First Chapter Review of Untimed by Andy Gavin (Giveaway)


I was scheduled to run a review of Untimed by Andy Gavin today. Unfortunately, like a ninny, I overbooked my review schedule for February and March at my blogs. Today I’ll post a review of the first chapter of Gavin’s book, which will be followed by a full review on March 27th. Untimed is a young adult time travel adventure story.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00004]BLURB:  Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there’s one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

COVER: Fabulous. Up close it’s more creepy looking than it is online. You can pick up the details like the scar running from the ivory man’s eye to his lip and the clock gears where his chest and belly should be.

FIRST CHAPTER: This chapter opens with Charlie in the living room with his dad and Aunt Sophie, who have recently returned after being gone for months. Their cryptic conversation leaves Charlie wondering what his aunt is referring to when she tells his father, “You need to tell him soon.” Before he can pressure his dad into telling him, the front doorbell rings. Charlie finds his mother talking to a couple of odd looking policemen who are searching for his father.

Months pass. On a field trip to Independence Park, Charlie spies one of the odd looking policemen exiting Independence Hall. What Charlies discovers shocks him, and he suddenly finds himself in danger.

KEEP READING:  Between connecting quickly to Charlie, the first person narrator of Untimed, and the mystery behind why these men are searching for his father, readers are propelled to continue. Gavin has created a sympathetic, slightly sarcastic character with Charlie, who is so unforgettable his own mother can’t remember his name. His father is gone for months on end. Girls don’t know he exists. Life isn’t coming up roses for him. I feel many in this age group can relate to some degree with what Charlies is going through. Gavin is also wise to end this chapter with a superb cliffhanger. I’m eager to see where this leads.

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $24.00 hardcover
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
ISBN: 9781937945053 ebook, 9781937945046 paperback, 9781937945039 hardcover
Pages: 325
Release: December 19, 2012

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Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.

His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

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The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell: Tesla Time by Karen Mueller Bryson

Tweens looking for some adventurous reading don’t need to look far. Just pick up a copy of The Incredibly Awesome Adventure of Puggie Liddell: Tesla Time by Karen Mueller Bryson.

Puggie Liddell is a whiz kid with a sharp tongue. His prissy older sister Gigi gets on his nerves. When his modified Gameboy activates a time portal that sends Puggie and Gigi back to the 1890’s, the kids must work together to find a time portal back to the present before Nikola Tesla or his arch nemesis Thomas Edison can steal it to complete a death ray machine.

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell is an action-packed adventure story that tweens are sure to enjoy. The rivalry between Puggie and Gigi will hit home for them, and the fast pace will have them turning page after page. What Bryson did very well in this story is blend interesting historical tidbits into the kids’ adventure. Having first gone off to search for Edison who is attending the World’s Columbian Exhibition (Chicago World’s Fair) in order to get his help to return home, they are soon on the run from Edison, who seeks to use Puggie’s modified Gameboy for evil purposes. Bryson also managed to paint great pictures for her readers as she described the many historical places the kids end up.

While Edison’s and Tesla’s rivalry is well known, it bothered me that most of the historical figures in this book were portrayed as bad guys. Tesla was actually working on a death ray machine,  but Edison and Tesla spend the majority of the book chasing after the kids with less than good intentions. Even Mark Twain, who befriended Tesla in middle age, doesn’t truly escape being portrayed in a negative light because he doesn’t do anything to try and help Puggie and Gigi. He pulls a Pontius Pilate type of deal by saying he’s just a writer and practicing non-involvement.

I also wish the book had some interior illustrations. It’s the perfect book for it. Laurie Tiz did a fabulous job with the cover art. I would have loved to see what she added to the interior, especially because there are a few short chapters that run only a quarter to half the page.

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell by Karen Mueller Bryson is definitely worth looking into. Tesla Time is the first book in a planned series. I look forward to the next one.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Zeta Comics
  • ISBN-10:0986842818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986842818
  • SRP:  $6.95
  • Also available in a Kindle edition

I received a FREE copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.