5 out of 5 Stars (although, now thinking about how there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on Earth, that doesn’t seem like enough…)
Thank you, so much, to Shannon at Reads & Reels Blog Tours for having me on this tour for one of my new favourite authors!!
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
Once again, Charlie Laidlaw has blown my mind, opened my heart and also opened my mind. His lyrical prose had me thinking that I could do anything I set my mind to in life, while at the same time making me feel ridiculously, insignificantly small.
I absolutely loved the parallels between Emma’s life and the physics equations in her grandfather’s theorum, making the whole thing a mix of the mysteries of the universe and a touching coming of age story.
I’ve always had a fascination by the lives of celebrities children. Haven’t you felt sorry for them? They never chose to be born to those parents (none of us do), but they are forced to live their lives in the limelight, probably never really knowing who their real friends are…. it all must be very tough. Funny, that I never really thought of the wives of those celebrities. I mean, really they’re normally celebrities themselves. But, what about those who aren’t? What about those who have been with their spouse since before the fame and are thrust into this life, as well? Something to think about!
This whole novel reminds me of something I used to say when I was younger. I’ve always believed that our lives are all novels that are being written as we go along, and the most amazing thing is the appearance that we make in other people’s novels. There are the significant appearances, like me in the book of my man’s life, or even the lives of ex-boyfriends. but, there are the lives that we just barely touch: the woman who dropped something and you helped her pick it up, the man behind the counter of the corner store you went to for water…. We may not think about it, but we’re a part of so many stories out there. We need to make sure that it’s a good part.
I would absolutely love to sit down with Charlie one day and pick his magnificent brain. Does he love math and physics? Was this all made up? Did it stem from something, and what made him decide to mix the real and fantasy world instead of just making up all the actors and movies? And, last but definitely NOT least…. What is up with his obsession with Sean Connery and white wine?? Don’t think I didn’t notice the significant mentions of these things in BOTH novels, Charlie Laidlaw!! …Coincidence??
If you haven’t figured it out, yet… I LOVED THIS BOOK! I really hope that you will all give this book filled with life, love, loss, laughter… and mathematics a chance.
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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.
The Space Between Time is Best Served with a Vodka Martini
For Paulo Rossini (who will never be James Bond), for Sean Connery, and for Phil and his “supposedly” perfected recipe.
Now, there are so many different ways to make a martini. But, this happens to be MY personal favourite!
- 2.5 parts Vodka (spend some money on this one! Don’t get the cheap stuff!)
- 1 parts Dry Vermouth
- 3 Olives (preferably stuffed with jalapeno or blue cheese! …just because it’s delicious)
- Add vodka and vermouth to a pitcher with ice and STIR (shaking a martini (in my opinion) bruises the alcohol. It has a much milder, smoother taste when stirred)
- Strain into martini Glass (It even better if you chill the glass in the freezer, or by putting some ice in it ahead of time… just dump the ice first. You don’t want to water it down)
- Add Olives