This was one of those books everyone was talking about but I just couldn’t get into. That is until I went to Chicago in April to visit friends and do a bit of genealogy research at the Newberry Library.
I remembered the Newberry was a tangential part of this book so I packed it in my bag. I think I was too busy to actually read much of the book, but as soon as I returned home I started reading and couldn’t put it down.
Most science fiction and/or fantasy doesn’t do much for me and this book was a bit of a stretch for that reason. I think I kept reading because I was aware of so many of the places in the book and because like Clare, I love making paper. I’m not quite into it the way she is, but it was interesting to learn more about the process.
What I liked most about this book was not that it was about time traveling, but that you had to pay attention to the story because it was constructed in a strange, time traveling way. Things were happening in the past, the present, and the future all at once and it took several pages before I got the hang of it.
It’s also a love story, but not like any others you’re most likely to read. I think this is a solid A- book.
[While searching around the Internet, I discovered it’s being made into a movie!]