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08:44 pm: Jumper by Steven Gould
This was our bookgroup book for this month and my second re-read. It has very little to do with the movie that just came out.

In the book, Davy, whose mother has disappeared, is just about to be hit by his dad with a belt buckle, when he finds himself in the library. He finds out he can jump, and the limits and such and leaves town. He has more and more trouble and when he gets to NYC, he finds out he can't get a job because he doesn't have a GED and can't get a GED without a birth certificate, so he jumps into a bank and carefully steals about a million dollars. He lives on that and meets Millie -- she's about four years older, but they become lovers -- and starts setting up another home near her. He eventually tells her he can jump.

After some sleuthing, he manages to meet his mother, who left because her face was in pieces and her psyche was tattered (both from Dad), and it looks like they'll be good friends. Then an alert comes that a terrorist killed her in a hijacking and Davy starts looking for a way to get that hijacker back.

This is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. I'm going to go on to read the sequel, Reflex. The last time I asked Gould about whether there would be another sequel for the books (since the movie is so dramatically different that they asked him to write a book for it (Jumper: Griffin's Story)), he didn't answer.

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From:markiv1111
Date:July 20th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)

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A lot of the time I don't comment when people discuss favorite books, but I am very glad to find someone I know and like, who likes *Jumper* as much as I do and did. (I have had a lot of difficulty finishing books these last three or four years; this was one of a very few books that grabbed me so totally I had trouble putting it down.) Also, it's good to know that there are a couple of other books about the same character. Note further: One of my favorite characters in my favorite Piers Anthony novel, *Castle Roogna,* is also named Jumper, and he is a spider.

Nate B.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 20th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)

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Yes, only one of us thought it was completely unrealistic and that was because he thought a 17-year-old wouldn't know how to put up drywall and such. I put up drywall patches when I was much younger.

Have you read Gould's other books? I like those, too.
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