15 May 2019

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL.

 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL by KATE MASCARENHAS.


- 1967 -
Four female scientists invent a time travel machine. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril...

- 2017 -
Ruby knows her Granny Bee was the scientist who went mad, but they never talk about it. Until they receive a message from the future, warning of an elderly woman's violent death...

- 2018 -
Odette found the dead women at work – shot in the head, door bolted from the inside. Now she can't get her out of her mind. Who was she? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?
- Back cover Blurb

The laboratory, in Cumbria, was home to four young scientists.
- First Sentence; March-December 1967: Barbara

As soon as she stepped from a time machine, at the age of twenty-one, she felt like a ghost - what other name could be applied to a woman who walked among people born centuries after herself? To them, she should be dead.
- Memorable Moment; Page 173


SOURCE ... A Oxford Centre Reading Group read.

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... A reading group read, I admit I would never have chosen to read this as the concept of time travel is about as alien to me as it gets ... and especially so the kind of time travel novels in which ...

Her older self laughed and crushed her in a hug (Pg 9)

Its not that I lack imagination, its not that I'm unable to suspend disbelief. I can even accept characters travelling to Ancient Egypt/some space station of the future. I can even understand how their actions might have ramifications for their 'future' selves. Its just try as I might I cannot, cannot get my head around a character meeting his/her own self; let alone .... AGGGGHHHH! A character's 'current' self, 'younger' self and 'older' self all being in the same place at the same time. 

With lots of layers to it - events that because of the non-linear format in which it is written we are often only fully privy to elsewhere in the narrative - I struggled in that I didn't feel I had a solid grip on what was happening, what had happened or what was about to happen. Arguably little to do with the author's skills (or lack thereof?) and everything to do with me but either way the result was the same ... for much of the book I was thoroughly confused. 

A hybrid of what is essentially Sci-fi and a murder mystery); I'm just not convinced that this multi-genre approach will satisfy die-hard fans of either genre. 

Still, a brave attempt at a book that not so much questioned the science of time travel as came at it from a very human and what I felt was an original perspective, that of the psychological effect(s) of time travel.


13 May 2019

FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD.


FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by KATE PANKHURST.



Fantastically 
GREAT WOMEN
 Who Changed The WORLD
 is bursting full of astounding women who achieved amazing things by following their hearts, talents and dreams. Fly through the sky with explorer Amelia Earhart, speak out for what is right with Emmeline Pankhurst, and cause a fashion revolution with Coco Chanel.

Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. 
Follow them and prepare for an adventure of your own.
- Back Cover Blurb

The women in this book didn't set out to be thought of as 'great'.
- First Sentence; How Did They Become  So Fantastically Great?!

- MEMORABLE MOMENT 
Please forgive me my omitting my Memorable Moment. Each women memorable in her own way, it would feel wrong to single any one of them out.

SOURCE ... A present for my birthday, thanks Pat.

READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.

MY THOUGHTS ... An impressively diverse introduction to 13 of the world's fantastic women - women that I won't list here because whilst the book did feature many of the women I would have expected to find it did throw up a surprise or two. *

A book I'd recommend to all of those little girls who dream big. A book I'd recommend to all those little boys who think little girls aren't capable of being fantastic. A book I'd recommend to those of you who maybe not so little are looking for something to share with those little girls and boys who maybe don't know of these fantastic women who dreamt big and made a difference, each in her own unique way.

Designed with younger readers in mind, the illustrations are colourful and bold so as to be exciting and enticing enough to draw the reader in and the layout is great. The paragraphs are kept short enough so as not to be over whelming, there are interesting soundbites that offer an insight into these women’s achievements and a useful 'Fantastically Great Words' guide at the back which explains some of the words that children may not be familiar with .... in short it would make a fantastic addition to both the home and school library.

* For those of you wishing to know just which fantastic women feature in this book their names are concealed below ...

Spoiler Begins ... Jane Austen,Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank ... Spoiler Ends