Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Tribute to Douglas Adams, a book review

In his sequel to Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card takes us on an extended journey of the mind with characters that have to discover for themselves the consequences of manipulating time.

For those of us who have entertained the possibilities of time travel in either direction and at speeds beyond the one-to-one ratio we live at, the side effects are easily considered, but for Card's characters, Umbo, Rigg, and Param only seem to learn these through practice and mistakes. A lot of mistakes.

Having watched more than one time rift through the series of Eureka, I can only imagine that this is all bound to catch up with them, even though they cross their own streams more than once, creating duplicates of themselves that sometimes (but not always) go on to live their own lives.

Ruins is a powerful read and holds a very real world, one that will suck your face in and never want to let go. I highly recommend reading it, though you may want to wait until Card finishes writing the final book of the trilogy, lest you suffer for the untimely interruption of the end of book two.

And none of this has anything to do with the title of this post. To remedy your misunderstanding on that, you'll have to read the book for yourself.

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