Version Control

Version Control By Dexter Palmer, The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives and perhaps of reality itself.Rebecca Wright has gotten her life back, finding her way out of grief and dThe compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives and perhaps of reality itself.Rebecca Wright has gotten her life back, finding her way out of grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband However, she has a persistent, strange sense that everything around her is somewhat off kilter she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place and each night she has disquieting dreams that may or may not be related to her husband Philip s pet project Philip s decade long dedication to the causality violation device which he would greatly prefer you do not call a time machine has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or imagines .. Version Control The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy She is a star employee of an online dating company while he is a physicist performing experiments that if ever successful

  • Title: Version Control
  • Author: Dexter Palmer
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  • Page: 134
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Every now and then when I m reading a novel I think, I want to hold on to this This is a special experience I had that thought while reading VERSION CONTROL I wanted it to last longer, I wanted to read it for a month It s not just that I love the way little bits of science fiction and magical realism suddenly show up in this story, it s also how it manages to be so clearly intelligent and so emotionally wise If I was on a first date with this book, I d immediately be trying to figure out if it w [...]

    2. I m afraid Mr Palmer will never get the cheer and attention he deserves for this novel I guess because it s too SF for the Literature with capital L lovers and too literary and normal for the die hard SF lovers The thing is this book is sooo good The absolute fun I felt reading this is actually quite rare It contains an avalanche of cool ideas, nerdy views, philosophical and scientific thinking of a level you wouldn t expect to encounter in this genre The story is totally accomplished, everythin [...]

    3. This is a clever story of time travel This is a long discourse on physics and on scientific minutiae I found hard to track and impossible to fully comprehend This is a funny story of online dating featuring a future population who live their lives online and seldom meet face to face This is all of these things Does it work Well, sort of but it is a really strange mix.Set in the near future, a group of physicists are working to develop a machine they call a Causality Violation Device The team is [...]

    4. Isn t that the fantasy If I go back in time, knowing what people back then didn t know, then I can change history But history made you what you are And it s bigger than any one man Dexter Palmer, Version ControlThis book tells the story of Rebecca whose husband Phillip is a scientist Phillip works in a lab that is building a Casuality violation device Many people refer to this machine as a time machine but he would prefer that you do not call it so This is where the story starts but what it reve [...]

    5. 4.5 stars UPDATE 3 13 17 I still don t have a coherent review formulated for this one, but Tournament of Books fans In a huuuuuge opening round upset okay not so huge, as I really didn t much care for Ms Strout s near novella in length posing as a meaningful sadness treatise ,Version Control beats outMy Name is Lucy Barton Sorry, Strout fans, butVersion Control is a really wonderful example of speculative fiction done right, and I could not not be happier for its advance in the ToB 17 I d love t [...]

    6. When trying to articulate my thoughts on Version Control, one of my favorite lines from Vonnegut comes to mind Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, It might have been To say this is a time travel novel don t call it time travel feels crazy reductive To attempt to describe this novel in any few words feels reductive It s many things at once, and the biggest surprise is that it succeeds thoroughly at being all of them This is my first time reading Dexter Palmer, and I m glad I picked [...]

    7. Almost from the moment I picked it up, I was completely caught up in this book about a woman named Rebecca whose husband is building a causality violation device not a time machine The early chapters of the book read like a typical relationship drama, but it s set in the near future, and Rebecca gets these occasional feelings that something about the world just isn t right Then, everything changes, but no one seems to know it What s interesting is that even when circumstances change drastically, [...]

    8. Version Control is a book I really wanted to love, but didn t I m a time travel sci fi junkie, and so thought it would be a perfect fit for me Unfortunately, I think Palmer took too much time before he got to his point There was a lot of character development and events that didn t seem to really have a lot to do with the overall plot almost like he couldn t decide if he was writing sci fi or literary fiction I kept thinking, Okay, okay, let s move things along I almost quit reading halfway thro [...]

    9. A hidden gem, this is the best way to describe this book I honestly didn t think this would be so compelling and smart It is science fiction but it s also extremely character driven, slow and grounded Sure, there are some ideas in it that are pure science fiction but most of the ideas explored are already a part of our lives, focusing a lot on what it means to be alive during the information age It is scary just how relatable it is.I said that this is a slow book and while that is true, it isn t [...]

    10. Terence Hey Terence Put that book down for a minute and help me bullshit This book was an unexpected treat I listened to it in audiobook format I would recommend audio format for this one , and the narrator did an excellent job with the various characters voices Coming up with a good quote from every other page of this book wouldn t even be a challenge.If you go into this expecting, oh a time travel action adventure, you re going to be disappointed This is a sloooow book, however it kept my inte [...]

    11. 4.5 stars because DUDE, this was one totally awesome book Rebecca s husband is working on a causality violation device, which is called a time machine to the dismay of the scientists, while Rebecca goes through life feeling that things are slightly off in everyday life It seemed like the ultimate deja vu.We spend quite a bit of time getting to know the characters and the machine but it never becomes dry because there s a good deal of humor throughout There are also some mind boggling moments I w [...]

    12. Probably the most important science fiction novel of the 21st century, or at least the one that takes the most steps for the genre Version Control is a novel of ideas which touches on pretty much every major concern of the information age , but it s also the closest any SF novel I ve read has come to replicating the feel of literary realism, with its focus on real people, their interior lives, and how they interact with their world It also takes a huge storytelling risk halfway through the novel [...]

    13. Rebecca Wright feels like something is off, that the world is upside down She lives in a near future New Jersey with driverless cars and an omnipresent president that happily introduces every TV show and delivers personalized messages to couples out on a date or families celebrating a birthday Maybe it s nothing though, she s got all the hallmarks of the unreliable narrator we ve grown used to in fiction Meanwhile her husband is obsessively working on a causality violation device which he s tire [...]

    14. A fantastic melange of philosophy, physics, dystopian near future, and love story The author does an impressive job of weaving together different strands ofwell, of space time, incorporating minor discrepancies that can easily slip right by the careless reader and building not one world but three subtly different ones that nevertheless cleanly interlock And he does it all while making you care about the characters and intensely curious about What Happens Next.The remarkable thing for me personal [...]

    15. 4.5 stars This was fantastic I loved the writing and the characterization, and the love of science running through this story I was reminded of The Unseen World for the science love The characters, particularly Rebecca, grabbed me right away, and I liked the way the author considered race, too, through a variety of perspectives I liked the near future setting, with a logical development of certain technologies e.g self driving cars, even ruthless use of data science I also really liked how the [...]

    16. I should write a thorough review but 1 This is one hell of a time travel story 2 And but the time travel aspect is not the point of the story 3 Not sinceThe Intuitionisthave a I read a book that dealt with race in this fashion.

    17. I stalled at page 267 and then didn t really think I wanted to renew it again at the library I think I would say there is just not enough going on to read another 250 pages It might be for you, it wasn t for me.

    18. Hmm I m wildly under qualified to write this book review, to get that out of the way I have none of the knowledge necessary to make judgments on this book beyond what did and did not work for me explicitly And since we all know I m the most fickle of pickles, this is definitely A Mess 1 As a science fiction book, I was pretty into it Theories of how to return to a past point in time and space, and how physics would impact such a trip Needing an exact moment of spacetime to anchor your machine in [...]

    19. This book is almost too much for me to talk about It hit me in just about every way that art or a person or an idea can.Intellectually invigorating, morally interesting, beautifully created characters, a strangeness, an otherness that s deeply unsettling but also feels familiar, like the inside of my own head, like my own thoughts from 2am, and then it s so full of love and fear and tenderness and pain and hope.I can t remember the last time I read anything that made me feel so much in so many d [...]

    20. What a great novel for me to start 2017 off with I love unique, complex novels, and Version Control than fits the bill Dexter Palmer is a great writer, and he s crafted a riveting work of science fiction It was unlike anything I ve ever read.Version Control takes place in a slightly future, slightly alternate universe to ours The President is an omnipresent figure who appears on your TV or on your phone call without warning There are self driving cars Reagan is on the twenty dollar bill And in [...]

    21. First appeared at thenewdorkreviewofbooks Every year, there s at least one novel that catches me unawares for how much I love, and for which I wind up being an un shut up able evangelist This year, that novel is Dexter Palmer s fantastic, fiercely smart, mind bendingly fun novel, Version Control.This 500 page story is brimming with ideas about technology, authenticity, race, loyalty, causality, history, science, Big Data, and yes, even time travel It s fascinating and fun and heartbreaking and h [...]

    22. if there is a platonic ideal for a science fiction novel crossed with literary novel, this is possibly it like decathlon athletes are very good in several ways just not world best in any one this is a very good novel this is an easy read, integrates credible science, believable scientific work, perceptive character and world building my father is retired chemical physics Prof and so i have had the privilege of seeing science and learning how it is done, how to interact, how to appreciate, how to [...]

    23. I think I ve given myself enough space from this book to write a review.I really, really loved this book I d say it s capital L literature with a heavy sci fi speculative fiction component And yet, it does so much Palmer addresses several social issues race, class, alcoholism, misogyny, marital relations, friendship, parenting, dating, etc with grace and finesse without being heavy handed or preachy There s not too much I can delve into without spoilers, but I think this will be the best book I [...]

    24. Even though I thought that this book was a bit too long, it was one of the most captivating of my recent reads.

    25. Oh, my yes, please More like this Well, not exactly like this, perhaps Dexter Palmer s second novel Version Control is beautifully self contained, needing no sequels, prequels or companion works But books like this one, with its seamless mix of physics and personality That d be most welcome, thanks.It s confidently written, too though of course many of Palmer s readers will already know what version control is, he waits until page 308 to define it Rebecca Wright is a woman in her thirties who d [...]

    26. Back in 2010, I read Dexter Palmer s first novel, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, and I did not like it much Seven years later I confess that it was a case of I didn t get it I was ignorant of the steampunk genre back then so had no way to determine how or if his steampunk setting was any good Compounding my ignorance, I somehow missed that it was a retelling of Shakespeare s The Tempest not to mention that as of 2010 I had not read The Tempest My apologies to Dexter Palmer I will give the novel [...]

    27. Version Control turned me into a bit of a jerk It s so absorbing that every time my reading was interrupted, it felt like a personal affront, which eventually led to a Jessie Spano style freakout wherein I declared I was never going to get any reading done ever at all There s NEVER ANY TIME So, fair warning block some time for yourself before sitting down with this book the the better, as it s 500 pages and requires some measure of focus, unless you re tech savvy than me, in which case you ll [...]

    28. Dexter Palmer s VERSION CONTROL is the story of Philip Steiner, his wife Rebecca, and assorted other characters, as Steiner develops what might be called no, don t call it a time machine One of the main themes in the book is about doing science The arc of Philip s career from being involved in early research and failures in trying to detect gravity wave leads to these words in Chapter 29 about how science is done at how problems of science become intertwined with problems of sociology It is not [...]

    29. I was really excited about this one, mostly because of the description and the pre release buzz in addition, this author is new to me and this type of read is a little different than my usual choices I have to admit that, even when I was dying to finish sometimes out of boredom , the novel remained intriguing to me This was one of those experiences where I kept reading, holding out for a miracle, because I just knew that something amazing would happen and I would be able to shout about this one [...]

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