Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not Necessarily Superhero
gold nugget in Christian Fiction
Not often does a book make me laugh out loud. Rarely does one make me laugh out loud often. And even more remotely, does the book make me laugh out loud so much that I end up reading the entire book to my husband. Leaper is an unexpected gold nugget, not only in the world of literature, but even more so in Christian Fiction. Though, that hardly seems to be a proper category to place such a treasure. No disregard to Christian Fiction, though I believe the true gems are quite few in that genre (and this coming from a former Christian retailer!).
Subtleties of phrases and expressions are what delight me as a reader, and Geoffrey Wood built that delight to a whole new level. Finally! An author I *get*, and who *gets* me! It was such a pleasure to simply sit back, read, laugh and enjoy where this adventure was going. I felt that I found a new kindred spirit, and I couldn't wait for the next journey (his second book is The God Cookie -- also a sheer delight).
Having been a retailer, it was disheartening to see that I couldn't turn more people onto Mr. Wood's work. I don't know if it was my customer base, but I know making this book known to the masses has been difficult. If you have a great oddball sense of humor, I cannot recommend Leaper enough. Geoffrey Wood is a fantastically gifted author. Please get to know him through Leaper.
December 3, 2013
Good idea, but disappoints
Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not Necessarily Superhero, by Geoffrey Wood, is a story of a man, James, who is going through a tough period in his life. One day, he finds he has leapt from one location to another. He, of course, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt understand it, canÃ¢ÂÂt control it, and struggles with the idea of whether or not it is actually happening. He questions, how are we to believe in something that makes no sense, that seems impossible? James doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want this gift heÃ¢ÂÂs been given, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt understand how to use it, or why it was given to him.
With an attempt at humor, the author details the life of James, his thoughts, actions, and encounters as he labors with what to do with this gift of leaping he has been given as well as his issues with faith and trust. With that being said, this book did not hold the humor or engagement I expected from the cover blurb. It is my opinion that too much is going on in this story and the reader can get lost in the chaos, possibly missing the underlying ideas the author is trying to convey.
February 26, 2013
Please, wake me up!
This has to be the most boring book I have ever read in my life. The first three cheapters make absolutely no sense whatsoever. It was a major struggle to get to the end of thge book only to discover the end makes less sense that the 90% before it. If I had paid more than $1 for it I would have been gutted.
The writer lacked flair and enthusiasm; was not able to grip the reader with any of the story and maybe should consider a new vocation as writing simply isn't his stong point.
December 31, 2012