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Reviews:
Adaptogenia by Wayne Wightman personal collection
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell library book
The Cat Barked? by Lydia Monks library book
Cat Skidoo by Bethany Roberts and RW Alley personal collection
City Above the Sea by Stephen Alan Saft review copy
City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer library book
Corona Centurion™ by Terry Bisson personal collection
Economancer by Carolyn Ives Gilman personal collection
A Field Guide to Monsters by Johan Olander library book
Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat bookcrossing
Grimm's Grimmest by Tracy Arah Dockray bookcrossing
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup personal collection
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh bookcrossing
Harriet's Recital by Nancy Carlton personal collection
I Feel Skitty by Tracey West personal collection
Kin by Holly Black review copy
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh bookcrossing
Mama, Don't Go by Rebecca Wells library book
No, Never! by Sally O. Lee review copy
Oh, the Things I Know! by Al Franken bookcrossing
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper library book
Paradiso Lost by Albert E. Cowdrey personal collection
Project Anastrophe by George Karnikis review copy
The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss bookcrossing
The Shipwreck of a Nation by H Peter Nennhaus review copy
Skim by Mariko Tamaki review copy
Sooner or Later or Never Never by Gary Jennings personal collection
Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss bookcrossing
The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield bookcrossing
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee bookcrossing
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon library book
Yoko Writes Her Name by Rebecca Wells library book



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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Project Anastrophe

Project AnastropheProject Anastrophe: 08/03/09

Project Anastrophe (or project turning about) by George Karnikis is a science fiction environmental thriller that tries to set to rights the damages done to the earth from years of radiation poisoning.

Nick Papas leaves his wife and family to go fishing and sees a strange light shimmering on the water. Next thing he knows he's far in the future and being treated for radiation exposure. Rather than freaking out at his current situation he eagerly embraces his new home and falls head over heels for the lovely Norina Anderson, the woman put in charge of him. He then further agrees to help these future people undo the events that lead to the radiation poisoning of the Earth.

What works for me:

Project Anastrophe has cast of characters made up of different ethnicities than your usual Americans, British or Canadians (and sometimes French if you're reading Jules Verne). The book has a fairly tight time line which is important in a time travel that blips between present day and the future. The future is different but still recognizable.

What doesn't work for me:

The book suffers most from pacing and point of view problems. It starts off as a first person account of Nick's adventures into the future. By about page 80 as lots of extra characters and plot elements are introduced the novel suddenly switches to third person even when Nick is in the scene. It further digresses from the original POV ending as a third person omniscient. Without adequate segues these changes in POV are very disconcerting.

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