|Rating||:||4.25 (535 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
A source of comfort in trying times, perhaps. His wife has left him. A battle to save humanity itself.This is the tale of a man who had nothing and gave it all up to find his destiny - and a doughnut.. For Theo Bernstein, however, it is far, far more.Things have been going pretty badly for Theo Bernstein. The doughnut is a thing of beauty. A circle of fried doughy perfection. And he doesn't have any money.Before Theo has time to fully appreciate the pointlessness of his own miserable existence, news arrives that his good friend Professor Pieter van Goyen, renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has died.By leaving the apparently worthless contents of his safety deposit to Theo, however, the professor has set him on a quest of epic proportions. A journey that will rewrite the laws of physics. An unfortunate accident at work has lost him his job (and his work involved a Very Very Large Hadron Collider, so he's unlikely to get it back)
Some nice humorous twists to it Interesting book so far. Some nice humorous twists to it.. J. Erbes said Humerous take on parallel/alternate universes. An engaging mystery novel about physicist Theo Bernstein's travels through various humorous alternate reality universes, all damaged in some way by what he did (or at least thought he did) back in his own universe.The mystery novel approach to this story is very enjoyable in the way that the reader struggles along with the Theo in trying to understand what is happening around him and make sense of it all. In a certain sense he is a detective investigating the repercussions of the crime he committed. The story finishes up nicely in traditiona. Good ideas, poor execution. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments but the story is all over the place. It's like the author was throwing all his ideas at the wall and whatever stuck made it in the book. A bit more focus and a good editor would have done wonders for the story.
Tom Holt was born in London in 1961. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines; interests which led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerse
Theo is an engaging hero; his brilliance is counteracted by his laziness and his compassion, which is matched by his sense of survival. "Tom Holt's Doughnut presents a roller-coaster ride through the world of physics and the origins of the universe."Library Journal"A light read from the prolific humorist; a romp round the multiverse."SFX on Doughnut"Like the deep-fried snack after which it's named, this sic-fi novel is sweet and fun."Sun (UK) on Doughnut"Holt adds to his repertoire of comedic sf, one of the most difficult genera acts to master. Place thi