Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Review: 'Entangled' by S.B.K. Burns

California author S. B. K. Burns has worked in the world of science — oceanography, biomedicine, and aerospace engineering— and she brings these experiences to her sci-fi paranormals imbued with her idealistic philosophy that merges science with spirituality.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Time Travel are themes the author explores in this smartly executed novel – a story that blends regression, exploration of former lives, academia, mathematics and philosophy in a manner that requires the reader to engage brain as well as curiosity. Her writing is challenging at times but that simply adds to the complex themes she has chosen to explore.

It is reassuring to find authors who make notes to their readers before embarking on a new novel, and Burns does just that – ‘Author’s Note - Inspirations from the 18th century The Stewart brothers were loosely based on the Maclaurin brothers, Colin and Daniel, Scottish mathematicians. Sophia, the Electress of the House of Hanover, died two months before she was to be crowned Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Upon her death in 1714, she was succeeded by her eldest son, King George I. To this day all British royalty can be traced back to her. Great Britain’s Witchcraft Act, passed in 1735, outlawed the burning of witches.’ Food for thought, a bit of history, and an appetizer for the story that follows.

Intricate as the story is the synopsis offers a fine distillation: ‘She’s Hume’n, a member of the lower class, with one chance to change her life… In an alternate, twenty-first century Boston, Dawn Jamison is a hair’s breadth away from earning her doctorate degree—a degree that would allow her entrance into the upper class, to become the unemotional and self-disciplined Cartesian she is now only pretending to be. To reach her goal, all Dawn must do is overcome her forbidden attraction to the Olympic-class weightlifter Taylor Stephenson who’s just crashed her lectures on past life regression. She must also teach her group of misfit students how to travel back into their past lives—and, oh, of course, figure out how to save the great scientists of the early eighteenth century before they’re inextricably caught up in a time loop. He’s Cartesian, a member of the upper class, and supposed to know better… Coerced by his politically powerful, wheelchair-bound brother into spying on Dawn’s past-life regression classes, Taylor knows better than to give into his desire to claim Dawn as his own. But his past-life entity, eighteenth-century Colin, has no such inhibitions. When Taylor and Dawn meet up in Scotland in the 1700s, all the discipline he’s forced on his twenty-first-century self disintegrates in the past, leaving only his overwhelming lust for Dawn’s past-life double, Lily. Unable to escape their sexually obsessive past, Dawn and Taylor find themselves in a race against the clock at the epicenter of a world-altering time quake of their own making.’

Now to further the intrigue initiated by this summary, settle back for a long read (with an encyclopedia near by) and discover the strange and wonderful imagination and world of SBK Burns. Entertainment touched by learning. Grady Harp, February 17

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