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Other People's Heroes (The Heroes of Siegel City #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Josh Corwood has spent his life admiring the superheroes that protect Siegel City. He's wanted to join them, wanted to be like them... but eventually, had to settle for reporting on them from the sidelines. When an undiscovered talent reignites his hope to join the world's protectors, he suddenly discovers that their world isn't everything he'd been led to believe. Surroun ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 448 pages
Published June 17th 2011 by Createspace (first published June 15th 2002)
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Article first published as Book Review: Other People's Heroes by Blake M. Petit on Blogcritics.

Comic books have long been a way to savor our heroes and find those with super human powers that do good in our world. As with most, in order to be successful as a hero, there must also be villains. In Other People’s Heroes by Blake M. Petit, we follow the exploits of a group of heroes and villains known as Capes (superheroes) and Masks (villains).

Ever since being rescued as a young child from a burnin
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“I don’t know what’s worse, your stupidity or your low opinion of me.”

The age old story... boy longs for superpowers. Boy recognizes his dream. Boy falls in love with super good looking, yet slightly insecure super-heroine. Boy uncovers sinister plot. Boy must make a cadence of decision that will have a profound influence on the fate of the entire world, all the while, indulging a journey of self discovery and trying not to get blown up by a deadly Teke-blast.

Josh Corwood has spent his entire li
Carl Alves
In his novel Other People’s Heroes, Blake Petit puts together an interesting premise. It’s a combination of the Justice League and the Legion of Doom run by a professional wrestling federation. In the world he created, in Siegel City, there is a cadre of superheroes and super villains except the heroes aren’t always good and the villains aren’t always bad. They play characters much like in pro wrestling with staged rumbles between the good guys and bad guys. Right off the bat, this is a cool co ...more
Fun. Certainly written by someone who loves the genre.

However, this book retains numerous pitfalls native to superhero fiction: overwriting; excessively large cast; secondary characters missing in action; and others. This book also appears to be self-published (read: no professional editing).

Other People's Heroes has a lot of the same problems that Soon I Will Be Invincible has, chief among them, the author spends way too much time feeding the reader with world-building information that the cent
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Josh Corwood has always wanted to be a superhero, and when he unexpectedly develops a special talent, he is excited to join the league. But what if the life of a superhero isn't as real as it seems?

I have never read a superhero story before, so I didn't know what to expect. What I got was an amazing read. Action, excitement, surprise, and even a sweet love story.

Josh is a really nice guy. He has a solid moral and ethics code, and everything he does is in line with this. This makes for a refreshi
My first impression was that the editing is... rough. I mentioned this to the author (we're connected on Google+), and he said that he and a couple of editors had gone over it but something always gets missed. Well, they missed quite a lot, actually. Mostly typos, misplaced commas, quotation marks closed in the wrong place and so forth, but several clangers as well. Blake: The piece of gymnastic equipment is called a pommel horse, not a pummel horse. The Happy Days character was Ralph Malph, not ...more
Michele Tater
Book Title: Other People's Heroes: The Heroes of Siegel City
Author: Blake M. Petit
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781463599072
Reviewed By Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal. ~Norman Spinrad

Joshua Corwood is a “regular” guy in a world filled with super heroes (Capes) and villains (Masks). The only saving grace in his mundane life is the fact that he gets to write about these extraordinary people in a newspaper called Powerlines. He get
I really enjoyed this novel. I read the 2011 edition of this story which I understand is a bit different from a version published a few years ago. This is probably one the best superhero themed books I've read. It tells the story of Josh Corwood, a reporter in Siegal City who finds he has an unusual super power and then finds that there is a big secret that all the superheroes and villains are hiding....This is one of those gems you sometimes unearth in self publishing and I'm really glad I purc ...more
"There is no peace for me," says the villain in Other People's Heroes. "There will never be peace for me, and it's all because of the stupid, stupid superheroes." Poor guy. All he wants to do is take over the world. And those darn superheroes keep getting in his way. Tsk! The book ends with the phrase: "... it was a start." That's a mildly clever way to end a novel.

Full review here:
Jeff Hendricks
This is a refreshing take on comic-book superheroes. It's fairly original, it's fun, and I found myself laughing often. Petit has a very wry sense of humor, and it comes out well in this story. I think the best part of the book is the dialogue, as it keeps the story moving, and really reads quickly.

I don't read comedy novels that often, but I really enjoyed Other People's Heroes.
Rosalind M
I started out not being too keen on the whole "reporter reveals all" idea but determined to read the book. I soon found myself picking the book up to continue reading at every opportunity. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

Note that there's also a short story starring the main character of this book: "The Restless Dead of Siegel City".
Penelope Frost
A realy enjoyable story. I was entertained from the first page. I really liked the story and the characters, the twists that make the story exciting and give it action.

I definitely recommend this one! Both to the superhero fans and those that aren't.
I really enjoyed this superhero podiobook. Excellent pacing, fun action, and a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, not too many to keep track of.
A decent take on a superhero book. I enjoyed seeing the progression of the main character. I hope there is a 2nd book.
Decent book, entertaining, fast read. I wanted some light, easy reading, and this was exactly that.
Will Wittmann
A fun super hero story and a entertaining read but its definitly no "Devil's Cape"
Stellar. Great, great story.
Great story and writing.
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Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at since 2003. He's the co-host, with whoever the hell is available that week, of the All New Showcase comic book podcast. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theat ...more
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