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Book Review: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

St. Martin’s Press
TBP May 2, 2017
352 Pages

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.

But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? -Goodreads

If you haven’t noticed, I love reading Graeme Simsion books. There is something about his writing that is honest and reliable even from a male’s perspective. This is still the case with The Best of Adam Sharp, however, I didn’t really enjoy this book.

Firstly, this book was different and I can see the author taking a risk. I don’t mind the risque scenes; they were surprising but I don’t mind them. What bothered me about this book was Adam and how boring he was even when his past was discussed. His tone never changes… not even once throughout the book. Because of that it made it extremely difficult to read this book (took me a week).

The book was slow and it dragged. There was no real life or passion within this book. It was hard to tell if Adam was actually in love or if it was more infatuation. It didn’t feel real at the beginning nor at the end. Overall that is what the book was lacking; deep emotion, real heartbreak, real anger etc..

Another issue I had was Adam is selfish and the love of his life was just as selfish and became even a worst person as she got older. This told a lot about Adam. He wasn’t the hero you want to love and I was disappointed in him and the weak characters around him. I say weak characters because no one really fought for what they wanted. I can’t even say Adam did because he went with whatever was allowed.

The music element was cute. It added some character to the book but the music didn’t define Adam nor was it as important as I thought it would be. The music was defined based on his relationship.  Yeah, he did trivia at the pub but he music wasn’t his life nor was he missing it.

I wanted better from this book. I wanted to be moved because it was different from The Roise Project. I like where the author is going with this but it needs some more work. I didn’t feel this was a bad book but it wasn’t something I would read or recommend unfortunately.

2 Pickles

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 :)