All Tom's friends really are superheroes.
There's the Ear, the Spooner, the Impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she's sure that Tom has abandoned her.
So she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpower to make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom's beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he's visible, or he loses her forever.
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’This book is like a kiss in the afternoon sun. Somebody should write Mr. Kaufman a letter and thank him for his tender heart and the way he puts things down so gently. I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.’ (Sheila Heti)
"Here, the words 'modern' and 'mythology' hang together in such a wonderfully close and inventive embrace. This is a story that will steal up quietly and seduce with its originality and wit." (Terry Griggs)
Readers who pick up this book thinking they'll be reading about super-heroes (as I must admit, I did) will be in for a surprise. Although nominally about 'super-heroes,' this book is really about a single relationship, and the challenges two people have in coming together. The super-heroes are strictly allegorical.
This isn't a romance, but rather an interesting bit of imaginative fiction. Gordon Mackenzie is a good choice as narrator.
So one of my wife's friends recommended this book to me because she knows I love to read and we both read The Martian, so now, apparently we are book buddies. She likes anything Chick Lit or Rom-Commie, (people who know me, know those are not my preferred genres), so I had more than a smidge of apprehension about actually reading this one. Honestly, I was intrigued by the cover and liked the title, so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. It was really a very good story and after an initial "Uh oh, what did I get myself into" it really took off and clicked for me. There was more than enough strange character threads and weirdness keep me entertained and the ending was really "sweet". Very well done.
I've just finished reading this book and am still trying to fathom its metaphors. It's quite short and an easy read that I definitely recommend.
This is a quirky story about superheroes but not in the usual sense of superman. It is a strange book that shows the struggle of a man who has no superpower when all his friends around him have them.
The romantic tragedy type of plot is amazing and well written and the narrator expresses the emotions well although I felt that he was a bit robotic in the way he spoke and it didn't flow as well as it could.
I would really suggest this book if you want to read something a little different.
"Clever idea but sentimental"
Tom is married to a superhero called The Perfectionist, who is able to will perfect order with her mind. Unfortunately, thanks to jealous ex-boyfriend Hypno hypnotising her on her wedding day, The Perfectionist is unable to see Tom. Thinking Tom has disappeared, The Perfectionist decides to start her life over by re-locating to Vancouver. Tom manages to get the seat next to her on the plane. How will he, the only person he knows without a superpower, convince The Perfectionist that he's still with her before the plane lands?
The superheroes in this slim novella are not stereotypical, from their lack of secret identities onward. The Stress Bunny, who absorbs the stress of anyone within a 50-foot radius thanks to her strict Catholic upbringing and is consequently very popular at parties, is a typical example.
Superheroes are everywhere, says the author, a rather sickly sentiment if you ask this old cynic. Nevertheless, this is a brilliantly quirky idea and some of the superheroes are really rather clever ideas who are rather more interesting than the central story.
"2 Hours of my life I will never get back...."
I'm not 100% sure what I was just listening to? the whole thing was boring, monotone and had no explanation to the outcome? I'm sure there must be some sort of hidden meaning in there but it didn't make sense to me.
"Mackenzie's superpower: sounding condescending"
The creativity in the extraordinary mundanity of some superheroes
The mechanic-like doctor, and the main protagonists seeming inability to be shocked by everything that happens, so long as it happens in a mundane manner.
Getting someone who doesn't sound like someone being forced to read fanfiction.
I can't tell if the narrator was putting on a very specific tone of voice to try and match some aspect of the book, or if that's just his normal speaking voice. Either way, I wouldn't actually advise getting this audio version. Get the physical thing - it's worth it!
"Amazing story but awful narrator"
I LOVED the story but the narrator was incredibly annoying and boring! I put the speed up and that was a bit better...
The metaphors were so good and the little descriptions of random superheroes always made me smile.
The snowflake moment with Tom and Perf was adorable and the story of The Blue and The Orange made me cry!
Such a moving book! Made me cry and laugh out loud!
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