Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: TOR Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.