Wit, charm and enormous scope,
This review is from: The Shadow on the Dial (Kindle Edition)I got to help out with the formatting on this edition so that it could be released on Kindle. I'd first read the paperback in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed it so it was a joy to work on.
The story is a complex interweaving of texts from the Torah, mysticism, time travel and idiosyncratic English "boffin" humour. Cable has a distinctive voice, full of charm and a narrative style that is at once quirky and utterly engaging.
There are some complex idea here and some iconic settings, gadgets and characters. At times it's like an irreverent Doctor Who, but thankfully, Cable has more depth than the current crop of Who writers. He's also something of an authority on Kabbalah, Judaism, and education, so there are rewards waiting for the diligent reader.
This is a great book for the YA market - full of wit, knowledge and adventure and devoid of bad language, gore and sexual references.