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Peng Shepherd

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Obres de Peng Shepherd

The Cartographers (2022) 1,727 exemplars
The Book of M (2018) 871 exemplars
All This and More (2024) 25 exemplars
Free Cake {short fiction} (2013) 1 exemplars

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
New York University (MFA | Creative writing)



This book really wasn't for me. As someone who makes maps (and other stuff), I first was annoyed at the term "Cartographer". Cartography isn't really a thing anymore (or extremely niche job). What most of the people are in this book are Archivists, meaning the curation of a collection. Second, I was incredibly annoyed at the premise of Agloe - people have been putting false information on maps since maps became important strategically. And last, I hated the ending. It made no sense - You don't just give an important position to a person who was missing for 20 years and with no experience in the real world!.

As for the characters - they didn't feel real, and they didn't really have personalities outside of Tamara. As for the house they lived in during the back story, I just don't see 7 people, with large student loans, willing to live together and work on a project like this. A few of them yes. As for the bad guy, I had it figured out fairly early, but the bad guy had no motive, outside of 'obsession'.

Now, I think I would have loved this book in high school - it hits the right spots of idealism, friendship, and obsession, but as adult, I found it just annoying.
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TheDivineOomba | Hi ha 68 ressenyes més | Jun 1, 2024 |
Here is the pitch: Black Mirror meets Sliding Doors meets Groundhog’s Day meets Pretty Little Mistakes meets Life After Life meets…well, you get the idea. This is Shepherd’s third speculative fiction novel, and although its premise is solid, it is not exactly groundbreaking. It uses a reality show frame and multiverse theory to create an adult version of a “Choose Your Adventure” book. The actual storyline is pretty straightforward: Since just about every aspect of Marsh’s life is a shambling mountain of regrets, she would like to be able to go back in time and fix her mistakes. Fortunately, in her world, there is a game show for that. Through manipulation of “quantum mechanics,” the creators of All This and More can arrange unlimited opportunities that allow a contestant to relive important transitional moments. Within this scheme, Marsh can make different life choices or just tweak tiny details until she is satisfied with her life. She begins with conservative alterations, but soon finds herself in increasingly outrageous and improbable scenarios. After many iterations, Marsh begins to notice some disturbing irregularities and glitches, leading her to suspect that she is not solely guiding the process. The reader has the opportunity to occasionally “help” Marsh decide by selecting among offered options, following the text to a specified location. Shepherd’s book is an example of how the alternate-universe plot can become tiresome, with required repetition and inherent logical inconsistencies. The jumps and re-workings get harder for the reader to track, the effect is numbing, and it encourages skimming— despite the author’s efforts to incorporate the fantastic and outré. Similar to those classic CYO adventures, what results is a disjointed narrative that sacrifices depth to accommodate a gimmicky design.… (més)
jnmegan | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 30, 2024 |
What if you could go back to moments in your history and make a different choice? Because of the butterfly effect, even small changes can have ripple effects that result in major differences for the future.

Marsh gets such a chance when she is picked to be the contestant on Season 3 of "All This and More," a reality TV show that, thanks to the technology known as "quantum bubbling," allows her to go back in time and make different choices.

This new technology is very vaguely explained, so the reader must have a large capacity for suspension of disbelief here regarding this plot point, which undergirds the entire novel. Once you get past that, the story proceeds smoothly. Most of the book consists of Marsh making change after change to her history, which leads her down a different path from the one her original life took. I found the different iterations of her life story a little confusing to follow, but if you let go of the need to keep it straight in your head it kind of just flows, one episode to the next.

Complications arise that throw a monkey wrench into Marsh's story as well as adds a twist and suspenseful story line, and towards the end the plot picks up speed.

There is a "pick your ending" element to this novel, and the author tells us in the beginning that the reader can choose to read straight through (which I did) or choose various decisions for Marsh and take a wilder ride.

There are some plot points that don't make sense and don't resolve (what happened to the Chrysalis pill?) so it's best for the reader to just enjoy the ride, the concept, and the adventure.
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ChayaLovesToRead | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 12, 2024 |
I picked up this book because I love maps and am always drawn to titles that hint of maps. This novel is a murder/map mystery with elements of the fantastic. When Nell’s father, head of the Maps Division at the central New York Public Library, is murdered, Nell discovers he has hidden an out-of-date gas station map that caused a falling out between them years earlier. Uncovering why he has kept the map and why its ownership is a threat takes Nell and the reader on a journey of discovery. The novel is inspired by the true story of a phantom settlement placed on a map by its creators to protect their copyright—this was a common practice in days gone by. When I look at maps, I see in them time and place and possibility; it is the last of these that the novel explores. An entertaining read about not your everyday group of characters (i.e., cartographers).… (més)
EvaMSO | Hi ha 68 ressenyes més | May 6, 2024 |



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