- File Size: 217 KB
- Print Length: 57 pages
- Publication Date: November 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AAODE7M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overtime Part One is fairly short, I finished reading it on the Kindle app on my phone in maybe 30 minutes. The premise is interesting: The main character goes back in time to create large scale global change in order to prepare humanity for a disaster. Rather than the usual time traveler evasions about the future, he pretty much goes straight up to a government lab, and starts showing them the future. I want to avoid summarizing the plot in review, so I'll comment on what I did and didn't like:
Story Concept, acknowledgements of some hard science elements (movement of the Earth factor in time travel was addressed, for example), format (personal journal)
Dialogue is not the strong point of the novel. It works best when he is retelling it as a transcript or in summary, with the weakest being the direct conversations with Dani. Also, it's short part one, so this won't be a long read for you.
All in all I'd say it's generally worth a look, and I'd definitely pick up the next part of the story.
It has a GREAT premise / idea, but extremely poor execution that did kinda ruin it for me. Scratch that - it has a great framework of a story, but very poor detail filling. What I'm trying to say is, I guess, that the author had a very unique and thought provoking idea for a story, but didn't take the time to do research about the technologies he mentions and instead just relies on "common knowledge name dropping".
It's hard to explain without actually spoiling stuff. So minor (REALLY minor) spoiler ahead: At the very beginning of the story, when the protagonist just arrives to the past - he uses "GPS" to find his location. Arggg, I though - GPS can't work in the past! It needs a bunch of satellites that haven't been launched yet!
At the time I thought "well, maybe he's referring to a futuristic GPS system that doesn't require satellites". But this kind of misunderstandings of technology repeats itself the entire story. Whenever the protagonist goes to talk to people, or mentions technological products, he goes to the "people/products the average guy on the street would recognize" (i.e. name dropping) rather than what was actually the best (or even "good") option to go to at the time.
Like I said - the author shows no understanding of technology, let alone technology as present in the past / technology used in the field the protagonist wants. A reader would not learn anything new from this story about... stuff. There will be no "Hmm. I didn't know that in the past this was what happened". In a way - the protagonist doesn't use the "right tools for the job", instead he uses "tools the layman reader would recognize".
So... why didn't I give the story 1 star? Normally, I would. This kind of, well, incompetence merits a 1 star rating. But.... But. But the framework. The idea. The story "around" the details... wow. I couldn't keep it out of my mind (and still can't, a month later). As the great sci-fi stories do - the idea stuck so hard it actually did add / change something inside of me.
I guess that's the biggest part of my frustration. This could have been a master-piece, a gem of sci-fi. But it won't be, cuz the author "got lazy" and didn't do even basic research. He had a great idea - and wrote it down. Had it been a bad idea / story, I would have just forgot about it. But because the story is so powerful, the frustration of this "near miss" is just overwhelming.
Oh, and it's very short, and actually only "part 1" of the story.
Bottom line: I can't recommend it at 2.99$. It isn't worth it at that price. But if it ever comes down to 1$ or less - then go for it. Really. I'm happy to have read it. But I will not be reading the next part - as I feel I already have the "idea", and don't want any more of the "execution".
I enjoyed the tech aspects of the story and the descriptions of the interactions. However, the descriptions seemed short sited and I couldn't tell if that was purposeful as it happens throughout the book or just the style of the author trying to portray a character that doesn't really enjoy writing in this journal but does it out of necessity.
My main problem with this story was the brevity. Although based on the title, I assume the author is going for a more serialized story telling aspect. With that in mind I would classify this (personally) as a short story and not as a book (Amazon states ~57 pages).
As for a monetary category on what I would be willing to pay, I would probably put it in the $2 or less bucket. I will be recommending this back to my other family members with similar science fiction reading palettes. I will also be waiting for "Book Two" and will get around to reading it sometime after it appears but the story in "Book One" was not amazing enough to make the next entry a drop everything and read this first experience.
I would recommend a good editor. There were a couple of blatant grammatical errors that took my focus out of the story.
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