Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Book Review: Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen

I was so excited about the chance to review this book (thank you, NetGalley).  It's a graphic novel that follows a stalled physicist who is battling feelings of inadequacy and mental stagnation, along with feelings of incompetence at home in his relationships with his teenage son and his father-in-law.  His contentious relationship with his father-in-law takes a turn when his father-in-law reveals that he knew Einstein and was trusted with one of Einstein's last secrets.

With this being a graphic novel, I think the art was equally as important as the writing.  The two work well together.  I thought the family dynamics were especially well captured both in writing and in images.  I wasn't necessarily blown away by either, unfortunately.  Nothing particularly wrong with either, but nothing particularly unique or impressive.

Entertainment Value
I feel like the real appeal of the book lies in the relationships, particularly those between Ted, our main character, and his son and between Ted and his father-in-law.  I also found Ted's job issues, his feelings of stagnation and creative block, to be especially relatable.

I highly recommend this as a cross-over book.  I think it will appeal to both adults and teens and has points that will appeal and relate to a wide range of ages.  It's an easy read, but has some deep thoughts about science, the creative process, and family.

Thanks again to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy to review.

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