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Curious Notions (Crosstime Traffic #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  497 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In a parallel-world 21st-century San Francisco where the Kaiser's Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land. They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology-record players, radios, casset ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Tor Science Fiction (first published October 1st 2004)
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Roy Certainly pitched at YA, I think it would work for anyone in junior high or above. On the other hand, it works well for adults (though, honestly,…moreCertainly pitched at YA, I think it would work for anyone in junior high or above. On the other hand, it works well for adults (though, honestly, later books in the series have better adult overtones.)

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This does rate a solid 4 stars in my book.

Paul and his father are from the Home Timeline, a timeline where technology has advanced a bit further than it has in our own and inflation has hit the world much, much worse. The Home Timeline is like an exaggerated version of our world. There are so many people that the world is starving, cars are cleaner, more animals are extinct, gadgets are even more prevalent, and of course, they can travel across alternate timelines. It appears that alternate time
May 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Turtledove does better here on this Crosstime Traffic novel, which stipulates what might have happened if the Germans had won World War I and gone on to conquer the rest of the world eventually, having never created an angry, revanchist regime like Hitler's Nazism.

Paul Gomes, an average teenager going through a typical clash with his father, is a Crosstime Trader--he operates a low level electronics shop in a decrepit, bombed-out San Francisco while also buying food from California's abundant ce
Lori Wilkey
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Harry Turtledove. I do feel that this book was one of his weaker stories. This is a juvenile fiction story. The kids in the book are pretty believable but the protagonist's father is fairly one dimensional. The plot is good as is the story. I feel he could have worked on characterization a bit more. There is no need to "write down" for teenagers.
Brett Thomasson
If there was an official title called "Dean of Alternate History Novels" the competition would be for second place, because Harry Turtledove is far and away the winner. Between his imagining of how things might work if World War II was interrupted by an alien invasion or how U.S. history might have been different had Robert E. Lee not been a litterbug, Turtledove has sent his mind wandering around the land of what-ifs and found a number of treasures.

Starting in 2003, Turtledove began a series of
Alan Gilfoy
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm starting to like Turtledove's adult work; this is one of his books aimed at a younger audience. It was the only book of his a particular library had, and I often pick up YA books for quick easy reads.

It was an interesting premise, using alternate worlds to address the main world's resource needs. That sounded awfully familiar. However, I later realized I had read another book in the series awhile ago before I got into Turtledove in particular. That was Gunpowder Empire; both did well as stan
Glen Robinson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
The Crosstime Traffic series is based on the premise of a world with depleting natural resources that also discovers the existence of alternate world. They develop a machine that helps them travel back and forth. They use that machine, and the teams that travel with them, to trade simple, but high-technology devices, with the other worlds in exchange for food and other things needed, while keeping the idea of cross-dimensional travel secret. Curious Notions is the name of the shop out of which t ...more
D. B.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Toward the end of Curious Notions, teen protagonist Paul Gomes acknowledges that his long-term ambition is to make a career at Crosstime Traffic, working in alternates for the rest of his life. It's funny how such a small, simple goal could have exponentially improved this disappointing book.

The problem here is a lack of compelling characters. Lucy Woo, native to an alternate San Francisco ruled by the German Empire (who won WWI and eventually conquered the world), works in a factory to help sup
Mar 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Teenager Paul Gomes and his father travel to the San Francisco of an alternate timeline, one where Germany won World War I and America is dominated by the Kaiser’s Germany. Their mission is to bring home produce for their own resource-depleted timeline. To locals like Lucy Woo, a 16-year old who works full time to support her family, Paul and his father are known as the keepers of an electronics shop called Curious Notions. When both the German police and the Chinese triads get suspicious about ...more
Mathew Whitney
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book was much more consistently written with much more believable main characters than the first in the Crosstime Traffic series. The story held more of my interest throughout the book, instead of taking half the book to get me interested.

The writing still feels like an attempt to over-explain and dumb everything down for the audience, and this definitely kept me from giving it a higher rating than the first. Since the timeline featured in this book was intended to be closer to 20th century
Joel Flank
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great alternate timeline story from Turtledove. Not technically an alternate history, since the series is about travelling to alternate worlds where history was different from ours, but still has the same detailed feeling that Turtledove's alternate history stories do. In this case, the alternate world is one where the Germans won WWI, and slowly took over most of the rest of the world, and now in the late 21st century, the USA is a poor, conquered nation. There, Paul Gomez and his fathe ...more
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Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.

Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977.

Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History". Within this genre he is known both for creating original sce
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