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Homage to bygone books,
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This review is from: The Time Hunters (Paperback)
Looking for recent books with a time-travel theme, I came across this one whilst browsing on Kindle. It harks back to childrens' books of an earlier time. The main characters, Becky and Joe, are ordinary, trouble-free, and the story kind of happens to them, rather than generates from them. The modern-day references such as Facebook are simply token gestures. Becky and Joe seem like ciphers through which the reader experiences an adventure and could be from any time period. I felt it strange that an eccentric inventor Uncle Percy has a huge mansion with seventy-two bedrooms, and the two `housekeepers' live there, acting like servants, but not. It seemed a bit like it fudges the obvious upper class privileged life he leads. I feel uncomfortable with the old-fashioned idea of kids from an average upbringing being introduced to a more preferable, exciting life with a posh relative. Also do thirteen year old girls really use words like numpty, old codger or dweeb?
I liked the book more once it moved on to time-travel, and found the ideas to be original and the plot well-structured and concise. Ashmore sets up a mystery that begins in early 20th century London, and broadens the scope to include a novel spin on the legendary figures of the Minotaur and Jason and the Argonauts, plus others I won't mention, sending out a warning you shouldn't believe anything you're told. The author also has fun with the possibilities time-travel offers to create logical time loops. I'm glad that the book is short, like old slim Puffin paperbacks. I guess publishers like to ensure a blockbuster series of books takes up a huge attention-grabbing amount of shelf space in the bookshops, so they make them really thick and spread them over a series, and the teen book section ends up looking more like a billboard. In such a situation a book like this might well be overlooked, but admirably it's not padded out with filler and was a reasonable price on Kindle when I bought it, in fact at the moment it's free (don't you hate it when that happens?) so perhaps Kindle is where it will find its readers.
Although it is easy to ignore them, there are quite a few superficial errors in the text of the e-book version.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2012 05:16:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Sep 2012 05:16:42 BDT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thanks so much for your review. It means a lot. You mentioned some 'superficial errors' in the eBook version. If you have time could you send me an email highlighting these. No one has mentioned any errors before and I'd certainly like to address them. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for taking the time to write your review.
Have a great weekend.
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