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Broken Time

Copyright 2000 by Maggy Thomas

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SOJALS rating:     
one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point one SOJALS point no SOJALS point    Superb (4/5)

I read this in March 2001.

An uneasy truce keeps humanity from war with the super-fast alien Speedies. The planet Veil is subject to devastating attacks from a lost Speedy space fleet. Time is playing tricks on people, reality changing almost invisibly around them. Meanwhile at the Institute for the Criminally Insane, Siggy slaves in hell for the Director.

Born on Veil, all Siggy ever wanted was to marry her childhood sweetheart, have children and dance. But there's no hope of that any longer. She somehow has to survive her horrifying job at the Institute, survive her encounters with the aliens, travel much of known space and still find time to sort out a few problems from her childhood. Siggy, of course, handles this with poise and an inner toughness that certainly had me on her side from half way down page one.

Wow. I'll be reading Maggy Thomas in future. I was unenthusiastic at the beginning because one cannot read the first few pages of this book without thinking of "Silence of the Lambs" with Siggy playing a disadvantaged Clarice. Any such relationship with imprisoned, crazed psychopaths is coloured by "Silence". Yet this novel is of course very different. Maggy Thomas has built a whole, largely unpleasant universe for our Siggy and her problems. There's faster than light travel, aliens, time-slips, strange and evil monsters both human and alien, and of course, the tango.

Most excellent.

Loaded on the 29th March 2001.
    
Cover of Broken Time