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The Curiosity: A Novel (original 2013; edição 2013)

por Stephen P. Kiernan (Autor)

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After discovering the body of a man buried deep in the Arctic ice, Dr. Kate Philo and her team bring him back to life in their Boston lab, igniting a media firestorm that forces them to decide how far they are willing to go to protect their experiment.
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Título:The Curiosity: A Novel
Autores:Stephen P. Kiernan (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2013), Edition: First Edition, 448 pages
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An enthusiastic five stars!! Fascinating, touching, heart-wrenching, deep story on so many levels; not merely a science novel or a business novel but a love story and so much more. ( )
  ChetBowers | Mar 10, 2021 |
Great science fiction, with a bit of a love story as well. I enjoyed it a lot, and the science was well thought out and realistic. ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |


The book is brilliantly written. Part sci-fi, part historical fiction, part literary fiction, all pieces put together make a delightful and entrancing read. 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. At first I thought this would be a Science Thriller a la Michael Crichton, but it morphs into a heartbreaking literary novel that explores ethics and love, not to mention the meaning of life.

The voice of Jeremiah Rice is written with such a fine hand, giving the character the formality and substance that make him so believable as a man that has come from the early 20th century. His insight into modern day life is powerful without being preachy. Although the ending is foreshadowed at the beginning of the novel, the path that takes you to that end is one that is filled with beautiful, thought-provoking style that keeps you turning the pages to the inevitable ending. (Naturally, my favorite character is Jeremiah. His character is consistent throughout the novel. He's the kind of man you'd want to meet. Maybe even keep. And that's all I'll say on that matter.)

Kate Philo works for a crazed egocentric (Erastus Carthage) convinced he has discovered the secret of re-animation. Turns out he has, but keeping those he's re-animated alive is another problem. Erastus Carthage's point of view is simply hilarious. You know him. He's the Donald Trump of science. He makes money with money. He's short on social graces but very powerful. He fires on a whim. 'Nuff said.
Then what? Protesters abound, Carthage's greed drives his decisions, and the politics of science are laid bare. As Kate helps Judge Rice re-enter life a century after his death, she falls a little in love, of course, but this is really about perceptions as well--how he sees us, we see ourselves, and mainly how we view this miracle. As provocative and compelling as Flowers for Algernon, this novel is made for audio, with 4 great narrators inhabiting their roles and raising the questions Kiernan chooses not to answer.

The only thing keeping this novel from being a 5-star-stunner is the ending, or lack there-of. But Still.....!! 'Sigh.....!' ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Found it tough to get into at first and then it picked up only to disappoint a bit at the end. My biggest question *spoiler* how come it took so long for the science team to think of tracking down Jeremiah's descedents and then do nothing about it? Lot's of unfinished storylines. Concept and science parts were interesting. ( )
  andsoitgoes | Jun 26, 2017 |
With reviews that skew to the love it or hate it ends of the spectrum, I stake my opinion closer to the hate it end. It wasn’t truly awful, but it pulled punches, got boring and didn’t really deliver real answers. The first things I skimmed were Carthage’s sections simply because he was so repugnant. Then Dixon’s sections got to be pointless and misogynist so those got skimmed, too. Eventually everyone’s narratives got boring and I just wanted to get to the maudlin end game already.

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You’d think with a name like Carthage, Kiernan would be setting us up for a big take down and if ever an asshole deserved one it was Carthage. But no. He goes out on his own terms and with a decided whimper. So very disappointing. Then there’s Jeremiah and Kate, I just didn’t buy their bond or their characters; they don’t work unless you decide the whole thing was fake. If he’d really been reanimated, both of them would have exhibited the book’s title with gusto, relish and enthusiasm. But no, neither of them so much as poke their noses into the hows, whys and wherefores of Jeremiah’s past or present life. And the amount of doing nothing time only makes sense if it’s fake. Once you pick up on it, any tension the book manages to scrape together is lost.

Then there are the unbelievable devices that the author has to use to inject any drama, like when Dixon keeps all his valuable evidence of fraud inside the very building that he eventually gets locked out of. No one with sense would do that. Also that Kate doesn’t know what the countdown is or that all the previously reanimated creatures have life spans that end at a time that can be measured and extrapolated for Jeremiah. I just didn’t buy that she didn’t know. It’s needless and senseless and once you pick up on that, the whole thing becomes an obvious fake.

Last there’s what happens to Jeremiah. Kiernan does his best to create the same accelerated frenzy in the story as is happening with Jeremiah himself, but then it just ends without a real conclusion. He rows himself out in the harbor in a tiny boat, never to be seen again? What? It’s unrewarding, but at least we don’t have some teary Romeo and Juliet type dual suicide or something equally cliched and eye-rolling. ( )
  Bookmarque | Feb 9, 2017 |
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