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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 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463599072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463599072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,802,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Koleszar on September 24, 2002
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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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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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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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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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I have never met Blake Petit, but this first novel tells even a casual observer the truth. Blake Petit has the potential to be a great writer. The elements are all there. Well developed characters, an interesting plot, the ability to set up and then subvert expectations, witty turns of phrase, genuine humor, and moments of pathos. Oh, yes. Blake has put all of these things into his first novel. And worst of all, he has chosen to explore the realm of the super hero. Doesn't he realize that the subject is best left to big budget Hollywood pictures, comic books, and animation? Prose works about super heroes are often mixed bags. Few are able to recognize the divergences between the media and exploit the strengths and weaknesses correctly.

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.
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