A number of co-workers have asked me that question about Deadpool, whose movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, premieres Feb. 12. And yes, he's a real fictional character published by Marvel Comics.
One of the things that sets him apart is that he also knows he's a fictional character.
When he first appeared in a minor X-Men book in 1991, Deadpool ...Read more
Reviewed by Ron Charles, who is the editor of The Washington Post Book World. You can follow him on Twitter @RonCharles.
Beneath the deadening lack of racial ...Read more
Reviewed by Reeve Lindbergh, who has written a number of books for children and adults, including "Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age - and Other Unexpected Adventures." ...Read more
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue, who is managing editor of the online magazine Open Letters Monthly.
"Arcadia," the new novel by Iain Pears, was created for an app. "I had ...Read more
Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Reviewed by Michele Langevine Leiby, a freelance writer in Washington, is a former Washington Post/Bloomberg correspondent in Pakistan
In her second ...Read more
Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews each Thursday in The Washington Post Style section and is the author, most recently, of "Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books."
"Coconut Cowboy" by Tim Dorsey; Morrow (336 pages, $25.99)
It is just possible that despite -- or maybe because of -- buffoonish plots, outlandish characters and slapstick comedy, Tim Dorsey's novels may be masquerading for carefully researched history lessons about Florida.
Make no mistake -- "Coconut Cowboy" is just as weird and funny and ...Read more
"Coloring the Universe" by Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke; University of Alaska Press, (250 pages, $50)
Few things in life are more vibrant, more beautiful and more majestic than images of space. Thankfully, "Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space" by Travis A. Rector, Kimberly Arcand ...Read more
I, Alexandra (A Legacy of Stehle's Door)William M. O'Brien Jr.
It began very incidentally. One odd occurrence after another. Then came the dreams. And then the apparitions. Alexandra and Stephanie had figured something was wrong early on. Then, one bright Saturday morning, Johanna appeared. Chased into her apartment and hiding in a locked downstairs ...
"Shylock Is My Name" by Howard Jacobson; Hogarth Shakespeare (288 pages, $25)
If God hadn't put a halt to the proceedings, would Abraham have actually sacrificed Isaac? If Portia hadn't told Shylock that his pound of flesh couldn't include even one drop of blood, would he have really killed Antonio?
I've never thought to ask those questions. ...Read more
"Behind the Smile: A Story of Carol Moseley Braun's Historic Senate Campaign" by Jeannie Morris; Agate Midway (384 pages, $27)
In 1992, the election of four women to the U.S. Senate was historic enough to prompt the slogan, Year of the Woman.
Among that group, one stood out: Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to serve in the...Read more
"All the Birds in the Sky" by Charlie Jane Anders; Tor Books (320 pages, $25.99)
Charlie Jane Anders' novel "All the Birds in the Sky" is as light and crisp as an apple yet as pleasingly dense as a burrito. It engages with a metaphor at least as old as medieval Sufism while also drawing on the preoccupations of today's hipsters.
To that age-...Read more
Eliezer J Sternberg
Reviewed by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
Somewhere, Sigmund Freud must be smiling.
Not the misogynist, sex-crazed, dream-interpreting Freud of so many parodies and ...Read more
Reviewed by Sarah MacLean
Romance novels are, by definition, about relationships. After all, without two people finding love and happiness, where is the romance? But in the best of the genre, ...Read more
Reviewed by Sally Satel
In "Cure," Jo Marchant, a British biologist turned science writer, sets out to show that states of consciousness such as hope, fear, stress and ...Read more
Reviewed by Amy Stewart
Do plants have agendas of their own? Do they act with agency, as animals and humans do, or are they passive bystanders? If our planet is a ...Read more
ISBN 978 1501115141
Reviewed by James Hill
Centuries from now, archaeologists are likely to uncover video of American professional football circa 2016 and be appalled by the ...Read more
Reviewed by Louis Bayard
One night, during an early-1950s tour stop in St. Louis, the young Joel Grey went to see a well-known comic. "The hottest thing in town," ...Read more
Eddie S Glaude Jr
Reviewed by Pamela Newkirk
Black America was celebrating Barack Obama's historic 2008 election when the economic recession hit. By 2011 black America had lost 53 ...Read more
Victoria C Gardner Coates
Reviewed by Carlos Lozada
There are two ways to read Victoria C. Gardner Coates' book "David's Sling."
One is as the work of an art historian ...Read more
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Reviewed by Wendy Smith
"The Queen of the Night," Alexander Chee's second novel - after his well-received "Edinburgh" - is an overstuffed picaresque...Read more