Really enjoyed this time travel novel from Wesley Chu. I've never read him before, but it was a delight to find he's the real deal as an author, constReally enjoyed this time travel novel from Wesley Chu. I've never read him before, but it was a delight to find he's the real deal as an author, constructing a realistic future world that feels both advanced and yet grounded. His prose is also rich with detail, but not overwrought. This is especially unique of any time travel story as most authors get mired in the vortex of time travel paradoxes and the reader is often inundated (read: confused) by questions of physics. Here, Chu gives us a few rules and keeps the story moving. The confusion is also mitigated by the fact that we're not returning to the same time over and over and over again so tireless attempts to track story threads is unnecessary.
I also enjoyed the characters, particularly the protagonist and his habitual adversary Levin, who reminds me of Javert from Les Miserables, who puts law above doing what's right. The story ends with some questions, which I presume will be answered in a book two. For my part, I'll be eager to check them out.
For science fiction fans that like their stories with a little more meat on the bone, this one's definitely worth your TIME....more
I'm not a regular Harlan Coben fan, but any time I pick up one of my books I'm reminded of how talent he is. The man writes excellent mystery prose thI'm not a regular Harlan Coben fan, but any time I pick up one of my books I'm reminded of how talent he is. The man writes excellent mystery prose that immerses you into the story and makes you eager to continue reading to find out what will happen next.
The Stranger is a mystery where in we spend the bulk of 400 pages wondering who the stranger is and what his role is. The problem for me is that the payoff just doesn't live up to the hype. Fans of pure mysteries might like the Stranger because it gets you asking a lot of questions with several misdirections that you can't see coming but as someone that likes their mysteries with a dash (or more of thrills), this one was a little too slow for me. I also wasn't crazy about the protagonist as he was surly most of the time, even to his kids. Lastly, there wasn't a ton of conflict, always a problem for me. My feelings for this one wouldn't dissuade me from reading Coben again, however, because his talent will hit more often than miss. ...more
In JUMP, it isn’t the discovery of time travel that sets the story churning, but the potential misuse of it. When a covert environmental group threateIn JUMP, it isn’t the discovery of time travel that sets the story churning, but the potential misuse of it. When a covert environmental group threatens to destabilize the past in hope of limiting man’s influence on the future, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and our likeable cast of heroes must race to heal time’s wounds before it’s too late.
Ladle’s prose is intelligent and thoughtful and the story focuses on the characters as much as the premise. The time travel element is heavy on theoretical psychics and laymen not used to the genre might get confused, but the second half picks up the pace to what is an exciting resolution.
For fans of the time travel genre, JUMP is the thinking man’s TIMELINE, and it’s good to see there’s room for a potential sequel. A solid debut. ...more