Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Review: Speculation by Edmond Jorgensen

Speculation was another Kindle freebie I came across. The main character, Andy, had two close friends from college. One has gone missing and the other recently died of brain cancer. The character that recently died, Stanley (known since their college days as Sothum) leaves Andy in his will a choice between 10 million dollars and a sealed, unmarked business envelope.

Andy goes on a journey to try to unravel the mystery as to what is in the envelope. As the journey unfolds, the story flashbacks a little at a time to reveal the past as it leads up to the future.

I wasn't sure what to make of the book at first. The main characters are academics, and they write and talk like academics. That was difficult to relate to at first. As the story goes on, it begins to delve into philosophy which I have been studying for the last several years. I came to enjoy the philosophical discussions. I read at one point what I thought was a very profound discussion of infinity, but it fell apart when I tried to explain it to a friend.

At a few points, the flashback/move forward sequence confused me, but after a page or two I was able to recover and figure out where we were going.

In the end, I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the thought experiments, and I recommend this book to others who enjoy the idea of philosophy mixed with suspense.

You can buy it here.



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