Chimera Review of Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

We learned something interesting with this book. This was one of the original set of book that were first dubbed “Steampunk”. The term  originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It was coined by K. W. Jeter, a science fiction author himself, looking for a way to describe works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987) All of these books are set in a 19th-century ( and usually Victorian) and had similar conventions like H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. 

This book was time travel and the steampunk was secondary really, overall we enjoyed it. It’s nice to dip into classics and the mystery in the narrative along with the call back to other pieces to literature was great.

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Chimera Review of A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

We found this book a little lacking. One of the primary things we were looking for with this book was an explanation of  the time travel that the characters use. There seemed to be no rhyme of reasons for why the characters were transported back. Also it took almost half the book to even know that it was about time travel. The characterization of the main character uses every trope and cliche about young teens of color that is hard not to groan. It seems this book is currently used as student guide to talk about and build on discussions around slavery. This is the poor man’s Kindred, set in New York. Though the writing and characters are decent, we can not really recommend this book, especially given that the time travel is never explained.

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Chimera Review of The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Easy of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

While we enjoyed this book for its comedy and unique take on time travel, (freezing yourself for the future) there were part that were a bit unsettling. The grooming, manipulation of tropes and overall characterization of women was pretty jarring. However it was well written and fun.

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Chimera Review of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Easy of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

The consensus for this book was weird. We had a some abandon it. We had others who loved it. However some of the things we cold agree with were that the authors may have perhaps used more words than needed. This didn’t have to be 700 pages. The characters were interesting and the plot was inventing, still having the authors beat plot points into your head multiple times can be a bit aggravating for some readers. This was the best of the Time Travel books this flight and we might have to step away from this genre for a while to recoup.

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Chimera review of Kindred by Octavia Butler

We rate books based on if we would recommend them, as related to the theme, and how much we enjoyed them based on the following criteria:
Ease of read, plot, writing, and resolution.

Rate the book based on the Chimera Readers Rating Scale:
5 = Excellent (Far Exceeded expectations)
4 = Great (Exceeded expectations)
3 = Liked (Acceptable, Met Expectations)
2 = Meh (Failed to meet minimum expectations)
1 = Terrible (Would not recommend)

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