“ In places, it was a wonderful, captivating, enthralling read. The concept of these three storylines that intersect, all revolving around the flamboyant Gilliam Murray's Time Travel business seemed a bit dubious to me, but was very well constructed and came across well.
But there were other places where I nearly literally threw the book across the room, so frustrated with it, a couple out-of-the-blue plot twists in particular. The quaint tendency for the author to pop in with little quips about the writing of the story and such irritated me also. I don't like being reminded that I am reading a piece of fiction. I want to remain happily ensconced in the fictional world I'm reading about, and the author's need to remind me that the world does not in fact exist was like a giant alarm clock blaring after we hit the snooze button. Occasionally, the writing is a little too self-aware, a bit too cloyingly clever and pleased with itself.
I am glad that I did keep reading, because the story really was good. It's the kind of book that you look back at and appreciate the way the author structured the story, how it all did really fit together. For all it's faults, it was an enjoyable adventure into the steampunk sci-fi fantasy genre, which is well beyond my usual comfort zone. I will likely pick up the sequel Map of the Sky soon.”