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Saturday, 2 January 2016

The Humans by Matt Haig

The Meaning of Life (not 42)                 My rating:  5 out of 5

An alien is sent to earth (Cambridge, England) to resolve a problem.  Before he does so however he needs to understand a bit about the humans - perhaps his choice of Cosmopolitan magazine was not the best place to start, but it did make for laugh out loud reading.  As matters progress, the alien discovers that there is more to humans than meets the eye, and shares some witty and enlightening thoughts on what it means to be human.

This is the first book by Matt Haig that I have read, and I look forward to reading more.  It made me laugh out loud, think about life and want to remember (and quote)  sentences from it, for example "The things you don't need to live - books, art, cinema, wine and so on - are the things you need to live."

A life affirming  read, a great story and a good laugh.  

1 comment:

  1. Hi Emma, thank you for sharing your thoughts on a variety of books! I enjoyed the concept of 'Humans' - of someone learning about life from Cosmopolitan, and other reviews of yours.

    I am a publicist with Authors, Large and Small and have several books that could interest you. A novel about two sisters who uncover family secrets about how their parents survived the Holocaust, a suspense book with a female oceanographer searching for the lost city of Atlantis, a fantasy tale of obsidian guardian statues come to life at night to protect certain families important in human history and their modern small-town descendants, a tale of a female vampire observing human civilization since medieval times and finding love with a rational Enlightenment scientist, the story of a woman named 'Claire Voyant' who discovers that she has a destiny to help lost spirits.

    Please let me know how and where to send you a list of books to consider reviewing. Most are available as e-books and paperbacks. You may email me at and thank you.