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November 2, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich

Series: Stand-alone (?)
Format: eGallley
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: TOR Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk
Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man's benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.


This is one DNF that I am SO ASHAMED to make because nobody likes to admit they're unintelligent. Unfortunately Beth Bernobich's TIME ROADS made me realize that I am too simpleminded to fully appreciate what could've been a badass rendering of Steampunk Ireland. 

In this version of an alternate history, the seat of UK is in Ireland and the Kingdom of Éire is developing a machine that would make time travel possible. I've never read a Steampunk novel set in Ireland and I do so love the names BBernobich used although I'm sure I've murdered them a hundred times over in terms of pronunciation. I need to brush up on my Celtic :/. Also, the lack of magic and supernatural elements appealed to me and the scientific approach to the premise was challenging. Again, I'm not the biggest reader of sci-fi but I love to go outside my comfort zone once in a while with the hopes of broadening my horizon. 

Alas, TIME ROADS got too scientific and all the math talk just went over my head. I thought I could take it for granted and focus on the flow of events but at 36% I realized that theorems and such plays a HUGE role in the story and being mathematically challenged clearly doesn't work in my favor this time around:


Yup, I don't know what the flying fluck they're talking about. I mean I know they're computing for a certain point to travel safe in time but I guess I'm too dumb to appreciate it in its full awe-inspiring genius glory.

Ms. Bernobich, I applaud you for writing an awesome math novel however the constant computations and other stuff to make time travel plausible in this world was too much for me to handle. 








34 comments:

  1. Wow no, not smart enough here either

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    1. I hope you're not just saying that to make me feel better. I feel so embarrassed!

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  2. Oh no! Nothing worse than a disappointing read. I hope your next one is better.

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    1. Thanks! And yes, my current read is more to my IQ level LOL

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  3. I love the idea of a steampunk set with Ireland as the seat of power in the kingdom. But I am a flat out failure at math so all that would whiz by me too.

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    1. I don't know, I still urge you to try it. She did say in her intro that she always wanted to write a math book/fiction story and although I DNF'd, I get the sense that the math is important in this story and *insert shortcircuit sounds*

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  4. Oi, you need tons of coffee before cracking this one open.

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    1. Eh, sorry lady, I don't think coffee will help me out here.

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  5. Yeah I understand why you've DNF'd on that one. I'd be the same.

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    1. When I hit that part, I realized that I don't have the necessary tools to appreciate this genius book. LOL

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  6. I'm sorry it was a little too complex for you, but it's difficult when you don't understahdn things.

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    1. You said it! I feel so dumb right now but I have to be honest as to why.

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  7. Oh no. I don't need math equations when I'm reading, it ruins the flow of the novel and makes me the reader feel dumb, so I get why you DNF'd this. You wanted to enjoy the book, so totally understand SW, why you DNF'd this one.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. I just wish I'm not mathematically challenged, i can tell the book is wel thought of and very clever. I just can't appreciate it :(

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  8. I can't believe that you're Steampunk Sundays are still going strong! I'd have such a difficult time committing to reviewing a book in a specific genre every week. I hate overly 'smart' reads too, Braine, so don't feel too bad. Eeeww, Math. *shivers*

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

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    1. The reason why it's still going strong is because I have a LOT of steampunk books that I have yet to read. This keeps me motivated.

      LOL, Thanks, Carmel :)

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  9. Girl, don't feel bad for admitting that something is beyond your comprehension. I do that all the time when a book is over my head. Lol.

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  10. Oh my, I don't think I would have been able to get immersed into the story either if math is such a huge part of it! And that made me think of a pic that I'm unable to include here - I'll tweet it to you instead. Great DNF review!
    I hope your next read is much better, my dear!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I love the graphic, Lexxie, got a good laugh over it. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I'm sure reading this book felt like been back in high school. I pass, thank you very much.

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    1. Girl my HS senior mathteacher will confirm what a dunce I was back in the day

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  12. HA...I'm assuming that most of it probably doesn't make any "real" mathematical sense anyway...but it sounds like it takes over a bit more of the book than I would want to deal with either!

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    1. Even if that's the case, I'm not smart enough to figure that out. Ha!

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  13. Oh dear, I'll definitely be put off by this too :) I feel for you!

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  14. I loved your review. I am sorry that you had to give up on this one, but I get it. I hate when books are so far over my head. I just start skimming those parts. Sounds like this one has a lot going for it, if you get it.

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    1. I'm sure I could've finished it, ignored or skimmed the smart parts but I also feel doing that will be a disservice to the story and Beth deserves a review from someone who truly appreciates the story. I'm just sorry it's not me 😥

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  15. Hells no girl, you are not dumb. I can't read books like these either. Too much science crap talk gets annoying. I have no idea what they are talking about either.

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  16. I guess, they can't all be winners :( I don't want to feel dumb when I read or listen either.
    But, A Syudy in Silks sure was a winner! I really enjoyed it...It was a long one...
    Thanks Braine.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that!! Will you be listening to the next one soon?

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