Review: The Accidental Prologue by AndrÃ© Mazeron
What an absolutely cracking short story!
The writing style is wonderful, immediately endearing me to the first person main character. This is even more marvelous when you consider that the author is Brazilian and is writing in English as a second language. Indeed, there are a few grammatical errors, but they really don’t detract the reader from the plot. And only a fool would let them.
(In fact, I’d say that AndrÃ©’s writing is on an equal footing with Felix J. Palma of The Map of Time!)
The plot details the mechanics of time travel and even describes experiments which help to understand how time travel paradoxes can be avoided. This is a great inclusion by AndrÃ© who is clearly mindful that science in science fiction needs to be consistent.
In addition to the quality scientific content, AndrÃ© also shows the quality of his background reading in other areas – take for example the name of the book and why it’s so called… Ah well, “If a rose were not a rose…” 😉
Short stories often end quickly and suddenly, giving the reader a sense of “Eh?…Ah yes!”. I was pleased that that this short story continued a little further, nicely rounding things off, and yet still providing me with that “Ah yes!” feeling at the end without any perplexity beforehand.
All in all, this is a fantastic debut short story (or “novelette”) from AndrÃ© Mazeron with great science and its applications in time travel – it’s well worth a read!
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5/5 stars for a short and sweet time travel short story! 🙂
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