I tend to accumulate multiple copies of books. Either because they are gifts, or because I travel somewhere and can’t wait to get home for a particular reference, but I have several duplicates lining the Slushpile shelves. So I’m going to be cleaning those out in the coming days.
Today, I’ve got an extra copy of Adam Fawer’s 2005 novel, Improbable. I’m a bit obsessive about taking care of books so this hardcover first-edition is in great shape. Publishers Weekly said “Fourth-year Columbia statistics Ph.D. student David Caine tells his class in this science-driven, action-packed thriller, ‘When the chances of being wrong are minuscule, you have probably discovered the truth.’ Caine, a compulsive gambler, has just seen his sure-thing poker hand go bad, leaving him deep in debt to a Russian gangster. He can’t skip town because he’s started an experimental treatment for his temporal lobe epilepsy—a treatment that allows him to tap into the collective unconscious, a parallel universe known as the everywhen, where innumerable futures exist for him to choose from. Needless to say, this makes Caine a valuable commodity, and he’s soon on the run from a number of government agencies, none having his best interests at heart. His schizophrenic twin brother, Jasper, aids him in his flight, as does tough female rogue CIA agent Nava Vaner. It’s difficult to keep the competing bad guys straight, and discussions of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Einstein’s theory of relativity, Schrödinger’s cat, Laplace’s demon and probability theory tend to slow things down. But the success of The Rule of Four and The Da Vinci Code have shown that plenty of readers enjoy their science, as long as there’s a compelling plot encircling it, which there is here.”
If anyone wants this book, free, just email me. The first email in my in-box with a subject line of “Improbable book” gets it. Include your name and mailing address and I’ll mail it to you in the next couple of days.
Keep an eye out for more freebies over the next few weeks. I’m not going to guarantee you these are necessarily the best books ever written, but for a free read, it’s a pretty good deal.