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The Book of Speculation
The Book of Speculation
Author: Erika Swyler
"Dear Mr. Watson, I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it?Verona Bonn?led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family...." Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781250054807
ISBN-10: 125005480X
Publication Date: 6/23/2015
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 55
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I saw a review on Goodreads that summed up this book by saying it's about a whiny character doing research. Yep. That's exactly what it is. Even though I wanted to like The Book of Speculation, I had to force myself through Simon's chapters, which mostly consisted of him making phone calls to other librarians, asking them to look up names for him. The other half of the story -- the story set in the past, which Simon's researching -- is more interesting, but not enough to carry the book.

In short, it has some intriguing ideas, but it's a pretty boring read.
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