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Overview James wakes up one morning suddenly able to leap through time and space. Why was he given this extraordinary ability? What earthly---or heavenly---good is it? Part "Heroes" and part "Superman," Wood's witty, unconventional novel explores reality, relationships, redemption, and faith.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Jun 19, 2007
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 140007343X ISBN13 9781400073436
Availability 0 units.
More About Geoffrey Wood
Geoffrey Wood has been working in both coffee and theater for nearly twenty years, including acting with a touring company that performed a Eudora Welty adaptation in Europe. The author of the critically acclaimed novel "Leaper," he holds a fine arts degree in theater from the University of Memphis and a Master s in directing from the University of New Mexico."
Reviews - What do customers think about Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero?
Could not finish it. Mar 5, 2010
I loved "God Cookie" with its very refreshing style and had high hopes for "Leaper", especially after the good reviews. I don't know what I am missing, since I like quirky and I love funny, but after 208 pages I GIVE UP! Maybe this was not written to entertain 50-somethings in the first place. Sorry, Mr. Wood, but you lost me here.
Not quite up to par with God Cookie, but still a great read! Sep 15, 2009
Though this book didn't quite compare to Wood's other novel, it still is fun, makes you laugh while still making you think, and is downright enjoyable. My only con with this book is the ending was anti-climatic.
GIFT or no? Jun 21, 2009
Kind of a weird ending. Have read books with the "leaper" premise before, but never ones with quite this twist to it. Other books involving the leaper premise(have read at least two of these) have focussed on the bad or evil aspects, but this one is where the hero tries to actually do good with his "gift". He fails once where he really wanted to be able to help someone from committing suicide and suddenly he is devastated. This is supposed to be a Christian themed book and he exhibits a very weak faith. Maybe slightly weaker than the average. He does get the help he asks God for, but you never know for sure what he has done with it. Didn't take long to read this book---- several hours.(a fast read) Story was interesting even in spite of the unorthodox ending. Guess it leaves something to the imagination after all! Would recommend it for othere to read. Wish there had been a bit more to the story though.
God Cookie is much better Jun 7, 2009
This book started OK, but ended weird going on creepy. The ending was very unsatisfying and vague, and there was just too much confusion throughout. I like the big ideas, but they weren't explored well enough for my taste.
I did, however, really enjoy his other novel, the God Cookie. Similar snappy dialogue, but much easier to understand and a great ending.
Deep, soulful, heart-wrenching, gripping, and altogether beautiful. Jan 24, 2009
This is one of the most masterful pieces of fiction ever written. The writing in quick, snappy, and engaging, and makes you want to read more. You feel a sadness, a longing to help James (the main character) with his ever-falling apart life.
The introduction puts us in a place where we immediately feel drawn in. Maybe it's the writing style, maybe it's the first-person POV. Or maybe it's the fact that he's at an acupuncture place and suddenly appears in his wife's garage.
In the first chapter you hear the sad story of divorce that automatically makes you feel for the character. Wood conveys emotion, both in James and his ex, that you must read between the lines to really understand. On the top, it seems like their insults are funny and give you a little laugh, but if you really look into what he's saying and the tone of it, it makes you feel all the contempt and anxiety stored in their hearts. In James, I sense that he didn't really want to end the marriage, but his wife was continually fed up and then took everything, even got mad about something that he "took" that wasn't hers.
Once you are taken into his garage, you begin to garner more interest as he starts to go on his struggle to use his powers for good instead of evil. The rest of the book continues to hold your interest. Throughout James' struggles, you learn more and more about this divorce, and how the leaping affects his life.
You finally come to the ending which leaves you wondering about what is happening. The last lines are unclear about whether he dies or something else happens (in my opinion, he dies). This led me to say "Hmm" in that philosophical manner and kept me thinking about the book for weeks.
This is a powerful, emotional, and highly sarcastic at times romp full of heart-wrenching emotion and well-written problems. A great read for anyone 13+.
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I hope you enjoy this book and all the other books I have mentioned!