Book Review: Arcadia by Iain Pears

Arcadia by Iain Pears

Arcadia

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What is it about?

Angela Meerson is a psycho mathematician who is working on a device that can transport people to another dimension. The problem is that they can only access one dimension, and Angela is convinced that it is actually their own dimension on a different timeline. When her boss decides to sell her invention as his own and ignores her warnings of danger, she must take matters into her own hands.

How was it?

This book is confusing because it has three distinct timelines with multiple character perspectives that seem to be at a different points within those time lines. (For example, Rosie wanders into the professor’s cellar while he is out-of-town, but he doesn’t actually leave town until two chapters later.)

Once I got used to the odd rhythm of the story telling, I was really intrigued by the story. I wanted to follow it through to the end to find out how it all was connected. The ending tied it all together but left a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to the characters. On the bright side, this allows you the freedom to really think about the story and decided where you wanted it to go.

I think this book was well worth the read.

Bonus

This book made a reference to a beautiful poem by William Henry Davies, called Leisure.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

What a beautiful reminder to stop and enjoy your life. Perhaps with a good book? 

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Long Dark Dusk by J.P. Smythe

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What is it about?

This is book two in the Australia Trilogy. If you haven’t read the first book, then you should go read Way Down Dark now.

This book takes off a short while after the other ended. Chan is looking for a little girl named Mae, whom she promised she would protect. In her effort to do so, she seeks help from a shady person and ends up in over her head. Some characters from the first book reappear and help keep the story interesting.

Is it good?

It was excellent! It is packed with action and has lots of twists that keep you interested all throughout the book. I think that Chan tries to learn from her mistakes and I really want to find out what she will do next.

Happy Reading!

 

Book Review: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Doughnut

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What is it about?

This book is weird and is kind of difficult to explain, but basically you can access alternate realities or universes through special bottles. Theo Bernstein is a physicist shamed for blowing up something called the Very Large Hadron Collider and has had a string of bad luck follow him ever since. His mentor dies and bequeaths him one of these bottles, but everyone wants a piece of the action and he failed to include instructions.

Is it good?

This book is weird. And for the first third of the book I was not entirely sure I wanted to read it. But I have a hard time giving up on books so I kept going. Once I got used to the weirdness and jumping around from scenery to scenery I found myself able to enjoy the book. Unfortunately it got weird again at the very end.

The book has some interesting ideas about family and science. I imagine it might be good for book clubs from a discussion point of view. Here are some quotes I really found myself identifying with.

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