Journal of a UFO Investigator by David Halperin audiobook

Journal of a UFO Investigator: A Novel

By David Halperin
Read by Sean Runnette

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This sparkling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the troubled 1960s, is a coming-of-age story that weaves together a compelling psychological drama and vivid outer-space fantasy. Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager living with a dying mother, a hostile father, and no friends. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, which includes the sinister “Three Men in Black,” mysterious lake creatures with insect-like carapaces, a beautiful young seductress and thief, with whom Danny falls in love, and an alien-human love child who—if only Danny can keep her alive—will redeem the planet. Danny’s fictional world blends so seamlessly with his day-to-day life that profound questions about what is real and what is not, what is possible and what is imagined, begin to arise. As the hero in his alien landscape, he finds the strength to deal with his own life and to stand up to demons both real and imagined. Told with heart and intellect, Journal of a UFO Investigator calls to mind the works of Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.

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Summary

Summary

This sparkling debut novel, set against the backdrop of the troubled 1960s, is a coming-of-age story that weaves together a compelling psychological drama and vivid outer-space fantasy.

Danny Shapiro is an isolated teenager living with a dying mother, a hostile father, and no friends. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, which includes the sinister “Three Men in Black,” mysterious lake creatures with insect-like carapaces, a beautiful young seductress and thief, with whom Danny falls in love, and an alien-human love child who—if only Danny can keep her alive—will redeem the planet. Danny’s fictional world blends so seamlessly with his day-to-day life that profound questions about what is real and what is not, what is possible and what is imagined, begin to arise. As the hero in his alien landscape, he finds the strength to deal with his own life and to stand up to demons both real and imagined. Told with heart and intellect, Journal of a UFO Investigator calls to mind the works of Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Journal of a UFO Investigator is a remarkable book. Part science fiction, part novel of growing up, part surrealist voyage into the imagination, it is a disconcerting and satisfying experience.” Iain Pears, New York Times bestselling author
“What’s in this book? What isn’t? History, mystery—even aliens, for God’s sake. The most compelling and original coming-of-age story I’ve read in a long time.” Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
“Posing existential questions throughout, this book will appeal to readers of SF as well as general fiction readers.” Library Journal
“A thrilling romp through the domain of aliens and spacecraft, Halperin’s highly entertaining coming-of-age tale poses questions about the real and the imagined and suggests that fusing the two might be the only way to survive adolescence.” Booklist
“An adolescent boy copes with his religious heritage and personal demons through a staggeringly lush fantasy life.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Samuel 9/13/2017
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Casts real problems in an unreal context

Let me get this out of the way first: Prolific non-fiction author and eminent Judaic scholar David Halperin's debut novel Journal of a UFO Investigator (Viking, Blackstone Audio) is not "properly" science fiction. It is, however, a wonderful book, and Sean Runnette's narration brings it wonderfully to life, and it is, to quote Bull Spec reviewer Richard Dansky, "a novel about what science fiction is for and about -- not aliens or rocketships, but rather the ability to cast real problems in an unreal context, and by doing so, get a handle on them". The publisher's summary here is spot on -- particularly the Daniel Wallace blurb. I can't really add much more than again quoting Dansky: "Journal of a UFO Investigator is one of those rare reads that takes advantage of the wildest things science fiction can do in order to tell a human, mundane, and wonderful story." Well, OK, I will try. Runnette's narration does not have the benefit of the book's layout and typesetting. We don't have clues like indentation, italics, and so on to help denote "this is a dream sequence" or "this is a journal entry" and so in audio the lines between reality and fantasy blur even further. For me this was a wonderful effect, and I, again, can't recommend this one enough.

Author

Author Bio: David Halperin

Author Bio: David Halperin

David Halperin was professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of many nonfiction books and articles about myth and religion.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English