Other People's Heroes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Josh Corwood has spent his life believing in the superheroes of Siegel City. When an undiscovered talent gives him the chance to join them, he discovers his heroes aren't all he imagined. In this cult favorite superhero comedy adventure, Josh will try to blow the lid off the world's greatest scam, and in the process, find the real heroes hidden away. More

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Words: 108,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458151872
About Blake Petit

Blake M. Petit is a freelance writer, columnist, reviewer, podcaster, actor, director, teacher, and unlicensed tree surgeon from Ama, Louisiana. He is the author of the novels Other People’s Heroes and The Beginner, as well as the podcast novel A Long November. His weekly comic book column, Everything But Imaginary, has appeared Wednesdays at comiXtreme.com since 2003. In January of 2007 he joined with his longtime friend Chase Bouzigard to host the weekly 2 in 1 Showcase comic book podcast, appearing every weekend at comiXtreme. Blake is a member of the board of directors of the Thibodaux Playhouse theatre company in Thibodaux Louisiana, where his original stage play The 3-D Radio Show was produced in 2004. In a former life as a newspaper editor, his weekly Think About It column won the Louisiana Press Association Award for best column in 2001. In his free time, he teaches high school English, which at the moment pays better than the rest of his more impressive-sounding endeavors put together.

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Review by: Kat Max on April 06, 2012 :
one of the best and most fun super hero novels I've read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Penelope Frost on Sep. 03, 2011 :
A realy enjoyable story. I was entertained from the first page. I really liked the story and the characters, the twists that make the story exciting and give it action.

I definitely recommend this one! Both to the superhero fans and those that aren't.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sarah (Workaday Reads) on May 12, 2011 :
Josh Corwood has always wanted to be a superhero, and when he unexpectedly develops a special talent, he is excited to join the league. But what if the life of a superhero isn't as real as it seems?

I have never read a superhero story before, so I didn't know what to expect. What I got was an amazing read. Action, excitement, surprise, and even a sweet love story.

Josh is a really nice guy. He has a solid moral and ethics code, and everything he does is in line with this. This makes for a refreshing, and very likeable character. His crush, and resulting romance, is very sweet, and totally unexpected.

Most of the characters are very accessible, and easy to understand. There are a few cliche-type personalities, but this fits with the superhero theme. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and realistic facets that each personality had. I'm not sure if this was just my reaction, or if it also had to do with Josh's surprise at this development as well. Either way, I liked it.

There were two bonus stories included, Lonely Miracle and Inciting Incident. Both of these stories were awesome, and complimented the main story well. I loved the little insight into a specific superhero's story. I'd love to read stories about the other characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jeffrey Hendricks on May 01, 2011 : (no rating)
Josh Corwood, reporter for the local Superhero newspaper, gets to see what the city’s superhero society is like from the inside. He has dedicated his life to studying superheroes, but in a startling discovery, he suddenly finds himself involved with the very people he idolizes. Things get crazy when Josh uncovers what could possibly bring down the entire city’s superhero infrastructure!

This was a definitely fun read. We get lots of colorful characters, superhero battles, secret identities, and quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek as Josh penetrates the Superhero world. I think the author did a good job of trying not to hit too many stereotypes, but still, it’s a superhero novel, you’re going to get some of that otherwise you’d be disappointed. The characters are funny, but realistic in that they have struggles, emotional issues, and flaws as well.

The author’s writing style is very loose and conversational, which works well for the comedy dialogue. I had some good laughs, and really enjoyed it overall. The version I reviewed here from Smashwords is the revised edition, with bonus material, including more than one extra short story. If you’ve read Other People’s Heroes before, the new version is definitely worth a read with the added scenes and extra tidbits. I found myself getting attached to the characters, and that’s a good thing.

I give this book a hearty thumbs-up, and if you’re a fan of superhero comedy at all (if not, you should be) then snap up a copy and get busy. It’s definitely a fun way to spend a few evenings reading. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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