Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well-Spoken Wednesday--Department of Temporal Adjustment by Veronica R. Tabares Review

Department of Temporal AdjustmentDepartment of Temporal Adjustment by Veronica R. Tabares
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book that I won from a blog, and I promptly filed away.  I pulled it out a couple weeks ago, and I was pretty sure I might not like it.  Until I read the back of the book.  The story line actually sounded kind of interesting.  Although time travel books are not my normal genre, I thought I would give it a try.  It was also printed in Seattle, and I do enjoy reading books set in the Puget Sound area.

As I began writing, I was somewhat drawn in.  The story was mildly interesting, and the writing was mostly well done.  Not my normal author style, but having it told fist person was certainly the best thing the author could have done.  It made you realize that the narrator was not crazy as might have been suspected.

While time travel was a focus of the storyline, it was unlike any other time travel book.  It was not time travel "ala" H.G. Wells nor The Time Traveler's Wife (which I could never get into).  The future seemed nice, and it was halfway believable.

The thing I liked most about the book had nothing whatsoever to do with content.  I appreciated the fact that there was no profanity and not a single sex scene! That moved this book way up on the scale of my esteem, and it even kept me reading it.

I struggled most with how to rate this book.  I don't think I laughed once during the book.  There was humor, but it was pretty old hat. I didn't really make much of a connection with the characters.  But the fact remains that it had excellent descriptions, and I did want to know how everything tied together--which you do not find out until the end.  So I decided to give it a rating of a 3. I probably would rate it 3 1/2.  I would read something else by this author merely because her work is not objectionable.  I think the only thing I wish could have been left out was the bit about hypnosis, but it is interesting to note how the author worked that section out--possibly not how you think she would.  It is an easy enough book to read, and it was certainly refreshing for a change.

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About the Author
In her own words...

I have always been a writer. Every stressful, boring, or exciting situation in my life I handled with the help of pen and paper.
When my husband and I decided to pack up our three small children and move across country from North Carolina to Washington so that we could both return to college—I wrote.
After I attended one quarter at the University of Washington and discovered that I was pregnant with our fourth child—I wrote.
As I went about my busy life filled with schoolwork, children, bills, housework, and all the other time-stealing activities usual to a woman who was juggling family and college—I wrote.
Writing was my refuge, my therapy, the one thing that could return me to the world of the sane when things became overwhelming. I didn’t understand how or why, but I knew it was necessary, and often fun!
I didn’t feel the need to share what I wrote with other people until I finished writing the three books of Behold the Eye trilogy. That’s when I found out that the books had minds of their own and refused to remain in solitary confinement. They demanded to be published, to be read, to be shared.
Braumaru, the eldest of the three, wouldn’t shut up about publishing.
I tried to make Braumaru understand. I said, “No, it isn’t necessary to publish. You should just be happy that I wrote you.”
That is when Cerulea butted in and said that it was not fair that they would not be published. They could only live if they were read.
I replied, “Life is often not fair. Besides, I’ll read you.”
Viridia just glared at me.
“Don’t look at me that way,” I said defiantly, “publishing is a lot of hard work! I have other things I need to do.”

I fought long and hard, but I was outnumbered.
Just between you and me, I’m glad I lost the battle to those bossy little books. They were right.
In case you are interested, I probably should mention that I was reared in Memphis, Tennessee, but I have traveled across states and across career fields. I have sold artwork to businesses, produced web content for a high tech company, performed story time as a Children’s Librarian…and taught 6th graders how to be safe on the Web. But the most fulfilling of all are my times at home, where I enjoy the title of Mother (and sometimes Mommy, Mom, or even ‘Hey Lady’).
But no matter where I am found, at home, office, or library, I know and understand the value of reading and writing. I truly love books, and want to share that love of books with others.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (focusing on Archaeology) and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. I live in Seattle with my wonderful husband and four lovely daughters, who are all just enough short of perfection to make life interesting.
If you want to contact me, or you have comments about one of my books, you can reach me through my publishers. I would love to hear from you!
Veronica Tabares
C/O Sun Break Publishing
1037 NE 65th St. #164
Seattle, WA 98115
or email me directly at veronicatabares@hotmail.com.


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