to all the writers at Marvel that looked at the union as an impediment to good storytelling. Throw in a new perspective on a classic foe as well as the spice and awkwardness of teaming up with a wild ex-girlfriend, and appearances by the mysterious Sorcerer Supreme, and you have a few of the ingredients that make up one of the most entertaining and satisfying Spider-Man tale I've read in a while.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A chance buy at a charity shop and one which though not regretted was one that has been a while picking up....there was no real drive for me to read 'that Spider-Man_man novel on the bookshelf'..however eventually I picked it up have it a go...and..... It's maybe best described as not only a comic book tie in but as a Sci Fi romp as it features the spider mutated hero fighting against a extra terrestrial trio who feast on part man part beast entities....as such once Spider-man is dispatched other A chance buy at a charity shop and one which though not regretted was one that has been a while picking up....there was no real drive for me to read 'that Spider-Man_man novel on the bookshelf'..however eventually I picked it up have it a go...and..... It's maybe best described as not only a comic book tie in but as a Sci Fi romp as it features the spider mutated hero fighting against a extra terrestrial trio who feast on part man part beast entities....as such once Spider-man is dispatched others such as Ant_Man,Spider-Woman and to be honest various others would need to fear their futures..... Of course this horror is averted but it's a fun read...it features others from the Marvel Universe alongside the Black Cat as Doctor Strange and the Rhino pop up too...the author does a good job in bringing this book to a broader audience than maybe comic book or graphic novel fans and all in all I found this a light but perfectly enjoyable read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori S.

    4.5 Stars A thoroughly enjoyable read featuring adult characters living their lives while still dealing with superhuman monsters and backstabbing characters as well as more mundane realities such as coaching high school basketball and teaching team working skills (a hinge the plot swings upon, in fact) and worrying over getting an important role in The Scottish Play. I like that Butcher gives us a real relationship between Peter and M.J. and that M.J. is every bit as important to Spider-Man's succ 4.5 Stars A thoroughly enjoyable read featuring adult characters living their lives while still dealing with superhuman monsters and backstabbing characters as well as more mundane realities such as coaching high school basketball and teaching team working skills (a hinge the plot swings upon, in fact) and worrying over getting an important role in The Scottish Play. I like that Butcher gives us a real relationship between Peter and M.J. and that M.J. is every bit as important to Spider-Man's success as Spidy himself. When she rushes in with her lime green Pinto to save the day, I had to laugh and cheer. You go girl! This book is full of Butcher's characteristic style and humor - just the right tone for Spider-Man's quips and one liners. And, can I say Yahoo! for cameo appearances by Wong and Doctor Strange?!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I love the way Jim Butcher writes! But perhaps Spiderman is not his forte? On the plus side this is a Spiderman that really exhibits the intelligence that he ought to have - oh, yeah, he's kinda a genius - on the other hand, well, let's just say trying to write to a comic book character can come off a little clunky at points. Please don't let that dissuade you though. If you have interest in Spiderman, this is a truly interesting, and less 'comic-booky' spin around his little universe. More char I love the way Jim Butcher writes! But perhaps Spiderman is not his forte? On the plus side this is a Spiderman that really exhibits the intelligence that he ought to have - oh, yeah, he's kinda a genius - on the other hand, well, let's just say trying to write to a comic book character can come off a little clunky at points. Please don't let that dissuade you though. If you have interest in Spiderman, this is a truly interesting, and less 'comic-booky' spin around his little universe. More character interaction than you'll get in a comic, and isn't that why you'd read a book rather than a comic? Yeah, I know, I am mixed up with this review ... of course that's actually kinda how I feel about it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I was a huge spider-man fan as a kid. I am a huge Jim Butcher fan. How could I not love this book? It was rather enjoyable. A nice short read as a diversion after plowing through the first 4 song of ice and fire books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Art

    Any time a novel is written about a comic book character there is the potential for much cheesy-ness. In the hands of an author of Jim Butcher’s caliber, that potential is never reached. Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours is thoughtful and insightful while still containing plenty of action and mayhem. To start, this version of Spider-Man has Peter and MJ married, Aunt May in on the alter-ego, and Peter teaching high school science part time. I start there because there are so many iterations of the c Any time a novel is written about a comic book character there is the potential for much cheesy-ness. In the hands of an author of Jim Butcher’s caliber, that potential is never reached. Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours is thoughtful and insightful while still containing plenty of action and mayhem. To start, this version of Spider-Man has Peter and MJ married, Aunt May in on the alter-ego, and Peter teaching high school science part time. I start there because there are so many iterations of the characters and their timelines that knowing that helps place it. If you have never read Spider-Man before, this caveat isn’t necessary. You will be able to jump right in. As there always is with any good Spider-Man story there is a subplot that has Peter having trouble in his civilian identity. He is substitute coaching the basketball team for a week and the star player knows that he is really, really good. So good that he doesn’t see the need to play as part of a team. The coach asks Peter to work on this as the kid is good at heart. Oh, and then Peter finds out after school on Friday that if that kid’s immunizations aren’t up to date by Monday morning, he will be suspended and off the team. At home, MJ has gotten a part in The Scottish Play. The hitch is that the theatre is in New Jersey. To make the commute, she buys a car and tries to get her license. With no luck. So Peter tells her he will help her study for the test. Then the super-hero crisis hits: Rhino is on a rampage in Times Square. As he is about to swing into action former girlfriend and sort-of good guy The Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) tells him he is headed into a trap. He goes anyway, of course. After defeating the Rhino, he is attacked by a trio of “Ancients” who are siblings of Morlun, a villain Peter barely beat. They feed on the life energy of people with power derived from totemic sources. Animals. Like Spider-Man, Black Cat, and yes, Rhino. The stories intertwine and seeing Peter work his way through these problems is what I read about Spider-Man for. There is a lot of soul searching, deducing, and cattiness in the finding a solution. And the not-help of Doctor Strange drives Peter to distraction. I heartily recommend this book. It is by turns, funny and serious, fun and thoughtful. Butcher’s take on these iconic characters was a joy to read. In fact, I read most of it in one day—it was hard to put down. Check out all my reviews at https://mrbsbookshelf.blogspot.com.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chandler

    When it comes to getting people into certain genres of fiction, I have one general rule: Start with what you already know or like and work your way out from there. Do you want to get into Science Fiction because you like Star Trek? Then read the companion novels, as many of their authors also went on to make their own original material. Like the Expanse series on Scifi? The books are just as good (and run longer than the show) and the authors both have their own original work to boot. The same c When it comes to getting people into certain genres of fiction, I have one general rule: Start with what you already know or like and work your way out from there. Do you want to get into Science Fiction because you like Star Trek? Then read the companion novels, as many of their authors also went on to make their own original material. Like the Expanse series on Scifi? The books are just as good (and run longer than the show) and the authors both have their own original work to boot. The same can be said of Jim Butcher. Famous for his Dresden Files series, some may be hesitant to commit to a series that currently consists of over ten installments. This is where I would ask them to pick up this book, as Spider Man: Darkest Hours is an excellent and action packed adventure for the reader, and may just convince a lover of New York’s favorite Web head to pick up the series of books about Chicago’s favorite Wizard. One of the best aspects of this text is just how much the writing for Peter Parker and Harry Dresden are so similar. Butcher is an excellent author and he brings all the humor that he is known for with Harry Dresden here into Peter Parker’s inner thoughts. This makes for a very funny novel, especially when compared to the other renditions of Spider Man in popular media (I’m looking at you Toby McGuire). The story itself is also enjoyable with a number of Spider Man characters making an appearance including Black Cat, Mary Jane and The Rhino, just to name a few. This makes the world feel real, and as though this is based in Spider Man’s reality. And to that end, let me make another point: if you do not know much about Spider Man and his cast of characters, then this is not the novel for you. Little is explained about him or the people in his world beyond what is absolutely necessary. This has the benefit of streamlining the story for fans, since we know how Peter got bitten by a radioactive spider, however, this is not even mentioned so an uninitiated reader will feel lost. The same goes for other characters of the novel. Still, I would say that this is a very well-done novel, with plenty to like. I’d go more into the details of it, but I think this is one best experienced for yourself. I give this book a five out of five. Go to your local library and pick this book up. You won’t regret it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    I can't rate this book highly enough. All I know is that every time I walk into a gymnasium, I get hit with a rush of memories from my own days of high school. Some people call that phenomena “nostalgia” I call it “nausea”. Unless of course, nostalgia is supposed to make you feel abruptly shunned, unpopular—in which case I suppose gymnasiums are nostalgic as all get out for me. -Jim Butcher (Spider- Redheads are naturally evil. -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man:The Darkest Hour p 21) Peter. You’ve spent your I can't rate this book highly enough. All I know is that every time I walk into a gymnasium, I get hit with a rush of memories from my own days of high school. Some people call that phenomena “nostalgia” I call it “nausea”. Unless of course, nostalgia is supposed to make you feel abruptly shunned, unpopular—in which case I suppose gymnasiums are nostalgic as all get out for me. -Jim Butcher (Spider- Redheads are naturally evil. -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man:The Darkest Hour p 21) Peter. You’ve spent your entire adult life fighting crime, protecting people from bad guys of every description and otherwise putting yourself in danger for someone else’s sake—while wearing brightly colored tights with a big black spider on the chest. I think it’s safe to say you have issues. =Jim Butcher (Spider-Man: The Darkest Hour p 90) “If you can deal with the immortal unstoppable monsters I can deal with the DMV.” “Easy there Superchick. If you’re working up an archenemy you don’t want to start with the DMV. Go with someone a little easier to deal with. Dr. Doom. Magneto.” -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man: The Darkest Hour p 141) “What in the world did I do to deserve you?” “I have no idea. But it isn’t the sort of thing to happen twice.” -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man: The Darkest Hour p 202) I have seen gods and demons at war. I have seen worlds created and destroyed. I have fought battles so far from Earth that the light from their stars has never reached us. I have seen good men die. I have seen evil men prosper and I have seen scales balanced against all odds. I have seen the strong oppress the weak, the law protect the criminals instead of the citizens. I have fought with others and alone against every king of enemy you can imagine, against every kind of injustice you can imagine. In all that time I have never surrendered. -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man: The Darkest Hour p 276) Good never came of treachery. It wounds the betrayer and the betrayed alike. -Jim Butcher (Spider-Man : The Darkest Hour p 286) https://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/202...

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