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I think another thing that makes the enjoyment of this personal is how much one feels a resonance. That is to say, it's less about The Human Condition than the books in the university canon are (supposed to be) and more a book for me, for her, for them.... I thought that the society the alien came from didn't seem to have much freedom being always spied on and everyone being the same. Their talk of taking over the planet when they became too numerous, and just killing people outright made me think that they weren't a good society for all their superiority. Anyone else find that? Seemed there was the Host and then everyone else. The author could have done more with that.
While science fiction isn’t my go-to genre, I found The Humans to be very accessible given its present-day Earth setting. This is a sleeper of a novel that will continue to gain status as a modern classic as the years go by. Matt Haig is a must-read author for me, as his books make me feel understood, uplifted, and - you guessed it - human. In 2017, Haig published How to Stop Time, a novel about a man who appears to be 40 but has, in fact, lived for more than 400 years and has met Shakespeare, Captain Cook and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In an interview with The Guardian, Haig revealed the book has been optioned by StudioCanal films, and Benedict Cumberbatch had been "lined up to star" in the film adaptation.  Reasons to Stay Alive won the Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards in 2016 and How to Stop Time was nominated in 2017.  In August 2018, he wrote lyrics for English singer and songwriter Andy Burrows's music album, the title of which was derived from Haig's book Reasons to Stay Alive.  And then there was Newton, the family dog, who was the alien’s very first friend. It was just so adorable to find a man care for a dog as if they were equals. They shared peanut butter, walked outside, and “Andrew” told him about his secrets first. It was very realistic, in my opinion, because I talk to my dog too. Let’s just say that we could all find friendship in the most unlikely of people or creatures.Inspired by Paul’s phrase “Put on the Lord Jesus” (Romans 13.14), Wearing Well explores the symbolism of clothing in language and metaphor, in everyday and Christian use. The reader is challenged to question how much his or her clothing choices are governed by a desire to express creativity or a need to conform, “to look the part”. How do we shed the layers of falsity to be clothed with Christ?
A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are" (Charlotte Heathcote Daily Express) He pleads with his managers that he needs more time – not just to destroy, but the learn to understand human beings. He tells them that not all human beings are defined by, for example, greed. And, yes, they are sometimes violent, but there is also a lot of goodness in them. He tells his managers that he wants to be human and is willing to sacrifice his immortality and all the powers he had as an alien. The managers tell him they will send another alien to do the job. Then he is disconnected from them, and his special powers vanish. The whole 'money is bad, poetry is good' thing was just freaking lame. The relationships with the son and wife and paramour, however, were well told and engaging.You are not the only species on Earth with technology. Look at ants. Really. Look. What they do with twigs and leaves is quite amazing.