Mind the Gap (The Darius Transitions)
A fast-paced reality-bending adventure by Tim Richards.
Darius Ibrahim is not having a good week.
He's been threatened by a knife-wielding maniac on a London train, interrogated by a mysterious warrior woman beneath the city's streets, pursued by a military death squad in Melbourne, had his new girlfriend kidnapped and held hostage in Prague, and been captured and taken to...more
When Darius Ibrahim swipes his Oyster card, he thinks he is in for only the standard dangers of travelling the Underground: late trains, confined spaces, and that peculiar variety of awkward silence that Londoners specialize in. But when a knife-wielding maniac with peculiar eyes takes a swipe at him, Darius suddenly discovers a new talent: the ability to travel between certain stations in the blink of an eye. With multiple competing groups from a different world after him, Darius’s new skil ...more
2.5 stars. It wasn't bad, but it didn't enthrall me as much as the blurb led me to expect. It contained its lot of good ideas (I've always had a fond spot for teleportation as a power, as well as for the Tube and underground trains, for some reason), while others felt muddled and confusing.
There's a prophecy, and several parties competing around it to seize the "Chosen One" in the middle of all this; but after a while I started t ...more
Publisher: harper Collins
Publishing Date: November 2014
Publisher Description: He’s been threatened by a knife-wielding maniac on a London train, interrogated by a mysterious warrior woman beneath the city’s streets, pursued by a military death squad in Melbourne, had his new girlfriend kidnapped and held hostage in Prague, and been captured and taken to another world. And it’s barely been three days since his ...more
For many years I was a real creature of habit when buying books, once I’d picked an author I’d pretty much buy every book they wrote. You know how you always order the same thing at your favourite restaurant?
Well I used to buy my books the same way; looking past most other authors on the shelves because I went with what I knew and liked. Not that there was anything wrong with the other books on the shelf, I just didn't step ou ...more
Let's talk some more about the over-padded middle and under- ...more
Ten Second Synopsis:
A young man finds himself in sudden possession of a remarkable power, and just as suddenly being pursued by all manner of weirdy weirdos.
I wanted to like this one a lot, but unfortunately it was just an okay, reasonably forgettable read for me. It started out well - weirdness on trains is always a surefire way to get me interested. Then there was the Aussie angle, with some of the action takin ...more
The first third of the book is Darius popping from tube station to tube station and not really giving much thought to his situation or trying to develop his abilities. Again, he sort of runs from threa ...more
Note: I never finished reading this book.
Mind The Gap by Tim Richards is a peculiar fantasy novel set in the present time. Darius Ibrahim was an average man travelling on the tube when a man with a knife enters his carriage. In his attempt to escape from the lunatic he finds himself locked in a cupboard one minute and then transported magically to another tube station the next. Things get weirder when it happen ...more
Fans of the book “Jumper” or the John Twelve Hawks books will find this their sort of thing. An alternate world, numerous fighting factions and a guy caught in the middle. Oh and maybe a slight nod to Stargate and the occasional Egyptian God.
It’s no ...more
I struggled so hard with this book, it was terrible. I really wanted to love this book because its premise with Egyptian mythology sounded so amazing, but I actually ended up being so terribly disappointed. It took me three days to get 85% through this book, which is a long time for me and my reading pace, and I really wanted to push myself to finishing it, but I just ended up giving up after 85%.
I didn ...more
Anyway, there is the guy - Darius - who can all of sudden move a great distances at a blink of an eye, underground in tube/metro/subway, if the stations names are somehow similar. But that makes him a target to the guys from that parallel universe, the dreamworld/mirror image of our world. They want to use his ability, to open up the worlds to each other and to bring ...more
The novel had a strong Egyptian motif, which I enjoyed. Mr. Richards created a rather interesting and unique fantasy.
This novel is a nice, light read for the beach, at the airport, or just for a few evenings' worth of entertainment.. And that's very nice, since ...more
I tried to like this book, really tried, but the writing was just poor enough that it was a distraction to me. However, if you aren't an English major who happens to also teach writing, and if you happen to just want a super silly story to get lost in, then this might be the book for you.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY.