Atmostpheric Disturbances seems like the kind of book I would like. I avoided reading any reviews until I had a chance to read it, even the long piece by James Wood in the New Yorker a few weeks ago. I found the plot about doppelgangers interesting initially. Who doesn’t wonder who would notice if you were replaced by someone else? Ultimately though I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped. I think the fault lies with me. Critically I can see how clever Galchen’s writing is. She creates some great sentences, but I just felt cold the whole time I was reading the book. I’ve just read Wood’s article and I agree with most of what he says, such as “Galchen can take the slightest observation of Leoâ€™s and warp it, to reveal lunatic undulations.” At the end of his analysis, Wood calls the novel “sometimes affecting”, but that wasn’t my experience. It’s not that I don’t like or can’t get into novels of ideas. I just have to accept that I might not click with every novel. Has anyone else read this book?