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The Unhappy Medium (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

T. J. Brown

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About The Unhappy Medium

When even the laws of physics let you down, the absurd, the ludicrous and the frankly impossible may be all you have left.

Dr Newton Barlow has everything a theoretical physicist could ask for – a glittering career both in the lab and on television, a beautiful wife, and best of all, the opportunity to promote his rock-solid certainty that supernatural and religious beliefs are nothing but complete and utter hokum.

But Barlow is about to take a tumble. Mired in accusations of fraud, incompetence and malpractice, Newton is cast out from the scientific establishment and ejected from the family home. With his life in tatters, he descends into a wine-sodden wilderness.

Then, after three lost years, Barlow is suddenly approached by his old mentor and fellow sceptic Dr Sixsmith with an extraordinary proposition, an offer that Newton simply cannot refuse. There’s just one small problem:

Dr Sixsmith is dead.

Thrown headlong into a new reality that simply shouldn’t exist, Dr Newton Barlow is about to come up against the best and the worst of human nature: tooled-up vicars, paper-pushing ancient Greeks, sinister property developers, a saucy rubber nun and possibly the most mean-spirited man ever to have walked the earth (twice).

From the dusty plains of Spain to the leafy vicarages of Hampshire, Dr Barlow will have to contradict everything he ever believed in if he wants to save this world – and the next.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Unhappy Medium Will Make You Happy 7 mars 2014
Par Elmo Kajaky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Unhappy Medium has everything I look for in a comedic fantasy/SF novel. The protagonist is a skeptic (think Mythbusters, James Randi, Harry Houdini et al) who finds that reality is...not as he had always assumed. Call it supernatural noir with a dash of historical (not to mention prehistorical) fiction for flavor, along the lines of the Bobby Dollar series by Tad Williams, the Inferno series by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the Reality Dysfunction series by Peter F. Hamilton, or the Ghost Trilogy by L. E. Modesitt.

Although the novel is a self-contained story, the author also sets up what looks to be a bang-up series. Highly recommended to any SF, fantasy, or horror fan who likes their humor dry and their spooks snarky. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I’ll just say if any of this sounds like your cup of tea (with a nod to the charming UK and continental settings, including castles *and* pubs, not to mention the lovingly restored WWI-era tank that plays a role), grab this book!
17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An instant hit! Funny, original and most enjoyable. 26 février 2014
Par David Saxton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Brown's writing style flows with ease; a wry smile quickly appeared in the corner of my mouth and I was laughing by page two. This book has all the promise of a great potential series! Respected physicist Newton Barlow has spent his life rejecting the spiritual, but when your reputation is destroyed and your dead mentor tells you (to your face) there's more than just this life, and offers you a job, well...things get interesting!
There are really relatable characters in this tale and everyone, from heroes to villains, is distinct, memorable and enjoyable. I'm a big fan of this genre and this one was a true joy to read. It's earned its place alongside my favourite books, and there aren't many debut novels on that shelf! I really hope he writes more of these, I'm hooked!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I only liked the middle. 16 juillet 2014
Par D. Juneau - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really wanted to like this book. I stuck with it until the end, but I skipped parts. The first 30% (sorry I don't have numbers)was supposed to introduce the characters, but I spent the whole time thinking what is this all about and where is the medium. The middle I enjoyed when the main character started doing missions but things started getting violent and gross. I don't enjoy reading about torture so I skipped large portions of the book in the back. It just might be my age, but I didn't like it.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very fun! 3 juin 2014
Par Kaleesha Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was such a delightful read! My life's so busy I don't allow myself the joy of reading fiction often, so when I do it must be entertaining. This certainly was. The story flowed well and kept my interest, the characters were unique and enjoyable. The writing was wry and witty and had me laughing out loud several places (which drew the attention of my husband and children, so I had to read them parts--makes a good read-aloud, too). As a skeptical atheist woman with a scientific bent, I loved the clash of science, skepticism and the supernatural. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a casual, fun read. I'm looking forward to whatever Mr. Brown has next for us.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A large, happy surprise 23 juillet 2014
Par T. Benge - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This was unexpected. I happened upon this after developing an itch to read a book by a new author and at the same time having this one recommended to me by a friend. It hooked me early on as it zigged and zagged and outpaced my expectations. Just when I thought I had a handle on the book, Brown shifted scenes and styles -- scientific, historical and magical moments follow one another in The Unhappy Medium and Brown handles them with equal aplomb, eventually placing them all on equal footing as the book became impossible to put down. Along the way there's a warmth in each of those distinct perspectives that felt like taking a vacation to a foreign place I've always wanted to visit and finding the best tour guide who shares both his home-grown excitement for the spots that made me want to go there in the first place and his disfavor over the things robbing it of its essential charm. There is an unmistakable, genuine British wit in the Unhappy Medium that can't be manufactured elsewhere. It's worth seeking out and sharing.

Of note is that the characters and scenes are drawn with a painter's eye for detail and precision. I found the depictions of the characters and scenes engrossing in and of themselves -- beyond what what they contributed to the story's progression. Those finely wrought moments were like going to a museum and appreciating a painting without worrying about what movement the painter belonged to or what it's supposed to mean.

Collectively, though, the book concerns a Dr. Newton Barlow, a character who initially struck me as sharing a similarity to Richard Dawkins in their outspoken reliance on science as their first and last method of understanding the world. The book's ultimate worth to me came in the building crescendo of impossible moments that challenge and enrich Barlow's world of theretofore sterile, definable and limiting certainties. After journeying so far with him, I was sorry to reach the final page and now have my fingers crossed for another outing from Dr. Barlow in this same happy medium.
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