Official Review: Chicago 1871 by James E. Merl

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Re: Official Review: Chicago 1871 by James E. Merl

Post by Lunastella » 02 Sep 2018, 10:57

kandscreeley wrote:
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I hope that I didn't lose you at time travel. I know that it's an automatic turnoff to some, but this is so much more than science fiction. It's also a drama; it's a book about people and their lives. This is a book about the life of John Kirk and how he learns to fit in in 1871. This is a book about the people he meets - his fellow firefighters who use astonishingly modern methods to go about putting out these fires without the protection that technology affords us today. There's even just a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The characters are so well drawn that you will swear you know them. You'll be sad that you are no longer part of their lives when the book ends.

Seems like you were speaking to me! I usually dismiss sci-fi books and time-travel stories but you made such a compelling argument on why I should give this book a chance! I love stories about human struggles with realistic characters and I like that this book has a little bit of everything and it won´t make my head spin with all the science behind time travel.
Your enthusiasm for the book is contagious and your review is really engaging, thanks!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 03 Sep 2018, 03:45

I can see that you love your fantasy reads, it's evident in your review. Thank you for your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Sep 2018, 10:28

Lunastella wrote:
02 Sep 2018, 10:57
kandscreeley wrote:
07 Aug 2018, 17:52
I hope that I didn't lose you at time travel. I know that it's an automatic turnoff to some, but this is so much more than science fiction. It's also a drama; it's a book about people and their lives. This is a book about the life of John Kirk and how he learns to fit in in 1871. This is a book about the people he meets - his fellow firefighters who use astonishingly modern methods to go about putting out these fires without the protection that technology affords us today. There's even just a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The characters are so well drawn that you will swear you know them. You'll be sad that you are no longer part of their lives when the book ends.

Seems like you were speaking to me! I usually dismiss sci-fi books and time-travel stories but you made such a compelling argument on why I should give this book a chance! I love stories about human struggles with realistic characters and I like that this book has a little bit of everything and it won´t make my head spin with all the science behind time travel.
Your enthusiasm for the book is contagious and your review is really engaging, thanks!
It really was just a good book all the way around! Thanks for commenting.
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Post by kandscreeley » 04 Sep 2018, 10:30

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
03 Sep 2018, 03:45
I can see that you love your fantasy reads, it's evident in your review. Thank you for your review!
Not all of them, but this was so well done that I couldn't help but love it! Thanks so much for commenting.
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Post by Cotwani » 08 Sep 2018, 15:20

This book sounds like a very exciting adventure. I have to read it! Thanks for the great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 08 Sep 2018, 17:53

Cotwani, thanks for commenting. It was fun for sure.
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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 09 Sep 2018, 09:38

If it wasn't for the time travel aspect I would not have been interested in reading this. I love the idea of someone wanting and be able to change the course of history by saving lives. I can't wait to see what decisions he makes.

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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Sep 2018, 17:41

Sakilunamermaid wrote:
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If it wasn't for the time travel aspect I would not have been interested in reading this. I love the idea of someone wanting and be able to change the course of history by saving lives. I can't wait to see what decisions he makes.
You will not regret reading this book. It was so much fun. Thank you for your comments.
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Post by holsam_87 » 09 Sep 2018, 18:53

I don't know much about the Great Chicago Fire, but the idea of time traveling before it happens sounds worth investigating. Personally, I don't think I could change the past, given the fact that a lot of things probably changed because of an action. By changing it, you are only making a parallel universe.
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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Sep 2018, 19:21

holsam_87 wrote:
09 Sep 2018, 18:53
I don't know much about the Great Chicago Fire, but the idea of time traveling before it happens sounds worth investigating. Personally, I don't think I could change the past, given the fact that a lot of things probably changed because of an action. By changing it, you are only making a parallel universe.
You're probably right, but it's still interesting to think about. And fun to read about.
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Post by MsTri » 15 Sep 2018, 21:58

I actually love time travel tales, but usually when the traveler is going to the future, as I do not like historical fiction; this one doesn't seem like it'll be the exception. Thanks for the review, though.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Sep 2018, 08:25

MsTri wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 21:58
I actually love time travel tales, but usually when the traveler is going to the future, as I do not like historical fiction; this one doesn't seem like it'll be the exception. Thanks for the review, though.
I'm sorry to hear that. Not every book will be good for everyone, though. Thanks for commenting.
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