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review 2017-07-01 21:56
Causality Violation SF: “Version Control” by Dexter Palmer
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

“For months now, Rebecca had felt what she could only describe as a certain subtle wrongness – not within herself, but in the world. She found it impossible to place its source, for the fault in the nature of things seemed to reside both everywhere and nowhere. Countless things just felt a little off to her.”

 

In “Version Control” by Dexter Palmer

 

A lot of the debate around this book must be surely undermined by the lack of a clear definition of time.

 

The idea of time 'moving forwards or backwards' is just a metaphor that people adopt because it's easy to identify with physical objects that move and since time is a dimension- a dimension of space-time, the continuum in which everything has its being. Time itself doesn't 'move' or 'pass' any more than length can pass or move. However, everything moves, or occupies a series of different points, in space-time. I also suspect that our perception of time as a progression in one direction, with a remembered past and a future of multiple unrealized possibilities, is a 'fiction' or mental construction that allows us to make sense of cause and effect. If we could imagine a being outside of space-time, whether God, or Vonnegut's Tralfamadoreans, that being would see all those points simultaneously. As we do when we remember someone's life.

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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text 2017-06-14 11:41
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Damage Control by Eva King
Damage Control - Claire Smith,Eva King,Hot Tree Editing

Recovering from a broken relationship, Emma Mitchell moves in with her best friend. Her life is quiet and uneventful, just how she likes it. Little does she know that the events of the following months will change her life forever.

Famous Hollywood actor James McNair is a renowned womaniser with a penchant for partying and hitting the tabloids for all the wrong reasons. When a night of partying a little too hard means he finally has to take stock and reevaluate his lifestyle, a week away from the flashing lights of Hollywood is just what he needs. What better place to hide than in his childhood home in Edinburgh, Scotland?

When the old friends are reunited, feelings resurface and sparks fly. But James must keep the pretence of his new persona until the premier of his biggest film in his career. He just has no idea if he'll be able to keep his feelings for Emma under wraps until then.

Sometimes it takes more than damage control to find a happily ever after.

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/06/blog-tour-review-giveaway-damage.html
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text 2017-06-11 18:00
Reading progress update: I've read 398 out of 497 pages.
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

stunning. perfect. the best SF experience I've had in long time. one of those books where I had forgotten I had that level of enjoyment of a single book in me! possibly breaking in to my Top 10 SF reads, and even if I were to go off and try and draw up a definitive list like that, and this were to get edged out...that's all it would be, an edging out. to find a book that has got me even pondering "Top 10 Ever" status for at least the year I'm reading it, means I'm very satisfied, very happy. recommended--and no, I don't think it's going tank in the last 100 pages.

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text 2017-06-11 04:25
Reading progress update: I've read 278 out of 497 pages.
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

I knew, knew, KNEW this book was suddenly going to go weird! and I knew it would be beautiful when it did. this wonderful book definitely marches to the beat of its own drum--but just now I'm reminded of that great Fringe episode, White Tulips. that, and this, sharing some Awesome.

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text 2017-06-10 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 213 out of 497 pages.
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

Terence and Spivey's appearances in this novel--their verbal antics--are an extra thrill for me, because it takes me right back to all the fun I knew I was going to have when Monahan and Monroe would suddenly show up in one of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. and of course I LOVE that Alicia, strong, assertive, is a big Wonder Woman fan--wild coincidence, neat when that sort of thing just happens! meanwhile--I'm now officially soothed by the inner knowledge that this book will be extremely fascinating, and a joy to read, no matter slow the main plot unfolds. supremely character-driven, with a slow-burn eerie feel...and that's just fine with me.

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