Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Did I Notice Your Book? Blog Hop

Thanks to Alex and Ciara for hosting this fantastic blog hop.

When I had to choose a book that I recently read that just blew my mind, the first one that came to mind was Slipstream, by Michael Offutt.

This science fiction book's blurb was the first thing to hook me:

Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It's a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he'll depend on it to save his life.

I normally breeze through books, but I really had to take my time with Slipstream. It is just jammed packed with all kinds of stuff. The science behind this book was just incredible. Michael must have done hours and hours of research into theoretical physics. But the science is so imaginative and central to the story - it grips your from the very beginning.

I'm not sure what kind of magic pill Michael is taking to enhance his imagination - but the details in this book are so vivid and creative. The world building was immense and fantastic. Slipstream's setting is three-dimensional and you feel like you're there.

Finally, I found myself caring about the characters. They were so real, and as a reader, you could feel their struggles. The hero, Jordan, is such a dynamic character. He's a total jock, a big physics geek, oh...and he's gay. I applaud Michael for breaking the mold of the typical science fiction hero. In the beginning, I didn't really like Jordan, however. He was pretty self-centered and emotionally detached. But as the story progresses, Jordan matures and grows emotionally. 

Although the hero is a teenager, this is not a typical YA book. It's much heavier and cerebral. And the love story is believable and natural. I often get irked at how quickly characters fall for each other in typical YA novels. Romance is often idealized and just not so real. If you love action, intelligence, really good sci-fi, and on top of all that, just a great story - you'll love Slipstream too.

36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, I know that author! Bet he finds his book.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

Laura Eno said...

Great pick! I'm sure he'll find his book soon. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm so glad I have this book waiting for me. I've heard so much great stuff about it.

Sherry Ellis said...

I saw when this book first came out. I bet he'll find it!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great review!

Marta Szemik said...

I love the green on the cover!

Misha Gericke said...

Ah I was just waiting for someone to mention Mike's book. :-)

E.J. Wesley said...

Big fan of Michael! Very talented guy.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Thank you so much, Jay! I'm kind of a strange guy. I actually read Hawking's books for fun, watch the science channel while working on my art pictures, and buy online courses in math and science offered by Cal Tech professors (I'm not kidding). I just like that stuff. So yeah...I did research but it's more or less what I do anyway for fun.

Anyway, you are the most awesome person ever for saying those wonderful things about my book. I can't wait to read yours!

Kyra Lennon said...

I've heard many good things about this book!

LynNerdKelley said...

Manipulating time and space, sounds like a great book to me!

Ciara said...

Fabulous book to notice. I've read it. Thanks for participating!!

Nancy Thompson said...

I know Michael's book!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Slipstream sounds like yet another fascinating read I'm going to have to put on my list. Thanks for sharing!

Christine Rains said...

Excellent pick! It's a great book.

Melanie Schulz said...

Thanks for the review

J.L. Campbell said...

Haven't read Mike's book yet. The cover is wonderfully unique. Haven't come across anything else quite like it.

Ink in the Book said...

Awesomeness book. Yay for choosing this one:)

Cynthia said...

Saying hello from the blog hop...I do like a book with strong world building.

Callie Leuck said...

Great review, Jay! I agree with your take on Jordan. I didn't like him at first either, but he was intriguing, and he definitely grows.

Brinda said...

Great review and book choice!!

The Golden Eagle said...

I almost chose Slipstream for my blogfest post, too!

Great review.

Cindy said...

That's a good book to notice. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Sounds like a good read. The cover certainly is interesting. Thanks.

Susan Oloier said...

I just posted Michael's book on my blog yesterday as a noteworthy read. It is high on my TBR list.

Rusty Webb said...

Nice choice in books. I see that it wasn't much of a hunt for Michael to find his here, but you did good picking him.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jay .. you've given Michael an excellent write up -I've added it to my TBR list .. this sounds interesting, as I'm not into Sci Fi - but the dimensions you've listed have raised the bar .. great review .. and Michael will be pleased .. cheers Hilary

Kelley Lynn said...

Wow, you've hooked me. I'm currently revising a work that took a lot of science research too. I totally appreciate a story that does that. Thanks for the recommendation Jay!

Samantha May said...

I've heard a lot about this book! Thanks for reminding me that I need to get it :)

The Desert Rocks said...

I like this review because even though I can tell that Michael is a very unique individual with a creative mind, I wouldn't have thought he focuses so much on science. Sounds fascinating.

Elise Fallson said...

I missed out on this blogfest but I have been reading a lot of posts and must say Slipstream is a great choice! I read Michael's book too and loved it. Can't wait for Oculus to come out. (:

M Pax said...

I have Slipstream on my Nook, but haven't gotten to it yet. I really want to... soon.

Mr. Shife said...

Sounds like a great book, Jay, and your review is awesome. I will pass the info along to Mrs. Shife since she is the book reader in our family. Thanks again buddy. Have a good one.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone. For those who have put Slipstream into their TBR pile, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Hey Jay, if you cut and paste this review to Amazon I'll send you the free lotto numbers off the back of my fortune cookie from the Chinese place I go to for lunch.

How could you argue with that?

Those numbers are bound to be winners!!!

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