on 3 July 2013
The short chapters in this book kept me constantly saying to myself that I would read "just one more chapter". However, at the end of each one, I was too interested in what happened next that just another chapter kept going on. So glad there is a follow up as I am keen to see what happens now.
on 21 March 2013
Well worth reading, this unusual tale tells the story of Cliffe, a university student studying theoretical physics, who makes a surprising discovery. Through a crack in the ceiling he sees into another room, in another place. He sees a young girl, Andulan, who appears to live in the 1950s. Eventually these two find ways to communicate with each other and consider ways they might meet.
Cliffe and Andulan quickly become thoroughly believable characters. Cliffe's attempts to understand scientifically what has happened and is happening, add much credulity to the situation. His initial scepticism and rationalisation are reflected in our own. Andulan is a delightfully described child. Her imaginative ideas on how to meet Cliffe, are informed by her vividly realised rural background in North Yorkshire.
Like Cliffe and Andulan, the reader is led into speculations about the nature and relativity of time and place. We may think we understand more clearly than Cliffe what may be the consequences of his actions - but do we really? A surprising end, which, like reality itself, left me asking questions.
on 30 March 2013
This is an enchanting little book, suitable for anyone who still ponders the as yet undefined boundaries of our universe. Easy to read, but for all that is carefully grounded in science, both in the closely observed natural history and in the background physics in which the premise of the story linking two time periods is founded. Most enjoyable.
on 23 March 2013
this book is very gripping. I started reading it in the morning and finished it early afternoon, just couldn't put it down, I felt a bit sad when it was finished, because it's not very often that I find a book I can't put down. This is a wonderful book.