eBook Hero epub

by Perry Moore

eBook Hero epub
  • ISBN: 1439588929
  • Author: Perry Moore
  • Genre: Teens
  • Language: English
  • ePUB size: 1548 kb
  • FB2 size 1989 kb
  • Formats lit azw lit lrf

In Hero, author Perry Moore demonstrates a superpower of his own: he can turn prose into lead. Since Moore's intentions are admirable, it's tempting to gloss over the book's poor execution by praising it using plenty of qualifiers.

In Hero, author Perry Moore demonstrates a superpower of his own: he can turn prose into lead. "Hero is the best YA novel featuring a gay teen superhero I've read all month!") Unfortunately, I just can't bring myself to use the words "Hero" and "best" in the same sentence. Well, in a pinch I could probably force myself to say, "I read Hero while staying at a In Hero, author Perry Moore demonstrates.

Hero (2007) is a Lambda-winning novel, and the only novel by openly gay film producer and novelist Perry Moore. The fantasy novel is about a teenage superhero, Thom Creed, who must deal with his ex-superhero father's disgrace, his own sexuality, and a murderer stalking the world's heroes. Thom Creed is a 16-year-old high school basketball star, who has a tendency to get into trouble

Perry Moore grew up in Virginia. His father, a Vietnam veteran, inspired the character of Hal Creed. Perry is the Executive Producer of The Chronicles of Narnia, and his book about the making of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was a New York Times bestseller.

Perry Moore grew up in Virginia. With his partner, Hunter Hill, Perry wrote and directed his first feature film, Lake City, starring Sissy Spacek. This is Perry's first novel.

Perry Moore, an executive producer of the fantasy movie series The Chronicles of Narnia and the author of Hero, a book about a gay superhero, died on Thursday after being found unconscious in his Greenwich Village apartment. He was 39. A police spokesman, Detective Joseph Cavitolo, said that investigators were waiting for a medical examiner’s report on the cause, but that there was no suspicion of a crime.

Genre: Speculative Fiction, Superhero, Young Adult, LGBT literature.

Posted on May 28, 2010. Genre: Speculative Fiction, Superhero, Young Adult, LGBT literature. Publisher: Disney (Hyperion) Publication Date: August 2007 Paperback: 432 pages.

I hope that you're able to find this blog useful and for it to be a tribute to Perry Moore who encouraged others to believe in themselves and the hero within.

This is a web quest blog devoted to Hero by Perry Moore. In addition, you'll find other resources that may prove helpful in understanding the novel, Perry Moore's vision, and teaching tools for students grades 9-12. I hope that you're able to find this blog useful and for it to be a tribute to Perry Moore who encouraged others to believe in themselves and the hero within.

He eyed me and Scarlett suspiciously. She set me down, and I saw Golden Boy's eyes on our clasped hands. Scarlett knew he was looking, and gave my hand an extra squeeze for emphasis. Golden Boy. "Where's the fire?" she said. Golden Boy pointed toward the parking lot of the ramshackle apartments we'd been staking out. Scarlett turned on the heat, yanked me up into the air with her, and we were suddenly off again. I tried to focus on the emergency, but I couldn't help but think about Scarlett.

Hero(2007) is a Lambda-winning novel, and the only novel by openly gay film producer and novelist Perry Moore. Perry was the executive producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films, and his book about the making of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a New York Times bestseller. Hero was Perry's first novel. Perry died in February 2011, aged 39.

Thom Creed is used to being on his own. Even though he's a basketball star, his high school classmates keep their distance. They have picked up on something different about Thom. Plus, he can't escape his father's history. Hal Creed was one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of his time until a catastrophic event left him disfigured and an outcast. 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 he's been asked to join the League -- the very organization of superheroes that disowned Hal. But joining the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes:* Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger, * Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch, * Ruth, a wise old woman who can see the future. Together these unlikely heroes become friends and begin to uncover a plot to kill the superheroes. This groundbreaking and widely acclaimed novel tells an unforgettable story about love, loss, and redemption.
Comments: (7)
I can't begin to describe how into this novel I was... I read it in less than one day because I simply couldn't put it down.

It had moments that made me smile, cry, chuckle, and even had a few messages to send including that of a parent's undying love for their child.

Now being real, I think the anti-homosexual aggression displayed towards the protagonist was a bit over-dramatized (yes, even for 2007) but knowing the author was a young gay through the AIDS crisis I can perhaps see why this was the case (especially since we don't know exactly what year it was set in).

If you liked Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Twilight and you don't mind some medium frequent use of cussing, then please read this book.
I have to say I really enjoyed this novel. A good story with a likeable protagonist. A fragile human being overcoming "the odds" to save the world.....what's not to like? Before I purchased this novel, someone had commented that there was an explicit gay sex act in the novel. This is not true at all. Also, even though Thom (the protagonist) is gay, it's a novel that isn't about sexual discovery. It's about relationships with family and dealing with a possible love interest, all the while navigating what the author (and also myself) deal with on a day to day basis in society by being gay. Decorate that journey in the guise of superheros and mystery, and you've got this novel.

I liked it, although there were a few aspects that I didn't care for. I would have preferred to have a totally unique superhero universe, instead of the incorporation of a Superman-like figure, and a Wonder Woman-like figure. It felt too "borrowed" to have those characters, and the ending and the ultimate villain was too easy to deduce, given the events leading up to the finale ending. Also, I needed more of a resolution with the father as well and more understanding into his actions towards his son, which seemed a bit contradictory. The "I hate you" relationship between his fiery friend and her boyfriend (?) just annoyed me as she was always being hateful to him.

I would recommend reading this book. I got it done in a day (mostly in one sitting while on a flight across the country). I wish the author had lived to continue this universe he had created....Rest In Peace, Mr. Moore.
This easily gets five stars from me. It's an engrossing and captivating tale with great character development and growth.

Most people have a coming-of-age story. Those defining moments in their life where they leave behind childhood and become the man or woman they're going to be. For Thom Creed, those moments are ones few people can relate to. Thom, you see, is the son of Hal Creed. Hal was formerly Major Might, the world's most famous and beloved superhero. Though he had no superpowers of his own, his unerring sense of right and wrong, and his dedication to helping all, made him a role model for not only other heroes, but for the entire world.

Until the tragedy.

As our story opens, we realize that there was a great tragedy where many people died, and everyone blames Hal. He now lives in disgrace and holds down three low-paying jobs so he can pay off his mortgage and raise his son. Thom is a great boy, but he has his own secret that he's never told anyone. He's gay, and his father has a very old-fashioned sense of morality and believes it's wrong to be gay. So Thom keeps this a secret because his father is the last person he wants to disappoint. To add even more pressure to Thom's life, he's just discovered that he has super powers and can heal people. He tries to find his place in the world by enlisting in the League under probationary status. His father now has a disdain for most superpowered heroes, so this is another thing he tries to keep hidden. He's assigned to a rag-tag team of other tryouts, led by an established sidekick who's being punished for a mistake and forced to "step down" and supervise these hero wannabes. Thom's team consists of Thom, a man who can make other people sick, a bitter pizza-delivery girl who can fly and shoot fire, and a feisty old woman who can (sometimes) see the future.

The story is told in first-person perspective and covers a period of several months of Thom's life. From shortly before his powers start manifesting, to the climatic conclusion. Thom deals with feelings of inadequacy, uncertainty, and his own fears of letting down his father and those around him. Even in the League, he's given back-seat status as his power is one of healing and not very offensive. Throughout the novel, Thom must learn to face his fears and eventually realize that he can no longer hide nor run away from his own destiny.

It's especially fun if you're a comic book fan as you try to match the characters in the story to their comic-book inspirations (Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Flash, etc.). Many of the more prominent characters do have an inspiration in established characters, but Perry Moore thankfully adds enough differences to keep them from being pure carbon-copies. The story has occasional strong language and some references to sex (but never going into details), but is nothing inappropriate for someone around 16 or older. Thom's sexuality is a major plot thread throughout the story, but is never the full focus. While references are made to sex, the most Thom ever does is kiss someone. Like most kids, he's got a lot of things he gets dramatic over, and his sexuality is just one of them.

At the time, the book was unavailable on Kindle, so I ordered the paperback. I'm exceptionally happy I did. It's a bittersweet story (with more sweet than bitter) that leaves a lasting impression. I will most likely purchase it again once it's in electronic format so that it can be part of my digital library. It's that good.
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