Second try – “Life II” by Scott Spotson

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Upon discovering a 1958 book titled “Account of Time Travel on Earth Using Wave Theory,” 42-year-old Max Thorning’s life is thrown into chaos. Seeking answers to the book’s cryptic clues, he discovers Dr. Time, a seemingly benign alien who has control of the Time Weaver, a remarkable device that can command any scene from the Earth’s past. Dr. Time offers him a choice to go back into Time, to any point in his lifespan that he can vividly recall. The catch: he can only bring his memories, and can only live the future one day at a time. Follow Max’s dilemma as he goes back to his 16-year-old self and tries to forge his destiny into a new one called Life II.
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It need be said at once: the science behind the time travel concept of „Life II“ is spurious. According to the science of the book, time is a wave, but the human body is made up of matter, hence persons cannot transport their bodies through time, only their brain waves – including their memories. That’s why it would be impossible for Max to physically travel back in time and meet his younger self. Instead, he replaces the brain waves, the personality of his younger self. However, since Niels Bohr it is established that waves and particles are just two sides of the same coin. Yet Dr. Time insists: „ … matter can never pass through time.“„Only waves,“ Max agreed.
But I realised the explanation of time travel in „Life II“ only serves to anchor some inner-story coherency. It would miss the point to probe for scientific plausibility. After all, its quite comical when, due to the book’s time travel concept, Max tries several times to assume the exact same body posture and psychic state he had at the moment in time he wants to return to – when he was making a significant catch in a lacrosse game. Continue reading

Love, outdistanced – R. E. Palmer’s “Sky”

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Tomas Moone has a secret – he’s terrified if anyone finds out, he’ll lose the girl of his dreams he’s so desperate to meet.

Selene has a secret – she fears if Tomas discovers the truth, he’ll reject her, and the last of her race will be lost forever.

Carly has no secrets – she’s in a coma. If Tomas fails to rescue her, she will suffer an eternity of horror and torment, along with her friends… and every living soul on the planet.

“Sky” is a highly promising debut novel. In the following, I will concentrate on the points that deterred me from a 5 star rating. I won’t enlarge on what impelled me to the splendid 4 star rating in the first place. It’s more meaningful to write about the less evident than about the obvious. I think that anyone who picks up this book and reads a while into it will find it’s a good book. It’s not so clear, however, why it shouldn’t be a compelling book. Continue reading