- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 470 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1717151582
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CKFXDP4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kurt Wiseman, lives for booze, as is apparent from the opening chapter, but all that changes when a lab accident leaves him with the ability to teleport. With great power is the responsibility to go viral.
Witty pros, written in 1st person that smashes the fourth wall is the real hook here. And while there are many superhero cliches, Lee Hall does a wonderful job of spoofing these tropes, bringing something fresh to the table. Lee Hall also does a terrific job of assembling characters you can't help love with.
If you love superhero movies, you'll love The Teleporter. If you hate Superhero movies, you'll, love The Teleporter. It's a win-win situation.
- Duncan Thompson
Our 'hero' begins as an unashamed drunk. He's written so convincingly, you can picture him in his natural habitat of a bar, booze in hand, rolling his eyes at the very mention of heroism. Once he gets his powers (by accident, as all the best superheroes do), he has to figure out how to use them. The book cleverly tackles questions we never really ask of superhero types. For example, how do you teleport without leaving all your clothes behind? How do you choose your alter ego name? ('Captain Dissapearo' made me laugh out loud.) The author has fun inverting several tropes and creates a likeable (if reluctant) hero. But there's also a serious question underlying the comedy about what heroism is, and whether it's actually about making an effort to be a slightly better person. Definitely recommended.
I loved that he had to stop drinking to be able to use his powers, that was a touch that I definitely haven’t seen before.
There are so many references which I could really appreciate especially those “cage matches” which i’m assuming is WWE, if you didn’t already know I’m a massive fan (I write as I’m sitting in a Nikki Bella hoodie) so I loved that. As well others such as Les Miserables and Stan Lee (the old guy who always makes cameos in stories like this).
The plot of this book is pretty solid, however it’s definitely the characters which made me love this book so much. As quoted above, this definitely isn’t your usual superhero story, just one guy who slipped in some weird “dry water” (I think that’s it, let’s be honest I’ve got the memory of a sieve) and a group of ‘friends’, I do use that term very loosely, banding together to take down the douche bag who basically owns the city.
In The Teleporter there is much of the world we live in, many reflections of ourselves and society and a much more realistic depiction of a hero becoming story than ever portrayed on the big screen. You will laugh (a lot), cringe, grimace, roll your eyes, and above all, find yourself rooting for the underdog - because after all aren’t we all the underdog?