Maxwell's demon / Steven Hall.
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|Breckenridge Public Library||HAL (Text)||33500013372834||New||Available||-|
|Moorhead Public Library||HAL (Text)||33500013372826||New||Checked out||05/01/2021|
- ISBN: 9780802149206
- ISBN: 0802149200
- Physical Description: 339 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2021.
"Thomas Quinn is having a hard time. A failed novelist, he's stuck writing short stories and audio scripts for other people's characters while his wife, Imogen, is working on a remote island halfway around the world. The bills are piling up, the dirty dishes are stacking in the sink, and the whole world seems to be hurtling toward entropic collapse. Then he gets a voicemail from his father, who has been dead for seven years. Thomas's relationship with Stanley Quinn-a world-famous writer and erstwhile absent father-was always shaky, not least because Stanley always seemed to prefer his enigmatic protégé Andrew Black to his own son. Yet after Black published his first book, which went on to sell over a million copies, he disappeared completely. Now strange things are happening to Thomas, and he can't help but wonder if Black is tugging at the seams of his world behind the scenes. Absurdly brilliant, wildly entertaining, and utterly mind-bending, Maxwell's Demon triumphantly excavates the ways we construct meaning in a world where chaotic collapse looms closer every day"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
*Starred Review* It starts when 33-year-old Thomas Quinn receives a voicemail from his father, Stanley, who has been dead for seven years. Dr. Stanley Quinn was the greatest poet, journalist, and war correspondent of his generation. Thomas, himself a writer but an unsuccessful one, is unnerved but no more so than when, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic note and photograph from Andrew Black, the author of Cupid's Engine, a hugely successful novel; Black, his father's erstwhile assistant, protÃ©gÃ©, and spiritual son, vanished some six years earlier and hasn't been seen since. What does this have to do with entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Einstein, "who looks a bit like God on his day off," and, yes, Maxwell's Engine, an enigmatic thought experiment? And don't forget the cherubim and the nativity display with only an ox and an angel in it, and the crying baby who isn't there, and the encounter with a character from Black's novel come to life. What's going on here? Hall (The Raw Shark Texts, 2007) has written a wonderfully imaginative, splendidly baroque novel that is a combination of the baffling, teasing, and tantalizing. Part fantasy, part mystery, it is altogether delightful and filled with surprisesâin a word, exceptional. No, make that two words; the second is fantastic. A rare, sui generis treat. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
Steven Hall is the author of The Raw Shark Texts, which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It was an international bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2013, Hall was named as one of Grantaâs Best of Young British Novelists. Maxwellâs Demon is his long-anticipated second novel.
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