Geoffrey Wood: Leaper The Misadventures of a Not Necessarily Super Hero



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Dventures of Supermom parenting 101 The Awakening which further investigation showed me that it was not really what I was hoping for and Leaper I uickly checked to see if it came in audio for and it did not So like a rabbit chased into a corner I checked out this book and figured it would take me two check out periods to finish it I finished it in a week and one dayIt was such a good book There were things in it that I was unsatisfied with particularly the author s writing style like the choppy a awkward first person pressent tense of the narration and the frustrating way that every one argued the exact same way and that 89% of the conversations are arguments It gets rough BUT IT WAS STILL A GREAR BOOK I ll give him slack this was his first book and it is probably much better then what I could have doneBut He really good at nowing how to slip simple things in like a flashback that demonstrates his paranoia and then through it back at you in an amazingly great parallel The author does that all so much and SO WELL I liked itBut the most greatest thing I discovered about this book was the thing that I did not even House of Night and Day know was in there a message of hope and faith I loved how the author was able to take a thing like a superhero and teach how it testifies of Christ All things denote that there is a Christ Even the stars in the heavens and their orbit to the face of every flower child and reflective watch all teach us that Christ loves us and plays an active role in everyone s life He loves us that muchWithout God reality is madness Reason will tell you so You either madly trust in God or you trust in a world gone mad without himThis was a good book First if I could give half stars I would have rated this book 25 starsA liitle better than okay but not uite up to liking itThe main reason was I had not fully realized what the book was about When I read the book summary I thought the book was going to be a funny trying to learn how to be a superhero bookI was thinking it might be like that old TV show the Greatest American Hero which I really enjoyed when it first came on but can t watch it now those special effects were so badBut that isn t what the book is aboutIt is of a man learning trust and faith in GodWhen I read the back of the book with a little attention it does say this but you have to look for itSo I guess that is my fault but it didn t help that since I was wanting the funny superhero bookLooking at the story I never really warmed up to the main characterHe was neurotic and paranoid He often complained that he should have thought before he talkedI felt he should have thought before he did most of the things he didLike duct taping his door before leaping so he couldn t get back into itHe never trusted anyoneHe also could not accept his wife had left himHeept annoying her even though she Morgan and Yew kept saying to leave her aloneEven when henew what he needed to do to fix a problem he just wouldn t do itTher was also the bizarre neighborIs it now a law that there is a strange neighbor in every apartment building It is true that he made some good points but mostly he was just confusingSeveral times the characters seemed to refuse to hold to any logical conversationOne example a character is asked if she remembers ever going out with himHer response is that she would love to go with himHow is that rememberingFinally there were a few printer gremlins in the book but nothing major It had so much potential A modern superhero who s addicted to espresso and is full of personality And then the story just fell flat on its face I guess that s what I get for buying books from the dollar store I didn t really enjoy this book I am not a zany comedy type of girl It reminded me a lot of Bruce Almighty I can see how some people would get a ick out of it though I will say the moral of the story was overall good I was glad that the author concluded that God is still good in the midst of a crazy world and that we simply trust Him Amen and amen He then seems to convey that helping others is the way to cope with the madness of earth This is where I disagree and think many people who uestion faith and God will remain unsatisfied with this conclusion Helping people as much as possible is a must But that doesn t shed light on why there is suffering I appreciate the author s attempt but I think it falls shor. T if doing good proves trickier than expected where do you go for a superpower manual And what is “good” anywayIn this witty unconventional novel debut novelist Geoffrey Wood serves up eual doses of sharp humor and disuieting poignancy exploring the meaning of redemption beauty and faith beyond all reason.

S for good and letting go and letting God and which is brought out as James tries to learn not just how his powers work but how he should be using themThere are definitely a lot of good ualities in Leaper beginning with James himself It is really easy to relate to him because we ve all been disappointed in love stuck in a dead end job or uestioned our place in the universe at some point James has found himself with extraordinary powers though he starts out using them for his own gain well sort of it s of a getting out of a bad situation thing he comes to decide he should really be putting them to a better use since the powers come from God And I like the idea of putting our abilities to the best use whether you believe they come from God or no and I especially liked the fact that in a book with a religious message that message wasn t about sin or promoting an us vs themmorality However just because the message didn t offend me doesn t mean I wasn t annoyed by its heavy handed application at times There were some scenes that seemed to advance the message than the plot for instance nearly every conversation James had with Father Chavez his priest and at least one character whose function I couldn t determine at all And I won t spoil you by saying how James got his powers just say that I thought it was really really dumb and the ambiguous ending didn t thrill me much eitherSo in sum I d say I was pleasantly surprised by all the humor in this book and by James s uniue voice but occasionally annoyed by the heavy handed delivery of its message Luckily it was a uick read as wellThere s a scene in a bookstore which could be read as critical of Buddhism but could also be read as critical of the self help industry and its appropriation of Eastern religions and philosophy and in any case the implied criticism is of effectiveness rather than moral worth The other interaction James has with someone clearly not his own faith there may be others whose religion isn t mentioned is with his very strange neighbor Nelson a self proclaimed Protestant Which is odd in itself most Protestants I now would call themselves by denomination Lutheran Methodist Presbyterian instead And I totally don t Invisible (Invisible, know how we re supposed to read the interactions between Nelson and James they re just too strange This debut novel by author Geoffrey Wood was absolutely one of the best books I ve read in a good while Entertaining funny witty with great characters and a compelling story Did I say funny Well I don t often laugh aloud while reading in a room by myself but this book had me do just that and uite a lot But don t let the humor mislead you This is also a very serious novel that tackles some very serious Christian issues in very interesting ways Without saying too much the play on the book s title is marvelously done and I ll say no No this book delivers the best of both seriously good laughs and thought provoking scenes that really challenge and inspire To tell you the truth I don t really read books I have no patience for them So you may ask Well if he doesn t read book then how does he write so many reviews Well I listen to them Audiobooks I feel that when I read I have to dedicate all of my time talents and interests oh and lets not forget my attention span into reading comprehending and finishing that book As I read I feel like I should be doing productive things like my laundry or cleaning my room I love audiobooksBut with this book I actually read it Cover to cover every word I hope you are proud of me And the fun think about it is that I never once fell asleep That means it was actually a good bookI didn tnow it was a christian book when I picked it upI walked into the library one evening not nowing that I would pick up a book to read I had always wanted a good novel about a superhero For some strange reason superheros always come in comic books and graphic novels but rarely ever in a novel form I love superheros but I just can t get into a graphic novelSo I walk up the the librarian at the desk and I ask Could you help me I would really love to find an adult novel about a superhero She looked at me with this wide eye look and lowly turns to her computer After narrowing the search down several times and finding only children s books and of course graphic novels she finally comes up with three books The S of reluctant hero James a recently divorced life long barista who finds himself in just such a predicament and asking those very uestions Is his newfound leaping power a miracle from God The result of a lifetime of over caffeination Or a final break from sanity Should James “do good” with his ability Bu.

Not often does a book make me laugh out loud Rarely does one make me laugh out loud often And even remotely does the book make me laugh out loud so much that I end up reading the entire book to my husband Leaper is an unexpected gold nugget not only in the world of literature but even so in Christian Fiction Though that hardly seems to be a proper category to place such a treasure No disregard to Christian Fiction though I believe the true gems are uite few in that genre and this coming from a former Christian retailer Subtleties of phrases and expressions are what delight me as a reader and Geoffrey Wood built that delight to a whole new level Finally An author I get and who gets me It was such a pleasure to simply sit back read laugh and enjoy where this adventure was going I felt that I found a new indred spirit and I couldn t wait for the next journey his second book is The God Cookie also a sheer delight Having been a retailer it was disheartening to see that I couldn t turn people onto Mr Wood s work I don t Make Your Own Pixel Art know if it was my customer base but Inow making this book TABU known to the masses has been difficult If you have a great oddball sense of humor I cannot recommend Leaper enough Geoffrey Wood is a fantastically gifted author Please get tonow him through Leaper This is good so far even if it features essentially Hiro s subplot on Heroes I don t always avoid Christian fiction But if I m expecting to read about a man who suddenly gets a superpower and considers becoming a superhero I am NOT HAPPY when I instead encounter a chicken soup for the soul book about a man struggling with life s problems who after guidance by a friendly priest accepts God into his life to be the best person he can be There s nothing close to a superhero concept in the book at all save the gag inducing aphorism that anyone can find their inner superhero through Christ Unfortunately the same cannot be said for finding decent secondary characters and a compelling plot This book should have been named Teleporter because the main character doesn t leapwell he leaps through time but that s besides the point He teleports and that s that God supposedly gave James this gift to only do good deeds with And wellJames hardly does any good deeds with it How can he only do good deeds with his teleporting ability when he uses his gift to appease his ex wife or to accidentally rob a grocery store That made absolutely no senseFurther Monicaoh geez I hate that this character has my name Anyway Monica was too nice and perfect and irritating with all her blushing and goody goody attitude I thought she was there as a clich to change James for the better or be the damsel in distress but that didn t even happen The conversations James has with peopleit s like the dialogue goes in one ear and out the other James isn t a superhero The teleporting ability makes his life go even into a hole and makes him even unlucky Nothing goes right for the lad Yet the pacing of the book was uick and rapid When I really started reading it I got through it in two days Leaper was also entertaining I d label it as excellent pacing and uick entertainment but nothing This one has been on my TBR list for awhile and there s a good reason for that I received it through the Goodreads giveaway program but had no idea of the religious content from the description they posted I don t do well with books that have a religious message ever since my bad experience with the sermon disguised as a novel that was Shadowmancer Luckily for me the religious message in Leaper is of the warm and fuzzy rather than cold and intolerant type although it does still slow down the action a bit James is an ordinary barista troubled by his recent divorce who is having acupuncture done when suddenly bam he finds himself in his ex wife s garage It turns out that James has a superpower of sorts the ability to visualize himself someplace and be there in an instant Of course there s a bit of a learning curve to using these powers which is where the funny comes in And there are a lot of really fun parts in this book there is a scene in a grocery store for instance that completely cracked me up those carts can be the dickens to deal with as well as an ill fated first date And then there s the message which seems to be a combination of the importance of using one s abilitie. Has he gone crazy Had too many espressosOr is he really a brand new super heroWhat if one day suddenly inexplicably you discover you have a superpower And what if it's not a very good superpower either like flying or super strength and you have no idea what you are supposed to do Leaper follows the confession.

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