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The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan

Curiosity10_2Hi all, busy busy week, but I wanted to pop in and steer you to the wonderful novel The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan.

When I saw the tagline “What if the love of your life died decades before you were born?” I thought, “Oh no, how have I wound up with the latest Nicholas Sparks monstrosity?”

But thankfully the love story in The Curiosityand it is ultimately a love story–is beautifully rendered and satisfying. I’m not going to say more because 1) I’m short on time and 2) the story, told from multiple viewpoints, unfolds so exquisitely that I don’t want to give anything away.

I was on an author’s panel with Mr. Kiernan at ALA in June, and the more he talked about this book, the more excited I got. Well, what sounded promising is even better on the page.

Curiosity tell the story of a man, Jeremiah Rice, who died in the 19th century. He is revived in modern day by a team of scientists, including the lovely Kate Philo, who gets tasked with showing him the world he has returned to.

Stephen’s non-fiction is also brilliant, but I hope he writes more fiction. This is a seriously great read, to phrase it in a very vague, cliched, and unwriterly way.



Also, if there has ever been a novel featuring a more infuriating, pompous scientist than Erastus Carthage, please don’t tell me.

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  • Wendy July 31, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Josh, I just read Winger and plan to look for The Curiosity. Thanks for the recommendations! I enjoyed Winger, laughing and ultimately, crying. I think Ryan Dean was like a young Anthony DiNozzo (NCIS). Loved his internal dialogue. Here’s a recommendation for you: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. You probably know who he is…………………..~Wendy

    • Josh Hanagarne July 31, 2013, 7:35 pm

      I’ve read NOS4A2. Loved it! So glad you liked Winger.

  • Jennifer July 31, 2013, 8:28 pm

    I’ll be putting this one on my wish list! Thanks Josh 🙂

  • Jack M August 1, 2013, 8:46 am

    I actually considered reading this but turned my literary-snob nose up at it. But it will now put it on my list!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 1, 2013, 10:04 am

      You might hate it, but I’d love for you to give it a try.

  • Melody Tolson August 5, 2013, 2:43 pm

    About halfway through this post, I had my local library site open and was putting this book on hold. Bam! How’s it feel to be so powerful? : )

  • Joanne Nichting August 13, 2013, 9:09 am

    I’m reading this book now and absolutely loving it. I’m one of those “quirky librarians” that attended the day you and he spoke. Very glad I went!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 13, 2013, 9:36 am

      So glad. Stephen’s a great writer and a better person.