3 out of 4 stars
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Dr. Cerulean's Guide to Traversing Time & Dimensions in 13 Simple Steps by Mateyo Jakobi tells us what happens when science meets magic, and the two combine to save the world.
The story revolved around Bratticus L. Magleby, a knowledgeable fellow in science, mathematics, and other subjects involving numbers and calculations, who was hired as an apprentice by Dr. Gustopher Cramden Cerulean, an eccentric Doctor. Bratticus was hired because of his eye color — they were dark, flecked with light colors, and reminiscent of a galaxy. Dr. Cerulean appeared to have discovered the secret to time travel, and for a year, he and his apprentice worked steadily to develop their time machine. In the process, Bratticus took copious notes and learned a lot from the doctor. What he knew served him in later times. However, Bratticus, as knowledgeable as he was, couldn't foresee all the adventures and mishaps that would befall him due to a series of events neither he nor anybody else had any control over.
This story incorporated suspense, humor, and a sense of the ridiculous. One would be hard-pressed to take any of it seriously. However, it projected some logical and scientific concepts — enough to make the reader ponder.
The author's writing style is humorous. However, the humor appears to be a bit contrived or forced in some places. It suffices to say that the book is entertaining, if not hilarious. Many of the descriptions do not make much sense until later in the book. At first, the story seems not to have a plot or a central storyline because the author keeps deviating and going all over the place. The way the story goes towards the end of the book shows that this is deliberate on the author's part, or if not intended, then at least he is aware of it. Towards the end, you begin to enjoy the story and make sense of it, as all the pieces start to come together. The reader will require patience to get through the incoherences at the beginning.
I found the storyline unique, and I marveled at how all the seemingly unconnected bits and pieces mentioned at the beginning of the story came to play significant roles later on. Even sentences that were used in passing turned out to have significant meanings. The book kept my mind busy because I was trying to fit all these bits and pieces of information into my mind to see how they would be used later on. No part of this book was predictable, and it added to the book's appeal. This was what I liked the most about it.
This story was mostly baffling, slightly exasperating, and very entertaining. I found many errors, and I would recommend another round of professional editing. Besides the errors, there was nothing else that was off-putting about this book. Therefore, I'd rate it 3 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy science fiction or fantasy stories, then you'd enjoy this book. This book would also appeal to readers who enjoy the adventures of the mind.
Dr. Cerulean's Guide To Traversing Time & Dimensions in 13 Simple Steps
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