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Mark Wakely

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (90 of 106)
Location: Lombard, Illinois
Birthday: 22 Oct
In My Own Words:
Mark Wakely, author of the award-winning novel An Audience for Einstein, has held a lifelong interest in all things science-related. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is a college administrator at prestigious Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. He lives in Lombard with his wife and three children.

Interests
Reading, writing, gardening, astronomy.
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,669,867 - Total Helpful Votes: 90 of 106
Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel, 17 Jan 2008
While Then We Came to the End has been touted for its humor- and it is a funny book- to read it as strictly a spoof of ad agency life would be to diminish what Joshua Ferris has accomplished in his clever novel. Filled with characters that inspire sympathy and revulsion, familiarity and curiosity- often at the same time- this notable first effort captures well what pressure-cooker corporate life can do to the human spirit, no small achievement for any novelist much less a brand new one.

Told from a collective "we" point of view, the characters nevertheless have distinct voices and viewpoints, with their own hopes and desires for life beyond ad life, desires (at times) at odds… Read more
Next by Michael Crichton
Next by Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton does in Next what he's always done so well in his novels- he explores the scientifically possible and shows us how our decisions to use (or misuse) new technologies can lead to unintended, even disastrous consequences.

Although a case could be made that there are enough characters and plotlines in Next for three or four novels, Crichton's intentions seem to be to deliberately overwhelm us with the dizzying pace of genetic research and all the opportunities for both tremendous good and alarming malevolence in its application. A true Pandora's box in that our scientific curiosity can sometimes get the better of us, the more we learn how to tinker with the very… Read more
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel, 27 Nov 2007
While Then We Came to the End has been touted for its humor- and it is a funny book- to read it as strictly a spoof of ad agency life would be to diminish what Joshua Ferris has accomplished in his clever novel. Filled with characters that inspire sympathy and revulsion, familiarity and curiosity- often at the same time- this notable first effort captures well what pressure-cooker corporate life can do to the human spirit, no small achievement for any novelist much less a brand new one.

Told from a collective "we" point of view, the characters nevertheless have distinct voices and viewpoints, with their own hopes and desires for life beyond ad life, desires (at times) at odds… Read more