LOVE AT ABSOLUTE ZERO--AN UNUSUAL ROMANCE
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Critic Marc Schuster of Small Press Reviews says, "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."
"It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer," says critic Grady Harp. To read more of his review or about the book, click here to go to Amazon.
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Christopher Meeks's new novel, Love at Absolute Zero, like his short stories, lasers in on relationships, yet this one involves a physicist. (Hey, skeptical reader--physicists can love!) And the book became a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist.
Love At Absolute Zero is about Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old star physicist at the University of Wisconsin.
The moment he's given tenure, he can think of only one thing: finding a wife. His research falters into what happens to matter near absolute zero (−459.67 °F), but he has an instant new plan. Channeling his inner salmon, he's determined to meet his soul mate within three days using the Scientific Method. When he accidentally steps on the toes of a visiting kindergarten teacher from Denmark, his world turns upside down.
PRAISE FOR LOVE AT ABSOLUTE ZERO
“It is impossible not to like Gunnar Gunderson,” says critic Sam Sattler of Book Chase. "As Gunnar 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.”
“Speed-dating and other events are laugh-out-loud funny,” says best-selling author Darcie Chan.
“The magical thing,” says reviewer Grady Harp (Top Ten on Amazon) “is that Meeks makes us really care about this strange bright naïve nerd.”
“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.” - Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
“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.”
“I've read both of Meeks's short story collections and The Brightest Moon of the Century. I roared through Love at Absolute Zero in a day and a half. Meeks's prose is carefully crafted, his characters compelling and entertaining. I love everything he writes, and I recommend Love at Absolute Zero without reservation.” -- author Kevin Gerard (Conor and the Crossworlds)
THE WRITING ITSELF
“It is a given, now, that Christopher Meeks is a master craftsman as a writer. What surprises us in this novel is just how much research he's done to get the scientific part of it right. Where does all of this passionate knowledge of physics lie, knowledge that allows him to write so comfortably, opening every chapter with a scientific quote, that we novices stay on board with him? It is a gift—and one of the many that continue to emerge from the pen and mind and brilliant trait for finding the humor in life that makes him so genuinely fine a writer.” – Grady Harp
“Thus while Meeks is, in fact, doing new things with this novel (as all artists must!), he’s also allowing his natural talents to shine through by focusing on that which makes his other works especially gratifying – the quest for love, the quest for self-knowledge, and the quest for personal fulfillment.” – Marc Shuster
“Fortunately, the author has such technical control over his material that the reader does not share the same misery index with the main character as Gunnar bounces down a difficult path to ultimate happiness. It’s a great read.”
– Philip Persinger
“I love that [Meeks] is a pure storyteller and without affectation or pretense he tells a great story that you can finish in one sitting (or one international flight).”
– Corie Skolnick