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review 2019-03-21 23:09
Indian Paintbrush (Carson Chronicles #3)
Indian Paintbrush - John A. Heldt

The five Carson siblings plus two new sisters-in-law and a new baby have entered a new time period in pursuit of their parents yet again.  Now the large group has entered into 1943 Arizona, a dangerous time especially for the three men who are all of age to be drafted.  They all quickly find jobs that will help the war effort.  Cody drives a supply truck that makes deliveries to an Internment Camp where he befriends a family.  Caitlin and Natalie maintain airplanes and meet two aviators.  Adam settles down with his wife and child as well as finding a job teaching English to Chinese pilots.  Greg along with his new wife are also finding their way in a new time, but with the same old problems that continue to haunt him.  With extensive knowledge of the events of World War II, the Carson clan must be extra careful to make sure they are fitting in with their time period.

Exhilarating and endearing, Indian Paintbrush offers an engaging time-travel adventure into 1943 with the Carson siblings.  I would highly recommend reading this series in order to get to know all of the characters and motivations.  I enjoyed diving right back into the action when the Carson family crossed through the veil into 1943 from 1918.  I was excited to learn how they would fit into a time period that they had more knowledge of and how the brides from 1889 and 1918 would do with the continued changes. After two previous time hops, the group is getting better at assimilating to the time period. As with the past two installments, I was impressed at how well immersed into the time period I felt.  Between the siblings, the writing explored the Internment Camps and the treatment of the citizens that were held there, the loss of a loved one during Pearl Harbor, the training program to be an aviator and romance during wartime.  I was surprised to see how some of the characters from the past time periods were integrated as well as how trouble the Carson's have caused in the past is still affecting them in 1943.  Their mission to find and reconnect with their parents is still their mission, however, it seems that the Carson family might be fated to near misses.  I can't wait to see how the next time period treats the Carson's.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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review 2019-03-19 22:47
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch


๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

Apocalyptic Bleakness
Science Fiction
WTF Did I Just Listen To


With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley


๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

This is such a compelling read/listen.  I didn't want to stop listening, not even to go sightseeing, I was on Vacay while listening to this; it was that good.  Audio narration isn't perfect, a little breathy...but I totally adjusted to it.  Pressley does a variety of voices that made this all the more compelling.

What starts out as a crime scene investigation quickly morphs into so much more...with a bleak apocalyptic/dystopian feel that has time-travel, suspense, and is also wholly mysterious and altogether mind-blowing all at the same time.  If I tried to explain the science (time-travel aspect) part of this to someone else, I don't think they would ever totally get it...mostly because I probably leave out crucial information while doing so.  But, also because I can't fully grasp it completely but I did grasp enough...enough to enjoy it immensely.  Yeah...one of those kinds of a story for me, actually a lot of the Sci-Fi that I read is like that for me.

This book already has talk of a movie being made and I can't wait to see it, maybe it will clear up that ending for me...while I mostly get what went down I do have one little question about it.  I only had one other issue and that was the awkward sex scene, I believe that guys should not write sex scenes in their books...because I've never encountered one that wasn't awkward yet.

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 




๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.3/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  5/5
Pacing⇝  4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝  5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  4.5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ West Virginia and Pennsylvania mostly, I think...with multiple timelines.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-03-08 17:37
The Best Years of Our Lives, My Ass by ireallyhatecornnuts
The Best Years of Our Lives, My Ass - ireallyhatecornnuts

A well written fanfic in which Dean and Cas are returned to 1996 as seventeen year olds. The boys have to contend with homophobia in their final year of high school in Lawrence, Kansas.
Art by Jay

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/1023484
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review 2019-02-25 19:11
The Psychology of Time Travel
The Psychology of Time Travel - Kate Mascarenhas

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

A book that started a little on a rocky road for me, due to the writing style that I found at first fairly abrupt (too many short sentences stuck together), but that fortunately grew on me quite fast after the first few chapters.

The story doesn’t deal much with the science aspect of time travel, which in itself was rather wishy-washy—readers looking for ‘believable’ hard science won’t find it here. And I admit it rubbed me the wrong way at first, but I kept telling myself that when it came to this specific book, it wasn’t the important point here. The interest of “The Psychology of Time Travel” lies, like the title clearly hints at, in the characters’ psyches and relationships, in how the capability of travelling in different time periods affects them, in good and bath ways. All this articulated around a mystery and an investigation, following the discovery of a dead woman in a locked room.

Through the eyes of several characters, including the four pioneers of time travel and some of their descendants, we get to explore the various effects that going back and forth in time can have on human beings as well as on events. Here, the question of paradox, for starters, is tackled in the way events cannot be altered, even should a person go back in time several times to try and prevent it; as a result, time investigations do not aim at preventing a murder, for instance, but at making sure that enough clues can be gathered in advance so as to be able to convict the criminal. Following a similar logic, any person can also meet themselves in the past or future without causing the fabric of time to rip, which gives rise to interesting possibilities, such as dancing a ballet with several of one’s selves, having one’s older selves one’s (re)attend one’s own wedding, or even having sex with oneself.

With some characters going back and forth in times, it was sometimes a little difficult to properly follow the flow of the story; however, dates and names being provided at the beginning of each chapter help to quickly find one’s bearing again after the first moments of wondering who’s doing what, and when. The more the story progresses, the clearer it becomes, and there’s no confusion left at the end as to ‘whodunnit’ and why.

Exploring time travel-related mental health problems was definitely interesting, too. Due to one of the founders, Barbara, collapsing during the first live interview the scientists gave in 1967, her ex-colleagues, who kept forging onwards and created the Time Travel Conclave, adopted a hard stance when it came to psychological issues—especially Margaret, who immediately took the reins. On top of weeding out people who experienced some issues only once, for instance (such as situational depression), the Conclave paved the way for ruthless and dehumanising ‘tests’ and ‘hazing’, such as forcing a new recruit to announce to a person that their parent was about to die; this, and other acts, were meant to inure them to feelings and fear of death, so that the travellers wouldn’t develop issues after seeing their beloved ones die, then meeting them in the past, or conversely. This approach was both completely inhuman but also fascinating, in a way, because there’s no denying that such events -would- potentially traumatise a person (and repeatedly)—nor that people are able to behave in such callous ways, all the more when enabled through an organisation (see the Stanford Prison Experiment and the likes). The author explored several possibilities, such as that of an anorexic traveller who could only eat if going back to on a specific day in the past. It’s very likely triggering, or bordering on it—but nonetheless a different approach to the potential side-effects of time travel, veering away from the more usual ‘grandfather’s paradox.

It could probably have gone even further and deeper than that, too; so it’s a bid too bad it didn’t.

Where the novel lacked for me (and where it wasn’t helped by the writing style either) was in characterisation. I felt that I didn’t get to properly know most of the characters, the kind of people they were, and the way they built their relationships. Probably the only relationship that made sense was that of Bee and Ruby. The problem here came mainly, I think, from the fact that events couldn’t be changed, so whenever someone travelled in the future and saw that they were going to be in a relationship with someone, then back in the present, the relation just happened because that’s how it was meant to be—we don’t see it develop. (Also, due to that ‘fated’ approach, the Conclave’s judiciary system also made… uhm… well it did make some kind of sense, but also not so much at all.)

Conclusion: 3 stars.

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review 2019-02-19 20:10
The Hazards of Time Travel
Hazards of Time Travel - Joyce Carol Oates,Andi Arndt

Adriane Strohl is a seventeen-year-old high-school senior living in a not-too-distant future version of America, the Reconstituted North American States (NAS), which seems to have involved incorporating the U.S. and Canada under an increasingly totalitarian regime where there is a single political party--the Patriot Party--and with presidential elections where only the very rich get to vote, by selecting an emoji that represents the one candidate up for "election."


In this world, Adriane has received the exciting news that she is the recipient of a prestigious Patriot Scholarship, as well as having achieved the honor of serving as valedictorian for her class.  But her prospects take a frightening turn when, because her speech draft is a series of questions she feels her teachers and principal should answer, she is arrested as a "subversive" during graduation rehearsal.  As punishment, she is designated an EI:  exiled individual.  Her four-year exile is to take place not only in a different place, but in a different time. From the year NAS 23 (years having been renumbered based on September 11, 2001) in Pennsboro, N.J., Adriane is transported back to September of 1959, where she has a four-year scholarship to Wainscotia State University in Wainscotia Falls, Wisconsin.  She has been assigned a new identity--Mary Ellen Enright--tragically, a double orphan, whose adoptive parents died in a vague accident.  Mary Ellen Enright is not permitted to speak to anyone of her "Adriane Strohl" identity, her exile, nor her life in the "future."  She is not allowed to seek out fellow EI's.


Before long, Adriane/Mary Ellen comes to realize that the assistant professor assigned to her quiz section of the Psychology 101 class she taking, Ira Wolfman, is also a mysterious double orphan, and they come to forge a risky secret alliance.


I love me some Joyce Carol Oates, and for much of this book, I just kind of shook my head and marveled that Oates can bust out a book in any genre she chooses.  Dystopian Sci-Fi?  Sure thing, coming right up!  Adrian/Mary Ellen adjusting to and reacting to the world of Midwestern 1959-1960 was handled with wit and humor.  I could relate, for instance, to her disgust and wonder that so many people casually smoked, apparently innocent of the cancer connection, while expecting non-smokers to be apologetic about their coughing discomfort.


For most of this book, I was on my way to five-starring--which is a rating I seldom issue.  But in the last  20-ish percent of the book, the narrative took a turn that led to an ending that felt unsatisfying to me.  It partly feels like a cop-out and partly feels maddeningly unfinished.


But despite all that?  I STILL think it's worth reading.  Prepare to not necessarily have things wrap up as you might hope or expect, but also enjoy the ride and the journey into Oates's imagination.

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