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Sam has built a complicated universe of space and time travel, yet the reader is guided seemlessly through these concepts without getting all turned about. In fact it's remarkably easy and enjoyable to follow. Loved finding such a relatable character in the wise cracking wine scoffing Scharlette. Just add romance, drugs, gun toting aliens and pages of effortless irreverant humour and you've got yourself this entertaining space romp of a book. Loved it!
This is some fun, smart sci-fi that's also pretty damn funny. It has a Douglas Adams flavour to it without trying to be Douglas Adams. It touches on some great points that get you thinking which I really enjoyed. But if you like time travel, sci-fi and a laugh, you'll dig this book.
So much fun! A delightful and intrepid central character, non loopy time travel "science" and simply a whole lot of fun! I have been a fan of Sam Bowring for years. His fantasy work is great. Was a surprise well "timed" to see him try his hand at a whole new genre.. Read it, then go back in time and read it again for the second first time!
This book is so unique. It’s basically a time travel, sci-fi, action, adventure, comedy mash up told from a female characters point of view. It’s fast paced, easy to read and is clever AF. I loved it so much I read it twice. If you don’t laugh out loud at least once there’s something wrong with you.
Scharlette's a bit of an everywoman - she's fully relatable. Cheap wine, job she hates, expensive rent payments, and having absolutely no impact on the world whatsoever. She's a little untidy, a little overweight, doesn't take care of herself, lacks motivation and... could really, at times, be me. (Except for the difficult-to-pronounce name, of course.)
The premise is excellent - that there are time-travelling agents in the future, protecting future events by protecting the past. Very TimeCop, quite Terminator - we all understand this one. However, no agents yet have a female time-ship called Gordon! Gordon's got to be my favourite character - with her own foibles, prejudices and sense of morals, she's as fleshed as any biped.
Bowring is a comedian, and comedy gold is evident in spades. Shrugging at scifi that takes itself too seriously, Bowring brings a wonderful sense of the realistically absurd to this novel. It flows like the Nile, runs rampant over realism, thumbs its nose at convention, and stomps on reality. This novel is a romp in every sense, and Scharlette discovers that not mattering can be the best thing ever.
I'm hoping this becomes a series. I could read more of these.
A well conceived, clever and very likeable twist on time travel. Many of the classic paradoxes are dealt with in imaginative ways and Sam writes a surprisingly convincing girl as the lead character, I say surprising because there are several times when I could have easily though that Sam was short for Samantha, given the very believable 'female' characterisations. Well done that chap. The only reason I didn't give five stars was the occasional foray into (although quite 'comic book') blood and splatter, which I thought was not needed. The story line was exciting and page turning anyway and it felt a little like those moments were almost included because they are 'expected' of the genre. But heh, actually not a 'biggie' and overall a really good book. I look forward to more.