on Oct. 18, 2012 :
Harry Potter all over again?
I picked up Joan Darcy & the 27th Observer, The Telescope of Elsewhere several days ago. I found the beginning somewhat slow but Joan’s sudden appearance at an orphanage without a memory drew me in, I yearned to find out about her past. It’s clear from the start that Joan was no normal teeager.
Joan is gifted in her ability to have no fear of gangs or boys, a ruthless combination as an orphan against those who seek to oppress her, but to what end? What happened in her past that moved her to become so courageous? But then the toy telescope showed up in her life. That’s when the story begins to take off.
Joan Darcy begins to recall memories. She has been devoid of such things for a time, however these memories are very old and include intimate knowledge of places and war hundreds of years in the past. Her new friends, Miranda and Milton Caldwell, decide to take up the cause of helping her to regain information about her past. Strangely her past is connected to an organization that also offer philanthropy towards Autistic individuals. Questions build faster than answers.
Now I will not give too much away about the ever increasing pace of the story but I will reveal that the telescope shows the viewer other worldly images. Cleary Joan is somehow connected to what the telescope shows, what is not clear is how. The story is suspenseful as the connection unfolds to the end.
I found the story exciting and very fresh. It certainly doesn’t have wizards, magic, or realms in middle Earth. The story relies on real cutting edge science which makes it so desirable to read as a science fiction fan. Things to watch for as a reader, never ask what Pisscannte means (Yes, this is the true spelling.) and don’t miss the paper airplane trick, it gives new meaning to how dangerous paper can really be. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this coming five book series.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)