Catch A Falling Starlet

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For History major Carolyn Madore, leaving school to work for the Pawskonsett Island Artifact Retrieval Company was an easy decision. After all, the company has had remarkable success recovering antiquities of the lost, misplaced and "no one is sure they ever really existed" variety. She didn't realize her new duties would include treasure hunting, time travel and solving the occasional murder. More

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Review by: Jonathan Caws-Elwitt on Nov. 28, 2011 :
I ran across this novel by chance here. The blurb led me to the sample, and after tearing through the sample I purchased the book. It's witty, engaging, and gripping, well paced and gracefully written. I couldn't stop reading. This doesn't happen to me very often--hence this review of a book I'd never even heard of until a few days ago.

As a reader, my specialty is witty books, not time-travel books, so perhaps readers more experienced in the time-travel subgenre will feel I'm stating the obvious in comparing this book to Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I read a number of years ago and enjoyed immensely. Catch a Falling Starlet is similar in general premise and mood. I don't mean to imply that Lyons's book reads like a rehash of Willis's--it's a completely different story, and by making the comparison I'm merely saying I was delighted to find another book of this nature, and I recommend it to others who finished TSNOTD and wished there was something else like it.

I do think future readers will benefit if the book is given another proofreading pass for a corrected edition. I'm not one to draw attention to the occasional typo or error, but this book has a large number of such things such as routine typos; incorrect words absent-mindedly typed where it's clear a different word was intended; little mismatches regarding plurals, possessives, or agreement; ending quotation marks placed after the wrong word; and even an instance or two where a character's name is spelled wrong. It was clear to me from the polished quality of the writing that these were just careless mistakes and not any indication of a lack in skill... and because the narrative flowed so smoothly and compellingly, the errors didn't stop me from devouring the book (and giving it five stars). But I think a book of this quality deserves to be cleared of those blemishes.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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