In Norman’s case, his powers as a living skein include thread travel, which is like teleporting from one fabric to another, increased elasticity, and the ability to project balls of yarn. He can also control his clothing to make a disguise or a heroic costume. Jay notes in the introduction that the idea of these powers was to create a hero with power unlike any other. As I said earlier, this could have been done in a silly way, but instead it reads like someone who really does end up with such powers. Plus the Greek hero connection makes Norman take it seriously. Oh, and I don’t mean there’s no humor in the book, or related to his powers, I just mean that the powers aren’t there just to be made fun of.
The book also introduces Norman’s intern Charlie Wild. She’s pretty much mad at Norman all the way through the book. Which probably means she’s his future love interest. That’s how it usually works, right?
You can see Threadcount’s origin on Jay’s deviant art page. Jay has a lot of really good art posted on his pages. I didn’t mention it above, but the guy can really draw!