So, today I’m reviewing The Teleporter by Lee Hall, this is the second book I’ve read by him, I reviewed Darke Blood back in April, you can find it here. I did receive this copy from Lee for me to review, however, I think you know by now that I’m always honest, even if I don’t enjoy a book.
Now that’s out of the way let’s jump right in…
Just when you thought there were enough super hero stories in this world, we made another one…
Kurt Wiseman is your average mid-twenties slouch with a serial thirst for alcohol, that is until destiny calls upon him to stumble where no man has clumsily stumbled before. By day he works for a familiar sounding, power hungry, media controlling, mega rich American businessman who represents everything wrong with society today. Whilst investigating this politically loaded story arc Kurt accidentally acquires a super power like no other. The ability to teleport!
Before he can think about saving the day, Wiseman must endure a journey of self-reflection by earning the trust of his friends and overcoming his greatest weakness, booze. Even if the path is filled with comic book cliché, inappropriate one liners and genre busting fourth wall action.
Not all heroes in this world are the same and with great power comes the possibility to go viral!
This is a story that will unite humanity… Kurt Wiseman is the Teleporter
– Goodreads –
This isn’t your standard comic book hero story, it’s just a book.
I had so much fun reading this!! Which honestly shocked me, I don’t usually laugh and smile when I read (because I’m dead inside) but it happened with The Teleporter. I actually started this on Sunday afternoon and once I’d put Noah to bed I stayed up until the early hours of Monday morning just to finish it. It’s completely different to anything that I have read before which I think is why it completely took me by surprise.
“You start life atop of this grand tree and hit your knackers on every branch on the way down to the ground,”Douglas, Owner of ‘The Drunk Poet’s Society’,
I could definitely imagine myself at The Drunk Poet’s Society up on karaoke after drinking too many 2-for-1 cocktails, it really was at the heart of this story. So our mighty hero Kurt is a borderline alcoholic, the first line in this book even says “You know, I really love booze.” He’s published one graphic novel and now has a job in which he doesn’t really do much.
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.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book! The Teleporter is getting a massive 5 cups of coffee out of 5! Lee Hall is such an underrated author and I will definitely be checking out his other books.
See you in the next one…