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Other People's Heroes Paperback – June 17, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Blake's first attempt is admirable in that it succeeds far better than most. Perhaps it is his training from working at a newspaper. Or perhaps it is from his work as an English teacher. Or maybe Blake is like one of the heroes about whom he writes and this is his hidden power.
Whatever the rationale, Blake has shown the ability to take a concept inspired by four color adventures, deftly move it to the world of letters, and reinvent it.
And he did not stop there. He mixed in popular culture from a variety of sources. Warner Brothers cartoons, the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello ... wide is the net that he casts and many are the treats he brings to us.
If you like a good, light hearted adventure story with moments of romance and humor, give this book a try. Consider it to be comparable to a typical summer action flick, but with hints that the writer could (and perhaps someday shall) expand it into much more.
And that is why Blake is so dangerous. If his first book already has reached this level, what shall he accomplish as he continues?
We can only stay tuned and await the answer with bated breath.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Based on the other reviews I really wanted to like this but I just could not get past 6% on the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. Nisson
If you enjoy superhero novels, you'll certainly enjoy this onePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
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... Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Carl Alves
This is an enjoyable take on the "superheros are real" genre. It does not attempt to be satirical or self-mocking, but tells an interesting story given the basic idea. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by E. Slavitt
I really enjoyed this book, and was happy to pass it along to my kids and friends when I was done. Great original ideas with interesting characters that make you love them and... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Heather Baker
This is a very creative story with really good twist and turn throughout. I definitely recommend this too fans of the genre.Published on June 25, 2013 by Luke
The book is a well-written take on the superhero genre with a lot of creative content and a well-constructed story-line. I'll definitely consider other books by this author.Published on May 6, 2013 by Willem-Dirk