Spaceman of Bohemia: SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
By Jaroslav Kalfar
A dazzling, ambitious, original, funny literary debut spanning duplicitous love, family secrets, political intrigue, a historical riddle and a cloud of spacedust over Venus – Everything is Illuminated meets Life of Pi.Tweet
The Macclesfield Library Reading group received 10 copies of this book via the Reading Agency for an honest review- here are our thoughts:
‘This book kept my interest the whole time. Interesting characters, great plot, beautifully descriptive, lots of quirky threads and sensitively written.
Would read again!’
‘Really enjoyed this book, not like anything I’ve read before. Did not know what to expect at each twist and turn, so found it highly entertaining.’
‘Strange, unique, weird, a wonderful mixture of sci-fi, history and philosophy. Dark in place but beautifully written.’
‘I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book but I certainly did very much! It was a journey that covers the full spectrum of emotions - well worth a read.’
‘Great book- very enjoyable. Hard to categorise – synopsis on the back cover does not do it justice’
‘Don’t let the words ‘sci-fi’ put you off! This book is anything and everything but ‘sci-fi’ – following the first Czech astronaut on his journey into deep space and exploring his emotions and thoughts as he travels! Very imaginative, very funny, strange and completely unlike anything I have read before!’
Most of our number finished the book and the vast majority thought it well written although the contents divided us with some thinking it was very good and others not enjoying it at all. Some felt that it took some getting into and that once in it was worthwhile whereas others found it an unrewarding slog. A few of us really enjoyed it from start to finish finding the subject matter interesting particularly the background of the astronaut and the nutella eating spider was enjoyed by all.
We found the contents amusing, if not laughing out loud funny. and the ending fitting . On the whole we are looking forward to further work from this author.
We gave it an average score of 7 out of 10.