The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future The son of a fortune teller bookish and an easy target for bullies Alex hasn

A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn t had the easiest childhood.But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend Someone who teaches him that you only get one shot at life ThatA rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn t had the easiest childhood.But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend Someone who teaches him that you only get one shot at life That you have to make it count.So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he s fairly sure he s done the right thing Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods

  1. Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire From the ages of 5 11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia He won only one game.Gavin is currently working on his second novel When he is not writing, he enjoys cooking, amateur astronomy and going to Alton Towers.

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  1. Alex Woods I love himhe s amazing Zijn semi wetenschappelijke uitwijdingenzijn Sheldon achtige trekjes en zijn humor.Het verhaal is briljanthet is ontroerend, hartverwarmendhet heeft diepgang en humor Gavin Extence beschrijft de zieleroerselen van Alex op een integere en bijzondere wijze, vol respect en met humor De relatie tussen hem en meneer Peterson krijgt een extra dimensie, wanneer hij meneer Peterson bijstaat bij zijn zelfdoding euthanasie Een omstreden thema, dat door Gavin Extence op in [...]


  2. Wow I laughed I cried I laughed while I cried What a quirky, beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and overall incredibly touching book.


  3. Sometimes, life just lines up in a way that seems like it isn t just a coincidence Like this I m teaching Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse Five this fall, so I re read the book last week Then, Gaiman s new book was released, and I read that one I signed into to review The Ocean at the End of the Lane which was really good and saw Gaiman s recommendation for The Universe Versus Alex Woods I bought the book without reading about it because I needed something to read on vacation, and I liked the cover.An [...]


  4. The best description that I can think of for this book is that it reminded me of a mixture of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Up, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and The Fault in Our Stars While that may seem like a strange combination, elements from all of these works are seamlessly combined to create a humorous, poignant novel that will leave a lasting impression.The Universe Versus Alex Woods is written as a first person retrospective narrative in the style of Kurt Vo [...]


  5. Okudu um en ilgin kitaplardan biriydi z c bir komikli i vard diyebilirim san r m Asl nda kitab n geneli kocaman bir aka gibiydi Be endim, s k lmadan iki oturu ta bitirdim kitab.Bu kitab herkese neremem ama E er a k, romantizm gibi gelerin fazla olmad kitaplar okumay sevmiyorsan z okuman z tavsiye etmem nk yok denecek kadar azd Kitab n yazar n n b y k bir bilim a oldu u ok a k Ben bahsetti i konulara N roloji, astronomi gibi ilgi duydu um i in zevkle okudum kitab yle a r bir bilimsel dili yok yan [...]


  6. A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journeyThis novel might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you ve ever read This is the story of seventeen year old Alex Woods born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113 grams of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson What follows is a highly original and co [...]


  7. Oh, wow The Universe Versus Alex Woods starts off seeming like it s gonna be a quirky sort of book the narration is matter of fact where it possibly shouldn t be, and the situation Alex is in on the opening pages is an interesting one Unfortunately for everyone who picked it up on the basis of that, it s not really the kind of book it turned out to be I don t know that I d call it funny it s not laugh out loud funny, anyway wry smiles funny and I don t know that I d call it heartbreaking, eithe [...]


  8. In life, there are no true beginnings or endings Events flow into each other, and the you try to isolate them in a container, the they spill over the sides, like canal water breaching its artificial banks.This was a very sweet coming of age novel I enjoyed learning about meteors, tarot cards, epilepsy and Vonnegut If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I highly recommend this My critisism is that I found Alex to be a bit one dimensional I realize that at sixteen you are mostly an inno [...]


  9. It all started with a drive, thirteen grams of marijuana and an urn of ashes This is the story of Alex Woods from the age of 10 to 17 Alex is one unique and complex character His life was shattered into a new realm when at age 10 a meteor crashed through his bathroom ceiling and hit him on the head He lives with his mother a tarot card reader and is receptive to than most She doesn t try to fit in and her beliefs are not mainstream He is already seen as different in his community After his acci [...]


  10. The tale of Alex Woods, age 17, as told by himself, in a steady, logical, borderline autistic voice Struck on the head by a meteorite when he was a child, Alex lives a quietly extraordinary life An epileptic, obsessed by maths, astronomy and Kurt Vonnegut, Alex is a deeply geeky, lonely boy with few friends but a complex inner life The story is rich in references His Dark Materials, A Prayer for Owen Meany, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Catch 22, Schubert but most of all, Kurt Vonnegut, who Al [...]


  11. What a sweet book It s about a boy from a small town in England who is odd and a loner, but also very smart and likeable He rather reminds me of the autistic kid in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend or the main character of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time but social and less autistic but he seems like he s on the spectrum or at least a kid with some quirks Toward the middle of the book, I start seeing similarities to John Green s The Fault in Our Stars BTW, if you have not read a [...]


  12. Daqueles livros sem um plot definido mas com personagens fant sticas A personagem principal o Alex que aos 10 anos ati gido por um pequeno meteorito enquanto estava em casa Apesar do livro n o come ar assim, come ar logo no meio da hist ria, este o ponto principal do livro e a partir deste acontecimento que tudo de desenrola Embora este acidente tenha deixado sequelas na sa de de Alex, o jovem n o se deixa abalar e mant m se fascinado pela astronomia e astrologia ao ponto de querer seguir carrei [...]


  13. The book starts out with Alex being arrested for having a stash of pot, cash and Mr Peterson s remains in his car I thoughtokay so this is going to be one weird book Then Alex Woods tells his story The story involved is Alex from age 10 until 17 Alex is such a fresh, vibrant voice I LOVED his character He is smart, questions lifes mystery s and is somewhat brain damaged from a rogue comet that hit him in the head.This book just kept suprising me It makes you wonder how far would you go for a fri [...]


  14. Od prvn chv le jsem si uv domoval, e po do ten t knihy mi bude smutno Je to dal z knih, u kter ch v te, jak dopadne P b h tedy nen o tom, co se stane, ale jak se to stane Meteorit, kter zas hne Alexe Woodse a d lem t to nehody dostane epilepsii je spou t ady v ce i m n bizarn ch ud lost Alex Woods se za ne zaj mat o neurologii a astrofyziku aby ne, kdy na v s slet meteorit a pra t do hlavy a brzy se sezn m s panem Petersonem, v le n m veter nem a podiv nem Sp tel se a Alex se pro n j brzy stane [...]


  15. So near perfect a read I can t think of any reason not to give it 5 stars Straight to my favourites list.I thought Alex such a wonderfully engaging, fascinating character When I started reading the novel I thought it was headed along similar lines to Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, or maybe The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time, both of whom have quirky individuals as narrators, but it quickly became its own story, delightful and charming and entirely unique.


  16. This review is also on my blog bookblogbird.weeblyWhen a book opens with a seventeen year old protagonist beings stopped at Dover customs in the middle of what seems to be a nervous breakdown, with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, you know there s going to be some pretty interesting explanations coming up.The Universe vs Alex Woods tells the story of Alex who, as a ten year old, was hit on the head by a tiny meteorite This fantastically improbable accident [...]


  17. I fell heavily for this book In turn funny, heartwarming, clever and tearjerking, it s an absolute delight from its immediately engaging start through to its finish It s about and narrated by Alex Woods, a quirky, bookish, misfit teen who has suffered from epilepsy since he was hit by a meteor at the age of 10 He befriends an older man, Mr Peterson, and among other things, they bond over a love of Kurt Vonnegut novels We know from the opening paragraph that Mr Peterson will die, but the book tak [...]


  18. I ll never find the right words to express how I felt about this book other than I LOVED IT The author must be very sensitive and aware of the human condition This story of a young boy being hit on the head by a meteorite and his ensuing experience is so imaginative, creative, clever, funny,poignant, full of questioning morality, science, love, dedication, quirky characters and twisting plot makes for a very compelling and can t put down read I fell in love with the young boy as well as the auth [...]


  19. I loved this book I adored Alex Hes such a smart kid I love his insight and curiosity MORE PEOPLE LIKE ALEX And Mr Peterson And their friendship its just precious This book gave me Extremely loud and incredibly close vibes Something about the atmosphere I loved this book So much And such an important theme.



  20. Well, here s the thing, if a book has An introverted bookworm epileptic who loves learning about math, physics, astronomy, and who openly admits that his hobbies are definitely gay in the high school context Unexpected friendships Classical music Book discussions A dog Questions about Life and Death and the UniverseI am bound to want to pick it up Especially with that kind of synopsis It s one of those few synopses that are spot on I am all about curious incidents and unexpected connections that [...]


  21. I first met Gavin Extence at a booklaunch in Waterstones in York He attracted quite a following and I naturally wondered why I met him again a few months later at Wakefield Literary Festival Another following This time I discovered that he is not only a remarkably nice young man but that he has also written a remarkably good book No wonder he s popular.His followers are predominantly women That s no surprise in literary circles as the vast majority of readers are female, a fact prospective autho [...]


  22. A five star read with my bookclub at GR, a special thanks to them for choosing another fantastic book, that I would not have picked up myself.On the cover I love the cover is writtenA tale of an unlikely friendshipThis summary is from A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn t had the easiest childhood.But when he meets curmudgeonly widowe [...]


  23. It s always great when you read a book that you have been wanting to read for a long time, that you have high expectations for, that has been rated highly by your GR friends, to actually be a 5 star read It s even greater to read a book that you have no expectations of, hardly heard about before you started reading it, and has no indication of greatness based on your friends ratings because no one has read it, and to find out that that book is worth 5 stars What a wonderful story Alex is one of [...]


  24. It took me a while to get into this like than 100 page , but stuck with it based on the fact it was recommended to me hi Kats , and it has a 4 rating on GR And I m glad I did I spent than a year looking for it in new and used bookstores and finally finally found it, of course, at The Strand I don t think I ve ever met a character like Alex in literature before This was a fun and heartbreaking read I think it might be categorized as young adult, given Alex is a teen, but this adult loved the st [...]


  25. Mein einziges gro es Problem ist, dass das Buch stellenweise etwas schwierig zu lesen und kein Buch f r Zwischendurch ist, ich es aber trotzdem haupts chlich zwischendurch gelesen habe Mega tolles, wichtiges, tiefgehendes Buch



  26. I received this book from Hodder Stoughton through Nudge Full explanations are much messier They can t be conveyed in five unprepared stop start minutes You have to give them time and space to unfold I m going to tell you my story, the full story, in the manner I think it should be told Alex Wood is not your average teenager He didn t have a conventional start to his life With a clairvoyant mother who doesn t know who his father is his life was always going to be a little bit different Things re [...]


  27. Posted first on Blog criticsEvery now and then a book comes along that takes you in directions that are unexpected When differing backgrounds collide we are often surprised at the outcome Such is the experience of reading The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence.Alex Woods lives in an oddly disjointed world His mother is a bit different than other mothers, and he doesn t know his dad He also has the distinction of having been struck by a meteor when he was 10 years old This added to his w [...]


  28. i m only a couple of pages in, so only have two impressions 1 it s immediately compelling2 it s kind of simplistic writing this isn t necessarily a bad thing it is a seventeen year old narrator and an author s style and language should definitely match the chosen narrator and simplistic is always preferred over trying too hard and failing at something sophisticated i know, i fail at that all the time so having finished it and faced with finishing this review and giving out a star rating i am he [...]


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