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- Publisher: Triple Hare Press (October 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FM7OHOQ
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As a scientist, I can have a hard time with books like this because it's just too hard to set aside belief or overlook problems. This book was seriously starting to stretch that.
The author does start putting little captions at the beginnings of chapters so you know when/where you are. That becomes more & more necessary as the story unfolds.
The characters are further developed and (mostly) become more endearing.
Magic joins the fray.
While the first book was pleasantly smooth, from an editing/proofreading standpoint, this book did not fare as well. I'm not sure what happened.
Things start getting messy. Even with the captions, I'm sure there were problems in the timelines. I tried hard not to think about it and just try to follow the story rather than notice the inconsistencies, etc., but it was hard to do in some places.
I just had problems after awhile. I'm trying to avoid any spoilers... While there are time-loops created and the Time Corps is supposedly created to go through and repair all these things, there are too many other problems that I don't think that premise will be able to go back and explain. Person A meets person B in a certain year, but then they meet in a different year and the one who was older is now younger and.... It's like there's no anchor time/relationship between characters. All those interactions between A & B that are before/after previous meeting and with different age differences and relationships, it's just going to be one cluster-flub of a time loop tangle. (Yes - I also had a problem with Felicia basically spilling the concept of string theory to the 19th century, too.)
Also, the character of some of the characters seems to change and I don't know if that was a difference in worlds (but I think it was in the bunch that's sort of independent of this) or if we're led to believe someone's a good guy & really isn't... It's starting to irk me.
Time travel is a tough thing to tackle but I think there are just going to be too many unrealistic things for my analytical mind to enjoy.
I did start book 3 but I was lost in time/world (NOTHING to indicate where/when that book starts, unlike the captions in this one) and there were kittens... I had a flashback to the dog from the first book & had a feeling something bad would happen to them, so I just stopped. Nothing has compelled me to continue, as in, it was already going downhill enough that my aversion to animal harm won over curiosity.
The series is probably still fine for maybe middle grade readers who won't get tangles up in the particulars.
It's not bad, per se- it's just complicated in the ways that time travel tends to be. My problem with time travel is that it makes plotting arbitrary; if anything can happen at any time, there's not a plot there. And unfortunately, attempts to put limits on time travel seem just as arbitrary.
In this series in particular, I did not see a coherent system in which the various time- and alternate-world traveling could go on. Why some things worked and some did not seemed to be driven entirely by the requirements of the plot, and not by any underlying structure of the universe.
...And this made aspects of the plot arbitrary instead of coherent to the plot(s).
This being said, this book- #2 in the series- is more coherent than #1 was... but not enough so to make me finish #2 or read #3.
It was a fun adventure and introduces a new hub world with magical ships and talking monkeys. There is a bit more complexity in this go around and one should pay attention to the chapter dates and location as to not get lost.
Blackwood pulls the curtain back a bit on Mr. Grey and Mr. March as well as shines a spotlight on Hazel.
Grey and Hazel become travel companion and The Twelve make an important appearance. This is a fun continuation of the characters and if you liked the first book, you should enjoy this installment
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