Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #82

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

The Humans
by Matt Haig 

Goodreads synopsis:
The critically acclaimed author of "The Radleys "shares a clever, heartwarming, and darkly insightful novel about an alien who comes to Earth to save humans from themselves.When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a leading mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor wants to complete his task and go back home, to the planet he comes from, and a utopian society of immortality and infinite knowledge.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, the wars they witness on the news, and totally baffled by such concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. He drinks wine, reads Emily Dickinson, listens to Talking Heads, and begins to bond with the family he lives with, in disguise. In picking up the pieces of the professor's shattered personal life, the narrator sees hope and redemption in the humans' imperfections and begins to question the very mission that brought him there. A mission that involves not only thwarting human progress...but murder.

Praised by "The New York Times" as "a novelist of great seriousness and talent," author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the very messiness of life on Earth. "The Humans" is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject--ourselves.

I read The Radleys by Matt Haig in 2011, when I was away on holiday, and I loved it. It was the perfect blend of adult contemporary, with a little twist of fantasy and humour. It was a lot better than I had expected it to be, and I think it was this pleasant surprise that has led me to want to read more books by this author, and see what other surprises he may have in store for me.
The Humans is his latest novel, which will be released in the UK in May, and honestly, I can't wait to read it. It sounds, like the Radleys, as though it may have a contemporary feel to it, but with sci-fi blended in, and again with a humorous twist. I am very excited about this one!

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 


Bookworm1858 said...

I was thinking this looked like an adult book; since I tend to read mostly YA, I don't know if I'll pick this one up but it's nice to know about it for next time I'm browsing the store.

Anonymous said...

I loved The Radleys! I didn't know he had a new book coming out -- so excited! Thanks!


Ula (Blog of Erised) said...

Interesting pick, never heard for this book before! Looks like a good one.

Hope you get it soon :)

Julie said...

I've heard of this book. It sounds really good :) I hope you get it soon!

beccabooklover said...

I WANT! As soon as I started reading that synopsis I was like I MUST GET THIS BOOK! It sounds soooo good and I just love that cover. Will definitely be checking this one out along with The Radleys :) Great choice!

Ingrid said...

The book and its author are completely new to me but they sound really good. I have been reading mainly dystopian YA novels since the beginning of this year and was looking for a break. I think Matt Haig might be what I need. Thanks for hosting this bloghop (which I just discovered today) and for sharing this novel. Have a great Wednesday.
My WW 1

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