The Curiosity

The Curiosity

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan's debut novel, is a gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity--man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being, as a curiosity....

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was--is--a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906.

Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away...and all too soon, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062221063
006222106X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 434 p. ; 24 cm.

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ontherideau Aug 03, 2016

Stephen P. Kiernan has written a thoughtful yarn about a scientific exploration that yields an unexpected discovery. It is fiction of course but the ethical concerns that are raised are pertinent . Life, love and humanity.
Any heart surgeons out there? Will a heart that is being transplanted really start beating on it's own once in the new chest?

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mbssmith
Nov 20, 2014

This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was really too bad they didn't cure Jeremiah, though.

Loretta10701 Oct 26, 2014

recommendation from NPR

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marcpassen
Feb 09, 2014

thoroughly enjoyed the book and like others have said, it was a real page turner!

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BlueHippo
Jan 01, 2014

Really good read. I liked the different characters writing the chapters from their own perspectives-nice touch.

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beachcat2
Jul 29, 2013

I agree with Jane MM - I also couldn't put it down & read it in 2 days. There is a lot to ponder - science,morality, ethics, politics, the media. It is the author's first novel; hopefully he writes more. It seemed very real for fiction - even references to the Boston marathon bombings. A very interesting read.

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JaneMM
Jul 29, 2013

Fascinating and compelling story, a real page turner. Lots of ethical and moral questions - a snapshot on today's society as seen through the eyes of someone born more than a hundred years ago. Also a modern day story located in Boston, Mass. with its share of romance, politics, egotism and good ol' fashioned manners. I read this in two days, couldn't put it down.. Hope there might be a sequel,, as a few unanswered questions. Recommended to anyone who enjoys fictions with lots of interesting historical, social and ethical content. Plus a wonderful story!

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sickgirl
Jul 25, 2013

I believe this was originally called Encino Man.

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Sonjahv Jul 27, 2014

"You've stirred I your bed, watched the clock grip away a tedious hour, mashed your pillows and tugged your sheets, and still your mind can't stop a cycle of thought that spirals only to the end of this project, straight to ruin." -Contamination.

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