Award-winning author Matt Haig explores the relationships that make us human in his 2014 title The Humans. An extra-terrestrial arrives on Earth to prevent a great mathematics discovery that will change the universe; however his initial disgust of the human species mellows as he becomes acquainted with some of the inhabitants of Cambridge, England, and, ultimately, he questions the need to eliminate friends and family of Professor Andrew Martin in order to protect the mathematical secret. It could be seen as a gentle first foray into Science Fiction (with alien life, spaceships, and telepathic abilities), but can equally be read as a piece of fiction which illuminates the importance of relationships to the human experience. Pick it up for a quick read that will stay with you, and an introduction to an author who is attracting great reviews with all his titles. (Submitted by Jennifer).
A good former librarian friend of mine recommended I read "How to Stop Time". What a good novel that was. Both amusing and entertaining with shades of "the Time Travellers Wife" and Heinlein's Lazarus Long (am I reaching back too far into the annexes of Sci Fi when it was still called science fiction for you?)
So "Humans" is part science fiction (easy on the science); less melancholy than Stop Time; plot line that seems sometimes to border on the adolescent; and sometimes whimsical. But it's good. Good enough to be worth a good read: very much on my liked list.
I almost jettisoned this novel after twenty pages or so for being too kitschy -- just so self aware of how cute it was being. I pushed on because some of the lines were genuinely amusing and others were genuinely thought-provoking. Happily that continues throughout the book. While technically I guess this is a comic sci-fi novel (Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut) it really doesn't feel like it. It's about family, the human condition and poetry. It's definitely the only book ever written that can't shut up talking about mathematics without being off-putting, if you can imagine that. It's a breezy, enjoyable read.
Favorite book in a long time. Gave me something to think about. Loved the characters and the setting. On the waiting list for other books by this author.
Matt Haig's books examine what it means to be human. In this favorite of mine, an alien sent to earth must learn to pass as a human. He reads an issue of "Cosmopolitan" magazine to learn English, and along the way becomes entranced by us human's ability to love, in all its forms. Wonderful!
This was an excellent read! The plot was engaging and exciting. It questions major forces that drive humans, well written with a great lineup of characters. A story you hope will not end, but eventually does :(
A clever and humorous science fiction tale of the differences of what it means to live in a 'civilization' versus what it means to actually be human. I want to read some Dickenson now!
The story of an alien who tries to make sense of what being human is all about.
Very enjoyable and moving book. Puts things into perspective and makes us appreciate what is great about humans.
Any story with the great mathematical physicist G.F.B. Riemann as a plot focus is grand! Seriously though, anyone interested in Einstein should read Riemann's original papers on quantum geometry - - and note the Riemann's wording, and Einstein's theory on relativity published 60 years later, are remarkably similar?
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