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As this ingenious new novella More Walls Broken begins a trio of academics have just entered a deserted California cemetery late at night bringing with them a number of arcane devices aimed at achieving an eually arcane purpose What follows is the sort of dizzying mind expanding entertainment that only the always reliable always astonishing Tim Powers could have writtenThese three men professors in the Consciousness Research department at Cal Tech University have come together to perform a seemingly i. I m struggling to review this book I received an unedited ARC from Netgalley which means that I should ignore grammarprose issues but those things play a major role in a novel s uality as well as readability and enjoyability It s one of the main things I critiue because bad writing bothers me so muchThe paragraphs weren t indented making the entire novel appear as one big blob that I found myself spacing out from on numerous occasions forced to backtrack just to risk it happening all over again There were typos incorrect usage of words and other formatting issues that I just couldn t handle This biggest of them being Cobb s random first person internal monologues in a story written in third person POV it made me want to vomitThere now that I ve got that all out maybe I can review the story itself clearly and try TRY not to let the lack of editing affect my judgement More Walls Broken attempts to redefine seances suggesting they are as much paranormal as they are scientific Cobb Ainsworth and Blaine attempt to resurrect a colleague of there s but the they meddle the everything backfiresIt sounds good on paper but this story just felt bland to meThe dialogue was so disorienting One character would ask a uestion and no one would answer another would reference something or speak vaguely about something I d never heard of The conversations didn t flow organically they clunked around like rusted gears on a clock going through the motions with loud raucous and little else Every scene felt longer than it needed to be and yet like it wasn t complete The story itself felt rushed but the writing seemed to dawdle at the most inconvenient timesI just I m sorry I ve learned my lesson I will no longer accept any unedited ARCs because I clearly can t get over all of the technical issues and plotcharacter issues that will probably get corrected after the editing process So please if you re reading this take this review with a grain of salt as I m sure the finished product won t show all of these issues

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More Walls Broken

Ll reverberate throughout the narrativeIntricate intelligent and always thoroughly absorbing More Walls Broken mixes fantasy and uantum physics in utterly uniue fashion The result is a brilliantly imagined account of multiple realities and unintended conseuences that is pure dazzle pure storytelling pure and unmistakable Tim Powers In book after book story after story Powers has set the standard for literate imaginative fiction With this essential beautifully realized novella he has done it once again. In modern day Los Angeles three Cal Tech professors enter a graveyard to perform a mysterious ritual which they hope will raise the ghost of a recently deceased professor But things don t turn out exactly the way they expect and each must try to deal with the conseuences in their own wayThis is not your average ghost story More Walls Broken by Tim Powers is a fascinating genre bending speculative fiction novella with three things I love to read about ghosts powerful and intriguing devices and uantum physics Powers clear direct concrete writing voice keeps the story grounded in reality while dealing with the scope of a science bending romp into the multi verse This is exactly the kind of story I love to dig into and I read it straight through to the end I found myself pulling it out at every little chance to sit and read just to find out would happen next The characters of More Walls Broken have depth and complexity Our hero Clive Cobb is an imperfect and disappointed but not disappointing sort of anti hero with a solid moral compass buried underneath his brooding demeanor and we get a real chance at seeing his soft inner core I appreciate the way Powers handles the characters Without giving too much away about the story unseen characters are discussed that raise interesting uestions about the nature of personality and identity Really this book raises a lot of uestions and gets you thinking about deeper ideas being dealt with on the page For example the device used in the first pages of the story operates in a uniue way involving sound I loved that and I also enjoyed the careful description of the device and its use as well as how Cobb felt using the device I could really envision it The places where I struggled with this novella were the beginning and the end The opening sentence was convoluted and felt passive In the first few pages I struggled to identify characters and determine who was ultimately the main character For example one of the significant supporting characters is first described as an elderly driver even though we soon get his name and other details The point of view is limited third person tied to Clive Cobb who knows who the elderly driver is but it s as if we are starting out as one of the novel s ghosts and gently floating into Cobb s head This may have been the author s intent and it would certainly make sense in hindsight given the novella s themes but as a first impression it left me floundering to find my footing with the story Once we d arrived at the cemetery and established characters the story picked up for me and I was able to dig into the developing tension and mystery but it was a jerky startThis is a novella and by definition short but the story seemed to be too short for me The ending felt chopped off and unsatisfying coming at a moment in the story when I felt a strongest investment and interest in two of the main characters Clive Cobb and a woman named Taysha I was left with uestions than answers and I wanted to see where it all went This is a testament to the character development and world building of the novella s author Tim Powers I want and it makes me wonder if this is the first novella in a developing series If it is I will definitely be continuing with future installments If not then I am still left with an enjoyable and worthwhile read that was evocative and thought provoking Either way I will definitely be reading of his books in the futureMany thanks to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for providing an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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Mpossible task Their goal to open a door between the world of the living and the world of the dead and to capture the ghost of the recently deceased scientist Armand Vitrielli For their own desperate reasons they hope to avail themselves of the secrets Vitrielli left behind at the time of his death Their experiment naturally fails to come off exactly as planned A door between the worlds does in fact open letting in something someone completely unexpected and setting in motion a chain of events that wi. I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher with no mention of any expectations about whether or not I would review it But without trying to explain the plot which would be impossible to do without spoilers I will say that I enjoyed this lovely and strange story thoroughly and I recommend it


10 thoughts on “More Walls Broken

  1. says:

    “Divergent reality uantum mechanics Ghost raising” Vitrielli was working on transmigration of souls before he died Ainsworth and Blaine need information from him Cobb just wants tenure and got roped into this late night expedition

  2. says:

    I’m struggling to review this book I received an unedited ARC from Netgalley which means that I should ignore grammarprose issues but those things play a major role in a novel’s uality as well as readability and enjoyability It’s one of the main things I critiue because bad writing bothers me so muchThe p

  3. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinionRight from the get go of this regrettably short story you get two impressions Impression the first Tim Powers is an excellent writer The story flows smoothly the dialog is excellent and the plot is intriguing The second the first few chapters are Keystone Cops the professors in a graveyard This story is not a

  4. says:

    In every single story by this illustrious and utterly imaginative author is contained a core that is magical Mr Powers surpasses telekinesis and Scotty's Beam me up transporter from Star Trek If there is anyone who can mag

  5. says:

    It's as simple as A B C isn't it? Armand Antonio Vitrielli esteemed natural philosopher died before he could share all of his research with his colleagues in the Consciousness Research department at California State University so as More Walls Broken begins Ainsworth Blaine and Cobb I see what you did there Tim are driving a van u

  6. says:

    I received an advance uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher with no mention of any expectations about whether or not I would review it But without trying to explain the plot which would be impossible to do without spoilers I will say that I enjoyed this lovely and strange story thoroughly and I recomm

  7. says:

    This was a fun short read I know that Tim Powers has many jobs and so I suspect writing sometimes has to take a back seat but sometimes I wish there were novels by himNow I will admit that I was originally suspecting a story built

  8. says:

    In modern day Los Angeles three Cal Tech professors enter a graveyard to perform a mysterious ritual which they hope will raise the ghost of a recently deceased professor But things don't turn out exactly the way they expect and each must try to deal with the conseuences in their own wayThis is not your average ghost story “More Walls Broken” by Tim Powers is a fascinating genre bending speculative fictio

  9. says:

    Oh this was a wonderful short story Tim Powers is one of my favorite authors EVER and he manages to pack even his short fiction with the same sort of fast paced complexity that characterize his longer works And this story does something well that Powers can at times be weak on it establishes carefully drawn characters who are sympathetic and interesting in their own rightThis would also be a great intro for those who h

  10. says:

    All novellas are to my mind clearly either short novels or long short stories More Walls Broken is definitely the latter It's a decent Tim Powers ghost story set in the modern day and doesn't seem to have it's roots in mysterious events of the past This one overlaps ghosts with parallel universes It's a good story but not great I'm not sure if it would have been better if Powers had expanded it into a full length novel