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Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card
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Feb 01, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011

One thing that I'll always like about Card: he's mentally stable, unlike many other sci-fi writers.

You take time travel, historical fiction, characters hopeful of eradicating darker spots in the history of man, and combine them all into a 400+ page book. This is Pastwatch, the Redemption of Christopher Columbus. Card takes the time to work out the historical details best he can, and the characters react to this alternate timeline in a mostly believable manner. To Card's credit though, it is really hard to anticipate how Columbus would react to time travelers from the future.

The inital draw of a time travel story drew me in, and the characters kept me reading. I'm very happy I finally got to read it, and am hopeful that Card will pen more books in this series. Not holding my breath, however, as this book was written in 1998.

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