At 11:46:01, California time, on a foggy Monday in January 1986, the universe - suddenly, inexplicably, without warning - bifurcated. Fast-forward to 35 years later: Felix Sayers is a culinary writer living in San Francisco of Universe A who spends his days lunching at Coconut Café and dreaming of a successful career penning Agatha Christie-style mysteries. But everything changes when his Aunt Henrietta dies, leaving Felix a photograph of his father and himself - dated 10 days before Felix was born. It can only mean one thing: Felix has an "alter" in Universe B.
In a panic that his mystery novel may exist already, Felix crosses to San Francisco B and proceeds to flagrantly violate the rules of both worlds by snooping around his alter's life. But when he narrowly escapes a hit-and-run, it becomes clear that someone knows he's crossed over...and whoever it is isn't happy about it. With the help of a trio of students and a Miss Marple-style detective, Felix must uncover the truth about his alter, the events of one Monday, and a wayward rubber duck before his time in both worlds runs out.
©2011 Neve Maslakovic (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A witty and light 'what if' novel stuffed with an amusing and eclectic cast of characters." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Great concept, poor delivery."
I really loved the set up to this book. It was setting out to be a genre bending take on multiverses from the perspective of an engaging and likable protagonist. The narration was good. The beginnings of the secondary characters were great. But...
It just lost it about a third of the way into the book. It took a sharp left turn that didn't really fit with what had been established up until that point- more like the Author got bored and said "Let's try this now!".
From there the plot gaps and inconsistencies abounded. The basic underlying "law of physics" for the book didn't make logical sense in a uniform way. It accelerated to the point of nonsensical hyperventilation. Unfortunate. As always, this is entirely subjective and your mileage may vary.
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