Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Geoffrey Wood's Leaper ~ Reviewed

Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero (Paperback)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 19, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 140007343X
ISBN-13: 978-1400073436

What if one day --inexplicably -- you discover you have a superpower? And 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 barista who finds himself in just such a predicament and asking those very questions. Is his newfound leaping power a miracle from God? A result from a lifetime of over-caffeination? Or a final break from sanity? Should James "do good" with his ability? But if doing good provides trickier than expected, where do you go for a superpower manual? And what is "good" anyway?

In this witty, unconventional novel, debut Geoffrey Wood serves up equal doses of sharp humor and disquieting poignancy, exploring the meaning of redemption, beauty, and faith beyond all reason.

My review:

Geoffrey Woods' debut novel is charming, hilarious, irreverent, edgy, sweet, thought-provoking and challenging.

My husband has begun reading lots of fiction lately. I tend to make suggestions or leave books lying about for him to pick up. Leaper landed in his hands before I could crack the cover.

Every night while I quietly read other books, he laughed out loud with Leaper. This is not like him...oh he laughs but not out loud very often. The last time he laughed out loud like he did several times during Leaper's first chapters, was when Jack Black as Nacho Libre fired up his little zippy-cart-thing and took off in a cloud of smoke.

I'm ashamed to admit that I took the book. I devoured it while he was distracted with a Sunday school lesson and a couple late nights at work. I buzzed past where he was in Leaper and he furrowed his brow at my laughter. I told him I had a deadline and laughed away.

Leaper is Funny -- yes capital F.

Those who struggle with strict adherence to religiousity may struggle with the non-traditional approaches of dispensing truth. Christian readers may struggle with Catholic themes.

If you love wacky, quirky, funny and really love it when those qualities make you stop and think about the way you look at the world -- then don't walk, don't even run -- leap to your local book store or for your credit card.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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