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The Little Book by Selden Edwards
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The Little Book is a fine read, not stellar but above average. It's the story of a 70's rock and roll star who travels back to 19th century Vienna and interacts with family members and those that would shape his family's lives. The writing is solid and intelligent, but it lacks a real emotional punch to make it the type of hybrid story that trandscends its genres. The author worked on this book for 25 years and it's well-researched and the Vienna of the late 19th century comes across very well. But if you're looking for a traditional or modern sci-fi piece the time travel aspect might let you down. The theoretical aspects of interacting with Sigmund Freud and approaching a young Adolph Hitler are interesting, but the reader never had a genuine fear that history will be tampered with. with too few surprises, this becomes more of a traditional literary piece and it you take it with that it mind, it's a fine story to pass the time.
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