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Far Forward [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Awakening on a lazy Saturday morning, Anna Katz is greeted by an older version of herself making a pot of coffee. During the ensuing conversation her doppelganger explains . . .

“The first rule of time travel is that you can never go backwards.”

While a person is never really ready to have a conversation with their future self, and I can assure you Anna is not, this leads to the obvious question . . .

“If you can’t go back, how does that explain you standing in my kitchen?”

The answer to that, and to her many other questions, will have to wait. Anna, unknowingly, is about to embark on a journey that will shine a light on many of the key turning points in not only her past, but possibly all things past.

She will not be making this journey alone. Assistance will come in the form of her very own daughter, Etta, who turns up soon after her future self makes her first appearance. Unfortunately, Etta only manages to add to the confusion. Anna Katz has never had a child.

While standing face to face with herself appears at first to be akin to standing in front of a long mirror; she’s about to learn more about herself than she bargained for. Is it possible that inside her own psyche are hidden many different people just waiting to get out? In the end, when she gazes into the looking glass, will it be her own reflection staring back; or something less recognizable? Possibly even terrifying.

“In this novel are offered alternative theories of time travel, causality, random facts about the global positioning system, postulations of a repeating universal timeline, inferences that bathroom habits may have an adverse effect on the attainable speed of light, and the possibility that the demise of the Theropods might not have been without blame. Although, to find the last one you will have to read between the lines with a microscope.

Also included, but much more subjectively, are judgmental opinions on infidelity, workplace etiquette, smoking, taking things that don’t belong to you, parenting do’s and don’ts , and last but not remotely least, the possibility of true love.

Any similarities to real persons or events is unintentional, however given this novels propensity for timeline revision, it’s not completely out of the question. Enjoy!”

C. F. Waller, Author

Product Details

  • File Size: 1437 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: C. F. Waller (A25UCWKPMO5DXS); First edition (October 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of - strange - action November 21, 2013
Three (and a half) stars

This genre-crossing novel starts out in the thick of things. At first, you think you’re reading a crime, mystery, or spy thriller, with some interesting flash-backs and a not-very-nice protagonist. About a third of the way through, though, its true nature is revealed: it’s sci-fi! I like the twist on time-travel; it’s well-described, but it doesn’t try to get too technical and trip itself up in the details. Although I was occasionally confused, it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from understanding the general gist of how things got to be the way they were and basically what the characters were trying to accomplish. And the action continues throughout the book, pretty much non-stop, Indiana-Jones/Star-Wars style.

I had a few general issues and a few specific ones. Everyone’s an idiot except the main character(s). Only she seems to be able to figure out things that should be immediately obvious to people trained in investigation. I’m not at all sure why law enforcement was chasing her down and trying to kill her in various places; there didn’t seem to be enough evidence for them to be running around shooting at everything that moved. Speaking of that, a pet peeve: you do not ‘cock the hammer’ on any modern handgun, despite the penchant for TV characters to do so in order to make that nice little clicking sound. I didn’t find the main character to be particularly likable, although I was interested enough in her story that it didn’t matter. I never did understand why everyone seemed to be so fond of Etta; I never developed any real feeling for her at all.

More specifically, the book’s in desperate need of a good proofreading and edit. There are scads of errors, some of which make certain sentences completely unintelligible.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story - Bad writing January 24, 2014
I loved the story, but didn't care for the oh so incredibly bitchy/moody main character - eh, but I know some people are just like that so that means nothing. So, the story gets a 4-5 star rating from me. HOWEVER, the writing is quite another matter. Apparently Waller laid all his bets on the grammar/spell checker and never bothered to read through it carefully before publishing. There were tons of homonyms, some even within the same paragraph - incomplete sentences so incomplete as to be merely a collection of nonsensical words - and blatant punctuation mistakes, not just goofs, things like missing periods, of all things. I was very disappointed in the quality of care that went into publishing this very awesome story. That said, writing would have received a 1-2 star rating. So, if you do read this book, you'll like it, it's very clear, but be sure to put your internal editor away behind a locked door first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel Thrills January 21, 2014
This is a great story and deserves five stars just for Waller's imagination alone! As with his previous book, however, a good editor is needed with the text. In spite of this, I loved Anna right off the bat, and the author does a great job at building her into a very likable character! Anna finds herself faced with some serious decisions when her life has become ho-hum and she is least expecting it. There is a lot of action that involves "time travel" which I found intriguing. When I read Sci-fi, I like to be "transported" and this book delivers. I definitely recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! January 20, 2014
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I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but after I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Sci-fi and time travel worked good together in this novel. Great job to the author on this one. I would recommend to anyone who likes sci-fi books or evening time traveling.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos and grammatical errors January 29, 2014
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I abandoned this book after about fifty pages. I couldn't stand one more error with the punctuation or grammar. The characters actually seemed promising but the prose was just too annoying. Glad I didn't pay money for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story, But It Needs an Editor June 25, 2014
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It's "per se", not "per say". "Waive" does not mean what Waller thinks it means. Dear author: An apostrophe indicates a possessive or a contraction, *not* a plural. "Its" is always a possessive; "it's" is always a contraction. But aside from basic bad grammar and vocabulary abuse, the story is good; easily worth 99 cents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel was never so complicated June 25, 2014
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This is a really good story. It starts out like any other crime/cop type story (well sort of) in that you are in this world, getting to know Anna and all of her attitude only then to be taken into this world of time travel. There are some interesting twists, Anna is sleeping with a married FBI agent, who's wife ends up dieing shortly after Anna has been seen talking to her. And Anna's DNA shows up at the crime scene. I have to say I really connected with Anna and enjoyed her journey through figuring out what was going on, meeting her future self and seeing her grow and lose some of her hard edge. It's a different storyline which I really enjoyed. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start June 9, 2014
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I was expecting a bunch of time travel action in this book. You have to read a lot of chapter and get far (no pun intended) into the book to even start to see the time travel plot. One you get to that part, the book is great. I am ready for the sequel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Was very angry about not following a nice detective, tough woman story
We start out with one tough detective story and it dissolves into a science fiction story about the looping, mobius strip future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by genevany
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I wasn't so sure that I would like this book as I started reading it but as it went along it became more and more interesting. I recommend this to all sci-fi fans.
Published 3 months ago by William W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, love and action... This book has it.
I really loved this book - Most of my fiction Kindle books are all about romance. This book has been a refreshing change. Looking forward to the next one!
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
A book that grows the mind through practical approach to life while embracing psychology and philosophy simultaneously. This is really good!
Published 4 months ago by Freedom Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Time Travel Adventure with many typos
I've read about 100 free books from Amazon. Far Forward by C. F. Waller had as many typos as the rest of them combined. This interfered with my enjoyment of the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bruce W Kunkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I often sort Amazon books by customer review, so I only look at those books that people really like, because there are too many books to read all of them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jaimeshawn
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GREAT STORY!
Anna Katz, who works for a security company, is a rough character. She smokes, drinks too much. and jogs for miles just so she can down a couple of pieces of pie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Dionne
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a great book...but...
This could have been a 5 star story...but for two things. A little too much action and some of it was hard to follow. And the biggest problem is that it had SO MANY typos. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Riddled with Editing Errors
I got this book for free after seeing it on the Kindle Buffett list. I did not know the author and had no expectations other than the concept seemed like something that would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by UBizz
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT READ
I don’t normally read first person, present tense stories that seem to be all the rage these days. But this was different. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Perks
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