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Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero

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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 19th 2007 by WaterBrook
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Von Sowards
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, superhero
To tell you the truth... I don't really read books. I have no patience for them. So you may ask, "Well if he doesn't read book then how does he write so many reviews?" Well I listen to them. Audiobooks. I feel that when I read I have to dedicate all of my time, talents, and interests, oh and lets not forget my attention span, into reading, comprehending, and finishing that book. As I read I feel like I should be doing more productive things like my laundry or cleaning my room. I love audiobooks. ...more
Alice Berry
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by author Geoffrey Wood was absolutely one of the best books I've read in a good while. Entertaining, funny, witty, with great characters and a compelling story. Did I say funny? Well, I don't often laugh aloud while reading in a room by myself, but this book had me do just that and quite a lot. But don't let the humor mislead you. This is also a very serious novel that tackles some very serious Christian issues in very interesting ways. Without saying too much, the play on the ...more
Nicole
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book. I am not a zany comedy type of girl. It reminded me a lot of Bruce Almighty. I can see how some people would get a kick out of it though. I will say the moral of the story was overall good. I was glad that the author concluded that God is still good in the midst of a crazy world, and that we simply trust Him. Amen and amen. He then seems to convey that helping others is the way to cope with the madness of earth. This is where I disagree and think many people who ...more
Ben
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't always avoid Christian fiction. But if I'm expecting to read about a man who suddenly gets a superpower and considers becoming a superhero, I am NOT HAPPY when I instead encounter a chicken-soup-for-the-soul book about a man struggling with life's problems who, after guidance by a friendly priest, accepts God into his life to be the best person he can be. There's nothing close to a "superhero" concept in the book at all, save the gag-inducing aphorism that anyone can find their inner sup ...more
Robin
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
It had so much potential. A modern superhero who's addicted to espresso and is full of personality. And then the story just fell flat on its face. I guess that's what I get for buying books from the dollar store.
Elias
Jul 07, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This is good so far, even if it features essentially Hiro's subplot on Heroes.
Kim
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This one has been on my TBR list for awhile, and there's a good reason for that. I received it through the Goodreads giveaway program, but had no idea of the religious content from the description they posted. I don't do well with books that have a religious message, ever since my bad experience with the sermon-disguised-as-a-novel that was Shadowmancer. Luckily for me, the religious message in Leaper is of the warm and fuzzy rather than cold and intolerant type, although it does still slow down ...more
David Caldwell
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
First, if I could give half stars, I would have rated this book 2.5 stars.A liitle better than okay but not quite up to liking it.The main reason was I had not fully realized what the book was about. When I read the book summary, I thought the book was going to be a funny trying to learn how to be a superhero book.I was thinking it might be like that old TV show, the Greatest American Hero (which I really enjoyed when it first came on but can't watch it now--those special effects were so bad).Bu ...more
Sara
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, gotta-read
Not often does a book make me laugh out loud. Rarely does one make me laugh out loud often. And even more remotely, does the book make me laugh out loud so much that I end up reading the entire book to my husband. Leaper is an unexpected gold nugget, not only in the world of literature, but even more so in Christian Fiction. Though, that hardly seems to be a proper category to place such a treasure. No disregard to Christian Fiction, though I believe the true gems are quite few in that genre (an ...more
Monicaaa
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book should have been named "Teleporter" because the main character doesn't leap...well he leaps through time but that's besides the point. He teleports and that's that. God supposedly gave James this gift to only do good deeds with. And well...James hardly does any good deeds with it. How can he only do good deeds with his teleporting ability, when he uses his gift to appease his ex wife or to accidentally rob a grocery store? That made absolutely no sense.

Furthermore, Monica...oh geez, I
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Kelly
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The trick to the fiction clearance section at Half Price books is that everything is lumped together. So, as it has happened to me before, I pick up a book thinking it's just a regular novel and about a quarter to a third of the way through the book I realize it's in a more specific category of fiction, in this case, Christian fiction. It threw me off. Granted, I am a religious, spiritual, church-going person. I was pleasantly surprised when the character was reading CS Lewis and when he went to ...more
Tatianna Tibbitts
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-2015
First off, this book is hilarious. It's funny in a "I'm cringing at everything that's happening specifically because it feels so real" kind of funny. The hero of the story, James, is really an anti-hero because he is reluctant in a big way. He's flawed and awkward and paranoid and it's great. I never once felt like he was a stale or cardboard character. His narration of the book, which is kind of like a diary and also a confession, is beautifully honest and real.

Second, the book, which deal with
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Virginia
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
An unexpected encounter at the communion rail during Mass leaves James with a new talent -- or perhaps a curse, he can't decide which. He can instantly go from one place to another. Of course, at first he can't control the ability, which leads to some pretty awkward situations. Like the time he pops into his ex-wife's house wearing nothing but his underwear. Remember the movie, "Jumper"? Douse that idea in holy water and you have the premise of Leaper.

I won this book in a GoodReads First Reads G
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Tandava Brahmachari
I think the premise here would have been interesting enough on its own without having an overly neurotic, completely bungling main character. There were too many times the stream-of-consciousness narration hampered rather than enhanced the story. And it's harder to think about the issues involved or how I would handle such a situation when this fellow can't even get me as far as having normal conversations with people.

Still, for all that, I kind of liked the guy. And there were a few times I ac
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Ricki
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
When I look back at it, this was a pretty terrible book. The plot was lackluster, the characters were stock figures, but the main reason I look back at it as a terrible book is the way the main character treated his coworker who just wanted a friend. James just didn't like him, blew him off, didn't care at all, and his coworker ended up committing suicide. Afterward James thinks, "If only my superpower could have kicked in, or if only I'd hung out with him, I could have saved him." But he looked ...more
R. G. Nairam
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I would've liked to.

My investment and interest in it varied chunk by chunk, and I quite frankly found multiple sections confusing due to the character voice and lack of dialogue tags. It had a cool theme and some cool characters, but the villain came across as unbelievable to me and several exchanges of dialogue in the last third of the book seemed stilted. Maybe it's just a technique I'm not a fan of, but increasingly-worse-and-unbelievable-for-humor!! was mo
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Aviv
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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C.O. Bonham
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
This is not your average Superhero novel and James is not your average Superhero. If you pick up this book thinking that it is just going to be some knock off of Jumper then you are way wrong. They might share the same super power but Davy Rice is well adjusted compared to the James of Leaper.He is a recently divorced man who learns the hard way that when God Calls you can't hang up on him. Imagine having a power that you can only use if your intentions are completely unselfish. And that is only ...more
Stephanie
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really liked this book at the beginning--a lonely, divorced man suddenly develops a "superhero" ability and runs into a series of comic misadventures learning to deal with it. I laughed out loud a few times early on, but the tone seemed to darken and get more religious as it went on. The writing (which is first person narrated) is casual and conversational at first, but gets looser and less coherent as it went on. I think it was supposed to be representative of his internal confusion and new p ...more
Heather
Jul 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the hyper-stimulated
i can't give this 3 stars or say i liked this book, because a) the writing style was too erratic and b) for all the introspection and legitimate angst, i never cared much for the protagonist. and i really wanted to, because i thought this was a great idea for a book. but the execution - way off.

it may sound funny, since i am no superhero (!), but some of his pain points were rather universal. so, i related, but even so, many of the rounds of arguing with himself/god felt false, lacking of heart
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Stitch Robinson
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tackles themes of faith and trust in a completely original way. The voice is manic, comedic, and very conversational though at times erratic as the protagonist struggles with his what is happening to him. But despite the comic rush of the narrative, the insights are still profound. Not your typical Christian fare and I mean that in a good way. No, the voice is entirely original and entertaining and the super hero elements are only a vehicle for the more weightier ma ...more
Mike Rummler
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
It was a little thick on the religious side and I wish it would have gone further with the character after he comes to grips with his leaping ability. Hopefully book 2 is on the way.
Daniella
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who can appreciate a little inspired lunacy
Wow.

And I really mean that. Wow.

This book completely surprised me. Leaper leapt out of nowhere (actually, it leapt out of my mailbox, right after it leapt into my mailbox by means of the mailman who I'm fairly sure secretly hates me because he never comes at the same time, ever, but always remembers to knock the little POW-MIA mailbox-flag thingy off and leave it lying just far enough from the door that I have to step out in the half-foot of snow or slush to get it, but whatever), unceremoniousl
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Kim
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book is one of those pleasures that never fade.
Adrienne Organa
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Awful. Very vague, weird, and depressing.
Caroline Harbour
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny, challenging magical realism
Amanda Morris
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from front to back, one of the funniest books I’ve read in a very long time as well as one of the most thought provoking. If you haven’t read anything by author Geoffrey Wood, then you’re really missing out. He’s a writer who goes at Christian fiction from a totally original angle and with a fresh, lively, hilarious voice. (And I’d rate this guy’s dialogue up there with the best of them!) One note: Don’t be misled by the wrappings, those of the super hero variety. (I remember s ...more
Lauren Gorczyca
Feb 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this for several reasons. The cover lead me to believe it was going to be a lot funnier than it actually was. I was also expecting it to be more of a satire on comic book heroes. All this, I feel, was attempted by the author, but failed. Horribly.

Descriptions of the scenes were spotty at best, I had to re-read several different passages to understand where he was, making the flow of the story sub par.

Story was predictable and transparent. I caught myself internally rollin
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Thomas Andrikus
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book would have been more fascinating if not for the way the story ended.

I don't mind the Mitch Albom-esque or Paulo Coelho-esque type of preaching about God or spirituality, but when I started to read the book, I was not prepared for it. Nothing about the author Geoffrey Wood's approach suggested that the focal point of James' story would be on his spirituality.


First, there was little mention about God except for the church and Father Chavez's friendship with James. Then, it got interestin
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Donald Simms
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read. Wood manages to keep the reader in stitches while weaving a satisfying and interesting tale about a man who finds one day he has a super power --he can transport himself instantaneously to a desired location. This power, the main character decides, was given to him by God and so then he must face the consequences of that belief. Shouldn't he use his power for good? But what is good? And what if you don't particularly feel like doing good even if you're a superhero? Ingenious th ...more
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Geoffrey Wood is a writer of fiction, plays and the occasional sonnet.
“Without God, reality is madness. Reason will tell you so. You either madly trust in God, or you trust in a world gone mad without him.” 3 likes
“A man walks into a coffee shop. As the man talks across the counter, the coffee guy makes his coffee and sets the cup and saucer between them. But the man doesn’t drink it; he keeps talking, so the coffee gets cold, useless. The coffee guy pours it out and pulls another, sets it up. The man still can’t stop talking and the next one goes bad too. So the coffee guy throws that one out, makes another. And this goes on, see? You may think you’re the coffee guy in the parable, but you’re not —you’re the espresso. (It’s like that in parables.) You’re not for you. You’re someone else’s beverage. And God, the coffee guy, he’s going to keep remaking you again and again, as many times as it takes until you’re drinkable. God’s pulling the shots and he’s got standards.” 2 likes
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