Q: A Novel

Q: A Novel

by Evan Mandery


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ISBN-13: 9780062015839
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 948,485
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Evan Mandery is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and the author of Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, First Contact, Q: A Novel, and two works of non-fiction.

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M.J. Rose

“A philosophical, witty, wonderful and altogether magical love story. Existential questions have never been couched in a more tender way.”

Joseph Skibell

“Q. is an amiably outrageous exploration of the sweetest sadnesses of life. A graceful, philosophical and gentle satirist, Mandery is a worthy son of those great writers of the 1970s, Vonnegut, Barthelme and Barth.”

Jessica Anya Blau

“Q caught me by surprise; I’ve never read anything like it and enjoyed every minute of it! It is a smart, funny, book that surprised me all the way to the end. Mandery knots up history, philosophy, and love into Q, it’s utterly original and totally unforgettable.”

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Q 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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camnini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I feel very mixed about this book. The first 150 pages were wonderful- funny, clever and engaging. After another hundred pages I was really annoyed with the multiple future versions of the narrator coming back in time to upend his life yet again. Mandery's style is smooth and literate, but it was hard to have no Q for the majority of the book!
bookwyrmm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mandery has written a very interesting but uneven novel. Part I does pull the reader in, but most of Part II is very slow (although towards the end of Part II is my favorite chapter where the I-xx's just keep coming). Part III, though, is exactly as it should be, showing where the title comes from.
FearsomeFoursome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an Early Reviewer. It was such a clever premise that falls flat by the end. Here was my essential problem with the novel: If someone continually gives you advice that proves to be terrible, wouldn't you at some point stop taking advice from that person? Our narrator doesn't. He bounces from one ridiculous course of life to another on advice that proves to be terrible time and time again. I kept waiting for him finally to make his own decision. I was disappointed. The author had a great idea, but the execution didn't live up to the promise. And the quips and references got a little too cute for my taste. I'll probably try another of his books again, but I can't really recommend this one.
AquariusNat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book . I really enjoyed most of it , but the " reason for leaving Q" was a shortsighted one . The advice the main character gets from his time traveling future selves was sometimes pointless and unnecessary to the plot . I think the story would've been stronger/fuller if Q's life was shown throughout the narrator's constant life changes based on the future selves advice .
madforbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At one point in this book, Q says 'too science fictiony', and I agree with her. I do not enjoy science fiction. However, I'm not sure if this story is more about science fiction or simply the inner musings of a man who is too paralyzed by fear of failure to make authentic choices and follow through with them. This story confused me as I could never tell while reading what was supposed to be percieved as action opposed to imagination. I found the entire experience disconcerting.The quality of writing is excellent however and I imagine there is an audience of readers who will enjoy this book. Unfortunantly, the description 'timeless romance' is not likely to catch the attention of those sort of readers. In my opinion, the book was marketed poorly. Lastly, I am glad to have won this book as I appreciate the time I spent outside the limits of what I would typically choose for fiction. Enjoyment and enrichment do not always coincide and sometimes that is acceptable.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Q: A Novel is exactly what I think of when I think of a book that is just trying a little too hard to be witty, sarcastic and a bit satirical. As a result, I¿m really torn on if I enjoyed it or if it just was okay for me.I will say I was enchanted by the beginning ¿ the love story between Q and the narrator of this story was charming and enjoyable and I really loved it ¿ but then the narrators future self steps in and things start to get a little too strange.It wasn¿t the science fiction aspect of the book that bugged me ¿ I¿ve read other books dealing with time travel and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I think it was maybe the sheer hopelessness of it all. The narrators life keeps being changed and keeps getting significantly different from where he initially started out at and it made me really begin to think about just how dangerous knowledge of the future could be.One other thing about the book that bugged me was the similarity between the author and the main character ¿ both had knowledge in certain fields and the narrator even writes books in miniature within the pages of the story. It was a little too much for me to be able to handle seriously.Books like Q make me feel as if I¿m either way too critical or just not smart enough to enjoy what should have been a thought-provoking story. Instead I felt let down when I closed the book, and a bit relieved as well.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank goodness there are different styles for different readers. While I did appreciate the skill with which this was written I did not enjoy the style of writing. This would not discourage me from trying other books by this author.
Jennifyr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tried really hard to like this book, and many parts of it were interesting, especially those relating to time travel theories. However, the main character was highly unlikeable, and the fact that Evan Mandery told us countless times that his characters books were mundane and badly written, he still made the readers read around 40 pages of excerpts. For further reference Evan Mandery, if you say that a writers work is boring, we will believe you, you don't have to make us read the horribly boring work ourselves. I read the first two excerpts and skipped the rest. Another instance I had a problem with, was the paragraph about the honeymoon with Q and talking tortoises. This would have been fine if the entire book would have had this same overtone of humor or mysticism or whatever the author intended for that little story, but since it's the only case in the entire book, I can only assume it's a bad joke that I missed. All in all, I appreciated the point the author was trying to make. The overall theme and message was an interesting and valuable one, but he spent far too much of his effort on creating a character that was "eclectic" and "witty" and instead created an unlikable, arrogant, unbelievable man that was hard to sympathize or even care about. SLIGHT SPOILER:For those that have read it, I also had a problem with the reason why he couldn't marry Q. If the only problem with the entire marriage was the child dying, why could he not just sit down and tell Q the story (however unbelievable it was, even though the main character took it with a grain of salt) and then decide not to have children. Use birth control, have a vasectomy, adopt. It seemed like an incredibly easy solution that would have made marriage possible, and yet no one even questions any other alternatives besides leaving Q. The basis of building an entire book on a lack of common sense and communication is horrible, because it leaves the reader with the idea that you either didn't have the foresight to see these solutions, and at least address them, or you thought your readers would be too stupid to see this alternative.
JackieBlem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, poignant, timetraveling, somewhat cautionary love story told over one very chameleon like lifetime. "Q' stands for Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, the passion of the protagonist's life (we never learn his name), his intended wife until he gets a visit from "a friend" who convinces him to leave her. This is only the first of several visits that cause him to dramatically change his life over and over again. I would argue that "Q" could possibly stand for "quantum physics" given that time travel plays a very big role in this story. But no matter the names or the nameless, this is a fascinating tale with numerous twists and turns that will keep you captivated from the first paragraph until the very last, and very gratifying, line.
Gwnfkt12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a time-traveling story which takes place simultaneously in the past, present, and future, though maintaining one continuous timeline. The protagonist falls in love with Q, but his future self comes back to tell him not to marry her. He doesn't... and consequently is never truly happy with anything else he does. Just as you are about to suffocate under the immense weight of a thousand and one flashbacks, Mandery pulls you back to the future and resuscitates you with his wit and clever observations. While at times confusing, and while several of the actual dialogues in the story were lengthy and unnecessary at best, the bare bones of the story were indeed a "timeless" love story.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What became so surprising after awhile, is how malleable the protagonist is. His future self shows up and he immediately changes the course of his life - and the instructions get ever more frivolous. The story did make me think - if I knew that some horrible experience waited for me in the future, would I try to avoid it if I could? And what kind of life would await me instead? The conclusion made the story successful for me, because up to the end I felt like the story just meandered without purpose. Though, maybe that was the point.
adpaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Evan Mandery has rather missed the mark in this novel which cobbles together literary fiction and science fiction in a Frankenstein¿s monster that pleases no-one. The unnamed narrator is an idiot who blindly follows the advice of various future versions of himself with increasingly unhappy consequences. A barely talented writer on meeting and engaging the girl of his dreams ¿ the titular Q [for Quentina] is quick to dump her on the advice of his somewhat seedy future self who has traveled back through time. Exit Q and cue in a long series of visitations and absurd changes in direction. The story sucks and the narrator is an unlikeable idiot but the writing is elegant and witty ¿ laugh out loud funny in places ¿ which is not enough to elevate the book but will probably keep you reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mountain is floating a mile in the air. It is made of cloud stone and beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice take on how annoying time travel could be. Book made me mad at times, laugh at others and ultimately satisfied with how it wrapped up.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What would happen if somewhere in the future, the ability to travel through time became a reality? What if you could travel back in time to talk to your earlier version of yourself and stop events before they could ruin your life and make you miserable? Would you do it? In the novel, Q by Evan Mandery, this is the premise for the story. A man in the story is never mentioned by his name, which is odd when you consider it but it doesn't interrupt the story. He meets the girl of his dreams. She is cute, funny, and they have many of the same qualities in common from favorite game show hosts to frozen TV dinners. She comes from a family whose father, John Deveril, owns one of the top 10 construction companies and is always looking for the next big business project. He on the other hand, is a professor and a writer working on his second novel. His first, Time's Broken Arrow is published but is struggling to find readers who can enjoy the book without falling sleep or using it for a doorstop. He can completely imagine a life with Q, whose real name is Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, and is set on making plans for a wedding with her when his future self shows up, he is confused. Not sure just what is going on, he arranges for a series of meetings to find out what is going on and what does it mean for him. Ultimately the message is the same, do not marry Q! To find out why, well, you're going to have to pick this one up! I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and LOVED it! Never imagined this type of scenario for a story but could empathize both with the present day and future versions of the man in Q's life. I would highly recommend this one for any reader looking for a twist on your traditional romance stories! I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kill terrorbite cuz my mommy die of terrorbites -actual quote