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Book rec: Hero by Perry Moore

I went on a reading binge, getting books from amazon and the local B&N store and finally struck gold.

Title: Hero by Perry Moore
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Teens, Homosexuality

Summary: Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even as a high school basketball star, he has to keep his distance because of his father. Hal Creed had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League—until the Wilson Towers incident. After that Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast.

The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him: First is that he's gay. The second is that he has the power to heal people. Initially, Thom had trouble controlling his powers. But with trail and error he improves, until he gets so good that he catches the attention of the League and is asked to join. Even though he knows it would kill his dad, Thom can't resist.

When he joins the League, he meets a motley crew of other heroes, including tough-talking Scarlett, who has the power of fire from growing up near a nuclear power plant; Typhoid Larry, who makes everyone sick by touching them, but is actually a really sweet guy; and wise Ruth, who has the power to see the future. Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes.

Along the way, Thom falls in love, and discovers the difficult truth about his parents' past. This is a moving, funny, and wonderfully original novel that shows that things are not always what they seem, and love can be found in the unlikeliest of places.




Me: I just loved this. This novel had slash, an excellent voice for the main character, Thom, and superheroes - in a way that got away from the cliches and made everything just *awesome*. Reading about Thom, his relationship with his father, his new teammates, him coming to terms with his powers and his sexuality...damn, this book was so easy to fall into and read and LOVE.

This book has 428 pages and I couldn't put it down - it was incredibly easy to jump into and reaching the ending left me incredibly satisfied...and wisftul, 'cause I'd fallen in love with the characters. I want to read more about them, damn it.

On a side note, the general world reminded me of that of the Incredibles where superheroes and supervillians are a part of life - though "Hero" deals with adult themes as well as your regular coming of age story.

If you've spent any time online looking for original slash fics, try this book out. Or if you're a comic book fan - certain powers and characters immediately made me think of DC and Marvel heroes which just made me snicker madly. XD

Check it out @ amazon
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You are an amazing and awesome person. I love book recs--especially ones with slash, heh. This one in particular sounds very, very intriguing (almost like DC/Marvel fic? I don't even read comics!) so I will definitely check it out.

In return, I point you towards Covenants by Lorna Freeman and Brethren: Raised by Wolves by W.A. Hoffman. The first is an amazing, engaging fantasy without any real slash (oh but I can use my imagination, heh), and the second one is all about pirates in the Caribbean! No, seriously. And they're gay. It's awesome. I mean, in the storytelling too, not just the concept itself, haha. It's the first of four books and I keep meaning to get my hands on the second one but RL keeps getting in the way, augh.

Oh just read the reviews. They say it much better than I ever could! ;D
Where Westerns used to be a dime a dozen in the old days, now it seems to be Sci-fi stuff - especially the superhero/powers trend...but Hero was fun and easy to read and yet had slashiness too which was so wonderful *__* Def try it out if you can :)

I love series/books with sequels - will check those two out, if not via amazon then via the library :)

Totally get you - I partly just wanted to flail and yell "go read" for this entry, haha
Raised by Wolves is an awesome, awesome series and I say this without even having read book 2 yet, haha. I didn't like the sequel to Covenants (The King's Own) but that was a personal thing, probably. You might enjoy it?
This looks wonderful! Thanks for the rec. I can't wait to try it out. :D
It sounds really interesting, and haha, yeah, I've spent a lot of time looking for original slash fics. Good original slash is SO great and satisfying, but not that easy to find.
Oh, oh, any recs? I'm in the exact same boat and have been scouring fictionpress and am *this close* to buying books from Torquere Press. I'm in the mood for good fantasy fic - both slashy and non-slashy is fine as long as the main character's voice is good - easy to relate to and has depth.

Online fic makes me bouncy ^___^
YAY!!!

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new good books to read, and this one sounds right up my alley. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about it!
I'm totally on a reading binge at the moment and if you have any fantasy book recs, I'm all ears XD
Thanks for the rec! This so went onto my to-read-list, even if it hasn`t been published in Germany yet. But I might get it by an GB import...If you find more slashy books to read which ar really well written, please rec again!I`m always on the look-out for those.
When I'm back home, if I can't find something at the local bookstores I check if I can special order it through them...or just order it online :) So far I've read some books with characters that have slash potential but not outright slash :(

But I think I'll do a a "books I adore" list :) Just in case peeps missed some...
I`m going to check that out, when you post it. And I really think that the world needs more slashy novels out there!
Thank you for posting about this. Superheros and slash? I'm so *there* I picked it up this afternoon and thus far I am thoroughly enjoying it. This world reminds me of a slightly darker "Sky High"-verse, and it's so easy to relate to Thom in this (you know besides having a superpower bit).
Will post up a book list of faves for y'all to go through :)

I adored the tension between Thom and Goran btw - the constant thread throughout the story that didn't take over the book but was like theicing that makes a treat perfect XD

Checking out the author's website, I'm so excited that there are going to be sequels -____-
I'm looking forward to the rec list *g*

I was just going through Moore's website too! I'm so excited about a sequel, and the other one he has planned. It's cool that they're thinking of a movie of this, but I can't for the life of me imagine a studio approving a gay superhero flick.
A movie? If not today, then in a couple of years - it ultimately just depends on the demand really. Here's to hoping that slash fantasy fics get more mainstream in future >__>

When I read the blurb I thought of Sky High but readind it, the world felt more like that of your regular comic book world from Marvel/DC - and it had everything I wished those comic book publishers include i.e. the slash.

I was surprised by how quickly I got sucked into Thom's world - his voice as the main character, is brilliant ^__^
Ah - I don't really know much about the comics - unless superhero movies count. It's very easy to relate to Thom, which after my complete boredom with the books I've been choosing recently, is such a relief!
If you were to torrent any comic book series, do Ultimate Spiderman - out of the new series out in the past couple of years, it definitely kicks ass. So far there are about 110 comics in the series so a torrent would be the best option :)

Oh, and review Hero at amazon if you can - more positive feedback may mean more fans XD
Ultimate Spiderman? Cool, thanks for the rec. And yeah, I'll leave a review at amazon too.