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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green - co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers and SciShow - spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realising she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armour - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric and radicalisation; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.

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Fun and full of truth. To be honest, I'm a little irritated at how good the book is. I don't need this kind of competition Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicles
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Green, Hank
Hank Green is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him 'one of America's most popular science teachers.' Complexly's videos have been viewed more than two billion times on YouTube. Green cofounded a number of other small businesses, including DFTBA.com, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world's largest conference for the online video community. In 2017, VidCon drew more than forty thousand attendees across three events in Anaheim, Amsterdam, and Australia. Hank and his brother, John, also started the Project for Awesome, which last year raised more than two million dollars for charities, including Save the Children and Partners in Health. Hank lives in Montana with his wife, son, and cat.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 352
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4732-2420-9
Verlag Orion Publishing Group
Maße (L/B) 19,8/12,9 cm
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The Adventures of April May
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"An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" is the debut novel of internet personality and musician Hank Green. When April May stumbles upon "Carl", a ten-foot-tall robot, she thinks he's some kind of amazing art project. In order to share her remarkable find, she dedicates a YouTube video to him, which quickly goes... "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" is the debut novel of internet personality and musician Hank Green. When April May stumbles upon "Carl", a ten-foot-tall robot, she thinks he's some kind of amazing art project. In order to share her remarkable find, she dedicates a YouTube video to him, which quickly goes viral. What she doesn't anticipate is the mystery that surrounds him and the other 63 "Carls" that pop up all over the world, and her almost instantaneous rise to fame that will forever change her life. Going into this novel I did know absolutely nothing about it, except that it was penned by Hank Green. At first I struggled to really get into the story, but it slowly but surely won me over. "A Truly Remarkable Thing" reads like a memoir, hooks its readers by way of its mysterious plot and also doubles as a social commentary. It tackles topics such as social media, the need of external validation, life in the public eye and radicalisation. I really admire the way Green manages to shed light on all of the afforementioned issues and more, whilst also creating a compelling and clever storyline. Side note: I know it's not the easiest thing to execute, but since Hank Green himself is a professional YouTuber, it would have been amazing if some of the mentioned videos would have been filmed and made available on the platform. That really would have been the cherry on top. This debut really took me by surprise in the best way possible and I wholeheartedly recommend it.