By Geoffrey Wood

Has he long past loopy? Had too many espressos?
Or is he particularly a new great hero?

What if one day-suddenly, inexplicably-you become aware of you have got a superpower? And what if it's no longer a good superpower, both, like flying or tremendous energy, and you've got no suggestion what you're speculated to do?

Leaper follows the confessions of reluctant hero James, a lately divorced, life-long barista who unearths himself in precisely any such main issue and asking these very questions. Is his newfound jumping strength a miracle from God? the results of a life of over-caffeination? Or a last holiday from sanity? may still James “do good” along with his skill? but when doing stable proves trickier than anticipated, the place do you opt for a superpower handbook? and what's “good” anyway?

In this witty, unconventional novel, debut novelist Geoffrey wooden serves up equivalent doses of sharp humor and disquieting poignancy, exploring the that means of redemption, good looks, and religion past all cause.

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Furthermore, in order to treat the criminal as a human being with dignity, we can punish him only if he has committed a crime. To punish him merely to send a signal to others, or for any other consequentialistic or utilitarian reason, is to use him merely as a means, and this is unacceptable, regardless of whom we are punishing. indd 24 12/3/08 8:05:30 PM CA N W E S T E E R T H I S R U D D E R L E S S WO R L D ? 25 crawls through the windings of eudaemonism in order to discover something that releases the criminal from punishment or even reduces its amount by the advantage it promises .

Rorschach carries a terrific burden. He has seen the true face of the city. He has seen this world full of vermin for what it is: a cesspool of the wretched, each climbing over the back of his or her neighbor for nothing but one more trifling pleasure, to simply continue this pathetic life for one second, one minute, or one day longer. indd 19 12/3/08 8:05:28 PM 20 JACOB M. H E LD such filth? Do you walk by and pretend there is no infestation? Do you focus only on the least repulsive and delude yourself into the belief that the world is good underneath it all?

But with justice and ethics, there comes value and respect. 14 Do we punish because it benefits us? Do we use people? Or do we punish because they have done wrong and deserve it? Do we punish because moral agents need to be held accountable, and society’s fundamental values need to be reestablished and maintained? 15 And to answer your question, Laurie: Yes, rape is a moral lapse—one of the most grave, to be sure, but it in no way removes one from the community of moral agents. When we punish, we retain our connection to the criminal and his bond to the moral community.

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