Leaper by Geoffrey Wood

When one parent goes out of town, kids can be very sneaky! BJ left to go out of town this morning, and so I—fighting a big sinus headache—hopped back in bed with the intention of sleeping another hour or two and thus getting up around 9-9:30.

I woke up at 11:55 to the sounds of clanking in the kitchen. The bedroom door had been closed by the kids and thus they’d had the run of the house all morning long. Thankfully we don’t have cable/satellite tv OR free access internet. Not that I think my kids would do that, but at least it removes the temptation!

So, the blog entry I planned to write mid-morning is being finished up mid-afternoon! Sneaky kids!

Leaper by Geoffrey Wood

Leaper by Geoffrey Wood

I’m not sure how many more “Christian” books I’m going to review here, very publicly, on my blog. Why, you ask? Well, while I wouldn’t be considered a rookie in the comic book industry, I’m very much a rookie in any Christian publishing industry. If I don’t like something and post it here, I may either make someone mad or hurt feelings…and that just wouldn’t be good. Though a rookie I may be, I don’t want to make rookie mistakes…at least not very many of them. I’ve already read a handful of Christian books that I just couldn’t review here simply because I could find very little nice to say about the work (please note—I said “work” and not author!). I’ve already discovered that some writers search the internet for reviews as the author of one emailed me thanking me for the review. I had to run to the review and see what I’d said before I responded. Made me a little nervous!

That said, I quickly picked up and read Leaper when I learned a “Christian superhero” book existed (thanks, Rene!). It worked its way to the very top of my list and I quickly devoured it. Penned by Memphian (meaning, not far from where “I” live!) Geoffrey Wood, Leaper tells the story of one troubled dude who gets the power to teleport through space, kinda like the X-Men’s Nightcrawler.

Leaper is a very fast and easy read. Written in First Person (see Monday’s blog), we move through the three days in the life of James, the main character. And, a character who has so many problems it’s comical. In fact, much of the book is really funny. The whole problem with it is—that it has a very depressing ending. I’m not just talking about surprising—it wasn’t a huge, come out of nowhere kind of ending. In fact, it was pretty predictable from about the halfway point in the book (no, I’m not gonna get a page number from where I knew!). I saw it coming, but like a car accident, I couldn’t stop watching. I wanted James to make better decisions…but he never did. Reminds me a lot of the protagonist in Twilight who continually made bad decisions.

I’m not sure if characters making bad decisions is a new trend, or if I’m just picking up those books. But I’ve always thought that the characters we fall in love with are those who make good decisions, yet things go wrong. No matter how hard they try, something messes up. Spider-Man being a prime example.

For those of you who like superhero books but might be put off by religion or religious elements—this book is still very readable for you. The “Christian” elements are presented in the kind of way that I think many Christian writers ought to aspire: they weren’t knock-you-over-the-head-preachy. Instead, there were solid Christian characters living normal lives like most Christians “I” know.

Depressing ending aside, I’d recommend this book for fans of superhero literature.

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2 responses to “Leaper by Geoffrey Wood

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  2. Christopher Bowen

    My local library is in the process of rearranging book shelving. As a result Geoffrey Woods “Leaper” novel garnered a briefly prominent position, which brought the novel to my attention. I couldn’t put it down and finished in 2 days. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative as well as the insights in my Cathoilc upbringing. I am in a retrospective time in my life and this novel has given me pause to examine the basics of “good” and our interactions with God and our fellow man. Will James return with more food for thought? As my “end of days are approaching”.

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