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In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own—and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.
Publisher: New York, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781101946824
Branch Call Number: F Pea


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Mar 15, 2017

Iain Pears' prose is very smooth and easy to read. There is excellent character development here too. With these two fundamentals in place, Mr Pears is off to a good start. I am not a big fan of fantasy literature, but I must say I enjoyed the part of the book set in Anterwold the most. I particularly liked the concept of the "story". The concept of having a time machine in the basement was both a bit wonky and yet charming at the same time. I found the linkage between the three parts of the book to be a bit tangled though, with some loose descriptions of past and future linkages and cause and effect. Overall, the novel is entertaining though, and in that sense it succeeds.

Jan 02, 2017

A mind-stretching panoply of increasingly suspenseful stories, which interconnect, diverge, spring against each other like literary pinball and lead the reader on a grand adventure through time. Absolutely one of the best time split/scifi novels I've had the pleasure of reading. For sheer surprise and delight, rates up there with Ready, Player One.

spl_merley Dec 11, 2016

In Arcadia Iain Pears blurs the lines between cause and effect, power and control, the real and the imagined as he takes us on a rollicking journey through alternate histories where the real battles are fought with one's wit and intelligence.

Mar 17, 2016

A dystopian future where knowledge is punished, the nuclear bomb revered and where it becomes possible to alter the past through time travel. 1960 England, during the Kennedy-Nixon US election and when the Red Scare was red hot with security services on hyper alert. A Utopian world where knowledge is sacred and fatalism accepted. Not to mention the ability to be in two places at once. All of these combine into a story that combines the best elements of science fiction and fantasy. Author Iain Pears has outdone himself with this marvelous tale where the plot lines go in directions the reader would least expect.


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spl_merley Dec 11, 2016

Realizing that her discovery allows travel not to alternate universes but to the past, Dr. Angela Meerson sees the potential for harm, destroys her research and uses her machine to escape those who would abuse her discovery by travelling into the past herself. In 1960's England Meerson meets an academic and dabbling author whose notes about a book called Arcadia she uses to create a new machine so that she can continue her research and solve the problems of the future. When a teenage girl steps through the machine and finds herself in Arcadia the collision of past, present and possible futures becomes another threat to manage. Pursued by other time-travellers, under suspicion of being a spy and plagued by the problem of her experiment with Arcadia taking on a life of its own Meerson struggles with working out the role she can play in shaping or saving the future.


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