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This isn't a novel but a series of short stories. This also isn't steampunk, but rather a fairly standard time travel/"end-of-the- world as we know it" disaster stories, It was pretty good up until the last story "the Empire" I think that the author was trying to interweave 4-5 plots and about 8 main characters and have everyone telling their part in first person. It didn't work, because the point of view character abruptly changed every few paragraphs (or sometimes every few pages) and it wasn't obvious when this occurred. It was bewildering and gave me a headache. This may have worked better on the written page, but I doubt it.
The narrator wasn't very good. Veronica and Gabby (and all of the other young women) had essentially the same voices as did most of the male characters.
This is serious sci-fi. I was not expecting that. I admit I chose this book because of the narrator. I'd just finished another book she narrated and she did all of the voices so well, I thought I'd see what else she had recorded. I thought this was one I would enjoy. I was really disappointed. It is sci-fi, and not even good sci-fi...
I really enjoyed this book, it bounces about willy-nilly through time with gay abandon while the big picture gradually reveals itself. And what a big picture it is!
When the book ended I was left wanting a couple of questions answered and a sense of wondering if a sequel was possible, I don't know, there was also a strong sense of finality as well.
I was also somewhat in awe of the mind that could conceive such a complex idea and put it on paper. I was reminded a little of The Time Traveller's Wife which is also a stunning concept well written.
The characters are well rounded, likeable and believable. The baddies really quite bad, the goodies are on our side and the idea of how the situations evolve and/or devolve are quite easily understood despite being rather complicated.
Yes this is a good book and if you are reading this its probably worth your while listening to a story about a couple of female detectives who do lots of travelling.
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This might be better read and not listened to, which is a shame as the reader is great. The story jumps around so much, and changes ppint of view every other sentence in places, that unless you're paying 100% attention it's super confusing. And it doesn't need to be. It's a fairly good plot and could be a good read if the author hadn't decided to try to be clever with it. The characters are probably good too, but are buried under the jumping around in time.
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