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Book Review: The Fold by Peter Clines

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Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date for this Edition: 2015

Pages: 372

Rating: 8.0/10

 

“You know when you’re in a rush and you put a T-shirt on backward? Even if there’s no tag in it, you don’t have to look in the mirror to know it’s on wrong. You can just feel it.” – Peter Clines, The Fold

 


 

Here are 2 factoids about me:

  1. If you gave me a choice between seeing a sci-fi movie or any other genre, I will 100% always pick sci-fi. Hands down. Everything about science fiction is so cool… So cool, in fact, just thinking about it gives me a brain freeze.
  2. If I could be related to a fictional (but realistic, not like superman) character, I would pick Sherlock Holmes. I don’t know which I love more, his sheer wittiness and calculator-type deductive reasoning or his stylish hat and dashing tweed ensemble.

Now, why do you care?

You care because this book combines both of those two things. Captain Kirk meet Mr. Holmes.

Can I explain how? Yes:

In short, this book is about a team of scientists who are working on a teleportation device that folds dimensions of the universe (hence, the title “The Fold”). Bam! Science fiction, right there! Woo!  ..In order for the team to continue gathering funding for their project, the high-IQ Mike Erikson is sent to evaluate the progress and report back to a major contributor. Of course, everything seems fine upon his initial arrival. However, with Mike’s Sherlock-Holmes-iness abilities, he quickly picks up on subtle clues that eventually reveal the fault of the teleportation system. What is the fault? You will need to read the book to answer that question, my dear Watson.

 

The events that unfold in this story do so in a relatively fast pace (with the addition of a very bizarre twist towards the end). The reader does not need to read through any of the excessive details that can sometimes bog down a story’s train of thought. As a result, you could finish this book in just a few hours, depending on how much time you have on hand. Peter Clines’ choice of words is also pretty laid back and does not require the accompaniment of Webster’s dictionary.

 

Very minor nit-picky complaints that I have:

  • I actually wished the book highlighted more of Mike’s intellectual abilities. His character had a lot to offer and it would have been nice if the author would have “bragged” just a bit more about Mike’s skills.
  • Some of the detail regarding the later chapters becomes a little confusing to understand or imagine. This is where the excessive detail becomes crucial – especially for science fiction where the concepts or objects are almost entirely created from the author’s mind.

 

 

Recommendation Diagnosis:

 I recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast-read novel that combines a bit of science fiction with a dash of Sherlock-iness.

For the Sherlock Holmes fans, I included just a little clip from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. (Just look at that speedy-magee type deductive reasoning!):

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