All This and More de Peng Shepherd

de Peng Shepherd - Género: English
libro gratis All This and More


Peng Shepherd Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers, Year: 2024 ISBN: 9780063278974,9780063278998

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If you're up for a mind-bending, unconventional, intelligent, futuristic, shocking, bizarre, extra-eccentric, and complex read, then this book is tailor-made for you.

Imagine having a magical technological wand that allows you to rewrite your life story, refining it countless times until it's perfect in your eyes. What if there was a reality TV show that turned you into a star, manipulating the strings of your life a puppet master, delving into the main logic of quantum physics and jumping into different realities until you find the one that suits you best? But what if you didn't choose the best one, leaving behind a potentially far less perfect life?

In this mind-crushing novel, we meet Marsh, a 45-year-old recently divorced housewife raising a music prodigy daughter. After leaving her cheating husband of a 20-year marriage, she feels depressed, believing she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. But what if she didn't give up her law school dreams to raise her daughter? What if she could be a hotshot lawyer and have a second chance at her marriage or even reunite with her high school sweetheart, Ren? With the opportunity to join the third season of the reality show, host Talia, who was also a contestant in the first season, is there to help her embrace her dreamy future.

However, as Marsh explores the endless possibilities in her life, striving to make everything perfect, she encounters numerous inconsistencies that blur her mind. The season progresses, and instability grows: breaks in the continuity of her life, fragments of memories left on cast members, old pathways encroaching on new ones, and mysterious deleted texts from an unknown user. Is she trapped in a delusional bubble from which she cannot escape? Is embracing her less perfect life the only path to freedom?

Reading this book is being trapped in a labyrinth: you keep turning the pages to escape, only to find yourself back where you started, jogging a hamster on a treadmill. It's smart, mind-shattering, and incredibly original. I couldn't stop reading and marveling at the author's brilliant mind.

I'll admit this book isn't for everyone; it will undoubtedly garner mixed . Some readers may find the premise confusing or disappointing, while others will be enthralled by it. Thankfully, I'm one of the fans who consider this the author's best work. I highly recommend it to sci-fi lovers and anyone bold enough to get lost in the abyss of possibilities and enjoy the wild ride.

Many thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow for providing me with a digital review copy of this fantastic sci-fi novel in exchange for my honest opinions.

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peng shepherd has written a choose-your-own adventure and i've never been hornier for a book.from-publisher-or-author review-pending75 s9 comments Melissa (Trying to Catch Up)4,818 2,573

2.5 stars, rounded down. Very original concept with only fair execution

Did you "Choose your own adventure" books as a child? I did, but...I always would keep my finger on the choice page and then go back and read the other choice(s). This is an adult take on that concept, but to me it was only partially successful. I think it would have been most successful had each choice somehow wrapped around so that all of the sections were included. As it was, there was a lot of repetition because certain things had to be presented to make the story flow.

The basic premise is that Marsh is given the opportunity to participate in a reality show where "quantum bubbling" has made it possible for her to change the course of her life at various points in order to change her life and future to be more fulfilling. As she gets more involved with the show, things begin to get stranger and more confusing, what exactly is going on?

I think this would be a great book club choice, as there are many things here that I'd love to discuss and pick apart with people. The overall idea of this story is great, but the middle got so mushy and confusing and downright weird, and then it got better and a bit more twisty, and then the ending was a huge letdown. We start with the choose your own path thing, then go away from that for a long time, and then go back for a rushed, pat, choice of endings.

I never warmed to Marsh, I never felt she was learning or growing through all of her various iterations. I understood what was going on when she decided to redo her life and pursue law school, but then we got into a strange tangent of acting in a telenovela and wildlife photography in Iceland and she just goes along with it it's what she wants and it's no big deal. The book really lost me at that point.

And seriously--all Marsh could come up with as to why her marriage failed was that she said no to a threesome? Which in her redo turned out to be a foursome? That whole tangent was just ick for me and really unnecessary, it felt wedged in and bizarre to include. (When you get to the end you can generally get why it happened, but I disd it completely)

It would have been a 1-2 star book but there is some redemption in the story arc about 75% through, but it was almost too little too late to save things. I give the author props for coming up with a unique concept, but the execution of that concept was not very good.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. 60 s22 comments Books_the_Magical_Fruit (Kerry)742 53

Hmm…this is a fascinating idea. What if you could have endless do-overs at pivotal points of your life? I’m sure we all have a few things in our past we’d to rewrite. I can think of some things I’d want to prevent from happening in the lives of my loved ones…but in this story, you can only change things in YOUR life.

In this case, Marsh is the lucky lady chosen for season three of the famous reality show, “All This And More”, wherein the sole contestant has the past at her fingertips. What if you could see how each path turned out…and just choose yet another one if you aren’t satisfied? The science here is glossed over and explained away as a breakthrough in quantum mechanics that allows this selective time travel, so just go along with it. This also has Choose Your Own Adventure-type options throughout, which made the reading experience even more fun.

Things are going great for Marsh….until they aren’t. Something is off. It’s okay, though—she can just move onto the next life, right?


My only (minor) quibble here is the same one I had with Shepherd’s “The Book of M”—it’s much longer than it needs to be. I think it would be a better book at 75-100 pages shorter, at least. However, it’s still highly entertaining as is, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I would happily read another Peng Shepherd book, and I was thrilled to get an ARC of this one. Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow!

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1.5 - Ahh I hate to give this such a low rating because the concept behind it sounded so cool and I was very excited! I loved choose your own adventure books as a kid, and was really excited to see the idea built upon in this book. Unfortunately this book ranked low for me for a few reasons. The first was just that it felt so unbelievably long. It dragged and dragged to the point that I was excited for it to be done. It felt really repetitive. The second reason is that the main character was not very strong or well developed. I don’t enjoy passive characters, and Marsh was just very passive the entire book. I felt she did not get any stronger or more developed throughout the story. There is a mystery going on, with clues and direct comments thrown in her face and she just kind of sits around and lets things happen to her. This leads into my third gripe, which was that there was too much focus on her alternate life paths rather than the mystery, and the life paths were too fantastical and unbelievable that they did not hold my attention. It was just too out there for me to take seriously. I was interested in the weird patterns and repeated words/themes but the main character kept ignoring them. The fourth was that I felt there were too many storylines that weren’t followed to completion or that the main character just didn’t care about or get upset enough over. A lot of things felt very half-baked to me and Marsh didn’t seem to care when some twists were revealed. Overall, this book didn’t hold my attention, partially due to a passive main character, and I felt the plot wasn’t fully developed.

Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.12 s2 comments Rae | The Finer Things Club CA138 182

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