The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is like reading a romance starring Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. The humour in here is dry and perfect, similar to The Hundred Year Old Man.
An uptight genetics researcher decides he requires a wife, and sets out to interview potential candidates. To simplify the process, he creates a detailed and exhaustive questionnaire, to eliminate unsuitable prospects quickly. He hates mess, hates unpredictability, and hates spontaneity. Which means, of course, that he has no idea why spending time with Rosie is so much fun, since she is quickly disqualified as wife material.
This was a very sweet story, with great writing, and wonderful characters. A thinking person’s love story – especially an overthinking person. Perfect for a read at the cottage, or on the beach. Highly, highly recommended.
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The miracle of computers – we take them for granted, but what a boon to communication they have been in ways we never imagined. It has enabled Carly Fleischmann, a young woman with autism, to give a true expert opinion on what living with autism is really like, and to smash everyone’s preconceptions in wonderful ways.
She writes about how it feels to have all your senses turned up to high volume, and no way of filtering the input. She speaks of taking thousands of “photos” of someone’s face if she looks at them, which is why she doesn’t like looking people in the eye. It’s too overwhelming. And she does all this through her computer, since she doesn’t speak.
Here is the book trailer (have I mentioned I love book trailers?):
I am gaining a whole new perspective on autism, thanks to Carly. This book is like mind yoga – it stretches out and wakes up all kinds of notions you had, which is great. She has a blog, and is active on Twitter – @CarlysVoice . She created an interactive site called Carly’s Café to let users experience what it is like to be autistic. This young woman is a force to be reckoned with, and I’m looking forward to the changes she helps make.