Regarding Ducks and Universes

Regarding Ducks and Universes

by Neve Maslakovic

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ISBN-13: 9781935597346
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Regarding Ducks and Universes is Neve Maslakovic’s first novel. Before that she was busy writing technical papers and finishing her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University’s STARLab (Space, Telecommunications and Radioscience Laboratory). She spent her early years speaking Serbian in the city of Belgrade, in what was then communist Yugoslavia. After stops along the way in London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, she has settled in Minneapolis/St. Paul. She enjoys the Minnesota weather (even, on occasion, in January).
Neve is a member of the Loft Literary Center and is currently hard at work on her second, as yet untitled, novel.

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Regarding Ducks and Universes 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
molliekay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the universe split into two in 1986, those who existed already found out they had an alternate being in the other universe. Felix, in Universe A, has just found out that his birthday was altered by his parents, now realizes that he has an alter and is on his way to Universe B to find out if Felix B has achieved Felix A's lifelong goal of writing a mystery novel. Felix soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery of his own; someone is trying to kill him. Add to that a rivalry between research students and a wealthy corporation and a boss that will not let up about sourdough, and you get a mad dash around San Fransisco to find out what happened on the day the universe split.Regarding Ducks and Universes is a rare breed: a fun, intellectually stimulating, sci-fi mystery. While the mystery aspect of the book doesn't seem fully developed, the philosophy behind the book is intriguing. What if we had alternates in other universes? Would they be just like us, or would they have chosen to pursue other avenues such as career choices, life partners, or hobbies? How much of what we are is in our genes and how much is a product of our environment. Maslakovic attempts to answer these questions in an entertaining way. Those readers who are looking for something new in sci-fi should check this book out.
brodeurbunny30 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Felix is a character that you can relate to in the fact that he's just a regular guy from San Francisco A who just happens to have a great deal of importance in the quest to figure out why the universe split into two when he was only six months old.Teamed up with a Bi-History scientist, a Private Detective, and a troublesome boss who is demanding that he break inter-universe regulations and bring back some famous sour-dough starter from Universe B, Felix battles the inconvenient (and life threatening!) meddling of two cut-throat marketers and his own Alter in a Agatha Christie style mystery on-the-go to find the truth that will change the very history of the Universes.Although the initial character/world building is slow to illustrate the idea of multiple universes, the end result is a second-half that is jam packed with quirky personalities and twists that starve you for the next move and the next detail. It's a nice mix of scientific theory, mystery, culinary how-to and humor that brings realism and plausibility to the detailed plot.Overall, it's a book that takes an interesting dive into the world of 'What if?' that has you contemplating the possibilities in this universe.**(Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this novel for review.)
Dranea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We all assume from birth that we are one of a kind, but how would we react if we suddenly found out we weren't an original? There is someone out there with your name, your look, your interests running around? This is how Felix feels when he suddenly learns of Felix B. In the world Felix lives in, "alters", are common for older people in his world. But he recently found out he was old enough to have this doppelganger in a parallel universe (Universe B). As Felix takes a trip to this alternate universe (a commonplace activity), he not only learns about the differences in the worlds but learns there could be more to his history than he ever could have believed possible. Take a wild trip with a could have been actress, a college student, an almost-dog, and the Felixes on a ride through reality that could leave your head spinning. Maslakovic takes a well known theory on multiple universes, adds his own twists and weaves a tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
dova113 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What if the fact that you sneezed, went to a job interview or dropped something (or didn't drop it) would create a separate universe where your life would go on differently? What if it were possible to visit the other universe? And what if you had an 'alter' - an alternative copy of yourself in the other universe?The main character of this story, Felix Sayers, a culinary writer (and wanna-be mystery-novel writer) from Universe A goes off to visit Universe B with a purpose (apart from sight-seeing): to find out if his counterpart in the Universe B has written, is writing or is planning to write the mystery novel that he, Felix A, wants to write himself. And if that purpose being not very legal, and also getting temporarily quarantined due to an inter-universe pet bug weren't enough, Felix finds out that he, or more exactly, his past. is an object of interest to quite a lot of people...After somewhat slow first few chapters as we become acquainted with the whole A and B Universe idea, the things start to get interesting, and by the end of the book you're as eager as Felix Sayers himself (the one from Universe A) to get to the bottom of things. If you like light science fiction/mystery/humor this is the book for you.(Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this novel for review.)
StickFoster More than 1 year ago
Every Fall I am overcome by the yearning for something more. I've had enough of the Summer speed-reads, and I want something more meaningful, about people like the ones I know and care about. Before I moved to the Keys, this annual literary shift came at about the same time we lit our first fire in the fireplace, and books read in front of a blazing hearth had to be richer and more substantial somehow. The latest Dick Fransis novel used to come out about the same time of year, and so I fondly associate his mysteries with the warmth of a fire in the fireplace. Here in the Florida Keys, Autumn means I can sit comfortably on the back deck in the afternoon, overlooking the ocean, and truly enjoy the warmth of the sun. This Fall I discovered Regarding Ducks & Universes, and for a number of reasons, this delightful read took me back to those giant Putnum hardbacks (My Kindle is SO much easier to handle!) by Dick Fransis. Sure, there's a mystery (well, actually several), and it is Science Fiction too (with the clear emphasis on the science), but at it's heart, like every DF novel, Regarding Ducks & Universes is about real people, living real lives, thinking about what real people think about as they make their way through Life, the Universe, and Everything. This was a great read (for any time of year), and I'm looking forward to more by Neve Maslakovic!
Stonehenge More than 1 year ago
This is a great, lighthearted debut novel. The title is kind of odd, but I suppose that's why it caught my eye. The writing is smart and humorous, with more emphasis on dialogue than description (which reminds me a bit of Asimov in that respect). This is not gritty, hard-boiled science fiction, but rather a light, fun story about a mild-mannered culinary writer who finds himself in various unexpected predicaments as he surreptitiously investigates his "alter" in a recently discovered parallel universe. One of the things I liked most about Regarding Ducks and Universes is that it's the kind of book one could recommend to anyone--no extreme violence, language, political message, etc.--which I can't say for a lot of books these days.
molliekay More than 1 year ago
Regarding Ducks and Universes is a rare breed: a fun, intellectually stimulating, sci-fi mystery. While the mystery aspect of the book doesn't seem fully developed, the philosophy behind the book is intriguing. What if we had alternates in other universes? Would they be just like us, or would they have chosen to pursue other avenues such as career choices, life partners, or hobbies? How much of what we are is in our genes and how much is a product of our environment. Maslakovic attempts to answer these questions in an entertaining way. Those readers who are looking for something new in sci-fi should check this book out.
Dranea More than 1 year ago
We all assume from birth that we are one of a kind, but how would we react if we suddenly found out we weren't an original? There is someone out there with your name, your look, your interests running around? This is how Felix feels when he suddenly learns of Felix B. In the world Felix lives in, "alters", are common for older people in his world. But he recently found out he was old enough to have this doppelganger in a parallel universe (Universe B). As Felix takes a trip to this alternate universe (a commonplace activity), he not only learns about the differences in the worlds but learns there could be more to his history than he ever could have believed possible. Take a wild trip with a could have been actress, a college student, an almost-dog, and the Felixes on a ride through reality that could leave your head spinning. Maslakovic takes a well known theory on multiple universes, adds his own twists and weaves a tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat.