- File Size: 2601 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dog Star Books (May 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F801MLC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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background for a unique spin on the time travel novel. The Curiosity Killers
is an exciting adventure set in a beautifully detailed alternate United States with
enough serial killers, monsters, and mystery to keep readers on their toes."
--J.L. Gribble, author of the Steel Empire series
"Wholly original and a hell of a lot of fun!" --Tim Waggoner, author of the
"From the moment you read that first paragraph, K.W. Taylor zaps you through
time and space and alternate history at a thriller pace with some of the most engaging
traveling companions anyone could ask for."
--Heidi Ruby Miller, award-winning author of the Ambasadora series --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Taylor's ability to travel back and forth through time without creating a paradox or losing the thread is impressive. Her combination of sci-fi, steampunk, and horror is also thoroughly enjoyable. There is also a diverse cast of characters here, and one of the things I enjoyed is that their diversity isn't The Thing about them. There is an Indian protagonist & a lesbian main character, plus two gay characters and I believe other people of color- but none of these are the main points. Diversity in fiction is important to me (and clearly to Taylor) and so I was glad to see all of this.
The main plot is deft and engaging. The world of the future imagined by Taylor is all too realistic- an America divided by ideaology (particularly as it has to do with race) after a second Civil War. With what's happening in American politics right now, it's VERY EASY to imagine this happening, in a way similar to how easy it is to now imagine Margaret Atwood's world in The Handmaid's Tale coming to reality. Additionally, the real life historical mysteries that Taylor sprinkles throughout the story (used to ground at least some of it in some reality) are interesting ad easily relateable- after all, how many people would love to solve these mysteries?? Tons!
And, as is always true for Taylor, the dialogue is top notch, engaging, and swift. Her envisioning of Wilbur Wright is one of my favorite things.
Really looking forward to more from this author!
Spoilers ahead: as another reviewer noted, this book crams so many creative ideas into one space that it should be a mess, but it absolutely isn't. A steampunk alternative future? Cliche, but Taylor gives it a meaningful existence with the fallout of a civil war putting a stranglehold on technology. The use of historical entities as characters? I can't tell you how many books I've skipped out on because the plot was "Something bad happens, and we need TELSA to help figure it out!" Of course, in a time travel story, it makes sense to use past events to ground the plot in "reality," and the use of a villain who actually IS past murderers (Jack the Ripper, Cleveland Torso Murderer, Black Dahlia Murderer...) was a great concept. There's even a mothman on the cover, and that just seems like icing on the cake of "What even is this book trying to be?" but trust me that the mothman's inclusion is clever by being relatively minor but hugely significant. The cast of characters are very inclusive, featuring a lesbian bachelorette, a gay couple, and an Indian playboy. That might just sound like an attempt to score on a PC bingo card, but each character is more than just that dimension.
Speaking of the characters, seeing their interactions is so much fun that, frankly, I didn't necessarily care what the actual *plot* of the book was about until about two thirds of the way through. When it becomes obvious (stop the crazy time-travelling murderer who, hey, also happened to start the second American civil war) it then becomes a fun exercise in remembering how the different events led to this scenario that allowed the villain to exist in the first place. The plot isn't so convoluted as to require a degree to analyze, but I'll definitely be rewarded from a second reading. And a second reading it shall get, and a third, and a fourth...
In conclusion, an excellent story that is soft on the science and big on the fun. Highly recommended.
(*If you're looking for actual giant monster fun, immediately pick up a copy of Matt Betts' ODD MEN OUT, another brilliant scifi novel from the same publisher as THE CURIOSITY KILLERS.)