Mark Wakely

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (77 of 86)
Location: Lombard, Illinois
Birthday: Oct. 22
In My Own Words:
Mark Wakely, author of the award-winning novel An Audience for Einstein, has held a lifelong interest in all things science-related. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is a college administrator at prestigious Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. He lives in Lombard with his wife and three children.

Reading, writing, gardening, astronomy.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 336,868 - Total Helpful Votes: 77 of 86
Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel, March 31 2007
While Then We Came to the End has been touted for its humor- and it is a funny book- to read it as strictly a spoof of ad agency life would be to diminish what Joshua Ferris has accomplished in his clever novel. Filled with characters that inspire sympathy and revulsion, familiarity and curiosity- often at the same time- this notable first effort captures well what pressure-cooker corporate life can do to the human spirit, no small achievement for any novelist much less a brand new one.

Told from a collective "we" point of view, the characters nevertheless have distinct voices and viewpoints, with their own hopes and desires for life beyond ad life, desires (at times) at odds… Read more
The Road (Oprah's Book Club) by Cormac McCarthy
The Road (Oprah's Book Club) by Cormac McCarthy
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Road Trip Through Hell, March 29 2007
Cormac Mccarthy's The Road is a dark, post apocalyptic journey through the remnants of the world as we know it, with the faintest flicker of hope at the end.

Destroyed by some never quite explained catastrophe, the Earth has become nearly inhospitable to life. A thick ash smothers everything and hangs in the sky, making a cold, quiet moonscape where things had once been green and alive. Through this nightmare world travels bands of desperate survivors, including an unnamed man and his son. The father's plan is to travel south to warmth and the ocean, where he hopes to find their salvation. Along the way they are confronted by cannibals, thugs and others as adrift as they are, a… Read more
Next by Michael Crichton
Next by Michael Crichton
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Michael Crichton does in Next what he's always done so well in his novels- he explores the scientifically possible and shows us how our decisions to use (or misuse) new technologies can lead to unintended, even disastrous consequences.

Although a case could be made that there are enough characters and plotlines in Next for three or four novels, Crichton's intentions seem to be to deliberately overwhelm us with the dizzying pace of genetic research and all the opportunities for both tremendous good and alarming malevolence in its application. A true Pandora's box in that our scientific curiosity can sometimes get the better of us, the more we learn how to tinker with the very… Read more