Best described as a character study of a sentient automaton. The love/hate relationship 'Mattie' has with her creator is fascinating and, at times, diBest described as a character study of a sentient automaton. The love/hate relationship 'Mattie' has with her creator is fascinating and, at times, disturbing. A unique and interesting read....more
Excellent book about a man named Samuel Hoenig with Asperger's syndrome who, at his mother's suggestion, makes a living answering questions at his comExcellent book about a man named Samuel Hoenig with Asperger's syndrome who, at his mother's suggestion, makes a living answering questions at his company 'Questions Answered'. When Ms. Washburn, a female photographer, shows up at his office Samuel enlists her help photographing him swinging a baseball bat in order to provide proof of his answer to a current client. Another man arrives with a question for Samuel: Who stole the head of a client from his cryonics facility? Samuel knows he will need help in dealing with the people at the facility, so offers to pay Ms. Washburn for her assistance during the day, and she quickly proves invaluable. When they arrive to tour the facility, a staff member is found murdered and they are pulled into the investigation.
I loved that Ms. Washburn was familiar with Asperger syndrome and its effects. She showed a great understanding and compassion for the challenges Samuel faces. I really liked all the characters in the book and enjoyed their interactions. I look forward to reading more of Samuel and Ms. Washburn's adventures at 'Questions Answered'....more
**spoiler alert** I had originally intended to give this book five stars, because it was a very enjoyable read and I love Don, who is great character.**spoiler alert** I had originally intended to give this book five stars, because it was a very enjoyable read and I love Don, who is great character. Unfortunately I cannot say the same for Rosie, who ended up as a huge disappointment. I was greatly annoyed with Rosie, especially near the end of the book. After everything Don did to prepare for the baby, and try to help her, and all the research he did on pregnancy, babies, children, how to be a good parent, etc., she just turned a cold shoulder and was going to walk away. Because she didn't believe he could be a good father. In the end I really disliked her. I'm sure this was not the intention of the author. Maybe he just didn't know how to write a pregnant female character without turning her into an irrational, selfish bitch. Wow, I guess I felt more strongly about this than I realized. Anyway most of the book was a 5-star read, but the last 10% was total suckage thanks to Rosie. Don, I really think you could have done better....more
I loved most of this book, although I was a little disappointed Flavia didn't interact more with the other girls at the school. The mystery was prettyI loved most of this book, although I was a little disappointed Flavia didn't interact more with the other girls at the school. The mystery was pretty good and wrapped up nicely, but I was a little disappointed in the ambiguous ending of the book itself. But of course looking forward to the next.
The maggots were nothing new: I had thought of them often while dwelling on the delights of decomposition. Daffy had even read out to me at the breakfast table -- "Knowing your proclivities," she had said, smirking -- that wonderful passage from Love's Labour's Lost, where one of the characters says, "These summer-flies have blown me full of maggot ostentation." It had caused Father to put aside his sausages, get up, and leave the room, but had given me a whole new appreciation of Shakespeare.
“And this must be our little Flavia!" On paper the man was already dead.
Magic doesn't work when you're sad.
Desperation is capable of wonderful things.
Who can say no to a personal matter? Even God is curious about such things, which is why He listens to our prayers. ...more