Transitions Between Time Periods

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Post by ReyvrexQuestor Reyes » 12 Jun 2018, 22:31

The time jumps remind me of the advertisements that interrupt our TV viewing. We are already used to these. The regression aspect makes us acclimatized to the pervading ambiance of the story to expect anything from the usual to the dark.
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Post by bookowlie » 13 Jun 2018, 09:30

SweetMelissaV2131 wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 11:53
I enjoyed the time jumps. I would have liked to have seen a little more details from the past stories but as others have commented, that probably would have caused more confusion for the readers.
I agree. More details from the subplots from the past might have made the story even busier. I thought there was a decent amount of detail without it being too hard to keep track.
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Post by bookowlie » 13 Jun 2018, 09:34

dgallois wrote:
06 Jun 2018, 21:14
bookowlie wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 09:12
There are frequent time jumps between time periods and settings in the story. Did you find the transitions hard to follow, considering the three distinctly different eras? I thought the author did a good job of using Angela's visions as a way to do the switches. Still, the plot became a little cluttered due to the detailed stories in each time period.
I agree with you. The story does get a bit cluttered but the way the author used the visions was smart.
Yes, the visions made the transitions flow very smoothly. Without them, I think it would have felt a little awkward, jumping between three different time periods and three distinctly different storylines.
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Post by bookowlie » 13 Jun 2018, 09:36

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I had no problem going back and forth through time. I think it's the present day that was not given enough focus, specifically the threat posed by Scordato. The book spent too much time with Alex and Angela pleasuring each other.
I also felt that Scordato's role was not focused on throughout the book. He almost disappears during a large part of the story.
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Post by kfwilson6 » 15 Jun 2018, 14:34

Miriam Molina wrote:
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I had no problem going back and forth through time. I think it's the present day that was not given enough focus, specifically the threat posed by Scordato. The book spent too much time with Alex and Angela pleasuring each other.
Scordato was so insignificant I think this is the first mention of him I've seen in this whole forum. He wasn't given much page space. His extended disappearance made me forget all about him. It's not that bad for me though, I didn't particularly care for him and his cousin. They were quite vulgar in their conversations about what they would do with Angela. It seems like they only existed for some drama in the beginning and end of the book.

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Post by azerikaj » 15 Jun 2018, 15:08

I liked the book overall, but, yes, it did seem like she was either unconscious or totally horny for much of it. hard to imagine her sweating over some art-history textbook.

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Post by holsam_87 » 16 Jun 2018, 01:54

bookowlie wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 09:12
There are frequent time jumps between time periods and settings in the story. Did you find the transitions hard to follow, considering the three distinctly different eras? I thought the author did a good job of using Angela's visions as a way to do the switches. Still, the plot became a little cluttered due to the detailed stories in each time period.
I agree with this, but it seemed to work too. Hopefully, if there are more books written about Alex and Angela, that things get smoothed out in their relationship.
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Post by Dael Reader » 16 Jun 2018, 07:59

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You would probably laugh, but I didn't find the stories of the three time periods elaborated enough. I wish they had been more detailed. I would have loved to have a clearer picture of the Renaissance period or the devastating conditions in WWII Florence. Since the story revolves around art and art history, I expected a better documentation of the topic. You were right about the transitions, though. They were easy to follow although laughable from time to time, considering that Angela seemed to be more unconscious than otherwise most of the time.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 17 Jun 2018, 14:33

I enjoyed the way Angela's visions took her back to a different world. I really liked that it was for short time periods, unlike some stories where it can be for months or years.
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Post by TaaraLynn » 20 Jun 2018, 14:20

Sarah Tariq wrote:
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I like the plot which switches between time. When we come to this book, transitioning between time is the beauty of this book.
As long as the transisitions are done elegantly, I have no qualms about how many time periods or stories are in one book. Well, unless it's on overload.
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Post by Morganncall » 20 Jun 2018, 14:23

I think the frequent jumps in time helped illustrate the connections between the stories. There were a few that were harder to follow than others, but overall it was fun because I got to feel like a time traveler.

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Post by Nena_Morena » 20 Jun 2018, 20:12

Although it's quite hard to write a book with different time periods, I found the author to be very good at it. In the beginning, I thought it was odd the switching between dreams, trances, fainting spells, and visions, but it didn't negatively affect the read very much.

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Post by Bettercallyourbookie » 20 Jun 2018, 22:07

I think the transitions were effective. I wish the author had found a way to do it besides dream sequences. That felt lazy to me, but it got the story across.

I also wish the voices of the different characters were more distinct. I realize the three women were meant to be reincarnations of each other, but it would have made the transitions clearer if they didn't all sound the same.

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Post by Cardinalsparrow » 22 Jun 2018, 11:08

It is true that the time jumps were difficult to catch on but it doesn't disrupt the flow of the book.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 22 Jun 2018, 12:38

It was easier to follow the transitions when the shifts were marked with headings versus all of a sudden Angela is asleep or unconscious and the reader is thrown back in time. Even though it's an obvious and easy way to transition, I like seeing "August 4, 1944 Florence, Italy." Then I know where and when I am in the story.

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