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​Ida By Alison Evans

I was given this by by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Ida is a normal, unmotivated, individual who can time travel or that is what she believes.  She is in a relationship with a non binary artist.  She lives with her father and autistic relative and has no idea what to do with her life.  All she knows is that she can jump around in time. At first, she only uses that power in emergencies. But, then it becomes addictive. Then, Ida loses control of her powers,  having no control concerning when she jumps. The places where she lands get more surreal and frightening with each jump. Soon she discovers that there is more to her power than meets the eye. 
In many ways this book is nothing to write home about. It is a conventionally written speculative fiction work. However,  this book has a diverse range of characters and that is its major selling point. Both the autistic and non binary characters are fairly well drawn.  This book would make a great option for those wishing for a diverse YA/ spec read. 

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weaving a carpet of story

Book/s The Carpet Makers

Author/s Andreas Eschbach

 

Publisher Tom Doherty Associates

Format Hardback

Accessibility of format once again, I must comment on the beautifulness of a cover.  This one really sums up the book well. The font is small but the print was a dark hue. Therefore, the book was relatively easy to read.

Other formats available – Amazon.co.uk shows that the only edition that they have is a paperback. But, the hardback is available via Amazon market place. The situation seems to be the same for amazon.com.  Book Depository also has the paperback. There is no Kindle edition.

Where did I get this book? Amazon.co.uk

Date read May 28th 2012

Why I read?  It was chosen by the Goodreads reading ‘alternative worlds’ http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/12897-the-alternative-world. And therefore, I was encouraged to read it by a group requirement.

Rating 5 stars

Gut Feeling I would not have found this book on my own.  And, this book is not a easy book to like.  It does little to encourage the reader.  If you are into easy reads then this is not for you.   In addition, if you like hard science fiction then the inconsistencies in the science of this book will cause problems for you.  In fact, I doubt that this is science fiction but it is science fantasy.  It is set in a science fiction universe but the science makes little sense. But, despite its’ inconsistencies and difficulties, I love this book. I love the world that it creates.  I love the way that it takes the various story threads and makes a whole.  Just like a carpet weaver weaves a carpet from various threads.

Structure of work and story ark At first glance, each chapter of this work tells a completely separate tale, which has little or no connection to the one that went before.  But, if you continue reading you will find that a pattern emerges and a story unfolds.  The story begins with a father chastising his son for not taking enough interest in the family business of carpet weaving.  Then travels alongside a young girl mourning her lost love, a dying prince in a dying world and rebels trying to overthrow a non-existent ruler.

World building

For all its eccentricities, it is the world that makes this book. Its’ unique character piques the readers curiosity.  Its’ atmosphere stays with you long after the book has ended.  You can smell the sand, feel the heat and hear the noise of the bazaars.

 

 

Characters The characters are interesting enough to engage the reader but not unique enough to stay with you after the story has ended. The most enthralling character within this narrative is the world itself.

Conclusion If you like a simple narrative arc then maybe this book is not for you.  But, if you enjoy a well developed and intriguing world then you should read this book.

 

Posted in 1Q84, Japanese fiction, little people. moons, world fiction

1Q84: Book 1 and Book 2 by Haruki Murakami My rating: 3 of 5 stars