In these worlds, books change and stories mutate. And minds leak into time. The Extirpators hover, the Squamaflies swarm, and the girl in black knows more than she should…
It took me a little while to adjust to the format of Time Aerials, as I was expecting a contiguous novel where I needed to keep track of the characters. Once I accepted it as more of a collection of short stories, with a few connecting threads, I relaxed into it more. Actually, the jumpy format perfectly suits the subject matter, and the fractured version of time that Kightley presents.
Overall, the book is a very enjoyable read. And sprinkled here and there are snippets which I think are absolutely brilliant. It had me laughing hard in spots, admiring the author’s insight and creativity in others, and sometimes just appreciating a beautifully phrased sentence—quotes that would not look out of place amongst the great writers. It didn’t quite hold that level of enjoyment consistently, as some chapters and subplots didn’t interest me as much as others… but I don’t know if that’s a criticism as much as a testament to the book’s diversity of subject and genre. It’s a smorgasbord of science fiction, philosophy, humour, drama, and horror; and other readers might very well prefer the chapters that didn’t grab me as much.
If you’re looking for a leisurely and predictable read, with beginning, middle and end—the way we assume time flows—this book may not be for you. But if you’re up for a bumpy adventure, and open to something a bit different, I say get a copy now—this very minute!—before The Great Mind of Kightley’s imagination deems the book’s secrets too sensitive, and you forever miss your chance.
(4 stars) posted 13/4/2016
ISBN: 978-0-9943704-1-9 Kindle edition
First Published 22 June 2015, by Russell Kightley, Canberra
The book was written over 18 months (2014-2015) using SCRIVENER. Scapple helped for mind-mapping, timelines, and plots, and Aeon Timeline for dates and ages. Continuity editing (and lots of advice) by Phill Berrie.
The neurons on the cover were modelled in 3D-Coat and imported into Cheetah3D. Layout in Affinity Designer. For the paperback edition, 2017, I created four new images for the back cover, three in Cheetah3D, and one (Squamafly) in Corel Painter 2017. They also appear inside the book in black and white at the start of the four sections: Time Aerials, Squamafly, Industrial Revolutions, & The Mind Library.
TRIVIA: The Numerology Machine chapter was based on my numerology calculator.
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