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The Day it Rained Forever Paperback – April 16, 2013
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From the Author
My previous book, No Tomorrow, takes you through the world of climate science and denial (if you really want to understand this stuff, read a textbook like Pierrehumbert’s Principles of Planetary Climate – sorry, there are no short cuts). This book assumes all that and takes you through life experiences of people grappling with regret, who face down the ultimate regret: not doing enough to avoid destroying the future of those you love. The theme of regret starts with if only you could go back in time and warn a younger you of a mistake that could be fixed and the discoveries arising from actually being able to do that. Not so simple, it turns out. Life is seldom about one button you pushed at the wrong time or forgot to push. It ends with directly addressing the problem of short-sighted actions that you ordinarily would not live to regret.
About the Author
Philip Machanick is a South African (and sometime Australian) computer science academic who writes the occasional novel and takes an interest in how science can be good or bad for the world – and what we can do about it.
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I found it interesting and quite gripping. Unlike a previous reviewer, I found that the use of the present tense added significantly to the urgency of the narrative. This is the author's second novel, and although this does show upon occasion, I personally think that author is greatly improving in style and pacing; I look forward to a third novel.
I did find that sometimes the writing style used - the present tense - did not always work well. However, since the novel is about future and past selves communicating, keeping it in the present is an interesting technique that works rather better than the traditional approach of jumping between timelines.
Overall colorful characters and an interesting idea.