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Hero (2007)

by Perry Moore

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    lampbane: An alternative perspective on the lives of superheroes, also told outside the comics page.
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In a world where superheroes exist (they have different names, but you'll recognize some of your comic book favorites by description), Thom is the son of this world's Batman-equivalent Major Might. His dad had no superpowers, and during a particularly vicious alien attack, a building was vaporized and Major Might was the scapegoat blamed for the deaths. As if growing up with an embittered former superhero isn't enough, Thom's mom abandoned the family, and Thom has realized that he's gay. Nicely done story with a lot of humor and some interesting things to say about heroes, family, and loneliness. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
Terrific premise, very interestingly different version of the lives of superheroes, convincing characters, very good execution; listened to it on Audible. ( )
  NatalieSW | Sep 4, 2016 |
Narrated by Michael Urie (yes, of "Ugly Betty"!). Thom Creed is in the closet twice over: he’s gay and he has a superhero power, the ability to heal by touch. Thom copes with teasing at school, his mother’s absence, a growing attraction to a boy on an opposing basketball team, and his taciturn father’s anti-gay and anti-superhero attitudes. All Thom wants is to be accepted and to find someone to love. After helping thwart a bus-jacking by a group of supervillians, he is invited to try out for the League, an organization of superheroes. It’s a dream come true but he can’t share it with his father, the infamously disgraced former superhero Major Might. Narrator Urie presents this story with gravitas, compassion and humor, and gives voice to the characters with memorable personalities. Compelling and unforgettable. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
it started out good enough to keep me reading. the end was rather awesome but the beginning and the middle were missing something. i got bored and started skimming and skipping until the final battle at the end of the book. i guess there was not enough of a mystery feel to it. it just felt like the characters were being typical miscommunicaters and keeping secrets unnecessarily. also didn't really care too much for themain cahrcter. ididn't hate him but i dind't feel too sorry for him either since again some of his problems were just because of poor communication. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 17, 2016 |
it started out good enough to keep me reading. the end was rather awesome but the beginning and the middle were missing something. i got bored and started skimming and skipping until the final battle at the end of the book. i guess there was not enough of a mystery feel to it. it just felt like the characters were being typical miscommunicaters and keeping secrets unnecessarily. also didn't really care too much for themain cahrcter. ididn't hate him but i dind't feel too sorry for him either since again some of his problems were just because of poor communication. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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I never thought I'd have a story worth telling, at least not one about me.
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Everyone in the world should have at least one moment in their lifetime when an entire crowd of people cheers them on for something, one moment to feel exceptional, one moment that lets you know you really do mean something in the universe.
I thought about how she’d felt the need to explain to me what colored meant because people didn’t use the term anymore. I wondered if the same thing would happen one day to faggot.
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Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he's a basketball star, his classmates keep their distance. They pick up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can't escape his father's history. Hal Creed had been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of his time, until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and a pariah - and led to the disappearance of Thom's mother.

The last thing in the world Thom wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that disowned Hal. The most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself, much less admit to anyone else. To make matters worse, he knows someone's been following him. Someone who now knows everything.

But joining the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will have to face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be. This groundbreaking novel tells an unforgettable story of love, loss, and redemption.
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Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.

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