I'm a technical writer focusing on business continuity and disaster recovery. I enjoy the mystery/thriller genre the most - always nice to read about disasters I don't have to manage and even wrote a research proposal for one of my core psych classes on the psycholinguistic aspects of the genre - but also like Sci-Fi, History, Psychology and Physics.
I'm really glad that I took a chance on this book - I was dreading some gay-teen angst drivel, but I think the author did a fantastic job of acknowledging the difficulties gay teens face while preventing those difficulties from stopping this "hero" from living a good life and, of course, being a hero.
Stan Lee provided the intro with an unconditional thumbs-up, and now that I've read it, I completely agree with his assessment. I very much hope that Perry Moore continues sharing his ideas with the world.
I love this book. I've read it and listened to it several times. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the, well, love story. There are so many crappy LGBT books out there and this is not one of them.
I was heartbroken when I heard that Perry Moore had died. I really wanted to read more about Thom and his friends. Unfortunately, that will never happen. However, this book stands as s a testament to a great author's imagination and passion.
I loved this book. I'm not particularly a fan of the superhero genre, but this book was exciting, accessible, charming, and amazingly well written. I especially loved the world that Perry Moore created, and it was only enhanced by gay teen superhero wannabe Thom. The characters were likeable and well-developed, and the plot had enough action to keep you reading/listening, but didn't overpower a strong plot, which is ultimately a touching story of a boy trying to accept himself -- his sexuality, his superpowers, etc. Add to that a simply phenomenal narration by Michael Urie. I wish he could narrate my life. He is an excellent reader, but also has great voices that add so much to the story. I especially loved Jack Nicholson-esque Golden Boy. And all of the stereotypical superhero voices. This book was funny, exciting, and full of heart. I can't recommend it enough.
Terrific story of a young man trying to find his place in society. Should he follow his abilities and become a Super-Hero against his father's wishes? Should he let the world know his most tightly-held secrets?
This story has it all, infatuation, conflict, super-heros, super-villains, betrayal, underdogs, and even a cranky old lady who can see the future.
Well worth the time!
Moving, inspiring, hilarious
The universe in which it takes place is similar enough to ours that you can relate to what everyone is going through.. I think the characters in this book are incredible, they truly are 3D, dealing with being extraordinary while having to live with the complications that every day life throws your way when least expect. From family, to love to death..
Well.. His voice! Really, I couldn't believe it was the same guy from UB.. He has such a funny voice, and gives every character (particularly the lead hero and his friend Ruth) such particular traits that make them unforgettable.
YES! Alas, I couldn't but I wanted to.. And I think I would've enjoyed it even more if I had had the chance to do so.
Get this book.. It's a great story, of you're looking for super hero fiction, gay related fiction, or simply a kick-ass funny and moving story.. You'll love it.. And then you'll crash like I did when you realize that even though this book could easily be the first in a series of equally amazing books, sadly it's not to be. The author passed away a few years ago. He was the producers of the Narnia movies! Don't hold that against him, though. Anyway, get the book. And join us in missing, ever after, the true hero of this story: Perry.. Talk abou breaking barriers and creating a legacy!
The Constant Knitter
Simply one of the best stories I've ever listened too. Worthy of another listen!
Ruth. Her sage smart-assed attitude makes you think of the grandmother you wished that you had had.
The basketball workouts
where was a book like this when I was a teen?
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
Thom Creed has problems just like any other teenager. School, empty pockets, dreams he knows his father would disapprove of, unrequited crushes...and superpowers, the knowledge that he could never live up to his superhero parents, and the fact that he's still in the closet.
This was my first superhero book and I was expecting it to be a bit campy -- and it was! -- but I was happily surprised to find clear writing and engaging characters with real backstories as well. There are plenty of comic book elements, but Thom's journey has a lot more depth than the "BASH BOOM BAM" of a Batman-style fist fight. Sure, there are swooping superheroes, sidekicks, and villians in spades, but there is also a very delicately handled father/son relationship with all the usual complications and more, and a young woman with too much on her plate. There's an old woman with secrets of her own, a new friend Thom can't seem to stop offending, and a league full of superheroes who aren't always as cohesive as Thom would have guessed. There was a lot of plot to this book!
The story comes to a full conclusion and is a stand-alone novel. I understand the author was planning a sequel before he passed away, but nothing is missing here.
If I had one complaint it would be that things got a little rushed and jumbled at the end. I've noticed that a few other people have leapt on the fact that there's a scene involving masturbation (it's not graphic). So yes, be warned that there is a delicately broached moment where masturbation is discussed, but it's age-appropriate.
The narration was spot on. Michael Urie sounds just right, and he pulls off the other character's voices well too.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. Good YA story with some interesting different angles and great narration. If that follow-up book had been written I would have happily picked up a copy!
The Audible reviewer Megan Volpert starts her review with "No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book", but I find that hard to believe. For one thing, the author should have invented more of his own superheros instead of re-hashing old favorites. He renamed them, but it's apparent that Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, etc. are all there. The plot is pretty predictable and offers no real surprises.
Thom encounters a LOT of SUPER-negative reaction to his gayness which I suppose if you lived in deepest, darkest Biblebelt or else in the heart of Red-neck-land (often the same thing) you would probably still encounter. It's a little hard for me to go with it in this day and age, but then I live in a socially advanced city so maybe I'm not the best judge on that.
The premise is great, I love the idea of a gay superhero kid. I like his superhero talent, and that he has a great relationship with his Dad, and the story of his disappeared Mom. It's apparent that this is Moore's first novel, but for a first novel the writing is overall good enough. I hope that in future novels he develops his own line of superheros and makes them become classics rather than reusing other people's creations.
Moore writes romance very badly, and the story would have been a lot more interesting without it, gay or straight. It doesn't matter who is involved in a romance, if it's badly written it really grates and romance is well known for being one of the hardest things to write well. Our hero Thom thinks like the heroine in a cheesy romance novel whenever he starts contemplating his own gayness or love life. He jumps to silly conclusions that are obviously wrong, and reacts with equal silliness. Could have been done a lot better, or better yet left out. I dinged this story down to 2 stars instead of 3 for this.
Moore also leaves the open question, if Thom can heal everyone, why doesn't he heal everyone? There are sick people all around him, but he doesn't always fix them. I guess I agree with "David" who also reviewed this book saying: "Yay" for the message, "Meh" for the story".
The narrator did a great job. There are a handful of narrators who are my very favorite and I wouldn't say he falls into that category, but if I wanted another book and it was narrated by him it I'd consider that to be just fine. I didn't mind his voices or inflections at all, and I'm pretty picky about narration.
This was a cute story. Some characters you'll recognize from already established lore, but with different names. Superman reimagined as 'Justice', and Wonder Woman as 'Warrior Woman
When father and son join together to fight the bad guys
The intimate moment between the main character and 'Snake'
I was really intrigued by this story about a young man just coming into his super powers.I was not prepared for the description of maturbation to gay porn. At that piont I stopped reading. If you don't mind that sort of thing, it is probably a good book. I just wish I had known before I spent my credit on it.