Genre: science fiction
Length: 233 pages
Setting: Universe 31, some futurish time
Interest: I was looking for a Y author and I vaguely remember hearing good things about this book when it came out.
Summary: Charles is a time machine mechanic. He uses that job to stay in a perpetual quasi-life, living in the Conditional Tense. At the same time, he’s looking for his father. His father was an early pioneer in time travel devices, but he was never able to get recognition for his work. Charles gets stuck in a time loop and finally figures out how to take charge of his life, and where his father got stuck in time.
Final thoughts: An interesting premise that won’t be well understood unless you’re already steeped in science fiction and time travel tropes. The idea that reality is a story with heroes and protagonists and there are parts of the world that are unfinished was interesting, but I had a hard time wrapping my brain around Charles’ world. I did enjoy the interstitial pages from the book Charles was reading/writing.
Title comes from: It was the name of the book Charles wrote to guide himself to success.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 80/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and a Y in my author Alphabet Soup Challenge
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