Love at Absolute Zero [NOOK Book]

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"Highly recommended!" - Midwest Book Review
"The book is a hilarious read! - BookGeeks (UK)
"Laugh-out-loud funny!" -author Darcie Chan

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Overview

Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
"Highly recommended!" - Midwest Book Review
"The book is a hilarious read! - BookGeeks (UK)
"Laugh-out-loud funny!" -author Darcie Chan

"Love at Absolute Zero" is romance about Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old star physicist at the
University
of Wisconsin who's determined to meet his soul mate within three days using the Scientific Method. As he channels his inner salmon for speed dating, he accidentally steps on the toes of a visiting Danish schoolteacher--and his life turns upside down.

“As if Einstein didn’t struggle hard enough failing at a unified field theory,” says Philip Persinger, author of 'Do The Math', “Meeks ups the ante by tossing philosophy, anthropology, hashish, and love (with a capital L) into the mix. And while we’re so sorry, Uncle Albert, in 'Love At Absolute Zero,' Meeks succeeds absolutely.”
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Editorial Reviews

Red Adept Reviews - Jim Chambers
“The author hit a home run. It’s a very good story, very well told.” Red Adept Reviews also mad the book one of three Best Romances of the Year.
Small Press Reviews - Marc Schuster
“As engaging as it is amusing, 'Love at Absolute Zero' is, ultimately, a heartfelt study of the tension between the head and heart, science and emotion, calculation and chance.”
Amazon Top-Ten Reviewer - Grady Harp
“The magical thing is that Meeks makes us really care about this strange bright naïve nerd... [Meeks] is likely to continue on his climb to one of America's more important writers this decade."
Book Chase - Sam Sattler
"It is impossible not to like Gunnar Gunderson. As he progresses from one disaster or near miss to the next, one views him with a mixture of compassion and laughter, but he is such a good-hearted young man that it is impossible not to root for him." -Sam Sattler also placed it in Top Ten Best Fiction 2011
Raging Bibliomania - Heather Figearo
"A deeply resonant read that manages to be funny without sacrificing its gravity. Highly recommended!"
Jim Chambers
“The author hit a home run. It’s a very good story, very well told.”
Marc Schuster
“As engaging as it is amusing, 'Love at Absolute Zero' is, ultimately, a heartfelt study of the tension between the head and heart, science and emotion, calculation and chance.”
Grady Harp
“The magical thing is that Meeks makes us really care about this strange bright naïve nerd... [Meeks] is likely to continue on his climb to one of America's more important writers this decade."
Sam Sattler
“It is impossible not to like Gunnar Gunderson. As he progresses from one disaster or near miss to the next, one views him with a mixture of compassion and laughter, but he is such a good-hearted young man that it is impossible not to root for him.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012436825
  • Publisher: White Whisker Books
  • Publication date: 9/17/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 22,450
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Meeks's first novel "The Brightest Moon of the Century" made the list of three book critics’ Ten Best Book of 2009. He has had three full-length plays mounted in Los Angeles, and one, "Who Lives?" had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize. Mr. Meeks teaches English at Santa Monica College, fiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design.
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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    the science of skilled storytelling

    With some books, you can sense in advance that you are in for a reader's treat, that you will be taken outside your normal reading zone and sent on an involving and entertaining journey through words. "Love at Absolute Zero", by Christopher Meeks, is just such a book. I knew that I would love the hero, Gunnar Gunderson, and that I would be captivated by his adventure of self-enlightenment. What I didn't know, since this was my first read from Chris Meeks, was that the author would blow me away with his skill as a storyteller. Since Gunnar is a physicist, his thought processes center around science and logic. He even uses physics to rationalize human behavior and sexuality. For Gunnar, this is not just his profession, it's the very air he breathes. It is also very much a coping mechanism. Gunnar is not just a brainy geek. He's also a man with a good heart and a longing for love and companionship. We could not really empathize with Gunnar if we didn't understand his physics-patterned psyche, so Chris Meeks makes the science reachable for the reader. When Gunnar lectures his students, gives a speech, or discusses physics with anyone who will listen, the voice you hear is really the author making his hero more accessible to the reader. You cannot read Gunnar's misadventures without finding him endearing, admiring his intelligence, and hoping that he will finally get it right and score his happy ending. When Gunnar reaches a career and life milestone, his university tenure, he decides it's time to bring his personal life up to speed and find his perfect mate. Through scientific rationalization, Gunnar decides that he can make himself over and secure his soul mate in just three days. What he puts himself through to achieve his goal is both alarming and hilarious. I laughed out loud while reading this book, and I truly enjoyed the sense of self-ironic humor which pervaded the story line. While Gunnar was sure of his science, he often stumbled in his personal life. He was a successful man, attractive in his own way, and he was not without sexual experience. However, he was vulnerable, and when he was hurt and acted in ways totally unlike his true persona, then we hurt with him. There is a wonderful underlying wisdom in this book, an understanding of human nature and how it continually shoots itself in the foot when it is already on crutches. I very much look forward to reading more works by Chris Meeks so that I can learn things like this: "Don't dismiss the one-armed librarian." A highly recommended read.

    Review Copy Gratis White Whisker Books

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    Without doubt, Christopher Meeks has done an amazing job with hi

    Without doubt, Christopher Meeks has done an amazing job with his book "Love at Absolute Zero".
    The story is powerful and magnificent. Mixing humor and love with science, his novel exudes
    wonderment and is a joy to read. The author is highly imaginative and writes with a ring of authenticity
    that makes for a compelling read. 

    Although I’m a person not particularly interested in physics, this book actually made it seem exciting,
    and that alone is a magnificent contribution on the part of the author. 

    Once I started reading the book, I was not able to put it down until I finished. This is something that has
    only happened to me with a handful of books. I loved the book so much I bought five copies to give to
    family and friends for Christmas! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

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    8 out of 10 hearts!

    Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks
    Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
    Publisher: White Whisker Books
    Page Count: 304
    Source: From author, via Bewitching Book Tours for review, as part of the Love At Absolute Zero virtual tour

    Love At Absolute Zero is the story of Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin. The moment he's given tenure at the university, he can only think of one thing: finding a wife. This causes his research to falter. With his two partners, Gunnar is in a race against MIT to create new forms of matter called Bose-Einstein condensates, which exist only near absolute zero. To meet his soulmate within three days -- that's what he wants and all time he can carve out -- he and his team are using the scientific method, to riotous results.

    What Stephanie Thinks: When it comes to the social scene, particularly the female social scene, Gunnar Gunderson has never had the luck. He likes women, he's sure -- in fact, he likes them a lot -- but having grown up a dorky little science geek, as an adult, his charisma is slightly lacking to say the least.

    As a character, I absolutely adore Gunnar! He's perfectly awkward and well-intentioned and adorable. I could definitely relate to some of his mishaps -- how his life never plays out the way he imagines it. Just because he's a physics professor doesn't mean he's not imaginative. And in a sad way, I learned, just because he is thirty-two, a grown man, doesn't mean he's not naïve. One too many times, he's had his heart fooled, which may be the bane of his inability to score. But he needs game, he discovers. Call it a mid-life crisis, but he needs game -- he needs a woman -- and he needs her now.

    With the help of supportive (even if ludicrous) fellow-science-nerd friends, and a rock-solid mom and sis, Gunnar learns that the true meaning of love cannot be defined and planned accordingly; that the true meaning of love lies subjectively within the individual, and that it never, especially in the beginning, plays out how you will expect it to.

    Meeks's writing, I feel, isn't highly laudable. I admire how he can incorporate humor and physics together into a love story (now that I think about it, that feat itself is pretty impressive), but the style is a little stiff, doesn't flow very well. Nothing that keeps me up at night. The story's very readable, though; I didn't have any trouble getting through it, and didn't have to force myself to keep turning pages.

    If you're in for a rather untraditional happily-ever-after love tale with a little bit of science geek innuendo and a whole lot of genuine emotion -- something we rarely see from the male perspective, but what I think Meeks does an incredible job at conveying -- then pick up Love At Absolute Zero to give it a try!

    Stephanie Loves: "'The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly one you can never have."

    Radical Rating: 8 hearts-Would recommend to lots of really good friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    'Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future' Niels Bohr

    The concept of marrying science and passion as the topic for a novel is a challenging one at best. And that is exactly what Christopher Meeks has succeeded in meeting in his latest novel LOVE AT ABSOLUTE ZERO. Meeks seems to mature literarily by leaps and bounds with each new book he pens. This reader became enamored of his short stories but then that little contagious virus mutated into the novel format, and where most writers begin with the big works and then distill to short stories later (if they are able to move into that challenging realm at all), Meeks appears to have gleaned the technical virtuosity of creating characters in a minimum of space and then unfold those characters in response to the movement of the landscape of a large novel with such aplomb that he is likely to continue on his climb to one of America's more important writers this decade.
    Gunnar Gunderson is a cerebrally elite physicist who at age 32 has already gained tenure at his University of Wisconsin Madison campus, teaching and immersed in a research project with partners Carl and Harry beginning with the Bose-Einstein condensate and moving toward reaching the ultra cold - Absolute Zero. Gunnar Gunderson is also relationship challenged, hopelessly naïve about affairs of the heart - an unpracticed but very sweet nerd whose preoccupation with physics has subsumed his filling out his life with love. Yet when confronted by his partners, 'He knew the way to find the right person. He should use the same approach that had always served him well: the scientific method. Use the scientific method for love.' His supportive partners disagree; 'Attraction and connection can't be explained anymore than sunspots....It's about chaos'. But Gunnar's hypothesis is that to attract someone he had to emphasize the laws of attraction: sending physical, mental, and genetic healthy signals. And from there the book takes flight on Gunnar's concept that he has three days in which to find the girl of his dreams. He decides to try ScurryDating and in order to physically become everything a girl would want he gets his teeth cleaned, then orthodontia, then hair styling and a wardrobe change and he is off to a social media convocation where he will be paired with potential dates - surely in time for his three day deadline.
    But fate enters the picture and he is sidetracked by finding an attraction to one of his students, in seeing an old girlfriend Ursula who though paired at the moment might just be the one - until he meets (steps onto) Kara, a Danish redhead bombshell visiting her old girlfriend. Gunnar experiences passion and in the two weeks that Kara has before her flight back to Denmark they have a passionate affair, fall in love/lust, and make plans for Gunnar to move to Denmark where he will do a sabbatical at the highly touted Physics Institute there. Kara leaves, Ursula returns from a nursing stint in Arizona now free of her prior boyfriend and ready for Gunnar, but Gunnar is committed to his Danish pastry - until of course he flies to Denmark and discovers that Kara has fallen out of love with Gunnar and into love with another. So Gunnar is stuck in Denmark sans Kara and faces more and more alterations to his scientific hypothesis about love. The carousel keeps rotating and Gunnar seems destined to miss that golden ring and when Gunnar returns to Wisconsin he reconnects with Ursula and comes to the realization 'I tell my introductory students about certain laws of physics

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    With a fair amount of critical acclaim and a number of awards, I

    With a fair amount of critical acclaim and a number of awards, I had high expectations for Love at Absolute Zero. But even if the bar hadn’t been set quite so high, I’d still have been disappointed. The story moves so slowly, there aren’t enough really funny moments to make up for it and it’s almost completely devoid of any heat which seems to fit, considering the title. But after hearing how laugh-out-loud funny it is and that it had been a finalist and winner of numerous awards, I did expect more. I expected to at least smile a few times.

    Plot
    In addition to being too slow, a jumble of events take place that don’t seem to really move the plot forward. I never really felt like Gunnar’s character evolved all that much as the story progressed. I kept waiting for the epiphany, that sudden realization of the thing he needed to do in order to overcome his flaw and finally get the girl of his dreams. Instead, his ideal girl seemed to be situationally-based. The girl he wanted was whichever one seemed to want him at the moment. So rather than Gunnar really taking control of the situation, he let the situation control his actions and his emotions.

    Characters
    Gunnar is not particularly likeable. He’s awkward, which can be okay, but he lacks  the bumbling endearing qualities that normally accompany an awkward protagonist that we also love. I didn’t really care if Gunnar achieved his goal or not. I was pretty apathetic about him and the story by the end of the book.

    Bottom Line
    It wasn’t so bad that I didn’t want to finish it, but I can’t recommend it either. It plods along with less than likeable characters and never once made me laugh, despite its promises to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Indifferent

    I didn't love this book, it was just kinda...there. I liked Gunnar - adorably awkward, charming and clueless. For being 1000 pages I felt like the development was a bit choppy and the end was rushed. He got the girl so abruptly all I could think was - what about his sabbatical and guest position. It was just...odd. not a favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Tarantula

    "Its ok. I understand."

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Cedric

    Im sorry i cant do this anymore...i dont feel our connection anymore im sorry

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Love At Absolute Zero

    Gunnar Gunderson just wants to find love. Being a physicist, he tries to do it scientifically. Will he find love this way? That's what he hopes to achieve. This is a boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-finds-hope love story, with a lot of science and laughter thrown in. Gunnar is a likable character and the story is enjoyable with bright moments and some sad ones thrown in. I did chuckle at times, so that means I enjoyed the book.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Love at Absolute Zero

    This humorous and eclectic story of a physicist and his pragmatic search for love is Meeks' most involving and enthralling work yet. A deeply resonant read that manages to be funny without sacrificing its gravity. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Fun With Science and Love

    Gunnar Gunderson has a lot going for him. His research is exciting, and he's just gotten tenure. He feels like something is missing though- love. Gunnar decides the best way to find a mate is to take a scientific approach. If it's good enough for physics, surely it will work equally well for love too? From Wisconsin to Denmark though, he learns that love isn't as easy to figure out. Even with some major missteps, will Gunnar be able to find love? Can finding love coincide with good research?

    This was a very interesting book. Gunnar was a pretty funny character. Being a somewhat of a scientist myself, I've know lots of guys like Gunnar. Super smart but not so great with social situations. Naturally, once Gunnar decided he needed a wife, he threw himself into the process as readily as he would any experiment. His friends and fellow scientists were also great characters. They seem like they'd be pretty fun to hang around. Gunnar makes rash decisions when it comes to love, but luckily he learns and grows from all his trials.

    I found the scientific approach to love to be hilarious. Gunnar was endearing, and I found myself cheering him on. I definitely wanted him to succeed in his attempts at finding love. The book could read as a bit choppy and clinical at times, but I felt like this fit the atmosphere of the book. It helped me get a real feel for Gunnar's character. This book is very fun, and you get a great sense of how science and love can combine to make magic.

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    Posted May 19, 2014

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