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Slow to start but good overall,
This review is from: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Hardcover)
I had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew nothing about it except that the author was also the main character, and I thought that would be an interesting concept. Having new read the book I can say that if someone asked me "Should I read this book" I'd say yes, but if someone asked me "Name a good book to read", this one would be somewhere in the middle of the list.
It starts off quite slowly, and didn't really capture my interest until I'd worked through a few chapters. The chapters are relatively short, so I did find that I would say "Ok, one more chapter" but only after checking how many more pages that would entail.
Toward the far middle/end is really where it starts to get interesting and the concept becomes more clear. I don't want to mention any specific points in the book but if you read it you'll know the point in the story to which I am referring here. At the very end of the book it becomes even more clear and actually turns out to be a very good story and, not just that, but makes you look at the physical book itself in a new light. What's more, it was only toward the end that I realised the main character is not necessarily the character that the book is about.
My experience of this book was that, whilst reading it I was interested but not completely absorbed. The final quarter was very good and given enlightenment on the previous sections of the story that may have be bit of a slog when you don't see the bigger picture. The best way to describe it is that it gets better the more retrospect it allows you to have, and the more it expands on the seeds it plants in previous chapters. For a book about time travel, I wouldn't want it any other way.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2012, 14:38:40 GMT
Joe Crow says:
spoiler alert: "...it was only toward the end that I realised the main character is not necessarily the character that the book is about..." but i'm going to buy it anyway!
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