The Technologists

The Technologists

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The first graduating class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is thrown into turmoil by bizarre phenomena that cause instruments to inexplicably spin out of control, challenging enterprising students to protect lives while combating Harvard rivals.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679605072
067960507X
9781400066575
1400066573
Branch Call Number: M PEARL MATTHEW
Characteristics: 480 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Technologists

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ZE1TGE15T
Mar 13, 2017

I didn't enjoy this one much. I can't say exactly why, but there were a few things.

This book was very premise driven. If 1868 MIT, and a touch of mystery are what drew you to this, then do read. Otherwise, that's mostly what this book is. It wasn't very character driven, but there were some good moments of dialogue. I was bummed to see some of the better characters go somewhat unused in the story; like Agnes.

Some of the plot was a bit cheesy and cliché. Like when the experimenter had a few too many plot disasters, that it began to seem overdone and unbelievable. And that's really a question of This sort of fiction. The author seems to be supposing a very real world, but he's adding parts that question what turn the material is taking. It almost seems like he's including these parts where characters are cruising around in submarines and building man made large scale chemical reactions, which I didn't quite swallow as possible.

After the mystery was solved, it seemed to draw out a bit more than I would have liked. It sort of reminded me of the movie Speed. Where Dennis Hopper's character was caught, they got of the bus, but there was an additional drawn out train climax. And don't get me wrong, seeing hopper's head get loppered was rewarding, as well as seeing reeves gettin' some, and bein' a badass for a few more scenes. However the book wasn't quite as succeeding in decapitations or badassery.

The author was a Harvard graduate, but the protagonists were very pro-MIT. This novel included a deep rivalry between the colleges. So, I thought that was sort of strange.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Jan 07, 2016

Matthew Pearl has crafted another superb historical mystery using
real people and events to craft a compelling fictional story. The year is
1868 and MIT is getting ready to graduate its very first class. MIT is a
new kind of college; everyone is allowed to enroll, not just the wealthy
and well connected. When a series of "scientific" disasters
strike Boston, the eyes of Harvard, the police, and the press turn toward
MIT. Some of the soon to graduate class, lead by civil war veteran Marcus
Mansfield, decide to find the real culprit behind these acts. Can Marcus
and the rest of the Technologists save the city and the reputation of
their school?

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rene1951
May 16, 2013

Contains a good mystery.

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jimg2000
Dec 04, 2012

Gave up after about 200 pages of the over 500 page book of tedious writing about nothing towards solving some unusual events in Boston Harbor during MIT's founding days. I agree with this review and should have read it first before starting on this novel:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/books/review/the-technologists-matthew-pearls-new-thriller.html

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zipread
Nov 02, 2012

The Technologists --- by Mathew Pearl. The setting is Boston during the 1860s.
It is a period of optimism, a period of great technological and economic optimism. The telegraph has just been invented; steam powered railways are laying there ribbons of steel across the land. It is a period of great wealth accrued by the captains of industry as well as a period of poverty for many. The novel is set against the background the founding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A handful of the institution first graduating class strive to keep the institution alive as they try to solve the puzzle of a number of strange, ominous events that have been visited upon Boston. Ship in the harbour are queerly run aground; window panes melt from their frames; Bostonions are stricken by a mysteriously and serious illness that cause them hallucinations and strange motions of the body. Frightening indeed. And on the face of it, quite inexplicable.
If you’ve been accustomed to a diet of “action” novels such as those written by Cussler you may find this novel staid by comparison. But the novel’s style and vocabulary attempts to capture the atmosphere of the period. The novel is thoughtful and instructive and a good detective novel to boot.

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msummers57
Mar 21, 2012

Not as compelling as the Dante Club, went on a bit too long and was fairly predictable.

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