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    Interesting concept, execution not great

    This novella, though interesting in concept, suffers from a bit of preachiness and an ending that's unsatisfying. The split narrative at the beginning of chapters overstays its welcome in the second half, and the final pages have a tonal shift that I personally can't deal with very well.
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    Innovative and exciting

    I love Kelly Robson. I read all her short stories when they were posted for free, then went and bought them when they went up for sale. As far as I know, I've read everything she's written, and loved every word. This book, despite the odd title (which totally makes sense for the story) is no exception. It's wonderful. She takes a considerably unoriginal trope - time travel - and writes a unique story about it. I really like Ms Robson's turns of phrase, her descriptions, her images. Her characters live. For such a short book, it's incredibly dense, no wasted words. It is, I think, a work that requires familiarity with SF tropes to be fully appreciated. I wouldn't recommend it to a neophyte. Overall, I loved this book!
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    Ends Abruptly!

    This short novel is almost a novelette. I've read many one-star reviews where the main complaint was that the story was too short. I don't complain about story length because I'm always aware of how long a book is before I buy it. In this case I was just surprised by the abruptness of the ending. It was a sound enough end point, but really left the story open-ended for a possible sequel. Having read only one of Robson's short stories before this, I was willing to give it a try based on my regard for what I had read before. I was mostly satisfied with the story. I liked how Robson hooked the historical Shulgi's rejection of religion in with the events of the story. The opening paragraphs of each chapter move Shulgi's narrative forward slowly as he encounters the time travellers and help to humanize the Mesopotamians that the TERN executives consider expendable chaff. Unfortunately is also diminishes the accomplishments of Kiki, Hamid, and Minh which takes up a majority of the book as they try to secure the time-travel project. The since we know that TERN agents have died in the past without affecting the timeline, we can suppose that by staying alive in the past, this timeline will not collapse. I hope that this isn't the start of a series since it would have been easy to write a part two concerning the aftermath of the mission and release a larger novel.
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