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A Vomit of Diamonds follows Balzac Bouchard, a first year student at the Australian National University, whose violent curiosity and natural interest in astronomy motivate him to apply for astro camp; a one-week event awarded to ten select candidates. ...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published 2016
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Mon Maryum
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: v-title, fiction
Balzac applies for Astro-camp with a weird essay on why they should pick him as one of the 10-people to be accepted, he succeeds. From the book- "“Astronomers are a curious species of scientists. Nocturnal creatures, solitary habits, hiking fashion, and their favorite food is apple crumble.”"

It had its witty moments. The way the author describes the surroundings is also great. But it didn't have much of a plot to it. I also felt that the character-development needed more work to see a deeper sid
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Graham Goldberg
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Vomit of Diamonds tells the story of young Balzac Bouchard, occasional student and keen observer at the Australian National University in Canberra. Its main focus is on an exclusive astronomy field camp which Balzac attends with a collection of ANU nerds.

This is Boripat Lebel’s first novel. And like all first novels, it is the one which the French claim the author had to get out of his system before he can go on to write for real. The writing style is expansive. The story heads in many sub-dir
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Louis Lebel
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
An entertaining short novel about a few days in the life of a physics student at the Australian National University in Canberra, who slips in and out of dreams about the stars and artistocratic salon life in Paris two centuries ago. Witty, sensitive, playful and original.
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A few pages in, the main character, Balzac Bouchard, struck me as an absurd version of Sheldon Cooper. Lo and behold! By the end of the book, his friends compared him to said fictional theoretical physicist!

Not much to say about the plot or character development, as I feel the author is still testing out what works for him. The novella was, however, was pregnant with a range of references, - ranging from pop culture, classic literature, and Greek mythology. I also learned that I hate the use
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Boripat Lebel majored in theoretical physics at the Australian National University, was a fashion columnist for Woroni, did an online marketing internship at Syndacast, and is presently a research coordinator at the Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University. He is also the author of “A Vomit of Diamonds.” Visit his blog Boripat.com for articles on culture, humor, style & ...more
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