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EpicFehlReader rated it 5 months ago
When twelve-year-old genius cartographer T. S. Spivet receives an unexpected phone call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the prestigious Baird Award, life as normal—if you consider mapping dinner table conversations normal—is interrupted and a wild cross-country adventure begins, taking T....
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Url Phantomhive rated it 4 years ago
During a big black out Radar is born, an ebony skinned baby, to his white parents. His mother's search for an explanation (and possibly a cure) brings them to Norway to a rather peculiar set of artists, physicists and puppeteers. I don't know where to start. This was definitely different from what...
Maven Books
Maven Books rated it 4 years ago
It's very difficult to approach reviewing this book, because there is just so much to it, stretching to nearly 650 pages. There were certainly aspects of it that I liked. It has a unique premise and beginning, and some of the writing is really wonderful, at least in the more descriptive parts of ...
There Are Inkspots On My Page!
There Are Inkspots On My Page! rated it 5 years ago
You can find this, and other reviews, on my blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Even now, a couple of weeks after finishing it, I’m still not quite sure what to make of this book. I spent equal amounts of time enjoying it, being confused by it and wondering when on...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
I got this from Penguin's First to Read program. Larsen's telling of the early life of Radar Radmanovic is part historical fiction, part science fiction, and it's beautiful, intricate, and messy. It centers on the performance artistry of a small troupe based in northern Norway, nearly at the Russi...
The Incredibly Deadly Viper
The Incredibly Deadly Viper rated it 7 years ago
Osho rated it 7 years ago
While I enjoyed this very much, I thought it ended with a whimper when even the same action could have been a bang. I'd recommend it anyway as an ambitious and entertaining piece that falls just short of its promise.
Tesseract Thoughts
Tesseract Thoughts rated it 8 years ago
This was a fascinating book. I found it at the library book sale, and the large format caught my eye. This format is used to allow the margins to be filled in with "maps" by T.S. Spivet. Of course, by his definition, a map could be a geological map, or the method of chopping wood, or the sound waves...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it 8 years ago
This book is different. It's a pseudo graphic memoir by a "naive-male-prodigy-on-a-mission" (per Newsweek). It is published with extra wide side margins that leave room for numerous drawings and side comments. At first I thought I could ignore these graphics and side comments because it appeared ...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it 9 years ago
An extraordinary book that defies categorisation. It purports to be the notes of a 12 year old boy prodigy who is obsessed with making "maps" (including all sorts of illustrations and diagrams, both literal representations and more metaphorical). Several are published in respected journals and when ...
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