The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illn...

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Title:The Book of Strange New Things
Author:Michel Faber
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ISBN:055341884X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:500 pages

The Book of Strange New Things Reviews

  • Paul Bryant
    Jun 20, 2014
    I made a note at the 200 page mark :I wouldn’t say the story so far is implausible, just like the captain of the Titanic didn’t say that the thing directly ahead was a bloody gigantic iceberg. But I have so many questions about what’s going on here which Mr Faber is straight-facedly r...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 07, 2014
    This book is mesmerizing. I couldn't stop reading it. And when it was over I felt like I'd just finished something amazing, but I also felt like I wasn't sure if I understood what I experienced. (I even re-read it a couple months later and enjoyed it even more.)I am deeply impressed by Faber's book ...
  • Jason McKinney
    Jul 12, 2014
    Ugh...I hated this. I absolutely loved Under the Skin, but this was a huge disappointment. It was endlessly tedious, the protagonist was not very likable and the plot itself just never really came together. It's amazing because the reviews on GR have been largely glowing, but this was just a huge bu...
  • Ron Charles
    Nov 07, 2014
    At the end of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”For a while now, evangelicals have had to restrict their preaching to creatures on this planet, but someday, who knows? Will the heathens of Andromeda embrace th...
  • Rick Riordan
    Nov 25, 2014
    An adult sci fi novel with an intriguing premise: Mankind has reached its first extraterrestrial world, Oasis, and the giant corporation USIC is working hard to build a colony there while economic and climatic conditions on earth continue to deteriorate. There's one hitch to their plans: the natives...
  • Sam Quixote
    Dec 11, 2014
    Sometime in the future, humanity has discovered they are not alone in the universe: on a distant planet named Oasis dwells a race of supremely ugly aliens (their faces are described as two foetuses fused together!) - and they LOVE Jeebus. So much so that they’re withholding food from the handfu...
  • Will Byrnes
    Feb 02, 2015
    Of course, everybody on earth had the power to reshape reality. It was one of the things Peter and Beatrice talked about a lot. The challenge of getting people to grasp that life was only as grim and confining as you perceived it to be. The challenge of getting people to see that all the immutable...
  • Maxwell
    Jul 04, 2015
    My thoughts about this book are complicated. With The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber tackles really big epistemological and existential issues through the journey of an English preacher to outer space. Peter, our protagonist, is sent by a mysterious corporation called USIC to be a pastor t...
  • Cecily
    Feb 06, 2016
    Alienation“We’re the aliens here.”This book can easily be (mis)taken as generic sci-fi, exploring the impact of colonialism on the existing inhabitants, as well as the newcomers: in the near future, a Christian minister leaves his beloved wife and travels through hyperspace to a human...
  • Violet wells
    May 14, 2016
    No surprise this gets an endorsement from David Mitchell because it’s a fabulous feat of wiring exuberant entertainment into intelligent storytelling, a bit like the literary equivalent of Stephen Spielberg. The secret of this novel’s immense charm maybe is that appeals to the teenager ins...