Weighing Shadows

Weighing Shadows

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A new time-traveling fantasy from National Book Award-winner Lisa Goldstein.

Ann Decker fixes computers for a living, and in the evenings she passes the time sharpening her hacking skills. It's not a very interesting life, but she gets by--until one day she's contacted with a job offer for a company called Transformations Incorporated. None of her coworkers have ever heard of it before, and when Ann is finally told what the company does, she can hardly believe it: TI has invented technology to travel in time.

Soon Ann is visiting a matriarchy in ancient Crete, and then a woman mathematician at the Library of Alexandria. But Transformations Incorporated remains shrouded in mystery, and when Ann finally catches her breath, there are too many troubling questions still unanswered. Who are Transformations Incorporated, and what will they use this technology to gain? What ill effects might going back in time have on the present day? Is it really as harmless as TI says?

When a coworker turns up dead, Ann's superiors warn her about a covert group called Core out to sabotage the company. Something just isn't right, but before she has time to investigate, Ann is sent to a castle in the south of France, nearly a thousand years in the past. As the armies of the Crusade arrive to lay siege, and intrigue grows among the viscount's family, Ann will discover the startling truth--not just about the company that sent her there, but also about her own past.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Night Shade Books,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781597808408
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOL
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm

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StarGladiator
Jul 16, 2017

Publishers Weekly critique is rather harsh, given what is being published as // sci fi \\ today, truly tenuous. Overall, this was a relatively interesting sf read.
Certainly not in the same category as Iain Banks' Player of Games, or Sterling's Drakon, or Ted Chiang's short story, Understand [and do be sure to see Ted's movie, Arrival, truly outstanding!!!!!], but few books are.
Still, I would rate this an entertaining read with superior writing, and Ms. Goldstein ascribes refreshingly realistic motivations to her characters.
[I'm guessing the author is a fan of Kate Mosse's book, Sepulchre?]

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