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Karriere: Superheldin: Wearing the Cape 1

(Wearing the Cape #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,834 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Wer träumt nicht manchmal davon, Superkräfte zu haben?

Dies war auch Hopes Traum, bevor sie erwachsen wurde. Umso ironischer, dass sie durch den Ashland-Anschlag plötzlich Superkräfte entwickelt, gerade als sie ihr Studium an der Universität von Chicago beginnen will. Nachdem die Sentinels, Chicagos führendes Superhelden-Team, Hope den Decknamen "Astra" verliehen und sie ei
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published December 21st 2017 by Feder & Schwert (first published April 22nd 2011)
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Dima Melamud There are some similarities - both have put a lot of thought into how a world with superhumans will realistically work, both have darker themes…moreThere are some similarities - both have put a lot of thought into how a world with superhumans will realistically work, both have darker themes involved (don't want to spoil too much). Where they differ is in the main character, Hope could not be any more different from Taylor if she tried. I found her mostly annoying compared to Taylor (she's closer to Emma socially, or so it seems to me), but that's merely my personal opinion, not necessarily a hard truth.

Also, while the powers are sometimes described in detail and explored in non-trivial scenarios and some clever uses, the powers themselves are more stnadard and less exotic compared to the average parahuman in Worm.(less)
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Rachel
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oooo. ALMOST great. I love the way this author tells a story. A Watchmen-esque vision of what life would be like if there were superheroes on Earth.

One of my favorite things about this book was the inclusion of certain details about the main character's life which are included where relevant, but not belabored. She's Catholic, for example, and a cancer survivor. The author works it in almost incidentally.

It was the author's treatment of Islam which rubbed me the wrong way and cost her two whol
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Sara
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
As a rule, these days I avoid books with teenage protagonists like the plague. (Harry Potter is a big exception here.) Why? Because for some strange reason, most recent teenage characters (and not a few adult ones, sadly) are so stereotypically *teenage* that they are horrifying, over-the-top parodies of a teenager. (I'm looking at you, Bella Swan.)

I didn't know, when I impulse-bought the self-published Wearing the Cape ebook (this was right after I got my shiny new Kindle) that the protagonist
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Set in Chicago--superheroes exist to help and harm. They make up state militias and special police tactical units. The military has their own squads. Each major city has their own team-to handle major crises. Chicago is the hub of the superhero world. A giddy 18 year old girl, driving into the city, falls victim to a political assassination. Trapped in her crushed car, she transforms .....
That is where I will leave you. I got this free from kindle yesterday. I could not stop reading it. I felt i
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Meg
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superheroes
Writing is solid, if a little clinical, but the symbolism and message are a touch heavy handed. Not so shoved down your throat that I had to give up, but a little heavier than I prefer.

More than anything else, the romance in this novel bugged me and was what broke my enjoyment of the book. An unrealistic teen fantasy, it was too perfect and utterly boring. Also slightly creepy, a 27 year old and an 18 year old. Not to say that age gap can't work, but not at eighteen when the main character clear
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Nina
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
This reads like a parade of stereotypes. It screams “I am white, and anyone non-white I introduce will, in some way, be a stereotype.” It took me a while to figure it out. I had heard some negative stuff about this book, but figured I should read for myself - especially since it was a book of the month in my book club. And I didn’t see anything really objectionable in the first 1/3 of the book - which is free on Amazon. So I found a Special Edition of the book for 99¢ on Amazon (the regular Edit ...more
Rich
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a Super-hero novel kick lately (Not graphic novel -- real book with words and paragraphs and everything!) and found this via amazon's "Readers who bought this also bought..." recommendation I believe. So, I bought it and wasn't disappointed.

I'm not sure who the target audience is on this. Fortunately for me I was in the mood for flying capes busting up baddies and chucking cars and saving the day so that scooted me into the target audience camp regardless of what demographic it was
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Iori
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was awesometacular, I liked the descriptions and contrary to other superheroes book I once read this one didn't feel childish. The characters have real depth, the plot is well set. Nothing to say, just that it wasn't long enough.
Paula
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pleasantly surprised at the depth to this series. I was expecting a light and fluffy story and got an excellent story with great world building. I've zipped thru the others and now am on the 4th in the series. Well worth the read. ps the h is a 19yr old but there are very few YA moments.

The newest in the series is out and I wanted to reread the rest of the series again.
Steven Naylor
Rating 3.0 stars

Not for me. Not bad, but the things I am really interested in, the author didn't focus on. I know I am not supposed to compare one book with another, but the whole time reading I kept thinking about the Super Powereds series which was so much better. Not fair to this book or the author, I know, but there it is. I prefer more detail about the powers: how they work, different ways to use them, how to use different tactics in fighting. In this book there was hardly any of that. The
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Gabi
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! What just happened? This book was great (though it had a few things that weren’t so great or appropriate).

Ever since the Event, random people have had superhuman breakthroughs and have incredible powers. Nine years after the Event, Hope, an eighteen year girl living in Chicago, is about to start he freshman year of college. Her life is pretty great, but then she has her breakthrough. Her whole life is changed upside down. She joins the Sentinels (Chicago’s own superhero team) to
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Cheryl
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The evil Teatime Anarchist has just brought destruction to the city again. Hope Corrigan is a normal eighteen year old girl. She was driving along when she was struck by hundred of pounds of concrete. Hope was lucky to survive. Before she can really comprehend what is happening, she is flown away…literally from the accident.

Hope’s savior is Atlas aka John Chandler. Atlas is a superhero and part of a network of other superheroes. Hope is recruited and becomes the newest superhero. Just call her
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Siobhan
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a fine line that writers of Superhero stories must walk, between having characters and plot elements which are real enough to relate to and be interesting and having ones that are too jaded, powerful or bizarre to be worth following.
"Wearing the Cape" stands firmly on the good side. Fantastic enough without giving us so many details of the whys that one loses interest.

=Harmon does a great job with Hope's voice- she is likable, bright, and quietly vulnerable in a few ways that I didn't e
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Daniel
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

In a world where superheroes have agents and become celebrities just for having powers, it's not unusual for a child to grow up wanting to be a superhero. That's how Hope grew up, and when she was entering her freshman year in college her powers appeared. Now she's invited to join The Sentinels - a Chicago-based superhero team - as Astra (her superhero name). But does she really want to be a superhero, with all the danger
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Robert
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bobs-books
I was able to borrow this book on Lendle, and was very happy that I did.

Phenomenally interesting storyline, and characters that one can really care about. Hope is just your normal, average almost-college student when the Teatime Anarchist's plots transform her into an honest-to-goodness superhero. Of course, she's not the only one; she's immediately invited to join the Sentinels, and even gets to train under the most well-known hero, Atlas.

The author does a great job of showing the trials and fr
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Cloak88
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if superheroes really existed and for once were depicted in a realistic fashion...?

Well you would get Wearing the Cape. An interesting take on everything "Super" and an interesting story to boot. After a terrorist attack of a supervillain Hope discovers she is a breakthrough (gained superpowers). Now super strong and able to fly, she is offered to become a Sentinel and be trained by Atlas. The first and an most iconic superhero the word has.

A good story with some interesting characters and
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Cloak88
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if superheroes really existed and for once were depicted in a realistic fashion...?

Well you would get Wearing the Cape. An interesting take on everything "Super" and an interesting story to boot. After a terrorist attack of a supervillain Hope discovers she is a breakthrough (gained superpowers). Now super strong and able to fly, she is offered to become a Sentinel and be trained by Atlas. The first and an most iconic superhero the word has.

A good story with some interesting characters and
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Daniel
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. A little girly... I survived because the story held up past the fashion accessories.
Powerschnute
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Superhelden gibt es ja viele und jeder hat seine eigene Geschichte. In "Karriere: Superheldin" folgen wir der achtzehnjährigen Hope, die bei einem Anschlag ihre Superkräfte entdeckt und danach als Superhelden-Sidekick ihre Ausbildung als Vollzeit-Superheldin beginnt. Frau Schnute liest ja eher selten Bücher mit jugendlichen Hauptfiguren, aber bei diesem Buch hat sich das "Ich mach mal eine Ausnahme, weil es irgendwie cool klingt" ehrlich gelohnt. Frau Schnute wurde nicht enttäuscht.

Hope ist eine
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Niall Teasdale
While pushing for a relatively realistic world with superheroes in it, this book doesn't go the whole hog and give us a grimdark universe (like, say, Wild Cards). That gives it a big plus in my book. It seems like the majority of people who write this kind of fiction want to write horror stories and not superhero-horror stories, just horror. This book has some down-to-earth bad stuff in it, but it actually means something, rather than just being there to have horrible things happen to the protag ...more
Annn
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Intentando no ponerme sentimentaloide y ponerle tres estrellas, le pondré cuatro porque las cosas que no me han gustado no son tantas como las que sí me han gustado.
Bueno lo tiene prácticamente todo: unos personajes con los que te encariñas (un poco planos, pero creo que no por falta de potencial, sino por falta de diálogo entre ellos y poder apreciarles más), un argumento que engancha, y, como no, superhéroes, que con eso ya me tienes ganada. La forma de escribir se me ha hecho amena, PERO es M
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Eitan
Lento pero seguro. No entraré en muchos detalles (no por ahora) pero ha sido una lectura muy entretenida. Además el último tramo del libro va sin freno ni marcha atrás, lo que es de agradecer ;)
Tarl
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Matt
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero
Not sure I read a complete version.
Foggygirl
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
An entertaining origin story but didn't really grab my attention enough to keep going.
David Fernau
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine an America where anyone can develop superpowers during any stressful or traumatic event. That’s the world Marion Harmon shows us in Wearing the Cape. Our young heroine, Hope Corrigan, begins as a high school graduate about to enter college. One day she’s driving across a bridge in Chicago when a terrorist bomb explodes on it. Rather than being killed by it, she experiences a “breakthrough,” gaining her powers. She gets what in this world is called the “Atlas-type” package, which means mo ...more
Janelle
The actual review (My initial notes are at the bottom of this review and I've finally discovered the private notes box for this purpose)

There's a lot here to like. It reminded me of Jennifer Estep's Bigtime Series which I enjoyed, though it's less campy-fun and "women's fiction-y" than those books. (However, if one considers Jinx an analogue for Seven, the win goes to Harmon for the explanation of that particular power.) I like the newbie learning to use her powers angle. I like superheroes. Wea
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Bruce Baugh
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a superhero fan since not long after I could read, and have been curious about the rise in recent years of prose fiction about superheroes. This turned out to be a fine introduction. Harmon sets up an interesting universe with simple, strong foundations - ten years before this book's present, people started developing superpowers, usually in response to physical or emotional crises, and nobody yet has a good handle on how they work. This story follows a girl from her development of pow ...more
C.T. Phipps
Wearing the Cape is one of the rare examples of superhero prose and one I really-really like. It manages to do something which very few novelists and writers are willing to do today: tell an idealistic story about superheroes. The majority of superhero novels out there are either adaptations or deconstructions. I'm surprised to say supervillain perspective novels are rather common, myself included being guilty, but Wearing the Cape starts with a simple premise: what if a nice but otherwise ordi ...more
K.M. Johnson-Weider
Wearing the Cape is set in a world like ours, except that about a decade ago there was a mysterious incident called the "Event" that caused some people to become superhuman. People continue to have "breakthroughs" (develop super powers), often during incidents when their lives are threatened. This is exactly what happens to Hope Corrigan at the beginning of the story. She goes from being a regular girl planning for her first year of college to training as a "Cape", a publicly known superhero, wi ...more
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Marion G. Harmon picked up a Masters of History degree because he likes stories. He currently resides in Las Vegas, where he dabbles in various aspects of financial planning while trying to get the people in his head onto the page so they’ll stop pestering him.

Addendum: M.G.Harmon still lives in Las Vegas, but has ceased telling other people how to invest their money to become a "professional auth
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“We define ourselves as much by what we oppose as what we approve, what we won’t do as what we will do. Each choice we make forecloses other choices, while making still more choices necessary. Life is a decision tree we climb half blind. Astra, Notes from a Life” 1 likes
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