Dec 05, 2020
The Invention of Everything Else
Posted by Samantha Hunt

New York City thrums with energy, wonder, and possibility in this magical novel about the life of Nikola Tesla.It is 1943, and the renowned inventor Nikola Tesla occupies a forbidden room on the 33rd floor of the Hotel New Yorker, stealing electricity Louisa, a young maid at the hotel determined to befriend him, wins his attention through a shared love of pigeons with heNew York City thrums with energy, wonder, and possibility in this magical novel about the life of Nikola Tesla.It is 1943, and the renowned inventor Nikola Tesla occupies a forbidden room on the 33rd floor of the Hotel New Yorker, stealing electricity Louisa, a young maid at the hotel determined to befriend him, wins his attention through a shared love of pigeons with her, we hear his tragic and tremendous life story unfold Meanwhile, Louisa discovers that her father and her handsome, enigmatic love interest, Arthur Vaughan are on an unlikely mission to travel back in time and find his beloved late wife A masterful hybrid of history, biography, and science fiction, The Invention of Everything Else is an absorbing story about love and death and a wonderfully imagined homage to one of history s most visionary scientists.

  • Title: The Invention of Everything Else
  • Author: Samantha Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780618801121
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Invention of Everything Else New York City thrums with energy wonder and possibility in this magical novel about the life of Nikola Tesla It is and the renowned inventor Nikola Tesla occupies a forbidden room on the rd

    Leslie Evans

    When I worked at Barnes Noble, I would occasionally glance at the learning packets sent to all employees company wide In a particularly annoying campaign aimed at bringing us wee booksellers into an assumed corporate culture of Book Lust, they introduced us to a term that I despised from the get go.Unputdownable.Un put down able Adjective The otherwise indescribable characteristic of a book that keeps its reader s face glued between its pages Recommended for use During sales when a personal reco [...]


    A.

    I wanted to like this book than I did It was beautiful in concept, containing a genius real life scientist, time travel, romance, and espionage, but somehow I had trouble staying interested The narrative jumped around a lot and was mostly written in present tense, which I found oddly off putting The writing was swirly and ambiguous, filled with ambitious metaphors But still, I m not sure why I wasn t captivated by this book and the beautiful writing The author did an excellent job of bringing 1 [...]


    Meg

    Where do I even start about how good this book is I mean first of all it s the best book I ve read so far this year It features many things I love historically accurate descriptions of New York City landmarks, NIKOLA TESLA, a love story, government spies, time travel, and that s just to get us started I think what it is, it s just that Samantha Hunt writes complete fabric This is a short book but it is extremely dense, you don t want to miss anything and nor should you I m kind of a speed reader [...]


    Jayanth

    Incredible writing, very interesting characters, fascinating interactions between them But a clumsy story structure and ending, in my opinion.If this was just a historical drama without the time travelling mess, this book is a 5 starer I loved all the main characters, their quirks and all I also loved how the narration switches back and forth between two time periods That was enough to make the concept of time a little confusing, but it was fine as long as I could understand the story But that p [...]


    Maggie

    God said, Let Tesla be, and all was light B A BehrendNikola Tesla is arguably one of the most important inventors to have ever lived, yet one of the most unsung To him, we can credit the efficient alternating electrical current system, the remote control, and the radio although Marconi stole the patent for that last one He harnessed Niagara Falls energy potential, is credited with giving birth to robotics, and his Tesla Coil gave us neon and fluorescent lighting and x ray photography Wildly imag [...]


    Tony

    THE INVENTION OF EVERYTHING ELSE 2008 Samantha Hunt The novel has an interesting premise, but the delivery was faulty It s the story of the last days of Nicola Tesla, and the friendship that developed between him and a chambermaid that worked at the New Yorker Hotel where he spent the remaining part of his life Tesla, to tickle your memory, was a great inventor who did not receive credit for much of his work because he didn t reduce most of it to practice He is credited with the invention of Alt [...]


    Kevin Fanning

    Here, we ll just use the email I sent to Meg after finishing this I really wish The Invention of Everything Else came with a director scommentary DVD because I don t know how you write a book like this.Each of the strands in the story is kind of like a perfect littlepiece of art, and she just places them perfectly, and you re like Wow,what is she going to do with that later, I wonder And she s like No.Nothing Just look at it And you re like YES Like she knows exactlyhow and when and where to lea [...]


    Ruby

    For the first 100 pages, I absolutely adored The Invention of Everything Else I was just waiting for things to come together, but the writing was beautiful and the setting and the details and the pigeons and Freddie But the thing is, things never seemed really to get together for me There were two plotlines, Tesla s and Louisa s and they weren t as interwoven as I d have liked them to be I started to realize this during the last 50 pages, where I understood that there was no time left to bring e [...]


    Sam

    I had a feeling that I would enjoy this book but I honestly did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did Being one of those people that considers Nikola Tesla to be one of the most underrated inventors in the world, I was intrigued to see how Hunt would bring him and his story to life And do you know what I was not disappointed She manages to note only bring the inventor to the fore but also the man himself, showing that there was so much to him than just AC electricity The story does jump a [...]


    Amanda

    I really didn t like Hunt s writing style Some sentences seemed sloppily constructed where I had to read them again to understand what was being said Her imagery focused on things like nose hair and peeling skin So many odd, random, disconnected things were in here that didn t add to whatever plot there was Did we need a scene of animal torture This is supposedly set in 1943 but I never felt that flavour in the text If this is supposed to be a fictionalization biography of Tesla, I was too confu [...]


    Holly

    I feel fondly toward this novel It had some winning fictional and historical characters Tesla, Edison, Samuel Clemens, Westinghouse, Alfred Nobel and a romantic setting at the old New Yorker hotel, and historical interest and accuracy, according to an interview with an author , and some very fine writing Arthur is like a glass vase toppled off the windowsill He s busted into a hundred distracting shards He s a little scary, confusing her, reflecting light into her eyes from over there and over t [...]


    Andree

    This sounds like such fun in theory.I didn t like it It s not that it s bad so much as it s boring The plot of this is fragmented and hard to follow, and the characters aren t well enough developed to ensure that my brain engages enough to fill in any of the gaps.The idea of a young girl befriending Nikola Tesla at the end of his life after he s become a recluse living in a New York hotel is charming.This was just dull, in my opinion You get random snapshots from Tesla s life, most of them from [...]


    Ron Charles

    Samantha Hunt s magical new novel is a love letter to one of the world s most remarkable inventors You may never have heard of Nikola Tesla, but he briefly outshone Edison and Westinghouse, and from the moment you wake up in the morning, you depend on devices made possible by his revolutionary work with electricity Tesla was born in Serbia in 1856, and his life followed a rags to riches to rags trajectory that would sound melodramatic if it weren t so tragic and true or told with such surprising [...]


    switterbug (Betsey)

    Samantha Hunt s novel is an historical fiction surrounding the last months of the life of Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current electricity His life was much obscured by the better known Thomas Edison however, as this book well illuminates, Edison was rigid, conforming, capitalistic It is a story about creativity, artistic inspiration, and imagining the unimaginable What happens if the spirit can transcend into reality What if a powerful intuition can link us to something infinite a [...]


    Stephen

    A engaging book that fails miserably in its final act.Nikola Tesla, rival of Thomas Edison, inventor of AC electricity, radio and host of other wonders we take for granted today, is in the waning years of his life living in the Hotel New Yorker Louisa is a spunky, bright chambermaid curious about the hotel s guests and Telsa in particular The two bond over a love of pigeons, and Telsa s fascinating history is revealed Loved the first half Beautifully written in a style perfectly suited to the er [...]


    Jason Lundberg

    An astonishingly beautiful evocation of 1940s New York City, and the last days of Nikola Tesla, as befriended by Louisa, a chambermaid in the Hotel New Yorker Poignant and gorgeously told, with an honest enthusiasm for the age of invention, brought to a screeching close by the advent of corporations and the commodification of the natural world Hunt manages to bring Tesla to life through his interactions with Louisa, his long term relationship with a pet pigeon, and his letters to Samuel Clemens [...]


    Danna

    Everybody steals in commerce and industry I ve stolen a lot myself But I know how to steal Thomas EdisonAn understatement, to say the least I m a few chapters into this marvelously imagined and deftly written novel, which pivots around extraordinary inventor Nikola Tesla a man clearly interested in the landscape of ideas than receiving fame or credit for his inventions and an unlikely relationship that develops with a young chambermaid Pigeons feature prominently A brilliant read so far Read th [...]


    Zach

    The Invention of Everything Else was a beautifully written story the kind of story that I would aspire to writing because it so masterfully combines lovely imagery with brilliant and inspiring ideas it is both a poem and a philosophy, a soul and a story, depicting love, life, and all of the most touching interstices therein.


    Sherry

    This book really whetted my appetite to learn about Tesla What a fascinating man I wish he were here with us today to help solve the energy crises Hunt s book is fanciful, entertaining, well researched and well written.


    Tracey

    I have mixed feelings of this book I gave it a 4 because it was well written and I did enjoy the journey but it was a tough start And I still don t know what to think of the ending I think I wanted , something along the lines of Safety Not Guaranteed.


    Donna Quijotte

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    Jeruen

    It s been a while since I had published a book review In fact, it was 17 days since I published the last book review I had And there is a reason for that.The thing is, I am one of those people in which I cannot leave a book half read Even if I disliked the book, I would try to read it all the way to the end, with the hope that somewhere in the middle, the book would change a bit, and I would come to like it Most of the times, the books would turn out that way, you know, those books that just hav [...]


    Chris

    This was fun It s about Nicola Tesla, but it s part historial fiction and part fantastical fiction but it works Tesla is an often under credited inventor, who invented wireless communication and alternating current electricity So why is it that Marconi and Edison are who we know for these inventions Essentially because Tesla was inventing, but not patenting He was concerned with the ideas and sharing them, but missed out on capitalism.My dad really liked Tesla I wish I could have a conversation [...]


    Lenny

    So many reviews berate this book for disparate plot lines that don t go anywhere and don t eventually get tied together These observations are not untrue But, for me, they are precisely the things that make this book so beautiful Our selves, our relationships, our worlds, our lives, are fragments Some of them sad, some of them beautiful, some of them magical, and some of them downright weird Many of them are pieces we share with someone else s story And not all the pieces add up not to 42, and n [...]


    Julie Whelan

    This is a very interesting book combining biographical and historical and even sci fi aspects The main characters are Nicholas Tesla the physicist and inventor, Louisa, a chambermaid at the Hotel New Yorker Walter, Louisa s father, a night watchman at the New York Public Library and Azor, Walter s friend since boyhood The struggles of Nicholas Tesla to come to the U.S and develop his inventions notably AC current are painful Thomas Edison uses him cruelly, others befriend him J.P Morgan and then [...]


    Diana

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have found myself thinking about it in the weeks since I finished it Before I read the book, I read someplace that this would be a hit with fans of The Time Traveler s Wife, and I can see why that connection was made While this novel doesn t have lovers shuttling back and forth in time, the element of time travel is one of the secondary plotlines, but thankfully not in a geeky annoying science fiction way, thankfully The story revolves around Louisa, a young wo [...]


    Linda Robinson

    I had invented reasons not to like this book Any woman who is on any list of fabulous under 35 raises my eyebrows And my super sensory fault finding devices It s historical fiction, which I claim not to like out loud regularly I loved this book The electricity that plays both a protagonist and antagonist role zizzes on every page Tesla is wholly imagined, as though he is sitting in a chair next to you reading the book, correcting impressions, making suggestions Louisa is human and otherwordly bo [...]


    amy

    Copy and pasted conversational thoughts I have been trying to decide how exactly I feel about it it was well written its prose was lovely, and for the most part, the organization and narrative were very good too and had beautiful ideas but it wasn t as full bodied as I needed them to be if that makes sense in order for me to really like savor the book and to recommend it to others usually I give a book four stars if I would read it again or would recommend it to someone else, and this didn t qui [...]


    Val

    Towards the end of his life, the scientist and electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla lived in a hotel and fed pigeons He never made a fortune from his inventions, but the scientific principles he discovered which enabled their and other devices to be developed hold true and are still taught He is one of a select band of scientists to have an SI unit named in his honour for magnetic flux density This book takes some of the facts of Tesla s life and weaves it together with a fictitious story of the cham [...]


    Mister Mank

    Samantha Hunt is a very gifted writer.Fact and fiction, science and imagination, life and death oh, and love and love are blurred Hunt brings Tesla to life so much so that I considered dropping by the New Yorker for a visit Everyone is so goddamn likable in Hunt s head except Edison, though I guess he had it coming to him that I was smitten for several days Beautiful, funny, sad, and well told I think you ought to read it However, I would not recommend this book if you are against pigeons Or ele [...]



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