Curious Notions

Curious Notions

Curious Notions In a parallel world st century San Francisco where the Kaiser s Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline po

  • Title: Curious Notions
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780765346100
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a parallel world 21st century San Francisco where the Kaiser s Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology record players, radios, cassetIn a parallel world 21st century San Francisco where the Kaiser s Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology record players, radios, cassette decks all of which is better than anything in this world, but only by a bit Their real job is to obtain raw materials for our timeline Just as importantly, they must guard the secret of Crosstime Traffic for of the millions of parallel timelines, this is one of the few advanced enough to use that secret against us.Now, however, the German occupation police are harassing them They want to know where they re getting their mysterious goods Under pressure, Paul and Lawrence hint that their supplies comes from San Francisco s Chinese in motion a chain of intrigues that will put the entire enterprise of Crosstime Traffic at deadly risk.

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    This does rate a solid 4 stars in my book.Paul and his father are from the Home Timeline, a timeline where technology has advanced a bit further than it has in our own and inflation has hit the world much, much worse. The Home Timeline is like an exaggerated version of our world. There are so many people that the world is starving, cars are cleaner, more animals are extinct, gadgets are even more prevalent, and of course, they can travel across alternate timelines. It appears that alternate time [...]

    Turtledove does better here on this Crosstime Traffic novel, which stipulates what might have happened if the Germans had won World War I and gone on to conquer the rest of the world eventually, having never created an angry, revanchist regime like Hitler's Nazism.Paul Gomes, an average teenager going through a typical clash with his father, is a Crosstime Trader--he operates a low level electronics shop in a decrepit, bombed-out San Francisco while also buying food from California's abundant ce [...]

    I love Harry Turtledove. I do feel that this book was one of his weaker stories. This is a juvenile fiction story. The kids in the book are pretty believable but the protagonist's father is fairly one dimensional. The plot is good as is the story. I feel he could have worked on characterization a bit more. There is no need to "write down" for teenagers.

    If there was an official title called "Dean of Alternate History Novels" the competition would be for second place, because Harry Turtledove is far and away the winner. Between his imagining of how things might work if World War II was interrupted by an alien invasion or how U.S. history might have been different had Robert E. Lee not been a litterbug, Turtledove has sent his mind wandering around the land of what-ifs and found a number of treasures.Starting in 2003, Turtledove began a series of [...]

    I'm starting to like Turtledove's adult work; this is one of his books aimed at a younger audience. It was the only book of his a particular library had, and I often pick up YA books for quick easy reads.It was an interesting premise, using alternate worlds to address the main world's resource needs. That sounded awfully familiar. However, I later realized I had read another book in the series awhile ago before I got into Turtledove in particular. That was Gunpowder Empire; both did well as stan [...]

    The Crosstime Traffic series is based on the premise of a world with depleting natural resources that also discovers the existence of alternate world. They develop a machine that helps them travel back and forth. They use that machine, and the teams that travel with them, to trade simple, but high-technology devices, with the other worlds in exchange for food and other things needed, while keeping the idea of cross-dimensional travel secret. Curious Notions is the name of the shop out of which t [...]

    Toward the end of Curious Notions, teen protagonist Paul Gomes acknowledges that his long-term ambition is to make a career at Crosstime Traffic, working in alternates for the rest of his life. It's funny how such a small, simple goal could have exponentially improved this disappointing book.The problem here is a lack of compelling characters. Lucy Woo, native to an alternate San Francisco ruled by the German Empire (who won WWI and eventually conquered the world), works in a factory to help sup [...]

    Teenager Paul Gomes and his father travel to the San Francisco of an alternate timeline, one where Germany won World War I and America is dominated by the Kaiser’s Germany. Their mission is to bring home produce for their own resource-depleted timeline. To locals like Lucy Woo, a 16-year old who works full time to support her family, Paul and his father are known as the keepers of an electronics shop called Curious Notions. When both the German police and the Chinese triads get suspicious abou [...]

    This book was much more consistently written with much more believable main characters than the first in the Crosstime Traffic series. The story held more of my interest throughout the book, instead of taking half the book to get me interested.The writing still feels like an attempt to over-explain and dumb everything down for the audience, and this definitely kept me from giving it a higher rating than the first. Since the timeline featured in this book was intended to be closer to 20th century [...]

    Another great alternate timeline story from Turtledove. Not technically an alternate history, since the series is about travelling to alternate worlds where history was different from ours, but still has the same detailed feeling that Turtledove's alternate history stories do. In this case, the alternate world is one where the Germans won WWI, and slowly took over most of the rest of the world, and now in the late 21st century, the USA is a poor, conquered nation. There, Paul Gomez and his fathe [...]

    This is definitely a young adult series and better than a lot that I've read. This particular book seemed to be set for the younger of that crowd with a plot that was a bit more loose than some of the others in the series and yet the background was well thought out and might get someone in that age group to ask a question or two about history or even, gasp, look up some history!Over all a nice light read. Some supporting characters aren't really fleshed out (dad) but that's true of most books fo [...]

    This one's an okay book about a father and son who set up shop in an alternate reality where the Germans won the first World War. The authorities start to suspect them and things go from bad to worse. I got the book because I was curious how the Kaiser's America would compare to other alternate reality tales. It wasn't all that different from a What-If-the-Germans-Won-World-War-2 scenario. No Nazi trappings, of course, but otherwise very familiar.

    Turtledove still has a problem writing convincing characters (the dad is particularly one-note here) but this time he takes the Crosstime Traffic idea and creates a very interesting plot. Nicely done.

    Turtledove creeps into Heinlein juvenalia territory here, with a well-written series about time- and alternate-earth- travelers who go wherever they're headed to, get into scrapes while they're there, and then return.

    Consistent with the series, has a couple of gaping holes in the plot logic, and unlike the rest of the series is weak on using the alternate as a history lesson (there is a lot more depth on the other historical cultures in the rest of the series).

    Turtledove has written a series of books in his Crosstime Traffic stories. I enjoyed the ones I have read. He remains the master of alternate history and in these stories you get to peer into several what if scenarios.

    An interesting concept continues. Crosstime agents go back in alternate timelines to see how history played out. These series are a lot of fun the depth of Turtledove's imagination is incredible. I really enjoy these books.

    I know this book is geared for young adult but I can't help but enjoy this series. The characters feel real and the alternate timelines never fail to fascinate.

    This is book 2 of a series. It is part coming of age story as well as fantasy/time travel fiction.I receommend this series to teens and their families.

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