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Great SF with a good helping of fantasy... and time travel!!
11 August 2017
Great SF with a good helping of fantasy wrapped in current day tech, very wittily told and a ton of fun, and who doesn't love time travel?! I haven’t laughed that much in this genre since I last read Terry Pratchett. The story moves well across different locations and times, with many unique characters, each one developed enough to give you a realistic feel for their place and their actions.
I was a bit sceptical at first when the story moved from a first person account to being told from different viewpoints, using diaries and letters, but the authors did this very skilfully and it really worked out well. Very much enjoyed this book, and was sorry to see it end, which brings me to the one gripe I have: the ending itself feels a little like the authors ran out of space/time/editor’s patience.
SPOILER ALERT – only continue if you have read the book!
The ending is not plausible considering the massive disparity in resources between our heroes and the remaining players, plus it leaves a big unresolved plot line, though maybe all that is intentional to leave the door open for a sequel.
What really should have happened is this:
1. Grainne brought to justice and kept from further meddling.
2. Blevins booted out and replaced by Macy Stoll whom he fired after she uncovered that he was under Grainne’s spell.
3. Tristan and the rest of the team brought back to DODO to continue their work and contain Magnus’s activities in the past.
The title of the book should then have been more accurately “The Rise and Fall (and Rise again) of DODO”, but who’s counting, and there was quite a bit of falling anyway.
What do other readers think? Who’s with me? :)