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The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan’s debut novel, is a gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being, as a curiosity.…
 
Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body o
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 9th 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 2.5
"Hey, doc, what are you expecting today?"
He halts like a soldier, turns slowly to me. "I expect us to replace God."
For me, this was a lot more Time Traveler's Wife than Michael Crichton. There is a fair bit of science thrown at us initially, but this is not a book to read if you want to ponder about the innermost workings of science. It is more narrative storytelling than anything else. "Thriller" & "Science Fiction?" That's a stretch.

The writing is good, the narrative st
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Bonnie
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Curiosity was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.
Blog Tour Date 7/18/2013

'And what is life but a little row in a small boat, every moment leaving what we know, every stroke unable to see where we are headed?'

The Curiosity tells the tale of a scientific voyage to the Arctic with the intent to find various sea creatures that died encased in ice. Possessing the ability to bring plankton "back to life" the scientists intend to continue studyin
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Christa Van
I enjoyed reading this book. The writing is good and the characters are interesting. Unfortunately the huge plot holes and problems make me want to introduce the author to the basic services provided by librarians. The basic premise includes a science project to "re-animate" flash frozen creatures. They hit a payload when they find a man on an arctic expedition who had fallen overboard 100 years ago and is now the perfect first human subject for their process. The process works so well, the man ...more
Linda
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Author from Booktopia 2016
Wow! I waffle between giving this 4 and 5 stars. I'm pretty sure this will be a book that I want to read again. I underlined so many profound thoughts.
At first, I did not turn into the concept that different chapters were from different characters viewpoints. Shortly after I grasped that concept, I understood the title of the book (as it pertained to the book - reading it as an e-book does not allow the opportunity to read end flaps to introduce the story).
This story of a team of scientists who
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Carol R.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a review copy of The Curiosity, a copy I ordered, honestly, because the cover amused me. I read the first 20 pages or so at the doctor's office and wasn't sold. I told someone the next day I would give it another 15 pages and then if it didn't grab me, I'd give it up. It not only grabbed me but took me for a wild and astounding ride. I'm not that into science or imagining future scientific discoveries, but the concept of this fascinated me. I often say I don't like stories that switch ...more
Jimmmunchel
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE CURIOSITY by Stephen P. Kiernan

Every now and then I get a little excited when I discover a new and raging talent who not only has the ability to tell a well written story but rescue the reader from the influx of cookie cutter novels filling not only the internet but bookstores as well.
Thanks to the kindness of the Senior Marketing Director at William Morrow, Tavia Kowalchuk I was honored to receive an advanced readers copy of what I believe to be the most talked about thriller since last sum
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Madeline
4.5 Stars

Wow! Wow! Wow! I so loved this story.

First of all, I love biology, science, and anything medically related. The Curiosity, has all three and sooo much more....morality, ethics, politics, selfishness, greed, jealousy, and many of the gentler words: compassion, humanity, kindness, and love.

I listened to the audiobook which consisted of four incredibly talented narrators, they drew me in and kept me near. I just didn't want to stop listening to their story. I was mesmerized, I was encha
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Renita D'Silva
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, what an amazing, uplifting, absolutely brilliant book. One to keep. A great premise and a beautiful story, combined with amazing writing makes for a page turning read. I did not want this book to end. I savored every page and wanted more. The different voices are brilliantly portrayed. I loved Jeremiah and Kate and their developing relationship. This book also raises questions about ethics and humanity and ultimately, of what really is the measure and value of a human life. Even the scie ...more
Erin
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I felt I really understood the motives and emotions behind each character's actions. Jeremiah was a lovable character and the baseball chapters were especially heart-warming. These things kept it from being a 5 star rating:

1. I found the way the lab treated Jeremiah unbelievable. Informed consent laws would insure his right to be fully informed on the medical care he was getting. Also, the initial court ruling that deems Jeremiah the lab's property was unbelievable. (Minus o
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Maureen Grigsby
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was one of those books that once you start, you keep wanting to read, but keep putting down because you don't want it to end. I thought that the author did a great job with the different "voices" he used to tell the storie(s). He captured the love of science, the allure of baseball, the fascination with technology, the competitveness of the press, the skepticism of the public, and the attraction between two people. The story pulled you in, and put you smack dab in the middl ...more
Paul Spencer
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
NPR's book critic said this was a fun book, a page turner. It is anything but. Weak, cliche-ridden characters, boring plot despite an interesting premise, just plain BAD writing. I almost never drop a book, even a lousy one, without finishing it, but tried as I might to continue slogging through The Curiosity, I couldn't get past its overwhelming lameness. I finally threw in the towel. That was one of the best decisions I've made all summer.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Each year a handful of people who are dying decide to take the chance that in the future someday there might be a cure for what is slowly killing them now and have their bodies frozen just before their death. But is it possible for that to really happen? Does science possess the skill to reanimate a person who was frozen or it is possible that the body can never fully recover from being place in suspended frozen animation?

Dr. Kate Philo has been searching the Arctic Ocean in hopes of finding out
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AdiTurbo
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me a lot of Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, and even The Man who Fell to Earth. It is a very good rendition of the old theme of the outsider coming into our lives to show us what we're really like and give us a fresh perspective on the better and worse parts of our society. This time, it is a man brought back to life after being frozen at sea more than a hundred years ago. As he opens his eyes and begins realizing all that has changed during his "dead" time, we learn mo ...more
Tony
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
THE CURIOSITY. (2013). Stephen P. Kiernan. **.
I’m afraid I have to go against the flow with this first novel. Most reviews I’ve read have been very positive, while I have to stick with my impressions. I suspect that my background in the sciences really affects the way I perceive fiction dealing with a scientific premise. I can’t help it. After only a few pages, I renamed this novel, “ICE NINE MEETS THE THING.” Here’s the plot: a ‘scientific’ team is out on the Arctic Ocean, looking for icebergs
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Cynthia
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am in love with this book. Jeremiah Rice is such a wonderful, miraculous character, perhaps because he is so lovable, perhaps because he brings a sense of wonder to the world in his perspectives, living on borrowed time, of the beauty and incredible miracles all around us, happening every day. I suppose one could say that he is too "good", that he is a little one-dimensional, but I would love to believe that there are people like him (not necessarily reanimated frozen 150 year olds) out there ...more
Lora King
Could be one of my favorite books of 2013. A polar expedition trying to find icebergs with hard ice where they can hopefully locate small marine animals to try to reanimate. An eccentric OCD scientist, Carthage, obsessed with being the first to reanimate & keep alive the krill and shrimp they are finding....then on this one expedition they discover a man frozen in an iceberg. Off we go on a fascinating twist on the Frankenstein story of reanimation. But this is so different. The cast of char ...more
Darren
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at chapters. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book by this author. It took me longer than normal to read this one because some of the chapters were long. I hope to read more books by this author.
Suzanne
The book did not engage me as much as I had hoped. For some reason I did not really connect with any of the characters enough and that made the book hard reading, especially the first half while the story builds. But there were at least three or four times when I stopped reading and became lost in thought based upon ideas presented by the author, in service to his novel. One in particular, the idea that mankind doesn't really get wiser over a 100- year period just keeps busy. Meaning progress co ...more
Rachel
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if your last memory was today and your next conscious moment was 100 years from now? When Dr. Kate Philo finds a man's body flash-frozen in the Arctic, she's hopeful they might be able to revive him with the new scientific discoveries she has helped pioneer. When a living, breathing, thinking, feeling man survives the brutal revival process, the scientific team hadn't considered what would come after that.

Kate tries to advocate for the newly-awakened and overwhelmed Jeremiah Rice, while for
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Stephen T Shores
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
On picking up this book, I looked at the back cover and saw that someone had billed it as 'Michael Crichton meets The Time Traveler's Wife'. Remembering the ham-fisted emotional movie that came out of the latter, I opened the book, and after a few chapters I pleasantly discovered that the Michael Crichton comparison is probably the more accurate. Yes, there is romance, but it is believable--I didn't feel like I was being assaulted by a Hallmark Channel movie or Harlequin romance. Instead, these ...more
Liddy
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to like this. I was promised a Michael Crichton kind of book, which I took to mean a well developed scientific story with some complex ethical issues. It started out with good potential, but the was so much of the human/ethical story that was never developed.

Questions about autonomy - does the frozen man who is reanimated "belong" to the lab that brought him back to life?
Questions about life itself - really, why are the people protesting? What are they protesting?
Questions about sc
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Stephanie
Hm. Engaging read, and I liked the alternating viewpoints.
Unfortunately, though, early on there is a description of Jeremiah and his big bushy sideburns. Which made me picture Wolverine. Which led to my mental casting of Hugh Jackman in the role. Which led, of course, to remembering that movie he was in several years ago with Meg Ryan- the one where she was a modern gal and he had travelled through time (I can't remember the name of it). It fit perfectly, especially all those scenes of Kate show
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Melissa Prange
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A group of scientists have been bringing frozen krill, shrimp, and other small sea creatures back from the dead. They have not tried their experiments on anything larger until, on one of their expeditions, they find a man frozen in the ice. Through experiments similar to those done on krill, they are able to bring this man—Jeremiah Rice—back from the dead.

The Curiosity follows the strange tale of the Jeremiah and the scientists and others involved with his recovery and resurrection.

Kate Philo i
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Stephanie
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book, it is probably in the science fiction genre, and even though I wouldn't normally gravitate to sci-fi, I am finding that there is a whole spectrum of sci-fi. In The Curiosity, a scientific research team is looking for hard ice in the Arctic, b/c if they find it, they will also find shrimp, krill, and other small life that has been frozen but not died, and so they can "reanimate" it by jolting awake the cells' latent energy. On the journey, however, they discover a man e ...more
Hazellie
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
This was an incredibly great read, I enjoyed it immensely. I liked that the author made the whole scientific part of the story entirely plausible.

The whole premise is just intriguing; bringing back a man who has frozen in hard ice for over a hundred years. Bringing a frozen body back to life is not all that unbelievable, because it has happened in real life. In fact, many times, though I can't account for the accuracy of the articles.

However, bringing back a person who has been frozen for a hun
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Joanne
I quite enjoyed The Curiosity, and finished it in one sitting. Erastus Carthage has discovered a way to reanimate small sea creatures such as krill that were frozen in what is called "hard ice," and Dr. Kate Philo and a team of scientists are on a ship sent into the Arctic Circle in search of an iceberg that has hard ice in it to see if they can find more frozen creatures for Dr. Carthage to bring back to life. In addition to the scientists, Daniel Dixon, a journalist, has been invited along to ...more
Bandit
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has me sold by the cover alone, although upon reading the novel I have to say that, while striking, the image is in fact erroneous, shoes should be boots and button should be brown. Alas, the was only the least of what was off about it. The concept of it is great, but any science over ethics dilemmas, any sociological implications get lost and buried under a steaming pile of cheesy romance. Basically I think all the things I didn't care for in this book are exactly what made it so popu ...more
Carolyn Fagan
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, science
The story of the reanimation of a man believed to have died in 1906 in the frozen arctic waters is a masterful combination of science thriller and love story. Told from four different perspectives; the journalist covering the story, the scientist who discovered the body in the ice, the egotistical genius at the head of the project and the reanimated man himself, Jeremiah Rice, this novel explores the very human side of science and those involved in its study. The voice of Jeremiah Rice is writte ...more
John Daly
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I can't say enough bad things about this book. I was really looking forward to it and it failed to deliver in every conceivable way. The characters are stale stereotypes. The writing is so-so. The ridiculous way he imagines the plot and the stupid decisions made by every character are stunning. I spent the entire book thinking "He/she would never do that". Finally, and worst of all, instead of exploring all the implications of a frozen human brought back to life after 100 years, that whole area ...more
Lisa
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been called a cross between Michael Crichton and The Time Traveler's Wife, which is apt. The narration alternates among four people, whose voices come through loud and clear. Carthage's narration ("You cross to the schedule chart, and observe that...") was especially effective in revealing his assholery. Some parts of the plot could have been improved upon (apparently Kate is perfect, and Jeremiah's potential descendant doesn't pursue and isn't pursued). All in all, an enjoyable story t ...more
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