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In Cold Fusion 2000, Alex is the 'everyman' - socially awkward, frustrated in his job, living with his parents, unable to get over his ex-girlfriend. A chance meeting with a woman gives him the chance to move past his frustrations but only if he is brave enough to take it.
In the hands of a less talented author, these events might be mundane, but Karl Drinkwater brings them to life with clever observations, scientific facts, poetry, Mancunian geography and realistic dialogue. An enjoyable and satisfying read, with a clever plot twist to boot. Well worth a read.
This is a good story. The writing is wonderful. The dialogue is real and descriptions are poetic. It's not an easy read, though it seems like it is initially, because nothing is as it seems. You don't realize any of this until, again, the end. I don't mind surprises if they're done well, and this is done well. This is also where the "not an easy read" part comes in. Unless you are paying close attention and read carefully, you will miss the clues. I'm guessing the author wants it this way to have the element of surprise, so to speak.
At first, I thought the story was a coming-of-age piece, that it was about a teenager or a young twenty year old by the way his behavior is described. What I soon learned is that he's like a man-child. Alex lives at home at the age of thirty; he treats his much younger sister, Kelly, horribly, much the way you would if you were both teenagers constantly getting in each others way; and he seems to complain a lot about everything. He's awkward and can't even effectively handle a small group of teenagers who harass him.
There's another young female in the house, Natalie, who is Kelly's friend. She is living with them due to a dysfunctional family of her own. Our protagonist forms a relationship with her which is understandable even due to the twelve year age difference because Natalie is mature for eighteen and as we know, Alex is young for a thirty-year-old.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Alex Kavanagh is a 30 year-old PhD dropout teaching physics in Manchester. His mission is to be first in the shower, but gets thwarted, as he’s living at home with mother and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nalini Warriar
There are some fine passages in this book, particularly when it veers away from reality. There are some clumsier episodes too, which could use a touch more style - but less of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JP Wright
This is a good book. The only reason I could not give this 5 stars is because I am not a fan of short stories. Each story in this book is unique and well written. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trudie Collins
I couldn't help but feel there is an overall masculine feel to the book, a rare look from the male perspective and an honest presentation of some low moments lived but hope ever... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Des O'B
Cold Fusion 2000, by Karl Drinkwater, is a book that must be read to the end. It is a story of love, loss and moving on. Read morePublished 22 months ago by neverimitate
I was sent a copy of this book by the author for review as he had noticed that I had read The Rosie Project. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Sheli
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! Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by StevePowers
After a prologue which includes a summary of significant events in Alex Kavanagh's life between 1992 and June 2000 when this story opens, we meet Alex. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith