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    Quantum Shenanigans

    So You Had to Build a Time Machine is an humorous sci-fi adventure book by author Jason Offutt. A girl is at a nightclub bar. A guy sits besides her, orders a Bud Light, and starts hitting on her. Girl punches guy. Guy disappears into thin air. Poof. Turns out Bud Light Dave is a scientist working on quantum shenanigans in a secret government facility. His boss launched the experiment by himself, in spite of Dave having warned him about an error in his calculations. This results in small changes in the world as the waves from the collider washes upon it. Then, the changes become more and more threatening. It’s up to Bud Light Dave, the girl (a circus brat named Skid), a former bricklayer owning a muffin shop, and a conman owning an haunted house to save the multiverse in a time and dimension hopping epic adventure. Sometimes together, sometimes separated. Why them ? Because the aforementioned quantum shenanigans decided it. This book is a gem. A perfect blend of sci-fi and light humor. This review will be short, as it would be hard to write a longer one without getting spoilery. The writing flows painlessly, making this novel difficult to put down. The story starts at a slow pace, then accelerates in rhythm with the collider’s waves. The characters are fun and well defined. We follow their different point of views as required, depending on the events unfolding. In spite of the intricacies of time and dimension travelling and mashing up (at one point, three different versions of characters are in the same place and time, and don’t get me started on key items...), the author expertly makes it so the reader can follow the events at all times, without having to flip back pages. Jason Offutt doesn’t get lost either as, by the end of the book, everything that happened during the story makes sense. Some of them resolving at the very end. The author is a fellow nerd, and cultural nods abound. However, they are always relevant, and he took great care in picking timeless works, ensuring his book would be as well. The book is close ended and doesn’t seem to be part of a series, but I sure would like to see more of the characters. I will seek out Jason Offutt’s other works and, if that isn’t praise, I don’t know what is. Thanks to Netgalley and CamCat Publishing for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review.

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