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Quick Five © with Graeme Simsion

     Graeme Simsion      (Photographed by James Penlidis)
Graeme Simsion
(Photographed by James Penlidis)

Name: Graeme Simsion

Who is Graeme? Australian author born in New Zealand with love of a good story as well as information systems.

Website: http://pages.simonandschuster.com/therosieproject

Books: The Rosie Project, Data Modeling: Theory and Practice, Data Modeling Essentials

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles,  and ITunes

Amazing surprises can happen on twitter. The connections you can build or find it just so overwhelming you can’t but smile. When I posted the review of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion’s first novel (click here), I didn’t expect for the author himself to find my review and share it with his fans. It made my night. However, when asked for an interview, Simsion agreed and that placed me on cloud nine. So it is my esteem pleasure to provide this interview with Graeme Simsion to my readers in which he discusses his best selling book The Rosie Project.          Enjoy

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Before this debut book “The Rosie Project” you had released three technical books. What made you decide to enter the world of fiction?

Actually, just two technical books, though I did contribute to some others. In 1998 I read Joe Queenan’s  book ‘The Unkindest Cut’ about making a low budget film. I was inspired to make my own. I adapted a story my wife had written and that led to me trying to write an original screenplay and so it went…

The Rosie Project is a very unique story.  How did you come up with the idea? Most importantly how were you

     Simon & Schuster   Published Jan. 1, 2013            340 Pages
Simon & Schuster
Published Jan. 1, 2013
340 Pages

able to create Don Tillman?

I worked in information technology and academia for many years – and originally studied physics. So I met a lot of Dons. The original story was inspired by a friend of mine who struggled to find a partner, but over five years it changed totally. I made up stuff!

How would you describe the success you’re receiving for your first novel?

It’s what I dreamed about and worked towards – but that doesn’t mean I expected it to happen. It’s been a huge surprise and I’m enjoying it – even getting up at 4am to catch flights to meet readers and booksellers. I’m delighted so many readers are enjoying the story and in so many cultures and languages – current translation count is 36.

The Rosie Project is being described as chick literature. How do you feel about that?

My only problem is that I don’t want men to be put off reading it. It’s a book with a male protagonist written by a male and men who actually pick it up and start reading generally keep reading and enjoy it. It’s also been described as “romance” and while I’d debate whether it’s genre romance (I don’t think so) if that gets it a wider audience then I’m not complaining. Overall the literary reception has been very good, so I don’t feel it’s been put down by any labels.
Finally,  is it too soon to look for a new book?

Not at all! I’m working on a sequel that I’m expecting to be published late next year.

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Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

     Simon & Schuster   Published Jan. 1, 2013            340 Pages
Simon & Schuster
Published Jan. 1, 2013
340 Pages

How adorable is this!

Don Tillman is a professor of genetics that has a schedule for everything; when to eat, go to the gym, what he is having for dinner each week and how long it takes for him to finish a conversation.

Tillman is looking for love but has a hard time dating and going through the social motions. So with his only two friends he creates “The Wife Project” a questionnaire and dating process in order to find his perfect wife.  That includes no drinking (not including wine), smoking, cursing or someone who tends to be late. But here comes Rosie and she is everything is not looking for. Completely ignoring his quest for a wife, Rosie seeks Tillman’s help to find her real father.

Neither Tillman or Rosie fell they are a match for each other but enough time together proves other wise. I thought this was book was cute and funny. Tillman is so set on how things need to be that it is amazing to see his change, once he and Rosie get closer. I really loved his character. He was funny without being funny and he was so genuine and loveable that I just couldn’t get enough of him.

Rosie was Rosie; she played her part very well. She’s a grown woman and although at one point she didn’t really know what she wanted (what PERSON does) she wasn’t annoying about it. I couldn’t complain about her she fit well with the story. My only issue with this book is it feels a bit forced especially towards the middle. I loved the idea a woman looking for her father while a man is looking for a wife; I think it is an original idea. However, I felt that the author was reaching a bit too hard.

Overall I give this book 9 out of 10. Very cute chick lit. Don’t forget to like & share :)

Book Review: The Good House by Tananarive Due

I think publishers feel if you add ghost or voodoo in your book it will be called horror. *Shakes head*

    Simon & Schuster  Published Aug 25, 2003           597 Pages
Simon & Schuster
Published Aug 25, 2003
597 Pages

Angela Toussaint has some history with her late grandmother’s home dubbed the “Good House” by townspeople in Sacajawea, Washington.  But although she grew up there she hasn’t been to the home in two years because her son committed suicide at the Fourth of July party.  

Convinced by her good friend, she goes back to the house to decide if she will sell it or not.  Now to say freaky things happen is a very loose sentence because nothing OMG really happens. Yes, her friend’s dog goes missing and her friend sleeps walk to sleep down in the cellar where her son died but other than for most of the book nothing is horror like.

The biggest issue I had with the book was there was no connection between Angela and the house or even her grandmother for that matter. She didn’t know the secrets of the house; she didn’t even know how to make her grandmother’s famous tea. It was as if she knew nothing of her grandmother and she wasn’t even curious to know. It was like how can that house have all that history and you know nothing about it. The townspeople knew more down to the specific detail.

Another issue I had was the author kept throwing in the death of Angela’s mother but there was no real explanation as to why she died.  This felt like it was thrown in there to add more appeal to the character; she had to live without her mother. But to be honest it seems like it didn’t even affect her. She is not holding scars as much as other characters or even a person in reality would.

But despite that the book had a great build up. I was really into it until chapter 18 and nothing was really going on but a lot of run around. Another good thing about the book is the author switched point of views. For instance, you were able to see the events leading up to Angela’s son’s death and you were able to see where this evil came from through the grandmother’s eyes. Oddly enough I didn’t feel it was misplaced or random; it fit.

Overall I thought the book was a decent read. There should have been more horror more spells more secrets because in all honestly there wasn’t any. I give this book a 6 out of 10. Great start but fell short.

 

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles