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The Fold: A Novel Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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“A fun, brilliant read. Technical enough to enthrall, fast-paced enough to stay engaging to the explosive end, The Fold has everything I want in an SF novel, and then a little bit extra.”
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“Part techno thriller, part supernatural mystery, all awesome.”
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“I was enthralled…a mix of scientific extrapolation, fast-paced plotting, surprising twists, clues for the savvy reader, and credible characters.”
—Sci Fi Bulletin
“Absolutely riveting…[features] weird science, great characters, snappy dialogue, a slowly developing mystery and edge of your seat action.”
"A mind-blowing science fiction mystery that kept me guessing right to the end…Clines’ writing is steeped in popular culture and unexpectedly funny, yet highly perceptive and infused with a subtle intelligence. If you haven’t read him, you’re in for a wonderful surprise."
--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City
"A smart, intense thriller with just a dash of dark humor, The Fold will keep you turning pages until the wee hours of the morning. Well done, Peter Clines!"
--DJ Molles, author of the Remaining series
“Wow! This is why I love spec fic. Brilliant, unpredictable, and mind-bending, The Fold is one of the best books I’ve read in years. An SF thriller that summons Lovecraftian monsters, it will surprise you again and again. Read it!”
--John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island
About the Author
PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of the Ex-Heroes series and the acclaimed standalone thriller 14. He lives in Southern California.
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Clines continues his modus operandi in The Fold. The book starts as hard core science fiction with an experiment - The Albuquerque Door - that seems to "fold" space so that a person stepping through one side of a gate exists out the other side of a gate 100s of feet away. This is obviously a significant advance in science, except the scientists working on the Door are paranoid in the refusal to share any information about how the door works and a government inspector who walked through the Door started raving about how he wasn't married to someone other than the woman he married.
If you have ever been a science fiction reader, you know what's going on in the first chapter, but if you're not, I will let you wait for the big reveal around 70% of the way through the book. Although I saw where the book was going - and I have been reading science fiction for 40 years - I was still intrigued by the development of the story as Clines trotted out the next clue to the inevitable revelation.
What made the book work for me was definitely the main character Leland "Mike" Erikson. Mike is a high school English teacher who is sought out by his friend, a major player in DARPA, as the one person capable of unravelling the mystery of the Albuquerque Door, because of two facts: (a) Mike has the third highest IQ ever recorded and (b) Mike has "eidetic memory," i.e., he remembers everything. Clines makes his really cool superpower work in this story, particularly as Mike is developed as a quirky, humorous and self-effacing everyman, who is just smarter than everyone else and can remember everything he's ever seen, heard or felt.
The story works as standard science fiction story until about 80% of the way into the book when it veered into H.P.Lovecraft territory. Normally, I would cry foul, but I actually enjoyed this development, particularly since Cline connected the events of this book with his previous book, 14, and tossed in some cameos from characters in that book. (Frankly, when characters started noticing the "green cockroaches," I should have made the connection, but I do not have "eidetic memory.") Since I like that story and those characters, my "willing suspension of disbelief" meter was particularly tolerant. If you haven't read 14, you might want to do that, but this is definitely a stand-alone book.
So, bottom line, this is a fun book; you don't get preached at, you don't get hectored, you get a bit of the gosh-wow fun of science fiction, and you get money's worth in entertainment.
Not a bad deal.
It had been a while since I bought a novel that I was actually looking forward to go back to. Clines wastes no time in setting up the mystery that will keep you reading. The pace is good, either due to a good writer or a good editor, or both, with no useless or boring fluff. I gave it 3 stars because the story doesn't flow as smoothly (the example above of the scientists that can't see what's plainly in front of their noses is just one), and the characters aren't as compelling and developed (some of them were fairly interchangeable) as in '14'.
The main guy has a friend who works for DARPA, and the friend has been trying for years to get the main guy to help him on some projects. The main guy says no because because he’s happy being a single high school history in the northeast. Clines tries to explain this in that the main guy is like Sherlock Holmes’s less ambitious brother, Mycroft. It feels like a hand-wave, but the framing device is used through the book, it is in fact why the main guy is called “Mike” in the book.
So though he keeps saying “No,” in the book the friend has a project so cool that it cannot be refused. The project is that one of the world’s most famous scientist is working on a teleportation project. Actually the thought is that they are folding reality so that different parts of space time are close and allows someone just to walk through these gates. MIke is signed up to observe and see if these people should continue receiving funds from DARPA.
Cool premise, and needless to say, there are complications. It becomes a well-told, nicely paced thriller thing after 150 pages of exposition. Then it wraps up.
Then there’s one more section that takes what had previously happened and sets it up for a sequel, and it is really annoying because the add-on at the end cheapens everything that came before it. It looked like the book would be a self-contained arc, then these new mysterious characters are introduced and Mike has to make a choice (along with his unrealistically portrayed lover interest - why is that necessary?) to join this mysterious group and you know that there’s going to be more to this story. Why can’t authors keep a world in one book?
Couple of things. This is the first book of Clines I have read, and it is well done enough I will seek out others. I stayed up too late reading it more than once, so he can tell a story. But he does lean on some devices and descriptors too much. The main guy gets hurt at the end of the book, and his pain is described as “hooks” in his body an infinity too many times. There’s also how he describes his main character’s photographic or “eidetic” memory. He uses the imagery of ants carrying photos for him to review. It gets to be too much and a distraction from the story itself. The device of the photographic memory is well done for the most part. Though I’m skeptical of the actual existence of memory working as Clines described it, it does not make the character too robotic. There are also places where it is used to humanize the character, so it works. It was basically background like if someone was in a book that has a mech suit with cameras and a powerful computer. Same thing basically. I wish I had marked the page, but I like that they lampshaded the whole thing in a conversation. Mike is explaining his mind, and another character says something to the effect of “I thought that was only in science fiction stories”.
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