Entanglement by Andrew J. Thomas

 Entanglement by Andrew J. Thomas

Entanglement is a warm quirky read that lifts entanglement theory out of quantum physics and says what if??? Mr. Thomas constructs a wonderfully entangled story that contains just the right amount of facts that leaves one wondering if this tale is in fact within the plane of possibility. The “actual” plane of possibility exists within the world of quantum physics and there at least theoretically everything is possible.

What the Amazon Blurb says:

Entanglement is a quirky mystery with a sci-fi twist that’s influenced by the humor of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman.David’s fiancée worries when he drops out of contact. MI5 panics when a secret airbase vanishes. Liz doesn’t understand when her research subjects go missing. Nigel is confused when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. And a woman spends her life shifting between parallel worlds. But how can all these things be connected? And why are cakes so important?
Five friends, four mysteries, three deaths, two road trips and a secret that will change the world ... Entanglement is a warm, funny, and original tale about friendship, loss and coping when you’re out of your depth. It also invites readers to ask, “What if?” What if you hadn’t answered that voicemail? And what if grass that never needs cutting wasn't being kept secret by the lawnmower companies?

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of time traveling books, the fact that two exist on my tiny “forever” shelf would have given you a clue. Add a little bit of physics and science—this book hooks me even more.

I love authors with a dry, sly, sarcastic sense of humor with a gift of a good turn of phrase. Such as when Mr. Thomas tells us that TC learned to play the piano and at best one could describe her playing as accurate—or when he describes the sky as not having quite enough energy to commit to blue.

I love all the footnotes, the cake, and the recipes. However, I can only attribute the following to the author’s evil dry sense of humor but the recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake instructs one to use 1-1/2 eggs. I won't rant but this type of nonsense is a personal baking pet peeve.

A missing underground military base, a transported colony of moles, a floating brick and the engaging group of people trying to figure all this out on all of the various fronts quickly entangle themselves together in an increasingly page turning (finger swiping) manner.

A tale that is told in the 3rd person. The author is the disembodied narrator for all of these characters (including the moles) as he takes us through their various doings and what happens to them along the way.

We are treated to a bird’s eye view as Mr. Thomas often gives the readers insight that his characters aren’t privy to, but he also lets us peak into his main character’s thoughts and feelings about what’s going on.

Then there is TC, seemingly out in left field, whose story is told as a parallel to the above tale. She is a cake loving girl who finds herself accidentally traveling between parallel worlds. How the author melds this altogether is one of the true delights of this book.

I cannot wait until Transference (2nd book) hits the shelves.

I seldom give a book 5 stars but this one truly deserves all of the stars, it is reading time very well spent.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About the Author:

Andrew J Thomas was born in Bristol, England and after writing as a hobby all his life, became a published novelist with 'Entanglement'. He's inspired by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. His work is quirkily funny, with characters you'd enjoy a drink with, and events just strange enough to be believable. He started writing 'Entanglement' in March 2018, shared the first version with friends that October, with professional editors four months later and completed it in August 2019. During that time though, his mother had a major stroke, and his focus expanded to include giving her a copy while there was still time. Happily, he succeeded. He's written two other novels and seventeen short stories (as yet unpublished) and lives in a thatched cottage in rural Worcestershire.

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