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review 2018-02-14 17:33
That one time you had a work-study visa in Europe and spent all your time drinking instead of sightseeing (+time travel)
Paris Adrift - E.J. Swift

Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalley


"Adrift" is apt: the author took on a challenging format and offers some true excellence in character writing and worldbuilding, but the experience of reading this book is, for better or worse, as if you're just as adrift, confused, and purposeless as main character Hallie.

Hallie's doing the dissipated youth finding herself routine in Paris. But before we find that out, we have to wade through some future revolutionary setup with time-travellers who want to go back and change the past to resolve the blighted dystopian future they're living in. This is the frame story and the plot, but Hallie doesn't figure out where she fits into it until extremely late in the game. Instead, she's working and drinking her life away in a bar, hanging out with people who do the same, and - unwillingly at first - hopping through time in the cellar.


There's a lot to like at a technical level. Swift conveys that dreamy/nightmarish feeling and atmosphere of being 20-something and finding your group on the road, living in the moment, but with an uneasy awareness that the moment must pass and you're more than where you're stuck now. Paris and the group of international workers at Hallie's bar are conveyed with detailed world-building excellence, including what (as far as my limited French can tell) is accurate and characteristic uses of French.


If you think of this as a literary novel, it deserves a high rating. Dreamy, evocative, endlessly confusing, but in a way that hints at careful construction, it's an effective deep-dive into character. But the frame story plot lags as Hallie finds herself, and there are too many mysteries held for too long for it to be effective as a genre work. If you need fast, thriller pacing, spicy romance, or intricate and engage SFF goings-on to enjoy a book, this is not the story for you. If you're happy to invest some time, drift through the story, and maybe reminisce about (or look forward to) your own dissipated youthful travels, this offers much to appreciate. Just sit back and let it flow.

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review 2018-02-11 15:10
Difficult book to categorise- chick lit with time travel?
Paris Adrift - E.J. Swift


Although not really my type of novel, I read it through to the end to see how the plot develops. It centres around Hallie, an English young woman, arriving in Paris to get away from her family and university life. She encounters many characters, especially at work, but also finds herself time-travelling to help others ( a bit Quantum Leap / Sliders).Without giving too much away, she finds love and a purpose.


The plot moves along a bit slowly as the characters are developed and there’s a fair amount of introspection. There are some nice stylistic moments but generally the book did not excite me although I “enjoyed” the possible future of Paris.


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review 2017-07-03 00:00
Adrift on the Sea of Rains
Adrift on the Sea of Rains - Jeffrey Schmidt,Ian Sales Competent alternate history, which is mostly enjoyable because of the massive amount of NASA nerdery. Though props to the author for starting the series with such an unlikable protagonist (the kind of man who thinks he's the best ever, but is clearly not someone who should be in charge of a gas station, let alone a moon base). The tech conceit was a bit handwavey, but it got the story where it was going, and I enjoyed how it unfolded.
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review 2016-11-17 00:00
Callisto: Adrift
Callisto: Adrift - Erica Conroy Callisto: Adrift - Erica Conroy Simple writing, insanely stupid heroine, horribly guilt-ridden hero, with a surprisingly interesting plot.
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url 2016-09-16 01:18
Reading Rainstorm: Adventure Time Ephemera
Adventure Time : Eye Candy, Volume 1 (Hardcover)--by Shannon Watters [2013 Edition] - Shannon Watters
Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook!!! - Martin Olson,Cartoon Network,Tony Millionaire,Renee French,Sean Tejaratchi
[ { TALES FROM THE LAND OF OOO (ADVENTURE TIME) } ] by Brallier, Max (AUTHOR) Mar-21-2013 [ Paperback ] - Max Brallier
Epic Tales from Adventure Time: Queen of Rogues - T. T. MacDangereuse,Christopher Houghton
Adventure Time Vol. 8 - Christopher Hastings,Pendleton Ward,Zachary Sterling
Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles - Danielle Corsetto,Pendleton Ward,Bridget Underwood
Adventure Time Original Graphic Novel Vol. 6: Masked Mayhem - Kate Leth,Pendleton Ward,Bridget Underwood
Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy - Kent Osborne,Pendleton Ward,Mad Rupert
Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift - Meredith Gran,Pendleton Ward,Carey Pietsch
Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake Card Wars - Jen Wang,Pendleton Ward,Natasha Allegri,Britt Wilson

Finally, the first post on my blog! All Adventure Time, all the time in this entry! 

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