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Cold Fusion 2000 by [Drinkwater, Karl]
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  • Print Length: 216 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Review of a Goodreads Giveaway copy.

Refreshing. Like a few stories rolled into one - the 30-something academic living unwillingly at home, physics obsessed and socially awkward; the identical twins, one of whom broke said academic's heart, the other hoping to heal it for him; the smitten friend.

Alex is on the right side of likeable, but it's hard not to get frustrated with someone who has let a bad break-up ruin their life. He is half blind to the real emotions of the women around him but still manages to remain quite sweet.

The physics isn't too intense but the title still goes over my head I'm afraid.

A quirky and light read. I recently read Geek Girl and The Rosie Project concurrently with this and it's in good company.
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It's rare to find a book that makes you laugh and think in equal measure. Cold Fusion 2000 does just that, as Drinkwater explores that time between leaving university and life starting in earnest, a time that should be filled of hope for the future but that all too often is full of longing for the past.

The writing evokes a rare sultry summer in Manchester at the turn of the Millennium - sticky buses, sweaty staff rooms, stifling heat. Drinkwater perfectly describes 'Stretford Arndale's car-park-on-shops bare bones architectural brutalism'. Characters are drawn with deftness and wit - even minor characters like GSM and Floppy Feet, whose heels lift out of his black trainers with each step.

Alex and Jane are great characters. Alex a frustrated physicist, kicking himself about things he should have done. Jane with a joie de vivre, trying to make amends for things another has done. The scenes in which they are together - particularly those set in the gallery and at the house party - are highly charged and full of longing. I read Cold Fusion 2000 on a train between London and the Peak District. I couldn't put this moving account of growing up and letting go down until it had reached its surprising conclusion.
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Cold Fusion 2000 by Karl Drinkwater begins with an interesting prologue.

The first chapter is made up of brief paragraphs describing the most important parts of our protagonist Alex's life, with the help of some suitable song titles worked into each sentence. We get a brief history of Alex between 1992 and 2000 (when this story takes place).

Alex is a 32 year old man living in Manchester, with a passion for sciences and poetry. He teaches physics and other sciences part-time at a local college, still lives at home and, like all of us, wonders what his life could've been like if he'd made different choices throughout it. Starting with the year he began his PhD in Physics. That year he fell head over heels with another student, only for her to break his heart, resulting in him dropping out of college and veering his life of track.

Alex is a complicated man. Like every other person on the planet, he has his ups and downs. He can be optimistic or very pessimistic, and has a tendency to 'give up the fight' before it's even started. Still living with his mother, along with his kid sister Kelly and her friend Natalie, none of whom share his passion for science, can take its toll. That and the fact that he's quite neurotic, is a little OCD, is very introverted, slightly germaphobic, obsesses over routine, is possibly autistic and a bit of a cliche nerd and geek (yes they are two different things). Case and point- Star Trek is one of his favourite shows.

He also gets frequent blackouts- lasting only a few seconds, but he can never remember anything about them, apart from a couple fragments at most. His neuroses all seem to stem from his painful split with his long-past girlfriend.

When he breaks up with his current girlfriend, he considers changing.
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I received this book from the author after a discussion about another book I reviewed - and the basic premise brought back some very embarrassing memories for me! I have to be very careful not to give away any spoilers, even for people who have read it, so I will just say that getting involved with identical twins can be very confusing! It also brought back happy memories of millenium era Manchester, and captures some of the joys and frustrations of the time beautifully - those of us old enough will probably still shudder at the thought of 56k dial-up, Pentium II PC's and Windows 98... and at how wonderful they seemed at the time!

The main character, Alex, is a thirty year old, still living at home with his Mum and his sister, Kelly, and seems to have been stuck in a groove ever since his girlfriend at university dumped him, until a chance encounter gives him a chance to get his life back on track.

The story is beautifully told, with multiple layers, while at the same time giving us a straightforward romance firmly rooted in family life, with all it's trials and tribulations - while also operating a shell game worthy of the late lamented Elmore Leonard, where not only does the story have a twist in the tail, but it has an entirely different story going on underneath, yet still in plain sight...

This is the type of book that rewards re-reading, as you begin to spot more depth, and notice the clues you missed the first time around - although in some cases, you may need to make good use of Google and Wikipedia ( and in one instance with me, XKCD - which I think is a website Alex would love!)

This is the first book I have read by Karl Drinkwater, but it will not be the last - if only I can get through my "to read" pile (although it now seems to be becoming a heap!)
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