the book heart: no. 3 (the infinite tides)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Okay—I’ll be honest here. I bought The Infinite Tides (by Christian Kiefer) because I liked the title. Also, it’s about an astronaut.

But it truly was my favorite kind of book—the kind that is not necessarily plot driven, but character driven. Not to say that it’s boring, far from it. There’s enough backstory and beautiful imagery and wonderfully real secondary characters to keep you interested.

I had a tip-off from the author himself that this book is filled with circles. (He emailed me after reading my first book heart post, in which his name is mentioned, craziness?) But even without his tip-off, it’s true. Circles are there in the winding streets of suburbia, the blue-green sphere of the earth, the movement of moths and birds and humans, and the ever-present arc Keith Corcoran is making above the earth as he relives his moment in space again and again.

Keith Corcoran is a guy weighted by gravity. And grief. And is paralyzed by his inaction.

Has anyone else read it? What did you think?

I read so much while we were in Europe and since we've been back, hardly at all. I really want to make it part of my routine though. Please please let me know if you guys have suggestions for books! I'd love some new blood.

(The book heart is a place books go when they move you. It’s a place for you to keep all of those books, all of those plots and stories and all of those little moments. This is a series chronicling the books that have become a part of me. I hope you'll enjoy, and that maybe these books can become a part of you as well.) 


  1. Sounds like an interesting book that I might have to check out. I've been very slow on my reading too. Last week I finished The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. It took some time for me to remember the characters, but I think that was more my everyday life interfering with my concentration. I really liked the ending, and as I know you're a Harry Potter fan, I think you would appreciate the similarities in the writing style.

    1. You should! As for The Casual Vacancy.. I have put off reading it. But I may have to pick it up since Steele finally finished reading it.

  2. Thanks for reading it, Brittany. So glad you enjoyed it!

    1. I did enjoy it quite a lot. I hope to run into some more people who've read it. (Or convince them to.)


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