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Autumn in Carthage

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  63 reviews
The nether side of passion is madness.

Nathan Price is a college professor with crippling impairments, seeking escape from his prison of necessity. One day, in a package of seventeenth-century documents from Salem Village, he stumbles across a letter by his best friend, Jamie, who had disappeared six months before. The document is dated 1692—the height of the Witch Trials.
Paperback, 332 pages
Published March 5th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 3rd 2014)
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Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
It started out all right, kind of intriguing. And just kept going downhill. TOO MUCH EXPOSITION!!!!! I cringed every time I read the word "groin", which was far too often. The love story was so sickeningly sentimental, it made me angry and took up way too much of the book. And the relationship was really shallow... Some mystical force pulls them together and they both kind of have multiple personality disorder (or whatever the unspecified "issues" were) so duh they should be together forever. Th ...more
Katie Cross
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm having a hard time categorizing how I felt about this book.


- I reminds me of a summer walk. Rambling. Descriptive. Non-intense. If you like a meandering read, you'll like this.

- Zenos does a great job of getting a different angle on time travel and witches. This is definitely not a book that you're going to read about anywhere else, and it's trope and cliche free. Bonus.

- I liked most of the characters. They had me from the get-go. He makes them multi-dimensional in many aspects.

- Zeno
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd one to review. Objectively it had a lot going for it...small town with a secret, time traveling, witch hunts in Salem, a love story. It just all added up to something like romance novel, with time traveling, kind of fantasyish. While the writing was fairly good and occasionally even really good, it nevertheless failed to engage, ending up a quick read of steadily decreasing interest. And for all the talk of author's struggles with sanity, the main character was presumably meant to ...more
good premise, but too many characters, lacked cohesion....just wanted it to be over.
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I find that the more I enjoy the book, the harder it is to write the review - and this book falls into that category. I really liked Nathan. He was an accomplished professor, seemed to be well-liked by his peers and his students, but was still flawed with some unnamed mental disorder. Rather than diminishing his capabilities though, I thought this gave him a greater understanding as to the differences in people and while it may not have made him more accepting, it gave him a different viewpoint ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
‘You can only save so many.’

Nathan Price is a college professor in Chicago, looking forward to a year’s sabbatical and uninterrupted research. Nathan seeks escape in historical research, the past is free from personal problems, or so he thinks. As he opens a package of seventeenth century documents from an old Salem trading family, he finds a letter written by his best friend Jamie, who disappeared six months ago. The letter is dated 1692, contains a reference to Carthage in Wisconsin. How can t
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
29th of May. Technically not the date I finished the book but was definitely the day I finished with it. I hated, with intense passion, the protagonist. I hate the smug, sanctimonious, anal bead of a character with such intensity that everything else about the book became irelevant. I'm sure the story would have been interesting, perhaps even enjoyable, but that self - satisfied prick had to ruin it. Perhaps the story even necessitated his personality as he develops and realises he's an oily sta ...more
Mamabear 406
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly edited.

The story may have been good, but I will never know. The sentence structure drove me crazy. Words capitalized in the middle of sentences that did not need to be. Short, one word sentences. Really?! I gave up after a few pages. This book needs professional editing. The biggest mistake self- published authors make is NOT investing in an editor. It is absolutely crucial for a novel to be taken seriously.

Review: Autumn In Carthage by Christopher Zenos. 11/22/2017

The story starts off slow but it didn’t take long to capture my interest. I thought it was well written, I enjoyed the characters once I figure out who was who and the story was entertaining. The death of some characters throughout the book, especially the ones you really liked was a bummer but the story must go on…There was mysterious time travel within the story and how mental illness can cast over lives, the redemptive power of love,
Linda Galella
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

yet enjoyable book about traveling thru history and back again by a clan of people born to the life some 600 years. This is not a typical time travel book. It’s much more erudite but I’m not sure it needs to be. The main character is a professor and a true “man of letters” who stumbles across a posting from his best friend that appears to be from the 17th century Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials! He heads off on his sabbatical, conveniently scheduled, to locate his friend and ends
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
There was just something missing in this book. Initially I thought perhaps it was the second book in a series, but that doesn't appear to be the case. I just don't feel that I got enough background on Nathan to understand him. I felt like I had come into the middle of a story somehow. The long explanation about the mechanics of the time travel almost made me close the book entirely. This book had an interesting premise, I just don't feel it lived up to its potential. And I don't get the subtitle ...more
Dolly Mastrangelo
Fantastic unusual story

This story will take you for a ride. From times as we know them, driven by a professor through unexpected and tumultuous times into time travel. But all with a sense of reality! This could really happen. You will find yourself locked in this story with the joys, surprises and heartbreaks, to the lovely end.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fine read. It develops slowly, but the characters carried the story, and it haunted me oddly afterward. (To me, that is the mark of a good read.)
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really Good!

Hard to understand at first but it starts getting interesting. The intrigue of the linked characters and how things turn out keep you guessing.
Sandy Benitez
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book free in exchange for a review from Early Reviewers and was excited about diving into this read. The cover is stunning with the image of the ancient mansion, the differing shades of green and yellow, and the style of the title, especially the word "Carthage" in what looks like old world script.

I really wasn't sure what the book was about beyond what was stated in the brief summary but it sounded intriguing. The story begins with Nathan, a college professor, receiving a myster
Keanan Brand
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Readers looking for a leisurely, quiet read, Autumn in Carthage is the story for them. It is a mix of mystery, time-travel fantasy, history, and romance, and much of it takes place in the small fictional town of Carthage, Wisconsin, an enclave of old wealth hiding a powerful secret.

Jaded college professor Nathan Price is our first guide to Carthage. A strange letter arrives one day. It’s from his best friend, Jamie. And it’s dated 1692.

Against reason, against known science, somehow Jamie has tra
Amy Liddell
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible, so terrible I couldn't even finish it. Normally when a book is terrible I finish reading it anyway because I grudge paying for a book I don't read, however, this one was a deal through BookBub and therefore I only paid 99p for it.

First off, the prose is terrible and the book makes excuses for itself even before it has really begun. it was as though the author was saying "Sorry, I know this plot is ridiculous and over the top, so let's just go for it". I don't know how man
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasantly awesome surprise! I really had no idea what I was getting into with this book except that it had something to do with dual time periods and the Salem Witch Trials.

"Carthage, it appeared, didn't believe in secrets. Except for the big ones."

Dr. Nathan Price is a college professor who is going on sabbatical. He has had a hard time dealing with the disappearance of his best friend, Jamie. A package arrives for his research just before Nathan leaves; in it is a letter from
Lisa Kearns
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Christopher Zenos, the pseudonym for a well known and published professor, has written an intelligent and entertaining book that leaves the reader wondering whether time travel and changing history is actually possible. The main character, Nathan, travels to Carthage Wisconsin to find his best friend, who has been missing for six months. In Carthage he discovers a tightly-knit town full of unusual people guarding a secret. He finds himself drawn into their lives and romantically involved with an ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One day a package arrives for Professor Nathan Price from his good friend and colleague, Jamie Mackinnon, whom he has not heard from in awhile. Inside the package are documents from the Salem Witch Trials and it includes a letter from Jamie and it is dated 1692. Nathan is skeptical, how can he have possibly gotten a letter dated so long ago from his friend? Carthage Wisconsin is mentioned in the letter so Nathan decides he wants to go to Carthage to see if he can find Jamie or find out what may ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars easily. If you like stories involving time travel you will like this but don't go into it thinking the whole book is about traveling through time and righting all of the wrongs in history. There is a lot of foundation that is put down before you ever get to the time travel part and when you finally do it doesn't last as long as you would like it to. This book is about a group of people who are able to grab hold of the strands of time and pull themselves back through history and make ne ...more
Tipsy Lit
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
“Nathan Price is a college professor with crippling impairments, seeking escape from his prison of necessity. One day, in a package of seventeenth-century documents from Salem Village, he stumbles across a letter by his best friend, Jamie, who had disappeared six months before. The document is dated 1692—the height of the Witch Trials. The only potential lead: a single mention of Carthage, a tiny town in the Wisconsin northern highland.

The mystery catapults Nathan from Chicago to the Wisconsin w
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of things early on about this book that made me like it. Firstly, I greatly enjoyed the strong voice of the narrator. He has a good personality and is a helpful story teller, giving background without revealing too much too soon.

The setting was well described and I liked that it changed as the story went on. The author never failed to make me feel as though I were right there with the characters.

Further into the story I did find that the author added a lot of description which
Miriam Downey
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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A strange novel of time travel, madness, and love. Nathan Price is a professor at the University of Chicago. A friend named Jamie has disappeared, and no one has heard from him until Nathan finds his name in a letter from the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Connected with that is the mention of a small town in Wisconsin named Carthage. Nathan, with an available sabbatical decides to go to Carthage and see if he can root out the my
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Professor Nathan Price was battling his own demons an needed the sabbatical. Jaimie and he were more like brothers than friends but at graduation Jaimie had gone into his separate mathematical field and Nathan on to teach history and earn his PHd. He and Jaimie had always balanced each other out. He had been unable to contact Jaimie for several months and then one day he got a very mysterious letter from Jaimie. When he last heard from Jaimie, he was in a place called Carthage, Wisconsin. He dec ...more
Meradeth Houston
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think the best way to describe this novel is Outlander meets Discovery of Witches. Considering how much I adored both of those novels, this instantly went on my to-be-re-read shelf because I honestly loved it. The opening, with such a frank description of academia (which rang incredibly true to life), drew me in, and then Carthage was such an interesting place that I could hardly put the book down. The main character, Nathan, wrestles with demons I have seen quite a bit of in those that I work ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well this was one of those books. It started out good but then turned really slow for me and I honestly didn't think I was going to like it. While it did take me a long time to get into it - I finally did!
Part of the problem was that I really didn't like the main character. I tried to like him but he just wasn't my thing. The one character I did love was Hilde. I thought she was great - perfect. She was the older, matriarch of the bunch, she was also funny, quirky and wise!

I did not expect this
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Some novels approach time travel in a simplistic way. Hop aboard a time machine and set the date, or make a wish to go back in time, and poof!

This book takes a more realistic take on time travel and its complexities. I was impressed with the amount of thought the author took in developing the concept of time travel in this book, and how it is done. The main character is also easy to understand, at least for me, because of his issues and his hard time fitting in with people and trying to get alon
Bryan D.
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seems I'm reading a lot from the Twilight Zone lately. Autumn in Carthage follows a professor on sabbatical from the University of Chicago to small town Wisconsin, Carthage, to be specific. A grad student's research has turned up a letter from 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts, written in the extremely familiar handwriting of the professor's lost best friend. In the letter, the friend mentions Carthage, Wisconsin, a place unknown, of course, to the people of Salem at the time of the witch hunts. ...more
Dava Stewart
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I expected to be giving this book four stars. However, about midway through, I started skimming here and there. I don't skim four star books. This one gets a little pedantic -- explanations of various things like how certain processes work, points in history, etc, feel more like lectures than seamless parts of the story.

There is also some repetition. LOTS of cheek-touching, for instance. There's also one particular speech about how doctors are sock puppets that shows up three different times, i
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