Thumbs up for The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Romance.
I needed a romance for February, of course, and this one, narrated by a genetics researcher with Asperger’s-or-something-like-it, fit the bill nicely. Professor Don Tillman is thirty-nine, intelligent, fit, and has a good job…but he has trouble with women. So he decides to approach the Wife Problem scientifically. I started reading, started laughing, and then finished it in two days. It’s one of those books where I’d say: if you read and enjoy the first five pages, you will enjoy the whole thing. If you’re in the mood to laugh, try it out.
A questionnaire! Such an obvious solution. A purpose-built, scientifically valid instrument incorporating current best practice to filter out the time wasters, the disorganized, the ice-cream discriminators, the visual-harassment complainers, the crystal gazers, the horoscope readers, the fashion obsessives, the religious fanatics, the vegans, the sports watchers, the creationists, the smokers, the scientifically illiterate, the homeopaths, leaving, ideally, the perfect partner or, realistically, a manageable short list of candidates.
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