Gideon The Cutpurse

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Gideon the Cutpurse Gideon the Cutpurse by
Series: Gideon Trilogy #1
Published by in 6/7/06
Pages: 364

Peter and Kate are involved in a strange accident that causes them to be sent back to 1763. Once there they meet Gideon, a former cutpurse on the run from his employer, who promises to help them retrieve the stolen time-travel machine. 300-odd years later, a full blown police investigation is launched. But how can they explain the "ghosts?"

My Review:

This one is really problematic for me (the review, not the book). I keep telling myself that this would have been a great book if only it didn’t have time travel in it. Time travel is starting to get a bit overused and if it’s not handled properly, it just sort of falls flat. This particular version does well with what it handles – the problem is that there are so many things it doesn’t answer. For example, one of the first things you have to answer when using time travel as a device is whether time is fixed or changeable (fixed means you don’t have issues with the Butterfly Effect, which makes life soooo much easier as a writer). The thing is, it’s hardly even dealt with in this novel. I suppose this could be explained by the characters’ lack of knowledge in the area, but that doesn’t account for the fact that the time travel sections felt a little stiff and forced (there’s only so many jokes about the future you can make, and quite frankly only so many famous people you can have your characters meet before it gets old).

That’s not to say it was all bad. When the novel stuck to 1763, it was much easier to read. I would love to read a historical novel by her, because her historical writing is really well done. If the story could have held it’s own without the time travel it would have been fabulous. So, in balance, I’d say on a scale of 1-5 this is a 3. It’s good enough for a casual read, but not impressive enough to warrant anything higher.

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