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  1. Does anyone remember Mr Logic in Viz magazine? If so, you'll be delighted to know that he is alive and well, apparently working as an associate professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne. Associate Professor Don Tillman seems to be able to look after himself with an impressive set of recipes, an addiction to martial arts and a fascination with body mass index scores. He lives his life to a rigid timetable, plotted out to the nearest minute. He is well on his way to understanding people in a very mechanical sense, yet he seems to have no idea how people work in an emotional sense. Hence, we have a strong first person narrative of a man who blunders from one misunderstanding to the next. Associate Professor Tillman (may we call him Don?) only has two living friends in the world - his colleague Gene and Gene's wife Claudia. Gene has decided that Don needs a wife and sets about helping him find one - using only the best science, of course. And Gene is the ideal man to guide Don into this new and mysterious world since he is so successful with women himself. What follows is relatively derivative - shades of Curious Incident, shades of Crocodile Dundee, shades of Breakfast Club. But this is nevertheless sustained by the constantly amusing narrative voice as Don essentially embarks on a coming of age journey. There are knowing digs at the pomposity of academia - The University Club comes off looking like the expensive cafeteria it really is; the hypocrisy of "upholding" standards whilst selling your soul for the next research grant; the inherent sexism. There are delusions of grandeur on the Melbourne dining scene; digs at know-nothing wine waiters; and a pretty healthy disrespect for doctors. Let's hope Graeme Simsion remains healthy for a goo long time. And the ending, when it comes, is genuinely lovely. For a first novel, The Rosie Project is really impressive. It is amusing, pacey and surprisingly insightful. Please do give it a go. *****
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