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“A very sweet little book with some truly touching and funny moments. It certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I think there's a definite place for novels like this. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that there really are some pretty nice things about humanity.”see full review » see other reviews »
“An alien comes to earth from the planet Vonnador for the soul purpose of destroying the work of mathematician Andrew Martin. Vonnadorians don’t have names. Names are a symptom of a species that values the individual self above the collective good. After killing Dr. Martin he takes on his identity because part of his mission is also kill Martin's wife and son and anyone else that is privy to the mathematical puzzle that could destroy civilization as it was known. Satire and sci-fi I loved it.”Kathe Coleman wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book, especially the humor about human nature, and the philosophical and thought provoking aspects of mankind, until the end. I did not like the last thirty pages or so. The plot seemed to get convoluted to the point that I lost interest in the protagonist and never even finished the book. I must admit that I have been thinking a lot about how the alien viewed our world and what weird but likable characters we humans are.”Auntie Tootsie wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book grew on me.......and I ended up liking the ending more than the start. A mostly harmless account of an alien on earth.”Patricia C wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A look at what it means to be human through the eyes(?) of an alien who assumes the life of a mathematician. The alien is sent to stop humanity from progressing, based on a discovery by the mathematician, but the alien gets more than he bargained for in terms of human relationships. ”Pineyman wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An Alien is sent to Earth to take the place of Andrew Martin a professor that has solved Riemann's hypothesis. It seems like no big thing to humans but to the aliens they know it is the first step in humans discovering their world and about them. The alien has to find the answer and destroy it. He knows all about humans how they have let war, disease and more ruin their lives. What he learns is there is so much more to these humans and what it is like to be one.
The author has written this book in a way that gives it a spin unlike other books you may read. The alien who is a clone for Andrew Martin is detailing you what he is going through on his search. He has to act human to find where the professor has put the answer. You get to see what we would look and act like to an alien. He has several hard times as he doesn't understand us as you see from the start he provides a few laughs as he gets to understand what we are. He learns to bond with Andrew's teenage son and wife and in a way fixes personnel problems the professor has. This book isn't the usual alien book but one that you will either love or hate. I really enjoyed it as the author has a wonderful way with words.
“A very sweet little book with some truly touching and funny moments. It certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I think there's a definite place for novels like this. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that there really are some pretty nice things about humanity.”Marie wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Funny and fascinating look at humans from the viewpoint of an alien.”Paula Alan wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I have a fridge magnet which reads “I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe” and this is exactly how I felt whilst reading this latest offering from the pen of talented author, Matt Haig. There is no doubt that he is the master of the slightly quirky story, and effortlessly creates a whole set of scenarios which in reality shouldn’t work, but which invariably do work very well.
In The Humans he has created a brave new world which is seen through the eyes of an unnamed alien who has been sent to earth to take over the persona of Cambridge mathematical genius Professor Andrew Martin, who has recently cracked the elusive Riemann Hypothesis, the outcome of which will change the human race forever.
As always, the story draws you in from the beginning, and before long you are laughing out loud at some of the one liners, most of which are inspired - there’s are so many to choose from, but my favourite has to be:
A cow is an Earth-dwelling animal...which humans treat as a one-stop shop for food, liquid refreshment, fertiliser and designer footwear.
To write any more about the story would be to do the book a great disservice. It’s one of those books which deserves to be read in one sitting with no misconceptions. It will make you laugh, it will make you smile, and ultimately it will make you feel good.
My thanks to NetGalley and Canongate books for the opportunity to read and review this book
“what aliens think of humans.it was good book different and moving .kinda slow but i would read this author again”shannon t wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Humans by Matt Haig is about an alien being who inhabits the body of a professor who has a wife and a young son. He has a mission, but when he starts to hang around humans he decides the mission may change, or does it? I enjoyed this book more than I expected. It is funny and is quick moving with a nice ending.”Gerard Z wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No