Saturday, March 26, 2016

Book Review: "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"

On the DZA Review Scale, I put this right below okay, at Why did I go through 230 pages of this? The best word I can put for this is disappointing.


Time travel books are always tricky, especially when you have the main character interacting with his future self (in this case, shooting himself in the stomach). Books about science fiction books and films are also tricky (you don't want to get sued), but when done well (usually satirically) they are awesome (and hilarious). This one pulled neither of them off. Way too much sulking, not nearly enough action. And by "action" I mean doing anything other than sulking.

The main character is a mechanic; he travels through time and to other universes to fix other people's time machines. His father was almost the inventor of time travel, and went missing after a rather epic failure. The book is 60% sulking, 38% reflecting, 1% action, and 1% reuniting with his dad at the very end, only for two pages, super glossed over.

So if you like long, rambley stories, this one's for you. If you don't, steer clear.


He sulks for the first half. Has some flashbacks and sulks some more.

He meets his future self, panics, shoots future self in the stomach.

More flashbacks. More sulking. At no point does he think to get himself a bulletproof vest.

Figures out where his dad is. Goes back in time to tell past self. Gets shot.

Recovers. 2-page glossed-over reunion with dad.

There. Just saved you 230 pages.


Thanks for reading! :)

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