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Maxwell's Demon
Maxwell's Demon: A Novel | Steven Hall
6 posts | 5 read | 5 to read
This autumn, life is catching up with Thomas Quinn. Five years ago, his sometime friend Andrew Black wrote a mystery novel that sold a million copies and then disappeared. Now could it be that Quinn is being stalked by the hero of Blacks book? His wife, Imogen, usually has the answers, but shes working on the other side of the world and talking to her on webcam just isnt the same. Quinn finds himself in a world that might well be coming apart at the seams. If he can find Black, he might start finding answers. Maxwells Demon forges an entirely new blend of mysterysomewhere between detective fiction, ghost story and philosophical quest. Providing the same white-knuckle thrills as Halls first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, this new book is also a freewheeling investigation into the magic power locked inside the alphabet, love through the looking glass, the bond between parents and children and, at its heart, the quest for meaning in a world that, with each passing season, seems to become more chaotic and untidy.
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Well, there‘s A LOT going on here. Humorous and weird and smart and goofy. But, for me, it was all a bit too much and didn‘t quite feel worth the journey to me.

Ruthiella That‘s kinda how I felt about 11mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed “Maxwell‘s Demon”. For fear of spoilers, I‘ll only say that there were certain parts of this book that I needed a magnifying glass to read 😊

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Decalino
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Pickpick

This book was intriguing and had me googling all kinds of things from flag manifolds & bees to the biblical Q source. Thomas Quinn, son of a famous author, has accepted that he will never be successful, unlike his father's reclusive assistant Andrew Black, author of the phenomenal bestseller Cupid's Engine. Mysterious occurrences lead him back to Black and a plot twist that felt more like a wild swerve. Not sure it fully worked, but worth reading.

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KimM
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Pickpick

“Maxwell's demon“ is a thought experiment that would hypothetically violate the second law of thermodynamics. This novel is a trippy suspension of reality and I loved it. Planning to read Steven Hall's first novel, Raw Sharks Texts. #page158subscription @sudalu

For fans of the movie “Inception“ and physics.

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GerardtheBookworm
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Pickpick

A different type of novel that is both a mystery and psychological thriller. The son of a famed novelist, Thomas Quinn has always lived under his father's shadow while he struggled as a writer himself. Jealous of his father's successful protege, Andrew Black, Thomas becomes a suspect in his disappearance. As characters from Black's novel visit him, it becomes a surrealistic experience of existential crisis of what is teal and what isn't.

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Asktheletters
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Have I become that person who purchases a book because of its embossed cover and glorious end papers? Yes, yes I have.