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The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas - Bogormen
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The End of Mr. Y - Scarlett Thomas
Title: The End of Mr. Y
Author: Scarlett Thomas
Genre: Sci-fi
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 502
Date read: March 2010

When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can't believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.

You know how you sometimes have one idea of what a book's going to be like, and then you start reading it, and it turns out to be totally different? Yeah, that was me and this book. Not that that was a bad thing at all, it just took me completely by surprise. I had expected a fun fantasy - not an almost scientific account of thought experiments.

In writing style (not genre or plot, just style) it reminded me a lot of Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder - a fictional story interspersed with a lot of non-fictional details. I was very grateful for my scientific education while reading it, as I fear a lot of the explanations would have gone over my head otherwise. As it was, it was absolutely fascinating, and the paradoxes in the book (which always seem to come about when time-travel is involved) were enough to make my head hurt.

Excellent book. I highly recommend it.

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