The Selected Genius of TS Spivet


Kids, this heavy-hitter is landing early May and it is going to land with a thud. I wish I was able to show you interior shots of this book.

At first I thought the book was too clever for its own good, what with its various maps and illustrations in the margins, footnotes and kooky concept.

The writing will get under your skin, though. And the humour. And the host of characters, including the lovably wacky TS himself.

And I despise novels featuring little adults, what with their cutesy smart-ass habits. That is why I stopped reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie after a couple of pages (to think I was lured in by that scrumptious shade of green on the cover! Shame!).

This novel isn't perfect but it is ambitious, smart and a heck of a lot of fun to read.

And now Stephen King thinks you should read it. He has this to say:

Two predictions about The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet: readers are going to love it as much as I did, and few if any will have experienced anything like it. I'm flabbergasted by Reif Larsen's talent, and I was warmed by his generosity. Here is a book that does the impossible: it combines Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine. Good novels entertain; great ones come as a gift to the readers who are lucky enough to find them. This book is a treasure.

[Disclaimer: this is a Penguin book HOWEVER I never discuss Penguin books in here that I don't actually like. That is just not my style.]

More info HERE and pre-pub review in Elle HERE.

2 comments:

Luanne said...

Okay - I have to confess I enjoyed Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I have not heard about this one and am definitely putting it on my wishlist. What a mixture..it was throwing in Little Miss Sunshine that clinched it, that and the cover art.

Rella said...

this was profiled by Time magazine last week

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