A very interesting concept about splitting universes and alternative "what ifs". The concept of the story is great but the writing is a little lacklustre. I think that if Tuttle had been a better writer, this book would have been spectacular. That's not to say it's bad in any way, because it's not; it's actually good, but it's just that it could have been so much better again. It explores the nature of identity and how environment shapes the person by contrasting different versions of the same person who followed different life paths.
I find the storyline a tad confusing - every couple of chapters the story moves into the first person who seems to be narrating the story without explaining who exactly that person is (obviously it's one of the iterations of the main character, but why this version knows what's going on is anyone's guess). Even at the end of the book, it's not clearly explained how the main character seems to be able to see and move into her alternate universes or what happens to the other versions of herself she displaces. So it's a little disappointing in that respect.
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Lisa Tuttle has been writing remarkable, chilling short stories and powerful, haunting novels for many years now, and doing it so easily and so well that one almost takes it, and her, for granted * Neil Gaiman on Lisa Tuttle * So intense, so compelling, so emotionally real, that the effect is mind-altering. It has not stopped haunting me since I read it * Lewis Shiner, author of Slam and Glimpses * [Lisa Tuttle] has a prize-winning knack of doing what a lot of fantasy writers can only dream of: making the impossible seem everyday, and writing legend in such a way that it seems like a very present and nerve-tingling possibility * Scots Magazine on Lisa Tuttle * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Lisa Tuttle was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Britain in the 1980s. She now lives with her writer husband and their daughter on the side of a Scottish loch. She has written more than a dozen fantasy, science fiction and horror novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01GKXVNLU
- Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books (4 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 1494 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 208 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 981,421 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Great story but let down but lacklustre writingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2018
An OK but not compelling readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 April 2018
I think I read this before back in the 90s. It didn't obviously make any great impression on me then as I was quite a few pages in before I noticed it all seemed a bit familiar. Like the previous LT novel I reviewed this would probably make a better short story. The idea which is quirky and intriguing initially becomes a little boring when stretched out to a book. The idea of alternative realities/alternatives lives is a fascinating one - we all like to speculate on the road not taken, what would have happened if we had chosen a different career/a different partner etc. etc. The problem however for a novelist is that there is an infinite number of possible lives for their characters and if they get carried away with this the novel soon becomes quite confusing for the reader who is trying to keep with what is going on. Personally I thought this novel could have done with maybe one life less - I got a little mixed up round about the middle of the novel. However towards the end it gets much more interesting and I got drawn back in again. Not sure what else to say other than like all the LT novels I've read it doesn't seem to live up to her short stories, it should be better given the quality of her writing than it actually ends up being.
Get over yourself already!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2018
Did not finish it. Not even close. From what I read (28% by my Kindle) it's a tedious and dully repetitive narrative by a tedious and self obsessed dull woman who bangs on and on about various tedious and dull episodes from her past. Apparently there is some science fiction/alternate timeline stuff still to come, which should liven things up a bit, but reading this first part is like being trapped for hours in a stalled elevator with the most boring person you ever met. Removed from my device with extreme prejudice.
FascinatingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2019
We all dream from time to time about what our lives would be like if we had made different choices, or fantasize about a different life. Lisa Tuttle takes this idea and runs with it in a fascinating story. Beautifully written, I found it gripping.
Page turnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2018
Amazing concept, which kept me engrossed throughout. However, the story had a very abrupt ending and left me wanting more.