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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463599072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463599072
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of the novels Other People's Heroes and The Beginner, as well as the short story collection A Long November and Other Tales of Christmas. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at CXPulp.com since 2003. In January of 2007 he joined with his longtime friend Chase Bouzigard to host the weekly 2 in 1 Showcase comic book podcast, appearing every weekend at CXPulp. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.

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Blake M. Petit is a writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, and teacher from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of several novels, short stories and nonfiction examinations of geek culture available both in print and in eBook form. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at CXPulp.com since 2003. He's the co-host, with whoever the hell is available that week, of the All New Showcase pop culture podcast and ruminates about movies at the Reel to Reel film study blog. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.

Contact Blake at BlakeMPetit@gmail.com.

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The characters were well developed.
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I HIGHLY recommend this book to anybody who loves to read.
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I like the twist that author Blake M. Petit introduces.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Koleszar on September 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love love LOVE this book! It is fun, silly, funny, and stupendious all at the same time.
Premise seemed silly, but that attracted me to it. It doesn't fit nicely into any specific catagory, but at the same time, you just won't want to put it down.
The writing is fun and flows nicely. It takes an ultimately unbelievable premise and makes you want to believe. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anybody who loves to read. Kids, Adults, Students, beginner and advanced readers. It is the kind on book where you can't wait to get to the end, but when you do, you wish it would have lasted much longer.
Worth reading and re-reading. Very entertaining.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TB on June 22, 2007
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Granted the positive influence of graphic novels like Alan Moore's Watchmen on the maturation of superhero storytelling, there are still very few traditional novels that translate the best qualities of the superhero genre beyond the comics format. Blake Petit's book does that, in spades. If you're interested in a story that has mature heroism-- both idealistic and skeptical--, convincing characterization, well-paced adventure, and the good fun of discovering a truly unique fictional world, read Other People's Heroes. In a genre defined, and oftentimes overrun, by long-standing tropes, the author successfully writes along the fine line between satisfying conventionality and surprising originality. Big praise, I know, but it's well-deserved. This is one of those books I will reread many times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
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In Siegel City, superhero battles are regarded almost as a spectator sport. These costumed vigilantes are so popular and so ingrained in the public consciousness that their merchandise fly off the shelves. In Siegel City, gaudy crimefighting has become a very lucrative business. There are even periodicals dedicated to covering their every movement. So far, the heroes (or "Capes") have managed to always save the day, to foil each dastardly supervillain (or "Mask"). But what if these skirmishes are fake? What if each mighty scuffle between a Cape and a Mask is scheduled and put up for public consumption? I like the twist that author Blake M. Petit introduces. It's pretty original and very well-executed.

Ever since he was rescued as a young kid from a burning building by the world's most iconic superhero, Lionheart, Josh Corwood has been fixated on the Capes. It's compelled him, in his adulthood, to seek a profession in journalism, and specifically a job with a magazine that delves into the superhero community. He's landed a writing gig with Powerlines, a periodical that keeps tabs on crime and puts Josh within interviewing distance of Siegel City's various Capes and Masks. Except that his worldview shifts shockingly, that day when he gained his own superpower. But maybe "The Great Pretender" isn't such a cool nom de guerre.

Like its central protagonist, OTHER PEOPLE'S HEROES is very easy to like. Blake M. Petit's storytelling is sharp and straightforward and immersive. He does a fine job of developing his characters while demonstrating a keen eye for those fun swerves on familiar superhero tropes. I think that the Conductor is an inspired invention. His power is to detect a person's emotions and so compose a fitting background musical score for that person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on April 10, 2004
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This book brings you into a whole new world and makes it believable. It has suspense and humor. The writing is excellent, but always accessible. The book is clean enough (and fun enough!) that you can feel confident and comfortable recommending it to anybody. Don't dismiss this as "just a book about superheroes"-- it has depth and poignance. I was so sorry when it ended-- I hope this author publishes more novels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2012
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I really enjoyed this, to the point where I was reading it in the line at the bank drive-thru.

It took me back to my days of reading, and loving, super-hero comic books without trying to be a comic for kids. It was a grown up version but with all the fun and excitement and sense of discovery of the comics that I remember... and it was longer than 12 pages like a comic book.

If you've ever been a fan of comics I recommend this book. If you've ever been a fan of Mercedes Lackey's Secret World Chronicle's you'll really enjoy this book. It's got super heros, costumes, secret identities, back stories, and a little fun is poked at origin stories and retcons as well. It's a lot of fun with interesting characters who, while they have powers/abilities, some of which are funny ("background music in your head" anyone?), they are still people with the same problems, wants, and dreams the rest of us have.

I can't recommend this enough and I hope he writes another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2011
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Getting sick of all the normal fantasy/sci-fi/zombie books? This is a great read. I was getting kind of burned out on the same old same old so I picked this up on Kindle. Glad I did, great characters, story and really neat superpowers. Word of warning, do not start reading this if you do not have time as you will not be able to put it down until you are finished and you will be like a drug addict wanting your next hit after reading this....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bourgeois on May 9, 2011
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Let me start by saying that I am not a hard-core comic book fan. I do, however, enjoy listening to people get into arguments amongst themselves about whether or not Wolverine was actually Sabertooth's brother, for example, because I have read a few of the Wolverine Origins comics and later seen the movie. I am kind of at the level where I can't tell you the specifics of how Captain America came into existence like some of my friends can, but I can tell you this: I really liked this book and the bonus short stories!!

The book is written in the first person point of view and the comical internal conflict the main character exhibits throughout the book is what drew me to reading it to the end. The main character, Joshua Corwood, is dynamic throughout the book. You see him start his tale as a "Powerlines" reporter, out to get a story about the one of the "Capes" in Siegel City. What he discovers on his journey really opens his eyes about the goings on in the world of the local superheroes. I was surprised at the adventure Corwood takes as the story develops. Hooray for the new guy!

The two short stories that follow the main book are peeks into two snippets of time that happen before the main book take place. They involve two characters that are mentioned within the book. They really feel like teasers that the author could (and should) flesh out and write two separate books about.

My closing point::::GET THIS BOOK! It's a light-hearted, fun read that just about anyone will enjoy. I most definitely recommend.
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