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Humanity began as primitive lungfishes, crawling out from the depths of the sea to escape predators. Humanity will end as sparkles of light, streaming across the empty voids of the universe searching for meaning.
Pinhole is about the time travelers who live between what we once were and might someday become.
Cassandra knows the future brings her doom but is helpless to stop it. Lionel executes murderers before they can kill but wonders who the real victims are. Dolores is ensnared in a cult that uses a machine to link their minds and bodies. Joseph strives to escape an eight-year loop he's been trapped in his whole life. Daphne searches for a murderer who kills by giving his victims cancer, but she may be the next target.
Moving through time and space, their lives are intertwined, unwittingly tethered together by the same technology they use to change the world.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00BVFLY6W
- Publisher : Matthew Kagle; 1st edition (January 17, 2014)
- Publication date : January 17, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2897 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 307 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1483934764
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,438 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found Pinhole to rather akin to an extended race; a jumbled mass of characters that eventually thin to a few coherent participants towards the resolution. Occasionally, the author seemed to focus more on the finish line than on what a character was currently engaged in, resulting in odd duplications of text or narrative. Also, while I understand that the initial confusion factor was actually intended, it did seem at times needlessly contrived and is a substantial detriment to continuity (some may feel this prompts re-reading, but I've always felt comprehension should be a given, and subtlety and nuance are what truly justify multiple reads). Essentially, however, this race only pays off to any extent if you finish it... even though it can at times seem a marathon.
On the positive side, the characters (for the most part) are distinct enough to remember, especially given the limited capacity given to each. Every decent read has those personalities you would rather explore further, and this was no exception. There are also a multitude of interesting sci-fi concepts; I would venture saying there are too many, as none but the title concept is explored to any real extent. Some of these alone could serve as premise for additional works, and not necessarily in the Pinhole universe. Also, the science is brought down to layman's enough to make it palatable to anyone (I would have preferred more technical portrayals, but I'm a life-long fan of Asimov and Bradbury).
One final note about the scene delineator used throughout the novel. It is a graphical representation of a circuit board... and it is immense; a full six lines of text is lost, and it's used rather frequently. Two black holes, likely intended to depict the boundaries of an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, are represented in this circuit as an embedding diagram full of crossing grid points. In the `About the Author' section, he mentions `detonating a linear accelerator' in college. The circuitry depicted in the diagram would short the instant current was applied (given all the crossing circuits), possibly creating the damage indicated. I know, a lot of work for an esoteric electronics witticism, but the thing was superbly annoying throughout the read.
It is a compelling, if brain bending approach, but my problem was holding all these narrative threads together outside of the usual linear time line that most novels provide. Even when they jump around from present, past and future, cause and effect remain in play with a normal story. Not so with "Pinhole", because time travel has the potential to turn cause and effect on its head and Kagle goes to town on this aspect. Sometimes it was pretty clear (to me at least) what is going on...and sometimes it was not.
For example, the Cassandra thread was reasonably straightforward, if somewhat distressing. But I still don't really get how the Joseph(s) thread worked or what it was about. The other threads sat between these extremes for me, and sometimes I had to backtrack to unravel who was doing what to whom in terms of plot lineage.
While the characters were generally well described and had consistent motivations, the opening sequence with the uranolophiae felt contrived. But Kagle hit his stride quickly and "Pinhole" was an easy read in the sense that it was not peppered with grammatical errors and typos.
If you like time travel stories, for less than a dollar "Pinhole" is definitely worth buying. Just don't expect a run of the mill variant on Heinlein's classic " All You Zombies- " concept because "Pinhole" is an order of magnitude more brain bending than that.
The book is written objective-chronological, not individual-chronological, so you see some endings before the corresponding beginning; but the author thoughtfully adds an Appendix with, for each character, an individual-chronological path with references to the chapter they appear. That was a nice review of the story after reading the whole book.
There were events early in the book that I couldn't see how the tale would resolve at all and it kept me picking up the book even when I should have been working. I wanted to put the book down and think about what I would do with this technology, but apparently I wanted to read the story more than I wanted to figure that out, because I kept going back to the book instead of pondering.