I am the daughter of a retired soldier and understand that the places that seem exotic to one person are just home to someone else. I try to bring this sense of visiting a friend from another culture to all of my time travel adventures.
on Aug. 23, 2013 :
This little novella was such a wonderful read! There were some grammatical mistakes, and the random going-back-and-forth in the character's name (was it Caro, Caroline, or Carolyn? If going for "pet name" it ended up just being confusing) that distracted from it overall, but the prose was lilting and transcendental. I wish it had been longer, as some of the plot that took place - especially near the end - felt rushed, but that was only because I was enjoying the story so much I wanted to linger instead of being forced out of it, like trying to stay asleep in a particularly good dream. Some bits felt more like something being recalled to me instead of something I was being invited to participate in, owing mostly to the word count restraints.
The concept of the "nowhere" world the time traveler finds herself in was unique and jarring, and the description of the beach is probably one of the coolest things I've ever tried to imagine. It honestly felt like something straight out of a Gaiman novel, though with slightly less elegant prose (which is not anything but a compliment, I'm comparing it to the incomparable). It was slightly creepy and nostalgic all at the same time, and the ending was both horrible and distant, like waking up from a scary dream.
You really can't go wrong spending the little bits of time you need to read this book. It was a fast, magical story that will leave gorgeous imagery in your head.
(review of free book)