Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask

by Jim Munroe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0380810433 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pooker3 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 9/26/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, September 26, 2009
I really really hope that when this book was launched it came with an action figure! :)

Journal Entry 2 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, November 30, 2009
Mort of the Month. Awww, now that's just mean.

Actually this was a really fun book to read. Ryan is a twenty-something guy who has the ability to, get this, turn himself into a fly. Now frankly, of all the super powers possible, I don't think being able to turn myself into a bug would be the one I'd pick. Think of the things a fly is apt to land on (icky poo). Ryan does but only when he's a fly thank goodness. Think of the dangers of fly swatters or dangling fly paper or frogs!. Seems kind of dangerous to me.

As luck would have it, Ryan meets a girl who also has super powers. What are the chances of that! Cassandra can make things disappear. So they team up and form Superheroes for Social Justice and take on various "bad guys", such as the cigarette companies and the local newspaper.

I liked the characters. They were appealing, all round nice kids. Ryan seemed a bit more immature than his girlfriend, but then Cassandra has a daughter and so would be more familiar with adulthood. While the premise seems a bit silly, the book was not without its serious moments. And, sometimes it was down right sweet. All in all an enjoyable read.

Everyone who collects actions figures knows that
they are virtually worthless out of the box. That's not true of this book. You gotta read it to appreciate it.

Journal Entry 3 by Pooker3 at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, January 10, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (1/12/2010 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I'll take this book to our monthly meet-up on Tuesday. If there's no takers there, I'll leave it on the shelf in the loft to await its next reader.

To the finder of this book:

Welcome to the wonderful and wacky world of BookCrossing! Here you'll find a unique and worldwide community of book lovers sharing their books. This book is now yours! Read it, enjoy it. Keep it or pass it on to someone you know or even release it back into the wild as I did. If you make a journal entry (either anonymously or as a BookCrossing member) all previous readers of this book will be notified by e-mail and can follow this book on its travels. BookCrossing is free to join, completely confidential (you are known only by your screen name and no one is ever given your email address) and whole lot of fun!

I hope you enjoy this book and the BookCrossing experience.

Journal Entry 4 by teenie-k from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Brought home from the January 2010 Winnipeg bookcrosser's meeting. Thanks Pooker3!

Journal Entry 5 by teenie-k at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (11/10/2011 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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With 3 weeks till our move and only 5 till baby is due, I am purging Mt. ToBeRead. Taking to the November meet up of local bookcrossers. If no-one takes it home it will be left on the shelf.

Hello lucky reader.

You are holding a special book. A book that wants to be read by many different readers, and wants it previous readers to know where it has been. Please consider making a journal entry – you can remain anonymous if you like, and it costs nothing.

I hope you will consider joining this global book club, and if you do, I hope you will list me – teenie-k, as your referring member. Basic membership is free, and bookcrossing is a lot of fun.

You may do what you like with this book, but I hope you will consider passing it on, to a friend, co-worker, family, or just leave it somewhere new for someone else to find. If you have become a member, you might get to read about this book’s future adventures!

Happy Reading,
teenie-k
Winnipeg, MB, Canada



Journal Entry 6 by judysh at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, November 10, 2011
Thanks, and looking forward to reading this!

Journal Entry 7 by judysh at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, February 09, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (2/9/2012 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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From freecycle to bookcrossing - hope you enjoy reading this book!

Journal Entry 8 by winggypsysmomwing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, February 09, 2012
I remember when this book came to a BookCrossing meetup first but I held back and let someone else take it. But it came back tonight and I grabbed it. Thanks Pooker, teenie-k and judysh for giving me another chance at it.

Journal Entry 9 by winggypsysmomwing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Friday, May 31, 2013
It's a little hard to decide on the genre of this book. There's people with superpowers as the main characters so maybe it is science fiction. But there's not really any scientific explanation of the superpowers so maybe it is fantasy. On the other hand the main characters seem so normal, fitting in their superpower escapades around their jobs and classes and other activities. So maybe it's literature, a little off the wall, but literature just the same. Whatever it is it was a really fun read. Who knew people in Toronto could be so cool? (she says with her western Canadian bias against anything based in TO)

Ryan is a university student in Toronto. He's from London, ON originally and he seems like a bit of a hick. After all he is 21 and still a virgin. He has a major crush on Cassandra, a waitress in the diner he frequents. Oh yes, and he can turn himself into a fly. Cassandra wasn't always a waitress. She is also 21 but she's seen a lot more of life than Ryan. She grew up in BC and was in a punk girl band for a few years. The band fell apart when Cassandra got pregnant (by an alien -- maybe it is science fiction after all). Cassandra decided to move to Toronto (do West Coast people really do that voluntarily?) to have her baby. She's been in Toronto for about 2 years when the book starts. Eventually Ryan works up the nerve to ask Cassandra out and they have a great time. He reveals his big secret to her, something he has never told another person. She invites him over to her place to demonstrate and one thing leads to another. Cassandra realizes that she has the ability to make things disappear and she and Ryan team up to right injustice. One of the first things they do is change a big cigarette billboard because Ryan's mom has breast cancer and Ryan blames it on his mother's cigarette habit.

There's some big issues in this book as well as the humour. Munroe published this book with Harper Collins but he now publishes independently and some of the issues with big media show up in this book. There are also subplots about sexuality and drug use and I've already mentioned the cancer and smoking issue. But, mostly, the book is about young love between two people with superpowers. Well worth the read.

I'm going to reserve this for the 2013 Canada Days release challenge.

Released 5 yrs ago (7/2/2013 UTC) at Lake Herman State Park in -- Parks (state and national), South Dakota USA

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The sun was close to setting and the view from the look out above Herman's Pond was lovely. It seemed a fitting place to do my last release for the 2013 Canada Days release challenge which seeks to get Canadian books into the hands of new readers.

Happy Canada Day!

Journal Entry 11 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Madison, South Dakota USA on Saturday, December 20, 2014
I found your book last summer! I placed it on the shelf and forgot about until I rediscovered it today. Plan on reading it over Christmas break.

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