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The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social...more
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1. Don Tillman is an Associate Professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne. He has a black-belt in Akikido, and can cook a mean lobster salad. He also has Asperger syndrome – but he doesn’t know that. Don just thinks that there’s something missing that leaves him baffled by human behaviour and unappealing to other people (especially the opposite sex). But after his dear ol...more
What a shame Graeme Simsion wrote this offering "quickly" and that he went with a "comedy rather than a drama".
What a shame that the opportunity to educate and illuminate was squandered and traded for gratuitous laughs ,extreme generalisations and blatant stereotyping.
My initial delight at realising the subject matter of this book meant I was immediately enrolled in ' the project'. A third of the way into the book, I became uncomfortable with the tenor and theme. The premise that hi...more
The character of (Shel)Don feels like little more that fan-fiction of The Big Bang Theory and Rosie seems like the perfect emulation of The Cool Girl as described in Gone Girl. She's too trite and quirky to be believable. Don himself is simply a figure of fun, he moves form scene to scene for our amusement in a "what will he do now?" manner as Juli...more
Although Don is a highly esteemed genetics scientist, he views life with a beautiful naivety, he knows the workings and technicalities of people, but just can't grasp that element that makes us chaotic, individual works of art.
And I laughed! Yep, I finally came to understand the inte...more
It's a fun, quirky and erudite love story. It's laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly touching.
Don is a wonderfully offbeat narrative character and Rosie is his perfect foil. Graeme Simsion writes both characters pitch perfect.
I think one of the reasons the story is so appealing is that it's written by a man, from a man's perspective. And it's definitely not lad lit.
This book is going to be a huge...more
Made all the more amazing by the fact that it is the first novel of Melbourne writer Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project will rank highly amongst my 2013 reads.
Written from a unique perspective, this is one of the few, if not the only, romantic comedies with a male protagonist. And not only male, but autistic.
Don Tillman is a brillian...more
4.5 'Nerds Need Love Too' stars.
This wasn't a traditional romance novel, but I enjoyed the romantic aspect of this story quite a bit. There was also a fun and interesting journey with Don and Rosie gathering dozens of samples of DNA to determine who might be Rosie's biological father. It made me laugh quite a few times!
The hero, Don Tillman, is a 39 y/o socially inept scientist who lives his life based on strict rules. He never believed that love, romance and marriage was for him. But when a f...more
I wager that this will be a film in the not too distant future. Even though it's an Australian book, I can't help but peg Lizzy Caplan as Rosie.
*sigh* Just need a few more minutes to let it all sink in...
My first note written about this novel is a 1 ★ intolerably woeful but a night's sleep has made me feel a little more generous so I've amended it to 2★it was ok. The whole premise felt predictable, horribly predictable, I found that main character incredibly annoying and the humor did not amuse me. I know I am swimming against the tide of most readers, especially my GR friends but it was just all very ho-hum for me. Sorry, folks. 2★
The book has excellent reviews and is described as " Genuinely funny, you will laugh out loud"
Unfortunately I didn't find the book funny and I didn't laugh out loud hence the the reason for my 2 star rating,
The novel has excellent reviews and many of my friends have loved it. I found it quite predictable in places and I didn't fall in love with the characte...more
When Gene which is Don's best friend sends Rosie Jarman to his office he thinks she is there for the Wife Project. He soon realis...more
a/k/a “Sheldon Cooper Finds a Wife”
Don is a creature of habit. His work, exercise, dinner, clothes, well …. EVERYTHING is scheduled to the second with zero variation. The only time Don has really ventured out of his comfort zone was when he befriended Daphne – a lonely elderly neighbor whose husband had been put in a nursing home. Before Daphne’s own health declines, she proclaims what a wonderful husband Don will be to some lucky gir...more
I went through a fluffy novel/chick lit phase during my late teens and early twenties and vowed I would never pick up such a book again. However, this book came highly recommended so I decided to give it a go.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Don Tillman is a socially inept university professor, with very few friends and an extremely rigid lifestyle. He has designed a questionnaire, "The Wife Project", to find himself a wife. Unfortunately his standards are incredibly high. Howev...more
But when G...more
It's hard not to fall in love with the quirky characters in this story. Don is the cutest, although in real life his Don-ness might drive people up the wall. Don is a geneticist, a...more
It’s the story of socially inept Professor of Genetics, Don, who is on a mission to find a wife. There is a lot of talk of autism and Asperger’s in the story, and while it’s never actually confirmed that Don is diagnosed with either, there are certainly elements there. He is highly intelligent with a strict adherence to his daily routine, and he lacks any kind of social skills. Think Sheldon from Big Bang The...more
I want to make sure that my three stars don't discourage any curious readers away from this genuinely sweet, fun read. Three stars means I liked it, and I did very much.
The Rosie Project falls firmly into the Rom-Com genre, is very cinematic (and yes, fairly predictable in its execution), but despite its flirty familiar territory it's WELL WORTH giving over an afternoon of reading. Don Tillman is a delightful, unusual narrator -- though he did keep reminding me of Jack Nicholson's character in...more
However, I had a few issues with it that prevented it from being 4 stars. Parts of the story dragged, especially in the middle. I thought that the concept of the "father project" and "wife project" got tired and the outcome was wholly predictable. I also wanted to ki...more
From the first sentence itself, this book captured my interest.
I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.
Don Tillman, 39, a genetic professor who, although was not determined, might just be the classic example of someone suffering from Asperger Syndrome or in layman generalization, an idiot savant. He had a strict schedule down to ever...more
This is the image that I would normally have in my head of a typical Genetics Professor with a love of lobster...(I'm not the best artist, ha)
...but this isn't the case when it comes to Don Tillman.
For so long now, I have seen The Rosie Project everywhere, from various reading groups requesting it as a book of the month to the Kindle monthly deal. That alone sparked my interest, so I got my copy right away. I was definitely not disappointed.
I’ve started using a feature on my Kindle called Readin...more
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Prior to writing fiction he was an information systems consultant and wrote two books and several papers about data-modelling.