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review 2017-04-16 16:33
Some much more than time travel
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

This was a long run for me. I got into this novel very quickly, but than I made a pause which tuned out to be... Well, a bit longer than I planned (started last Sept, finished today - yeah, just a bit longer).

It is a slow reading and if you expect this book to be filled with action like time travel novels tend to be, know that it is not. It is, however, full of characters' pains, aspirations, failures and remorses. And there are many sophisticated dialogues and monologues, so brace yourself, it is not an easy entertaining reading. It makes you think a lot and lingers in your mind long after you turn the final page.

I would like to call this book amazing, but it is not. Nor it is fabulous, awesome, fantastic. I feel like all those words would be diminishing for Version Control. It is astonishing. It is graceful. And huge.

God, it is huge, and I'm not talking about size here. The scope of themes it covers is very impressive, because these is not a novel about time travel. It is so vast, that I don't even know where to start. Do I say that this is a novel about what it takes to be a scientist?

Here we have Philip Steiner, a brilliant physicist working on a project of his life. And this project is swallowing him whole and doesn't promise to be successful. He is stuck on the edge of groundbreaking something, only he cannot prove that his grand design, his casual violation device (not time-machine! I repeat, do not call it time-machine!) really works. That makes all sort of tip-toeing and dancing to receive funds for his project even more difficult for Philip.

Now meet Alicia, another brilliant physicist and a member of Philip's team, who is constantly reminded that she is, after all, a woman scientist. Not that it bothers her, but still. 

Carson, yet another physicist, has problems with his race. He is not sure how others see him, not even his girlfriend, but he is sure that if he would try to obtain a lab of his own, his race will be an obstacle.

So, do I say that this is a novel about what it takes to be a scientist? Yes. But it is so much more than this. What I wrote above covers less than half of this book. There's also Philip and his wife Rebecca marriage, that is in steady decline because for so many reasons. There's Rebecca, so lovely and lonely. There's Kate, so confused and confusing. We have all ugliness of online dating services shown to us. We see the way internet interferes with reality and shapes it. All this in one book, and it doesn't feel overloaded. Not one bit.

And the last but not the least - how do you know that the time-machine works if you have no memory of the previous timeline? What is your name? Are you sure? Has it always been?

It's huge, huge, huge, and so-so graceful!

Thank you, Dexter Palmer, I am now more than encouraged to get to The Dream of Perpetual Motion.

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text 2017-04-10 07:05
Book Blitz - Misguided Control

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Title: Misguided Control
Series: The Control Series, Book 3 
  Author: Anna Edwards 
 
  Publisher: Self-Published 
  Cover Artist: Charity Hendry 
  Release Date: March 7, 2017 Romance 
  Genre(s): Contemporary, Suspense 
  Words: 58,000
 
 
 

Misguided Control

 

About the Book

 

Blurb:

 

Control isn’t always what it seems.

What do you see Marie Easton as? The jealous secretary whose desire for her boss turns her into a lustful bimbo. Appearances can be deceiving though as new finance director Callum Ashworth is about to find out. Can he help her see the true person behind the mask she wears and how beautiful she is? Or will his attentions lead her down a path she never thought she would go?

 And what about Callum? Is he the boring accountant that you expect him to be? Or does he hide a secret that nobody ever expected, least of all Marie. With a trip to Rome, and a journey to the dark side of London. Misguided Control will take you on a love affair born out of the fiery pains of hell. 

Novel contains dark storylines, hot sex with elements of BDSM and a dramatic conclusion. You have been warned.

Loving Control (A Bonus Story)

Amy and James found their happy ever after in Divided Control so what could possibly go wrong? 

Amy gives birth, that is what. Can the loving couple find an equilibrium with their new status as parents or will it be their destruction? Throw in another blast from the past and their world looks set to be rocked. Are you ready to step into the world of control?

Excerpt:

 
She took her clothes off. Slowly. He threw them into the shower. She wouldn't wear them again. He could throw them away.

 

She stood in her bra and panties before him. "You should leave."

 

"I'm not leaving you alone."

 

"But?"

 

"I'm not leaving." His eyes had turned dark.

 

If she was honest with herself, though, she didn't want him to go. She undid the clasp of her bra and dropped it to the floor. He averted his eyes, but she knew he could sense every movement she made by the way he gripped the sink. She reached for the waistband of her pants and pulled them down.

 

"Can you get in the shower alright?"

 

"Yes, I can."

 

He turned the water on when she got in. Warmth washed away the filth of what could have killed her. She scrubbed her skin while tears fell. She slathered herself in the soap that he handed her. She'd nearly died. She'd really, really come close to dying.

 

Oh God. Her mum. Owen. Guilt washed over her as she cried and cried. The entire time Callum stood outside the shower. He no longer averted his eyes. He watched as she sobbed and sobbed. She didn't want him to look away. She wanted him to watch. He needed to be close. She wished he could be in the shower with her; inside her. He could take away the pain of her life but she couldn't. She had to be strong.

 

When she finally got out of the shower, he wrapped a towel around her and rubbed her until she was dry.

 

"I don't have a change of clothes for you. But." He took off his jacket, tie, waistcoat and shirt. "Take my shirt, it will cover you. My coat will keep you warm." He put the waistcoat back on.

 

"You don't have a girdle." She wasn't sure where those words had come from. All she knew was that she had looked at his muscular torso and that was what had popped into her mind. She let out a little giggle.

 

He took a step closer to her and wrapped the shirt around her. She dropped the towel to the floor, and he did the buttons up. He stopped after a few and rested his forehead against hers. "I'm so sorry. I've never hated having to do anything as much as I hated putting you in that position. It was the only thing we could think of. Signore Corvi had hidden things too well."

 

"It's ok. Everything worked out."

 

"Mr North will be very pleased with you." Callum hesitated on the words.

 

"And with you."

 

He brought his lips down, so they hovered just above hers. "Marie, may I kiss you?"

 

She swallowed. "Yes. Yes, please. Kiss me."
 

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About Anna Edwards

 

Author Bio:

 

Anna Edwards is a British Author who has a love of travelling and developing plot lines for stories. She has spent the last two years learning the skills of writing after being an accountant since the age of 21. As well as roleplaying on Twitter, she can also be found writing poetry. Her debut novel, Surrendered Control was released in November 2016 and has received fantastic feedback on the drama of story. Divided Control followed in December and again received acclaim. In her writing, Anna combines her love of romantic and erotic fiction with her passion for travel to give an international feel to her novels. She likes her hero’s hot and hunky with a dirty mouth, her heroines demure but spunky, and her books in a kick arse series

 

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  • First Prize: set of signed paperbacks of all three books in The Control Series plus swag pack
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text 2017-03-31 12:06
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review 2017-03-17 01:17
Version Control, by Dexter Palmer
Version Control: A Novel - Dexter Palmer

I'm seeing a theme in this year's Tournament of Books shortlist (or, I should say, those books whose samples appealed to me): genre-bending and concerns about identity. I like to think about the lines between or blurring genres, and I appreciate the lens of race or sexuality, both of which are commonly excluded from much genre fic.

 

Dexter Palmer's Version Control is speculative, but only just: its future is near, and there are certainly elements that are not at all far-fetched and therefore frightening: self-driving cars that can endanger passengers when, say, a firmware update has a glitch; data mining and what it could be used for; digital avatars, operating much like bot accounts on social media sites. There are also reminders for our own present, such as the real goals of online dating services--to keep you using (and paying) as long as possible, not successfully find a partner.

 

Palmer's novel is marketed as "time travel like you've never seen it before." I'll go ahead and preface my questions about and problems with the book by saying I'm easily confused by time travel narratives, no matter how well explained.

 

The book is structurally tight, with thematic echoes across points of view and timelines, of which there are two. The idea of "the best of all possible worlds" is central; when it's inevitably discovered that the device the protagonist's husband is working on is, well, working, despite a lack of scientific proof, the characters realize what we as readers learned about halfway through the book when details of their lives change (character x is dead instead of y; characters go--or don't go--by certain nicknames; character a cheats with character b rather than c, etc.): every time someone enters the "causation violation" chamber, a new timeline branches off.

 

Before the characters themselves are in the know, in the first timeline explored, the protagonist feels something's not right, but can't explain what. She's not alone; the phenomenon is experienced by others and has become a diagnosis. What I don't understand is why they have that sense of wrongness. I was also confused by Sean, the physicist and protagonist's son. Is his mural as his mother, Rebecca, sees it, or as Alicia sees (or doesn't see) it? Is he simply an artistic child suffering from loss?

 

Though thematically sound with some fresh explorations of gender and race in the hard sciences especially, Version Control didn't quite come together for me. I didn't particularly like or care about any of the characters; I'd say Carson was most interesting to me. The end was fairly predictable; I enjoyed the first half more. I have some stylistic quibbles that are just my bias, like chunks or pages of dialog, which reminded me of exposition in movies, and what felt like unnecessary section breaks. But I wanted to know what happened next, and the mystery of what was going on and why definitely kept me reading.

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Find Tips on how to Remove Algae from Pond without Harming Fish

Algae is vital part of next-generation bio-fuels – counted as a big problem in fish pond. However, it is not a big issue, if you focus on this as it is easy to manage with proper planning.

If you want to control over algae then you should consider control over sun light and nutrients without harming fish. They are primitive plants combine water and carbon dioxide for sugars to ensure better energy level and growth. They can produce oxygen that is very useful.

 

They are divided into two categories:

 

  • Green water algae
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High Quality Fish Feeding Products

 

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