Limited Wish (Mark Lawrence: Impossible Times #2) – Times a-splintering!

Book post is always exciting! I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Limited Wish, sequel to recently reviewed One Word Kill, by Mark Lawrence (the author, whoo! Also author of one of my favourite series The Book of the Ancestor) about a week ago, but I got sidetracked by Game of Thrones and Good Omens (sorry) and knitting a stripy baby vest.

Title: Limited Wish (Impossible Times)
Author: Mark Lawrence
Format: Hardback (Sent by ML in exchange for an honest review)
Pages: 224

If One Word Kill was Dungeons and Dragons and physic/mathsyness – this sequel ramps that up to eleven, transporting to Cambridge university and introducing new characters and new timelines! Suddenly there are paradoxes and being an academic seems like a dangerous occupation for Nick at one point! And the Doctor Who references! I loved them – especially because there seemed a lot of superficial Doctor Who quotes, and then some straight up Master references. As a hardcore Whovian, I appreciated that this book about trying to crack time travel makes lots of pop culture references to Time Lords and the TARDIS. There was also an entire section for Alice in Wonderland, so reference wise I was having a ball!

Limited Wish is another reference to a tool/task/thing in Dungeons & Dragons (a game of which I still have extremely limited understanding) with the Game that the D&D group are playing (Mia is now the Dungeon master) echoing the shenanigans that Nick has somehow found himself in. While the intricacies of game play go over my head, I appreciate how the gameplay is narrated as all encompassing, as something that is actually happening to the party, rather than just some game. I also don’t have a clue about what is going on with the paradoxes and the timelines and I liked that I had to focus, but I am apparently also easily confused. I got the high-level stuff, but there was some of the paradox information that I was just sat there with question marks bouncing around my head like I was some sort of animation. I figured out enough to bounce along.

I liked Eva and Helen, even as Mia felt a little confusing. I had to keep reminding myself that the reason everyone seems a little distant/confusing is because Nick finds them confusing. Nick is a first-person narrator so when he doesn’t understand something (like girls) then he doesn’t understand. Whenever I wanted to know more about Mia or Helen or Eva (or, basically anyone) I would remind myself that it’s part of the confusing human thing that we wouldn’t know what they are thinking. I also like Simon, Nick should listen to Simon more, even if Simon is usually moaning about people/things he is pretty entertaining (and usually right).  

Basically, all in, I didn’t understand some of the stuff going on, but I did enjoy the story, and I enjoyed the references. This isn’t a long book, it’s only 224 pages in hardback, but it’s absolutely packed full of theories, adventure, paradoxes, time travel, maths love and confusion. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I definitely recommend this series!

Bea

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