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The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow: Surreptitious Superhero

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Copernicus H. Stringfellow, a.k.a. Nick, is not your run-of-the-mill genius. His mind is so powerful it can stop a speeding automobile or stem internal bleeding. As Nick goes about quietly doing good, he discovers that his powers are greatly enhanced by the nutrients present in Twinkies. Follow Nick on his amazing adventures in this humorous and exciting action-packed book ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Sweetwater Books
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Lorin Barber
Jan 17, 2012 Lorin Barber rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Having just finished the final proof before going to press I still loved reading it. I laughed, cried and fell in love like it was the first time. Above all I think the book will bring a lasting smile to those who experience it.
Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review via NetGalley in participation with the The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow blog Tour.

I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I honestly didn't foresee an epic rating in it's future when I first picked it up; and yet here we are....EPIC! Copernicus H. Stringfellow is an highly intelligent, knowledge sponge, clairvoyant, Twinkie eating, telekinetic, extraordinary person. Yes, I found myself with a Twinkie in my hand munching a
Christina White
Apr 29, 2012 Christina White rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was a fun read! Some parts had me laughing out loud and I loved how he teased everyone with his literal answers all the time. This book had a great message: With great power comes great responsibility. Stringfellow was brilliant and rich and used both of those gifts to help others. I have to admit that a lot of the explanations, especially the medical ones went over my head and were a bit tedious to read through, but over all I really enjoyed this book.


I want a Twinkie now!
Jul 12, 2012 Jinky rated it it was amazing
Forget Nick! Everyone should just call him by his full name, Copernicus H. Stringfellow. What a fabulous name befitting an amazingly good man! Simply, an adult Dr. Doogie Howser meets Jesus ..a sharp and humble philanthropist. Now that's a superhero that I would swoon over!

Indulge me a little bit for I will expound on what I got out of this book. Keep in mind that this wasn't a preachy read but I just so happened to have read it through a religious eyes. See, between the lines of this quirky lit
Mandy Sickle
I received this book from the author, in return for a honest review.

This is the story of a man in his early 30's who happens to use his brain to it's full extent not the 10% that everyone else uses. Since he uses his brain he is smarter then everyone else even quoted as Einstein's Son if I remember correctly. Sadly at the age of 2 his mother is murdered ironically by his father, this just a small part of what makes Nick so special. He can read a book very quickly and have total recall of the bo
Elicia Cheah
Oct 04, 2012 Elicia Cheah rated it it was amazing
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Detailed Review: After I read the first chapter, I actually thought it was pretty cool. I liked the twists and turns that this novel had.

First off, who's this person called Copernicus H. Stringfellow? He's a genius, though not an ordinary one since he can actually control things with his mind due to his super concentration levels. He can walk through anything after a recent discovery. He's rich, after he invented Rougaine,
Alyssa Archambo Nelson
This reminded me of a Matilda story for grown-ups. Nick is a super-genius who has such a great intellectual ability that he is able to perform telekinesis. I thought this was an interesting premise and was interested to see what challenges this kind of guy faces. I'm a huge fan of super-intelligent characters, so I thought this book would be my kind of thing.

It's great that Nick is such a nice guy. Throughout the entire book, he is constantly doing good deeds for people, such as giving them jobs
Margaret Metz
Aug 28, 2012 Margaret Metz rated it liked it
This book was one of those that I had a difficult time with at times. This is partly because of classification. I was told it was a YA book but the main character (and a majority of the other characters as well) are adults -- and well into adulthood - their 30s and sometimes older.

It also has a lot of references to spirituality and souls - but no religious message. In fact, the book seems to have a humanist bent to it. The accomplishments and mind of man is supreme -- and man decides what is ri
Dec 27, 2015 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: arr-r2r
**3 Stars**

I would like to thank the author, Lorin K. Barber for sending this book to me for an honest review.

MY OVERVIEW: I thought the concept behind this book was really interesting and original. However, it was a little hard to get through in some areas. I did how you could really tell the author did a lot of research for his book.

PROS: I really liked Nick. He actually reminded me a little bit of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory; only, if you can believe it, smarter. I actually liked how e
Summer Lane
Apr 30, 2012 Summer Lane rated it liked it
Copernicus H. Stringfellow has a secret life. Scratch that. He has a secret POWER. I won't give it away, but suffice it to say that Copernicus, also called Nick, is smarter than the average bear, er, person. He has a good heart, a positive attitude, and somehow he seems to have an endless amount of money which he uses constantly to help those in need. If you ever wanted a male incarnation of Mother Theresa, you've got Nick, except with the IQ of 2 or 3 Albert Einsteins. No lie. He takes it upon ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of a fair and unbiased review.

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow is a "superhero" adventure novel. Copernicus, or Nick, is a billionaire, philanthropist, and super-genius. He also has incredible powers generated from his own thought energies, powered by the ingredients in Twinkies! However, he doesn't want the secret to get out. He doesn't want fame or recognition...he just wants to do what is right.

The cast of characters
Apr 29, 2012 Kimberly rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was fun and silly and it had nice chapter breaks. Copernicus H. Stringfellow is a genius and has special powers. He also has a fetish with eating Twinkies. Twinkies give him more brain power! I liked the message this story gives that helping others is good. The conversations Stringfellow had with other characters had me bursting with laughter and had me looking up a lot of words!
This was a fun book that took me to lovely places all over western Washington. The characters were very likable. I think the author must secretly daydream about having super powers like Copernicus has. I loved all the references to the Mamas and the Papas. Finally, the book almost left me craving a Twinkie. Almost.
Kayla Beck
Review originally published at Krazy Book Lady

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow is Lorin Barber’s first work of fiction about Copernicus “Nick” H. Stringfellow – a Twinkies-powered, super-genius superhero who lives his life to help others. It is published by Cedar Fort books with a March 13th, 2012 release date. Its target audience seems to be young adult, although all ages could find enjoyment in this book.

Nick Stringfellow is a strange fellow. He drives cross-country in his 1969 Ch
Jul 30, 2012 Miki rated it liked it

This review was first published on my blogLecture toute une Aventure

Mostly it was an enjoyable story. I don’t know why but at first I was expecting Copernicus to be a way younger, a teenager instead of an adult. He is an original character really intelligent, a true genius but also a young man who has some difficulties to fit in the normal world. He is really kind and wants to make good, to set things right but his language and lack of social skills make things harder for him sometimes. He isn
Jul 27, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Review originally posted at: Book Cover Justice

Copernicus H. Stringfellow, or Nick as he is known to his friends, is a genius. He is probably the smartest man int he world. So smart, that he has discovered a unique ability. Nick can use thought waves to move objects. While some may take advantage of this ability, Nick only uses it for good. He travels the world whenever he feels needed in a certain area. This leads Nick to Seattle, where he gets a job at a hospital and makes new friends. There's
Sep 29, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Copernicus (Nick) H. Stringfellow is an average-looking, very tall man. He is driving in Washington and has picked up a hitchhiker, Molly, who claims she is sixteen, although Nick can tell that she probably isn't any older than thirteen.

Nick has a conversation with Molly and convinces her to go back to her home, which is in a pretty run-down area in a tenement complex. Molly's mom is worn out and tired and unemployed. Nick pulls out a roll of bills and tells Molly's mom to just love her daughte
Aug 31, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
Copernicus H. Stringfellow is not your average guy, although he tries to be. He's extremely rich, though you wouldn't know it to look at him, and Nick is incredibly intelligent. He had a difficult childhood, ended up being raised by his aunt and uncle. Nick grew up tall, gangly and awkward yet he is probably one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet.

Nick has learned to harness his mental powers to do amazing things, usually to help others. He does have a bit of a mischievous side to him.
Book Him Danno
I just finished this book yesterday on the way home from St Louis and I was sad to see it end. It was funny, thoughtful, loving and just plain full of laughs. After a nine hour trip to St Louis to spend a day and a nine hour trip back I needed some “twinkies.”

Copernicus H Stringfellow is a good Samaritan, who has lots of money and loves to give it away to those in need. Example I can give without spoiling the book, he is giving a ride to a hitch hiker when the guy pulls a gun on him. He knows th
Carrie Ardoin
Dec 01, 2012 Carrie Ardoin rated it really liked it
Copernicus H. Stringfellow would rather go by Nick, understandably. He'd also rather it not be known that he's one of the smartest, richest men in the world. But for as many kind deeds as he does, it's hard to go by without getting any attention. Although sometimes it's not the best kind of attention.

Nick knew that he was being pulled to Seattle for a reason. But little did he know how many people's lives he would affect when he got there. As long as he has his Twinkies by his side, he's good th
Author: Lorin Barber
Published By: SweetwaterBooks
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4


"The Secret Life of Corpernicus H.Stringfellow: Surreptitious Superhero" by Lorin Barber was a very interesting enjoyable read of a man who became rich, brilliant and had great powers. Copernicus(Nick) Stringfellow was true genius who was kind and wanted to make good... always trying to set things right around him. Sometimes it seem like Corpernicus had all the different languages an
Jul 31, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)

This book is the tale of a rather strange fellow called Copernicus H. Stringfellow, or Nick as he likes to be called. Nick has an absolutely incredible memory, he can even recall the details of his birth and his first birthday party. He reads for exactly 1 hour 43 minutes every day, and by doing this has learnt a great deal, including several languages!
He first went to university when he was 11, and has since earned at l
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Feb 27, 2012 L_manning rated it really liked it
Copernicus H. Stringfellow, or Nick to his friends, is a strange fellow in many ways. His looks certainly set him apart, but what is really different is his intellect. He's nothing short of a genius, and he uses this intelligence to help those around him. Armed with his official brain food, the Twinkie, Nick has determined to help as many people as possible using his wealth and special abilities. This time though, Nick may meet a group of people that can help him just as much.

What a fun book! It
Aug 06, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Nick is unusual, and everywhere he goes, something happens. That something is usually good, but if the situation involves a threat, Nick will take care of it. Unusual in size, aptitude, and generosity, Nick keeps to himself most of the time, making friends with those who need him. What makes him so very different? Pick up this book and begin the journey of discovery!

Copernicus H. Stringfellow, Nick, wants nothing more in life than to go around helping those who need him, while staying mostly ano
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
May 25, 2012 Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ) rated it it was amazing
By Karina over at Read-A-holicZ

I really liked this book! The whole idea of a boy genius. I have to say my favorite line of this book. I don’t think it gives tooo much away.

“Are you immortal?” she asked
“Oh I’m normal all right but you’d have to catch me by surprise…I’m not superman.” (Page 117)

I loved that line because Nick never struck me like a super hero. From the begging the author described him as unusual but nothing muscular or athletic. I want to be Nick when I grow up. (Not the mind s
Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!)
The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow is as unique as the title. The characters are unique the story is different and it is truly a book for all ages.

Copernicus H. Stringfellow, who goes by the name of Nick (thank the heavens!) is everything but what he seems. Nick's the kind of guy you wish you were neighbors with or was friends with or you know, married to. He's the sweetest, nicest, humblest, and smartest (he dominates that field) guy you'll never meet. Nick's a genius and not by the
Sep 20, 2012 Tiana rated it liked it
This was a very different book. The main character is a genius who knows pretty much everything there is to know about everything - which on one hand, it's interesting to read about all the random facts he knows, but on the other hand, it can also get annoying when you're just trying to read the story and he keeps inserting random bits of trivia that have nothing to do with anything.

It took me a while to figure out the plot for this book. It seems like it's mostly just about a man who helps a l
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it really liked it
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This was a very fun, laugh out loud, warm hearted book. I enjoyed this book immensely. I was expecting a little more action and super hero moments from the summary but really the book didn’t need them. What this book did have was enough for me.

The story is about a man who is a multi billionaire, Twinkie eating, gentle hearted, genius. Sounds interesting right? Copernicus H. Stringellow is able to do things with his mind that any other human would only dr
Apr 06, 2012 Shannel rated it liked it
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I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review via the author.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Twinkies as brain food? If only...

The beginning had me confused. It could just be my style of story, but I like having some answers right from the beginning. I felt like I had to assume, which I hate doing because 99% I'm wrong.

I have to say, it's refreshing having a genuine, strong male narrator. Most, at least that I've read lately, are feminine and it was nice getti
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I have 6 children, 1 wife and 8 grandchildren. I spent most of my adult life as a manufacturing executive. I've been to 45 states and 19 foreign countries. With the loss of a business in the bad economy I'm trying to turn a hobby of writing into a new career.
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