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  1. says:

    Wow I laughed I cried I laughed while I cried What a quirky, beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and overall incredibly touching book.

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    Sometimes, life just lines up in a way that seems like it isn t just a coincidence Like this I m teaching Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse Five this fall, so I re read the book last week Then, Gaiman s new book was released, and I read that one I signed into Goodreads to review The Ocean at the End of the Lane which was really good and saw Gaiman s recommendation for The Universe Versus Alex Woods I bought the book without reading about it because I needed something to read on vacation, and I liked the cover.And, if you re reading this review, then you probably already know what I didn t know that this book centers around Vonnegut, and devotes a significant part of the book to Slaughterhouse Five What Extence gets absolutely right in this book is the mixture of naivety with sincerity with a clear sense of irony It doesn t have the level of absurdity of Vonnegut but that s not the point of this book, so don t expect any Tralfamadorians.In another perfect moment, while I was thinking about this book, I listed to a song that has a lyric from a Sydney Lanier poem music is love in search of a word This book and view spoiler the moment when Alex and Mr Peterson listened to music as he died instead of talking and hide spoiler

  3. says:

    Extraordinary story loved this book A contender for best in 2013.

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    The best description that I can think of for this book is that it reminded me of a mixture of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Up, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and The Fault in Our Stars While that may seem like a strange combination, elements from all of these works are seamlessly combined to create a humorous, poignant novel that will leave a lasting impression The Universe Versus Alex Woods is written as a first person retrospective narrative in the style of Kurt Vonnegut, whose works play a rather important role in the novel the reader is immediately exposed to the action at the end of Alex s story, and is then brought back to the beginning to see how the events leading up to the present situation influenced and shaped his personality and worldview At first glance, it is a coming of age story about a young boy, Alex, who lives a very unconventional life he doesn t know who his father is, his mother reads Tarot cards, he is a bit of a celebrity after having been struck by a meteorite when he was young, and his best friend is a Vietnam veteran However, it is also a thought provoking work of fiction that deals with many heavy subjects such as bullying, free will, life, death, euthanasia and morality in a respectful and meaningful way.The protagonist, Alex, is a logical, naive, introverted young man with a compelling, authentic voice There is a lot of social disconnect between him and his peers, due to the fact that he enjoys learning, voices his opinions regardless of their appropriateness and tends to go off on many tangents As a biology student, I found all of the detailed information that Alex provided in regards to his scientific learning to be very interesting which, from what I ve seen, places me in the minority on that count It is hard not to empathize with Alex, whose childlike innocence and unique worldview make him quite easy to like.The friendship between Alex and Mr Peterson is very much like that of Russell and Carl in Up a young boy befriends a grouchy old man who lost his wife, and eventually the two begin to consider each other as a family of sorts I loved watching this friendship grow and develop Though it was filled with difficulties, the influence that this friendship had on both parties was quite powerful especially towards the end where it is shown just how much they are willing to do for each other At the beginning of the novel, Alex is a boy, but with Mr Peterson s help, he becomes a man with a heightened sense of integrity and a new outlook on life.Overall, this was an excellent novel that will leave you with many ethical and existential questions, and will inspire you to read some of Kurt Vonnegut s works This review can also be found at The In Between Place Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this work in exchange for an honest review

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    Oh, wow The Universe Versus Alex Woods starts off seeming like it s gonna be a quirky sort of book the narration is matter of fact where it possibly shouldn t be, and the situation Alex is in on the opening pages is an interesting one Unfortunately for everyone who picked it up on the basis of that, it s not really the kind of book it turned out to be I don t know that I d call it funny it s not laugh out loud funny, anyway wry smiles funny and I don t know that I d call it heartbreaking, either It made me cry, but the simplicity of the narrative voice kept it from being maudlin, from dwelling too much on any of the important details, which is what for me made them strike all the forcefully.It is the story of an unlikely friendship, that s definitely true, and it s a beautiful story from my point of view It s fairly apparent from the first chapter, to me, what exactly is going on here what matters is how we get there, and how much less funny quirky it seems by the end, and how much sad and true and beautiful But if you don t want to know, don t read any further in this review.What was apparent to me from the beginning is that this is a book about an assisted suicide It didn t even need to be stated clearly trying to get back into the country at Dover, the urn of ashes, somehow it all just clicked for me Possibly because this is an issue that I ve thought about at great length, forwards and backwards Because if I were Alex Woods, I d do exactly the same things, in exactly that order, and I would feel exactly as right about it The friendship between the two is the fun and quirky part the fact that, when Mr Peterson becomes ill, Alex chooses to take care of him, and then to make sure that he is also allowed to die when he s ready, and the understanding between the two This is an idealised version of how this might happen, and the fact that Alex narrates means that we don t pull up and see this from another character s point of view how they might worry about Alex s reactions, how he might feel and that might make some people feel that this is a book somehow advocating for euthanasia Which I think it is, but only in the sense that it makes it clear that to be allowed a choice about how and when we die makes it a lot easier to die and that for some people how and when might be very clearly defined, as they are for Mr Peterson But I don t think it advocates euthanasia as the only way It just emphasises choice, and how very comforting it is to many people to know that they have control over even that last inevitability It even emphasises choice in smaller matters, like what drugs you take.If you don t understand why someone would want assisted suicide, this might help If you don t understand why someone would want to help someone commit suicide, I think this would definitely help And if you already understand both of those things, then it s still something that articulates all this very clearly, and might just give you words or clarity for yourself in the future.I am definitely, definitely keeping this book I will probably lend it to people, and I hope I never need to read it again myself, but I can imagine times when I might want to.

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    It all started with a drive, thirteen grams of marijuana and an urn of ashes This is the story of Alex Woods from the age of 10 to 17 Alex is one unique and complex character His life was shattered into a new realm when at age 10 a meteor crashed through his bathroom ceiling and hit him on the head He lives with his mother a tarot card reader and is receptive to than most She doesn t try to fit in and her beliefs are not mainstream He is already seen as different in his community After his accident, he becomes almost famous, stalked by paparazzi and reporters He is also stalked by the school s bullies These bullies are truly rotten, mean and nasty Even with all that they lead him down a path of wonderful discoveries and friendship they direct him on a path of great discovery His tale of the next 7 years is a wonderland of growing up and being different, of learning self control and who he really is and where he wants to fit into the world.The first chapter had me sitting on the edge of my seat with a level of excitement one has when you can feel a great book beginning and it carried to the end I just wanted to sit in the shade, drink my tea and slip into the life of Alex It is not a book that should be rushed, but taken slowly, savored Every emotion is touched and some hit hard where it hurts A lovely story.

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    A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journeyThis novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you ve ever read This is the story of seventeen year old Alex Woods born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson What follows is a highly original and compelling account of Alex s life and the strange series of events that brought him here Actually ignore the above This story was not funny or heartwarming in the slightest and I hated it There was absolutely nothing profound and witty in the whole thing I think the only thing which attracted me to it at all was that it had a lovely pic of Glastonbury Tor on the front, and iBooks had given it a good review The characters largely annoyed me, especially the hippy dippy mother Was glad to get this one done and over with

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    In life, there are no true beginnings or endings Events flow into each other, and the you try to isolate them in a container, the they spill over the sides, like canal water breaching its artificial banks.This was a very sweet coming of age novel I enjoyed learning about meteors, tarot cards, epilepsy and Vonnegut If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I highly recommend this My critisism is that I found Alex to be a bit one dimensional I realize that at sixteen you are mostly an innocent, but I prefer characters with some flaws The Story Alex Woods knows that he hasn t had the most conventional start in life He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won t endear him to the local bullies He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen he s got the scars to prove it What he doesn t know yet is that when he meets ill tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he ll make an unlikely friend Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life That you have to make the best possible choices Netgalley copy

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    What a sweet book It s about a boy from a small town in England who is odd and a loner, but also very smart and likeable He rather reminds me of the autistic kid in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend or the main character of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time but social and less autistic but he seems like he s on the spectrum or at least a kid with some quirks Toward the middle of the book, I start seeing similarities to John Green s The Fault in Our Stars BTW, if you have not read any of the three books I just mentioned, add them to your pile as they are 4 5 star books.It s also about a gruff solitary old man, also smart and sweet on the inside and how they meet and their relationship as it evolves and what it means to the both of them Other characters who make an appearance are the boy s mother, a beloved dog, an older sister type figure friend from school and other minor characters such as kids at school, some bullies, some not, neighbors, etc.It is written in an odd way, it starts at the end, goes to the beginning and skips around a bit, but by about 1 4 way through, you are hooked and everything makes sense, things start clicking into place like magnets and you are rolling down the reader track eagerly anticipating every event as it unfolds At it s most basic, it sounds like a typical boy man bonding story that s been done a hundred times, but it has surprising twists and a modern slant This would have been 4 star except I kicked it up to 5 because sometimes 5 star books for me are where I learned new things, I learned a ton about Kurt Vonnegut, astrophysics, growing marijuana and epilepsy What an odd combination, right Well, it isn t fair to leak out too much of the story, you ll have to read it yourself to see how it all fits together I recommend everyone read this book.I must add for those of you with sensitive eyes and constitutions, I must say there are bad words, both British and American If you have read the description, there is also marijuana use and cultivation, that is very casual and matter of fact, although the main character young teen does caution the other person not to use marijuana because it s not good for him so there is that Anyway, if these things bother you, try to overlook so you can enjoy this lovely book So for those of you 16 and not impressionable in the least, please read this book.

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    The tale of Alex Woods, age 17, as told by himself, in a steady, logical, borderline autistic voice Struck on the head by a meteorite when he was a child, Alex lives a quietly extraordinary life An epileptic, obsessed by maths, astronomy and Kurt Vonnegut, Alex is a deeply geeky, lonely boy with few friends but a complex inner life The story is rich in references His Dark Materials, A Prayer for Owen Meany, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Catch 22, Schubert but most of all, Kurt Vonnegut, who Alex discovers through his accidental friendship with a Vietnam vet, a friendship destined to change the entire course of Alex s life This is, in many ways, a very profound book, that philosophises on the meaning of life and death or lack of meaning Alex is something of an existentialist Which is not to say Alex Woods Versus the Universe is in any way dry or dull or even worthy it s a consistently entertaining and very funny laugh out loud funny read, which I highly recommend.

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