Jul 17, 2008: Warning: This story is a serialized novel currently being regularly updated. Review is subject to change based on future content.
ETA: I originally wrote this review about a year ago. A lot has changed since then.
I like to avoid spoilers in my reviews, so let me try to state this as clearly as possible:
The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin is like pie. It has layers and, for good measure and tasty goodness, there are tantalizing hints of even more layers as the novel unfolds.
Some things haven’t changed when I first wrote this review: the writing is still witty and the beginning still promises yummy happenings to satisfy this SciFi heart of mine. I was initially mildly disappointed when the story seemed to flounder in mundane lawyer business, however, that was simply the calm before the storm.
As time has passed, Gavin Williams has added depth to the story: the author has added dimensions to already interesting characters in foreshadowing that is not immediately noticed if one reads the novel as it is updated, but becomes apparent when one reads it in a more traditional, book like style. There’s action, more time traveling (complete with gizmos!), glimpses of the future, and the shadow of a villain with a plot which extends throughout the whole of time and space.
It’s a good story. Don’t miss it.
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