The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

The Selected Works of T S Spivet T S Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of bee

  • Title: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
  • Author: Reif Larsen
  • ISBN: 9781846552779
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • T.S Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of beetle His brother has gone, his sister seems normal but might not be, and his dog Verywell is going mad T.S makes sense of it all by drawing beautiful, meticulous mapsT.S Spivet is a genius mapmaker who lives on a ranch in Montana His father is a silent cowboy and his mother is a scientist who for the last twenty years has been looking for a mythical species of beetle His brother has gone, his sister seems normal but might not be, and his dog Verywell is going mad T.S makes sense of it all by drawing beautiful, meticulous maps kept in innumerable colour coded notebooks.He is brilliant, and the Smithsonian Institution agrees, though when they award him a major scientific prize they don t suspect for a moment that he is twelve years old.So begins T.S s life changing adventure, travelling two thousand miles across America to reach the awards dinner, the secret society membership and the TV interviews that beckon But is this what he wants Do maps and lists explain the world And why are adults so strange

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    1. Reif Larsen b 1980 is an American author, best known for The Selected Works of T.S Spivet.Larsen is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University Living in New York.

    2. I first found Mr. T.S. Spivet, geographer-savant, while browsing an airport bookstore. Secretly, I was hoping to find something I could download to my Sony eReader, but found myself hopelessly bound to the hardback copy of Larsen's debut novel due to its ingenious inclusion of hundreds of sketches taken from the protagonist's notebooks and journals. Upon reading, I became enraptured at once by the language, the setting, and the powerful characters. By page 103, I knew I had found a new favorite [...]

    3. I started this book ravenously--Science! Youth! Grief!--then I lost momentum. Then I fell into it again--Adventure! Bloodshed! Secret Societies!--then I became cynical about it. (One character says, “Grief, youth, science… People are so goddamn predictable. I should write a book about how to suckerpunch people into caring.”) When I finally finished it, I put it down with a fair respect for both its accomplishments and its shortcomings.Here’s the hook: 12-year-old cartographer genius Tecu [...]

    4. There are some books that touch me more than others, some characters that I love to love and love to hate.But nothing and no one has made my heart ache the way this book has. In this book, Reif Larsen has created a story so beautiful in its simplicity and at the same time, filled with layers and layers of complexity. This book reminds me of ancient artifacts, items handled with loving care through time, to be held in your hands with reverence and wonder that something can last so long and be so [...]

    5. The tremendously quirky characters in this story alone were enough to make me give it five stars, but there are so many themes that the book addresses, like not selling your soul for prestige, making new friends and dealing with the past instead of running from it.

    6. You might think that novel readers would be pretty immune to the scourge of looksism (if you haven’t got the looks you ism worth my time) which saturates the rest of the entertainment biz. There is the lure of the pretty cover, of course – who doesn’t want to be seen in public with this on your arm Rather than thisBut we aren’t like 14, we have better reasons when we choose our novels than just the sexy covers, don’t we? Yeah, sure we do. We’ve half-read a review somewhere or somebod [...]

    7. I've still got a few pages to dust up here. But the Review was written hundreds of pages ago. So, let's go. 'sides, it'll be short and sweet.This novel has very little to recommend it (view spoiler)[I take that back just a little bit ; you might get a copy for your thirteen=year=old daughter in order to introduce the Encyclopedic Novel to her why not --> (view spoiler)[ and don't forget this branch of the Shandian Spawn :: "d some formally innovative YA novels by the likes ofSusie Day,E. Lock [...]

    8. This book has great shelf appeal. It's got a gazillion illustrations ostensibly by our first-person narrator, a 12-year-old cartographer and technical illustrator from Montana—in bygone days he would be a naturalist—living with an entomologist mom, a bronco-busting dad, a sister older than her years, and the memory of a dead brother. The prose reveals a quirky character and rewards slow going.But here's the problem: I'm only a couple dozen pages in and there are mistakes. It could be the pro [...]

    9. When the Smithsonian decides to award genius cartographer T. S. Spivet the presitigious but little-known Baird Award, they are completely unaware that young T. S.--short for Tecumseh Sparrow--is actually a twelve-year-old prodigy addicted to mapping everything, from family dinner conversations to Loneliness on the streets of Chicago. The Smithsonian also doesn't know that T. S. has no way of getting to Washington, D.C. from his family's Montana ranch, but that doesn't stop him from hopping a tra [...]

    10. Well, what do you know. After a string of bedazzling reads (Crowley, Dunnett, and Murray), my disillusionment with contemporary lit continues apace.A twelve year old genius cartographer with a quirky and symbolic name has blah blah adventures on a train en route to picking up a prize at the Smithsonian which he is too young to have honestly qualified for (meaning: misinformation was entered on the official application form. mothers were mislead. important people were lied to!) and for which he h [...]

    11. What a charming idea: Brilliant 12-year old boy "maps" his way through life, with the book including many of these maps and other illustrations in the margin. In theory, a Tom Sawyer-esque tail of adventurous travel from Montana to Washington, D.C.Well, in reality, not so charming, not so entertaining, something of a slog, and as the illustrations most often come with writing, really a novel with footnotes. One needs to be careful with these If the writer is to drag the reader away from the stor [...]

    12. I have to admit I didn't think I would like this book that much because I had it at home a long time, started it twice before finally reading it through and I really liked it!T.S. is a great boy and his maps are amazing! I love how the book was fiction but still mentioned science.I would recoment it to anyone who enjoys science, great maps and exiting road trips :)

    13. The first half of this book is some of the best fiction i've EVER read. The characters are interesting and believable but quirky, the setting is beautiful, the situation they're in is moving. There are these luscious rich maps and drawings and sidebars that you read with loving tenderness and joy, and that really move the plot along. And then halfway through the whole thing just turns into drivel. The main character's personality disappears and you begin to feel like you're reading the author's [...]

    14. The story of a 12 year-old making his way from Montana to D.C. to accept an award? Not the usual fiction on my reading list. Yet reading Reif Larsen's first novel had me engaged from beginning to end. I may have been pursuaded about the value of his work after listening to his interview with Diane Riehm (wamu). But really, I appreciate the introduction to new authors and am drawn to first works. T. S. Spivet as brought to life by Reif Larsen was not a disappointment. I do not see how this book c [...]

    15. The illustrations in the margins are ingenious, yes, and I don't believe I've ever held a prettier book in my hands. From the cover, the drawings, the colors, it's amazing. And now to the hard part.I feel like this book had a lot of potential. It started off amazingly, it picked up great momentum once our hero got on the train. and then it wasted 1/3 of the book a side-story of Emma and her life, which I thought was completely unnecessary and had no place in the book. If the pages of this story [...]

    16. I have been bored out of my mind for the last week. Weirdly the thing that I remember most from my 9 years of playing the clarinet is what Mr. Granholm told me about the end of a concert. It people clap immediately after a song ends that is a terrible sign. It means that they were waiting for the song to end. (Think clapping between movements). you want them to wait because they are so into the music that they are shocked that it has ended. Well I was waiting for this book to end basically from [...]

    17. I can only hope that when Reif Larsen writes his second novel that it can compete with this one. The plot is simple: A 12 year old map making genius wins a prestigious award from the Smithsonian, and runs away from his home in Montana in order to travel across the country and claim it. The adventures of T.S. Spivet as he navigates his way both in a physical sense from Montana to Washington D.C and in a mental sense through his interactions with mystifying adults as well as with his own bizarre f [...]

    18. Here we have one of the most unique and extraordinary debut novels I have ever come across, the author Reif Larsens is a 27 year old American and this novel caused one of the biggest bidding wars by publishers in history - resulting in a £1m price tag for the publishers.First let take a look at the actual book itself. Mine is a proof copy, so not quite the finished article but it's going to be one of those eye-catchers that will jump from the bookshop shelves at people. The book is wider than t [...]

    19. Five stars because this was one of the most unique books I have ever come across the story itself is a first-person narrative by T.S. Spivet (Tecumseh Sparrow, the first name passed down four generations), a 12-year-old cartographer and illustrator. The story begins just before T.S. receives a phone call from the Smithsonian that he has been awarded the very prestigious Baird fellowship as "America's Illustrator", in residence at the Smithsonian. Being 12-years old, and too ashamed to mention th [...]

    20. Perhaps among my favorite books read in the past, oh, five years – and that’s saying a lot, as I’ve read some jim dandies. The fact is, I think I would have enjoyed this book even without the maps – they are just an added bonus. My favorites, for pure laughter-inducing purposes:Page 16: Father Drinks Whiskey With a Sensational Degree of RegularityPage 107: Down on Your Luck? Ride the Rails!Page 290: Recipe for Gracie’s Wintertime SpecialPage 338: FTUFMBEF Map #4: Clara and Jamie’s Fi [...]

    21. I was really excited to see this in the basement of the Brookline Booksmith for just $5. I'd seen it a few months earlier and knew the general story/hype (it's not often that an author gets a 6, let alone 7 figure deal for a book, particularly a first book).I bought it toward the end of February and read the first 35 pages in a white-heat, captivated by the precocious narrator and his amazing "maps," both of the land, and of the habits of his family member. I particularly loved "Father Drinks Wh [...]

    22. T.S. is a prodigy of cartography. He is only twelve years old, and he sees his whole world through the lens of mapping. He creates maps of movement, sociological phenomena, all of the possible moves from the starting position in Cat's Cradle The possibilities are literally endless. All of his maps feature technical drawings so precise and aesthetically pleasing that he regularly publishes his maps in magazines like Smithsonian and Science. He does all this from a ranch in Montana. His dad is a r [...]

    23. Mi calificación en función de mi disfrute al leerla sería de 4 estrellas, pero se merece las 5 por la cantidad de trabajo que debió llevarle al autor todos esos detalles y dibujos que hacen esta historia tan especial y que la acompañan hasta el final. No tiene nada que ver con la Pequeña Miss Sunshine, sí va de una familia y sí, se emprende un viaje por un premio que gana Spivet (en PMS tiene que participar en un concurso), y ambos son niños, pero ya está. Aquí se embarca T.S solo a c [...]

    24. It's true, there's very little else like this. An oversize, square hulk of a book chronicling the cross country journey of TS Spivet as he heads to the Smithsonian to collect a scientific award. All at the tender age of 12. His insights into the oddities of everyday life and adulthood are punctuated, diverted and embellished by an ongoing collection of maps, technical diagrams, footnotes, and sketches on almost every page that are a joy to behold. It's the novel equivalent of a low-fi indie come [...]

    25. For my full review: girlwithherheadinabook/2I only just about stopped myself from buying this book when I was on holiday in Scotland earlier this year - the discovery that it had been made into a film by the director of Amelie was very appealing. But alas, frugality won the day - not something that often happens when I am in a bookshop. Anyway, flashing forward a few months and I was delighted to rediscover it in my local library. This is one of those glorious books which defy genre and instead [...]

    26. Original review posted on The Book Smugglers: Tecumseh Sparrow (T.S.) Spivet is the narrator of this story, the unlikely prodigy child of a Montana rancher (the father) and a brilliant yet failed scientist (the mother). At 12, he is already a budding scientist interested in anatomy and entomology (just to name a couple) and an accomplished mapmaker. It is the latter that end up helping him to be granted an award from the Smithsonian Institution . The story opens with the phone call from another [...]

    27. I would give the first section of this book 5 stars; I loved the story of T.S. and his family. But once T.S.'s train ride began, I was annoyed at the suddenly strange fantasy of the continuing tale. We were taken from a sensitive, smart and humorous story about T.S.'s dysfunctional family, about whom I REALLY cared, to a science fiction-like ride across the country that often made no sense to me. I also had no interest in Emma, and think in retrospect the title should be The Selected Works of T. [...]

    28. This was a book that intrigued me when I saw it in Waterstones, although had it not been on a buy 3 for 2 deal I probably wouldn't have spent the RRP price of £12.99. I think it intrigued me because it seemed like a more adult version of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', which I had enjoyed. Although the main character does not seem to be autistic, he makes sense of life in a similar way, but instead of using numbers it's drawing maps. Plus, the front cover of the book is ama [...]

    29. An extraordinary book that defies categorisation. It purports to be the notes of a 12 year old boy prodigy who is obsessed with making "maps" (including all sorts of illustrations and diagrams, both literal representations and more metaphorical). Several are published in respected journals and when he unexpectedly wins a fellowship of the Smithsonian, he runs away from his family's ranch in Montana to attend the event and give a speech in Washington DC.The first two thirds concern TS's life and [...]

    30. De wereld in kaart gebrachtHebt u ooit het gevoel dat u de hele inhoud van het universum allang ergens in uw hoofd heeft zitten, alsof u bent geboren met een volledige kaart van de wereld, die al in de plooien van uw cerebellum geëtst staat, en dat u uw hele leven alleen maar bezig bent te ontdekken hoe u bij die kaart kunt komen?Je moet het maar doen. Als dertiger debuteren met een succesboek dat door Jean-Pierre Jeunet wordt verfilmd! Reif Larsen doorbreekt in De verzamelde werken van T.S. Sp [...]

    31. T.S. Spivet, an obsessive and nerdy 12-year-old cartographer who maps everything in his life and is too mature in the way of really smart kids, somehow manages to flatly and critically describe his surroundings and his family members, even while, almost as if he is unaware of it, he conveys an striking amount of compassion and love for his family. It's that subtle emotion - that humanity - that gives this book its charm, even as T.S. heads out on an inexplicable adventure that left me baffled as [...]

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