Patchwerk Flying above the city on the TransContinental airship Dran Florrian is traveling with the Palimpsest the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing When a rogue organization attempts to st

  • Title: Patchwerk
  • Author: David Tallerman
  • ISBN: 9781466891968
  • Page: 321
  • Format: ebook
  • Flying above the city on the TransContinental airship, Dran Florrian is traveling with the Palimpsest the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing When a rogue organization attempts to steal the device, however, Dran takes drastic action But his action threatens to destroy the very fabric of the universe, unless Dran or someone very much like him can shut doFlying above the city on the TransContinental airship, Dran Florrian is traveling with the Palimpsest the ultimate proof of a lifetime of scientific theorizing When a rogue organization attempts to steal the device, however, Dran takes drastic action But his action threatens to destroy the very fabric of the universe, unless Dran or someone very much like him can shut down the machine and reverse the process.

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    1. I received this book from the publisher at no cost.This is a really hard story to talk about without major spoilers. So initially, let me know: the premise is quite clever - man makes machine that may well interfere with the very fabric of reality - and there are some nice points of world building. There's a point at which you may well wonder whether your version of the text has somehow been corrupted (I did), but it's actually the story itself, as you discover when you keep going ( unless your [...]

    2. A short, punchy, pulpy adventure story of science, espionage, and infinite universes. It's the kind of high-imagination weirdness that I love so much.

    3. Enjoyed this Sci-Fi novella. A tale of scientist that has created a machine, the Palimpsest, that if in the wrong hands, could be used as a weapon and so he decides to do something about it, but his rival tracks him down and tries to stop him.The story twists and turns through alternate universes that the Palimpsest creates, as the protagonist flees from his rival and his goons. The transition from one alternate reality to the next in the story are seamless, although a bit confusing at first. Bu [...]

    4. I received this book from the author for no charge.I really enjoyed this book - I have a real weakness for action with a science fiction twist. A good idea well executed. It reminds me of Ancilary Justice.

    5. This was a very odd story to listen to. The narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, is one of the best in the business -- but in this case he kept changing accents not only in the dialogue but also in the exposition, and I also kept thinking that he was forgetting how the characters' names were pronounced. Now, it turns out that neither of these things were Reynolds's fault (though I still think changing the accent in the exposition was a bad idea), but they resulted in a head-scratching listening experi [...]

    6. Meddling with reality is dangerous.It's especially dangerous when your enemy has gotten possession of your device and doesn't understand important aspects of it, has removed all safety features--and intends to use it as a weapon.And when the device itself has its own opinions on what's "harmful" and what's not.Florrian is traveling with the device that will prove all his scientific theories when a rival organization attempts to steal it. The drastic action he takes can potentially threaten the f [...]

    7. This review originally appeared on Pop Verse.This is what science fiction writing should be. Having fun with outlandish ideas while keeping the prose simple and elegant. My love of SFF writing was born from reading Ursula Le Guin and Tallerman’s new novella follows in her daunting footsteps admirably.The complex and outlandish premise for Patchwerk works well in novella form. Long enough to be meaty, but short enough not to be taxing for the reader. It fits in well with Tor’s imprint. Tor ha [...]

    8. I recently read an article about how fantasy and science fiction don't fit the novella mold, since the shortened length limits the world-building, which the author felt was critical to the genres. I guess this is true, but it's easy to draw a fantasy or science fiction world with broad strokes. In Patchwerk, Tallerman leads us into the story with a character whose body modification -- a set of gills -- will be used to clear the toxins from the air, for which he will be paid a small stipend, but [...]

    9. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.25 of 5Dr. Dran Florrian is heading away from New York with a device he calls a "Palimpsest" - a device that is the culmination of five years hard work. The Palimpsest is a machine that can reach into other realities and of course, that means it's a device that is going to be wanted by some of the more unsavory types, specifically Harlan Dorric - a man who has already taken something very valuable from Dran. And so Florrian is [...]

    10. I am not sure what it was, but Patchwerk didn't manage to captivate me on a level that made me want to keep going. It got a lot better in the second half, but by then my enthusiasm was somewhat eroded already.The concept here is an interesting one: One version of reality bleeding into others, parallel universes combining to great effects. But in the execution I felt it was lacking. A lot of time is spent on action and chase sequences, all aboard a train/ship/whatever the current reality turned i [...]

    11. I believe there is only one word to describe this Sci-Fi/Thriller novella - Exhausting. But don't get me wrong here, not exhausting in a bad way, more in the fact that the story starts at pace and doesn't really have anywhere the reader would want to stop until the final page - at which point a few hours (admittedly, enjoyable hours) have passed. The basic premise of Patchwerk is that Dran Florrian has invented a machine, The Palimpsest, that can manipulate alternate universes. A 'shady organisa [...]

    12. "Patchwerk" is the third selection I've read of Tor's novella publishing series. It's nice that I can read these in a brief afternoon. I finished this one while at the library on the day it was due.It's hard to talk about Patchwerk without spoiling the conceit of the novel. I had a similar difficulty with The Last Witness, the last Tor novella I read, but these stories couldn't be more different. Patchwerk doesn't try too hard to hide its premise, so I don't feel bad about spoiling it. Dran Flor [...]

    13. The book description of Patchwerk tells us it is set on a large airship with Dran Florrian trying to prevent a powerful group of well-connected thieves from stealing his invention, Palimpsest. The device is capable of breaking down barriers between alternate universes. This is probably an example of where book blurbs are useful because, at a 138 pages, Patchwerk is the type of writing that falls into the category of short story/novella, so does not have much space in which to world build. Withou [...]

    14. Dran Florrian has invented a machine he calls Palimpsest and, afraid it might be used as a weapon, he decides to do a runner with it. But his arch rival, Harlan Dorric, tracks him down and tries to take Palimpsest for himself. Oh, and Florian’s ex-wife, Karen is now with Doric too. Palimpsest apparently provides a means of viewing, and even manipulating, alternate realities – as is revealed when Doric and his goons attack Florrian, and Florrian and Karen find themselves in a completely diffe [...]

    15. Dr. Dran Florrian Palimpsest (software, self-destruct) has invented the ultimate reality programmed mind machine.It is of course not flawless & if it ends up in the wrong hands it could wreak havoc. How will this story pan out? D’ren (pg. 34) D’rik (pg. 36) K’ren (pg. 41)I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A ver [...]

    16. (Received via Netgalley)You'd be forgiven for thinking that Patchwerk is a superhero story - the tagline on the front, and the very striking cover both sort of point that way. It isn't that, but it is a fast-paced, entertaining romp through a short space of time and a vast number of parallel realities. Patchwerk is reminiscent of such lost classics as Heinlein's North By Northwest, or Hitchcock's Number of the Beast – a Maguffin, a villain, a girl, and one long chase sequence that forms the co [...]

    17. Didn't care for this. We begin with a scientist/secret agent (an unusual job combination) transporting his new invention that no one else should know about and that he doesn't even know what I do (which is a strange relationship between an inventor and his invention.) But a dastardly villain is on board to steal the device (whatever it does), and his ex-wife shows up, too.The rest of the story is basically one very, very long fight scene: shoot, duck, punch, fall down, run, shoot, run, punch, sh [...]

    18. I received a free advance copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.I had no idea what to expect when I opened Patchwerk, aside from what the cover blurb says about it, so it was a complete and mostly pleasant surprise. I’d never heard of David Tallerman before, and this is the only thing I’ve ever read by him. Patchwerk is a type of sci-fi story that I don’t usually seek out—the “man invents something ill-advised and hijinks ensue” sort—so it was an interesting change of [...]

    19. A mind-bending trip across the multiverse in which scientst/spy Dran Florrian, his ex-wife, Karen, and all their analogues in other timelines try to prevent a terrible disaster which could destroy all worlds. In fact in might be happening right now. Dran has to keep his creation, Palimpsest, from the hands of Harlan Dorric, who wants to weaponise it.From a futuristic world, to a steampunky airship world as D'ren Florein, this drills down through the multiverse, keeping up the pace and dramatic t [...]

    20. This is one of the current Sci Fi books I'm trying to read after friend mentioned I wasn't reaading Sci Fi now. This book still has me wondering. it starts assuming the reader knows what the Trans Con is in this spoiled world, the characters reveal physical differences and then the story really gets down to it. half way through I thought "this isn't logical" but then comes the explanation and it becomes logical after all. it is suspense, it is thought provoking butybe it's me not accustomed to n [...]

    21. Eh, I liked the premise but I did not like the execution. Mostly it's a type of "action scene fatigue" that made it not work for me: most of the story felt like one long action scene with severe pacing issues. I did, however, like the one-line-to-next transitions, made me at first wonder if it was a typo and then smile when I finally figured out what the writer had done: so kudos on that.

    22. This was suuuuuuper fun. A surprisingly earnest look at what a multiverse might mean with a tongue hovering in just-outside-the-cheek range. The audiobook really helps the experience as the narrator changes his accent from section to section as the multiverse stuff happens, and he really does a great job.

    23. Great concept, really enjoyed the stories. While the switching of names constantly does disorientate you to start with, it works really well to place you in the changes going on. Really good short, definitely worth reading.Has a completely different feel to Tallerman's Giant Thief books so even if you didn't enjoy those still give this a try

    24. A fun, fast-paced, sci-fi thriller. I enjoyed getting glimpses of several different world-building scenarios in one story.

    25. I listened to the audiobook of this on the Tor Collection Season 2. Really enjoyed the book. It does require a listener to pay very close attention, but it's worth it. I appreciate the subtle touches that the reader adds in narrator voicing.

    26. Look like someone wanted to write a screenplay for a Hollywood blockbuster but run over and ended up with a short story.

    27. Neat little novella; nice idea well executed, with some very satisfying resolutions that make such a refreshing change

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