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In my honest opinion, life is too short to re-read a book that you have already plowed through and disliked. That would be like dumping a boyfriend and then considering to hook up with him again five years later because you think you may have been wrong. As a reader, my time is valuable and I have been reading books long enough to trust my instincts. I get what people are saying here about maturing and learning to read books through new eyes, but at the rate at which books are being published there are just too many good ones hitting to shelves to waste time on the bad ones.
If you enjoy British humor, which to be honest is mostly snark and sarcasm, then you will love the character of Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Forget the movie, it does a pretty poor job of capturing the wit and weary resignation of Arthur as he finds himself not only losing his house, but also his planet when some aliens decide Earth is in the way of their hyperspace bypass. This is just the beginning of his adventures and his comments and reactions to the absurdity of the situations that he finds himself in kept me laughing throughout the books. Douglas Adams had a definite knack for funny characters and it's not just Arthur who can make you laugh, but also the rest of the cast, especially Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android.
The only non-fiction books that ever really grab my attention are the biographies about people that I admire or find interesting. I've also read a couple of biographies about people who have led very interesting or unusual lives. I can recommend A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It Or Not!" Ripley by Neal Thompson for one as well as Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner by Martin Gardner. Both books caught my attention due to their titles and both ended up being very enjoyable reads despite being non-fiction.
My favorite "Superhero" type character is actually more of an anti-hero type character. His name is Croyd Crenson, but he is more commonly known as "The Sleeper" because of his abilities. Croyd is from the Wild Cards series of novels by George R. R. Martin and Minlida M. Snodgrass. He featured in the very first book as a 14-year old boy who becomes infected with the wild card virus and has gone on to appear in many of the other books in the series.

What makes Croyd such a compelling character to me is the virus gave him very unique powers. His initial transformation gave him the body of an adult along with the ability to turn invisible. Unfortunately for Croyd, he would go into a deep coma-like sleep when he becomes too tired and when he wakes up it is in a new body with new powers. Sometimes the new body has awesome new powers, but sometimes Croyd will wake up with a "Joker" body instead. Because he has no control over these transformations, Croyd developes a phobia of sleeping as he never knows if he will wake up horribly deformed and stay that way, or worse, draw the "Black Queen" and die because of the transformation. This results in a amphetamine addiction in an effort to stay away for longer.

Croyd developes quite a reputation over the course of the books as nobody knows what he looks like after each transformation. He's also not a "do-gooder" like some of the other Aces in the book and isn't afraid to sell his services to the highest bidders. One of the most memorable books in the series is Wild Cards Volume III: Jokers Wild where Croyd wakes up as an albino Joker with the ability to spread the wild card virus to other people. This causes quite a stir as people become deathly afraid of him and he earns the nickname "Typhoid Croyd."

Some readers might consider Croyd to be more of a villian than a superhero because of his unscrupulous morals, but if you read the whole series you'll find that he is actually a very decent person. Anyway, hope that answers your question and interests you enough to check out what I think is a very underrated series of books that has been written by a wide range of authors. The author who created Croyd is actually Roger Zelazny, and I'm a bit bummed out that he passed away before he could get to the other Croyd stories that he wanted to tell.