Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero

Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero Has he gone crazy Had too many espressos Or is he really a brand new super hero What 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 confessions of reluctant hero James, a recently divorced, life long barista who finds himself in just such a predicament and asking those very questions 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 But if doing good proves trickier than expected, where do you go for a superpower manual And what is good anyway In this witty, unconventional novel, debut novelist Geoffrey Wood serves up equal doses of sharp humor and disquieting poignancy, exploring the meaning of redemption, beauty, and faith beyond all reason 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 sense.Further, Monicaoh geez, I 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 sense.Further, 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 eveninto a hole and makes him evenunlucky Nothing goes right for the lad Yet the pacing of the book was quick 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 quick entertainment, but nothing 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 doingproductive things like my laundry or cleaning my room I love audiobooks 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 doingproductive things like my laundry or cleaning my room I love audiobooks.But 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 book I didn t know it was a christian book when I picked it up.I walked into the library one evening not knowing 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 novel.So 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 Adventures of Supermom parenting 101 , The Awakening which further investigation showed me that it was not really what I was hoping for , and Leaper I quickly 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 day.It 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 done But He really good at knowing 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 it But the most greatest thing I discovered about this book was the thing that I did not even 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 much Without God, reality is madness Reason will tell you so You either madly trust in God, or you trust in a world gone mad without him This was a good book 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 quite 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 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 quite 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 noNo, this book delivers the best of both seriously good laughs and thought provoking scenes that really challenge and inspire 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 kick 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 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 kick 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 question 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 short

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