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The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
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Jun 18, 2009

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bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy

The book is quite a strange hybrid of philosophy/science (quantum physics, evolution)/bad science (homoeopathy, alchemy). It reads rather like a teenage novel with a childish, girly, sexually-deviant (just to keep male readers happy, I guess) narrator.

I personally find the romance in the book rather cringeful. It seems childish, improbable, wistful, stereotypical and annoying like some romance that a teenage girl made up. I think it makes the book trashy.

It is quite amazing though how the author has managed to yolk together science with bad science, geek with romance, and scepticism with fantasy. And I have to say, it can be quite intriguing at times and thought-provoking.

Oh. Forgot to mention, it is a little reminiscent of Haruki Murakami, but without all the nice warm fuzzy zen-ness.
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