- File Size: 792 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fleet Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0188AQNV8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very good book, except that a section appears to be missing from just before Part Four. (It belongs after "and everything went black" and would explain the backpack, windbreaker, etc.) (I'm trying to avoid spoilers.)
If Amazon supplies a corrected version, and the new section lives up to the rest of the novel, it'll deserve a solid four-plus stars, and I'll delete this review.
When Fischer first appears, there is a long description of his appearance, including the fact that he is wearing a t-shirt (3-line description of the t-shirt). Did he have anything on his lower body?
Darren thinks he is dead but he has never existed; same thing for his grandmother: Fischer clearly says" “Your.Grandmother.Never.Existed.” So the Librarian runs a Norton Reverse Superbifurcator, which is defined as “running [the grandmother’s] family tree and personal events backwards.” If the grandmother never existed, how can her family tree and personal events be known?
Maggie coldly corrects Darren, “You call me Missus Carmichael.” Is it relevant that it isn’t spelled “Mrs.”? The author refers to her as Maggie, yet the story so far has been from the viewpoint of Darren.
Fischer says to Darren, “My name is Fischer.” Why doesn’t Darren think of him as “Fisher”? Are the names pronounced differently? And when Fischer wants to look up Darren in the database, he knows how to spell Darren (Daryn?) and Ault (Olt? Ahlt??) without asking.
When does the story take place? Fischer’s language and body piercings are today’s, but ….
The names of people and places in China are written in our language and alphabet.
At this point I gave up. It could have become interesting, but the “science” behind it is very inconsistent; the characters are simplistic, and I had far too many questions in my mine to spare any attention for the actual story.
I’ve spent far too much time thinking about the mistakes in this story – that should have been the job of an editor, the author’s teacher, or the author’s friends.
Zero stars, rounded up to one.
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I might take more by the author, I certainly admire his style and that is half the battle of an enjoyable read. It probably doesn't actually rate four stars but it is a good ironic smile above three.
You have to go back and repair the past to reset the future.
Interesting idea which was well imagined and written.
I had a little trouble in the beginning, because the main character acted... rational, almost normal to the situations he was thrown in. Then I realized, that many common books had titular heros, who just leap into danger no matter what, be it 11-year old magician-students or dethroned princesses out for bloody revenge. Her the main characters evolution througout the story was very realistic.
Many characters from this book will stay with me a long time (especially Archibald Fischer, who's a total nutter), and I'm looking forward to reading other fiction of Gordon.
All in all a graet read, especially for the Kindle.