Nothingness

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Nothingness unfolds during a rainy March in Massachusetts. Watch the townspeople go from suburban hockey fans one minute to a superstitious mob the next. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll believe anything. More

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Words: 79,860
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452480367
About Steve Farrell

Steve Farrell lives in Massachusetts. He writes humorous, intellectually engaging novels about the issues of our time.

Reviews

Review by: Martin Sowery on Sep. 03, 2013 :
this is an ambitious book, by a writer who is more successful than many of our critically acclaimed authors in addressing serious issues whilst keeping us turning the pages, eager to know what happens next. There's humour, interesting characters and an engaging plot; all carried off with some style. Entertaining as well as challenging, it's a story that deserves to be read by anyone who ever feels concern about our age of advancing unreason.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Reader Gal on Aug. 31, 2013 :
A drenching downpour, massive flooding and power outages, satanic images and the plunging economy. Is it the hand of God, a cult of evil Satanists or just some misguided high schoolers? You have to read this entertaining book to find out.

The main character, Boyd, is an electrical engineer and a skeptic. In fact, some of the best parts of the book are the transcripts from the am radio show Boyd hosts called Skeptic's Corner. Truthers and tin hatters beware! The book follows Boyd, his wife, Maureen, troubled son Dan, and autistic son Jamey as they struggle through their days each dealing in their own ways with belief (theirs and others) or lack of it, in their lives. Humor, irony and coincidence are woven throughout the story with teenage angst, a disintegrating marriage, PTSD and hockey (always hockey). Clever, smart writing makes this an easy, fun (though dark) read.

One point that stuck with me: isn't it more ethical to do something because it's the right thing to do rather than do the right thing for the promise of reward (heaven) in the end? If you enjoy debating the merits of belief or belief in belief you will find this a fascinating book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rob Kirkpatrick on Sep. 24, 2012 :
Think your life is a train wreck? A tale of schadenfreude in the Atlantic northeast, this book will let you eves-drop on interlocking lives that are at the same time familiar and over the top. Told in a wit as dry as the setting is wet. Mr. Farrell creates a crazy world you might just end up in, given an apocalyptic nor'ester and a Greek chorus of late night radio conspiracy call ins.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: thylacinthine on Sep. 18, 2012 :
There are some books you are sad to finish, and this was one of them. I could have happily gone on reading this book for a LOT longer. Nothingness is a wonderfully vivid and captivating story, with a cast of complex, lovable and funny characters, all stuck in an increasingly chaotic situation, that I couldn't put down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rowena Murray on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Reads like a proper book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Muhammad Al-Hussaini on Sep. 03, 2012 :
A magisterial cocktail of wit, joyfulness, paranoia and vivid humanity, where superstition and conspiracy collide with little league in a brilliant rollercoaster through the American psyche. Raw colours and beautifully written.
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Review by: David Nelson on Aug. 29, 2012 :
Steve Farrell will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is an awesome novel and will make you wonder if this could really happen. I could not put it down. David Nelson
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