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on Jan. 10, 2011 :
Originally posted on avidreader15.wordpress.com:
This story is about a house-mom named Vanessa and her involvement with a time-portal she stumbles upon while at college, and how it affects her family. Vanessa is the main character throughout the story, although her husband, Tony, and three daughters do play big roles. Her college lab-partner, Erica, plays a important role also, although hers is a bit more minor, and only through a part of the book. Right from the beginning of the book, it jumps you right into the life of Vanessa and Tony and how hectic it is. Within a few chapters, Vanessa is already noticing strange things around campus, from oddly dressed people roaming the grounds at strange hours, to a weird humming noise in the building that she uses the lab of. A lot of mysterious things happen to her throughout the book, things she can’t explain why they are happening to her, and that make her think she is going crazy.
At first, when I read the book description, I expected a bigger focus on the sci-fi aspects of the story, the whole “time portal on her college campus”. I was expecting some huge adventure in the future. Yes, I was disappointed, but that is NOT to say the book was un-enjoyable. I still greatly enjoyed the storyline, which is more a focus on her life in the present and how her short forays into the future affect her life, along with the life of her family. The storyline is nice, and the ending to the book is very happy. It is written in the first-person and in the end is told to be a “journal of sorts” although it reads just like a story rather than a journal, which I was happy for. All-in-all I really enjoyed the book, even though it wasn’t what I had originally expected.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 14, 2010 :
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Vanessa, a young mother of three, is happily married to Tony. Both parents are pursing college degrees at the University of Washington. Sharing the responsibilities of raising their three "cherubs", Tony goes to school during the day and Vanessa attends night classes. Sometimes Vanessa stays on campus, in the lab, deep into the wee hours of the night finishing up lab reports. One particular eve she hears a strange humming noise emanating from the janitor's closet. Unable to quell her curiosity, Vanessa goes exploring, accidentally walking through a time portal straight into the future.. Those entering the portal aren't allowed to return, but Vanessa has extenuating circumstances. The history book's reveal Vanessa plays an integral role in the future. She must be returned to the past. A process called "shielding" is used to erase any memory of the portal. However, "shielding" has many of its own unintended consequences. For starters, Vanessa doesn't ever remember entering the portal, so her curiosity continues to draw her back, requiring her to undergo the "shielding process" again and again. Continual "shieldings" could potentially leave Vanessa in a vegetative state. Will her curiosity get the better of her or will the scientists of the future discover a way to keep Vanessa in the past? History depends on it!!
Department of Temporal Adjustment, despite its unconventional title and slightly simplistic cover, is a strangely unique story. It is a wild combination of "Leave it to Beaver" wholesomeness laced with the situational humor found in the movie "Ground Hogs Day". Together they unite to provide the reader with both an original and humorous take on time travel, along with the oddly peculiar side effects it can have on a young woman's life and her young family.
Recommendation: This book for me was like watching an old movie due to the theme and plot. I would recommend it to older audiences who are searching for wholesome novels with limited shock value. Readers who are technical or analytical will also enjoy the author's wit unique sense of humor instilled in the main character, Vanessa. "The Department of Temporal Adjustment" is a fast paced light-hearted read, one especially suitable to the senior reader, which is a rare find.
Other Goodies: Veronica R. Tabares has a degree in anthropology (specializing in archaeology) from the University of Washington. She and her husband have four children and live in Seattle, Washington. Department of Temporal Adjustment is her fourth book. Find out more information about Veronica at her blog. http://Veronicatabares.org
(reviewed within a month of purchase)