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Paradox Bound: A Novel

by Peter Clines

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Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for god's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting-waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model-A Ford. The one who's being pursued by...something. So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli's determined that this time, he's going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend. To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history--with nothing less than America's past, present, and future at stake.… (more)

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Romance, time travel
all-American car porn
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  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I am very conflicted by this book.

There was a period of this book (the first 1/3) that I thought this book was so stupid. Then to only have details revealed...and it become extremely stupid. I was a few pages away from dropping this book.

Then...it happened. It got good. Then really good. Then I couldn't put it down.

Only advice on this book? Stay with it. It'll seem really dumb, and you'll be like, "whaaaat? so stupid." But stay with it.

The payoff (in my opinion) is worth it.
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  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
PARADOX BOUND is not my usual fare, but I just adore Ray Porter, the narrator, so I picked it up over at Audible.

This was an enjoyable time travel, (or as one character would insist, history travel), novel. Based on the premise that certain spots are "slippery" and one can use those spots to travel. Most of those making use of the slippery spots are called "searchers" and they're looking for the American Dream, which is a little bit hokey and nostalgic, but there it is.

Coming after the searchers are the "faceless men", (nothing like the faceless men in Game of Thrones), but scary dudes nonetheless.

I had fun listening to this tale and the surprises the main characters encountered along the way. If there is ever a sequel, count me in!

*I bought this audio with my hard earned cash. * ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Title: Paradox Bound

Author: Peter Clines

Publication Date: Sep 2017

Genre: Time travel

Score: 4/5

A satisfying time travel book from Clines. The story is a clever take on the American Dream. It posits that the Dream is a real object that’s been stolen. Searchers from all through American history are combing the years to find the thief. The main character is caught up in the search accidentally. Good stuff. Recommended.


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  Vokram | Mar 21, 2020 |
It turns out the American dream is an actual physical (or maybe metaphysical?) object, created by America's founders with the help of an Egyptian god and imbued with the power to shape the character of the nation. Only it went missing sometime in the 1960s, and now a group of travelers in various classic vehicles are on a giant road trip back and forth through all of the country's history searching for it, while the (literally) faceless men created to guard the thing attempt to stop them.

It's a ridiculous premise, but one with all kind of glorious potential for wacky time travel hijinks and a bit of satiric social commentary, but while I found it mildly entertaining (although more in some places than others), I mostly wish I liked it more than I did. It's not bad, really. It does deliver on the wacky time travel hijinks. There are also some genuinely creepy villains and some sly pop culture references of the kind that I always appreciate. (There's a very stealthy Doctor Who one in there you have to be a true geek to get, and it made me laugh out loud.) But there are a lot of plot elements that are sillier than they probably should be, even given the silliness of the concept, and the satiric social commentary, which could have been sharp and interesting, is barely gestured at, rather than explored. The ending's not super satisfying, either. In principle, maybe it works. In execution, it's a bit anticlimactic.

Still, I don't want to be too hard on it. It is kind of fun, and I suspect the fact that I've had kind of a rough week that wasn't entirely conducive to immersing oneself in this kind of a crazy romp is responsible for maybe half of my somewhat lukewarm reaction. I certainly wouldn't recommend against it for anyone who thinks the premise sounds good. But I do wish it had been more the reading experience I wanted it to be. ( )
  bragan | Feb 12, 2020 |
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Men like women with a past because they hope history will repeat itself.
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For my dad, Dennis, who's done so many things that make it into these stories
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Eli Teague was eight and a half years old the first time he met Harry Pritchard.
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Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for god's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting-waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model-A Ford. The one who's being pursued by...something. So when the mysterious traveler finally reappears, Eli's determined that this time, he's going to get some answers. But his hunt soon yields far more than he bargained for, plunging him headlong into a dizzying world full of competing factions and figures straight out of legend. To make sense of the mystery at its heart, he must embark on a breakneck chase across the country and through two centuries of history--with nothing less than America's past, present, and future at stake.

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