2022 Book Review: Pinhole


Pinhole by Matthew Kagle

A Science Fiction, Independently Published in 2013, 342 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • There is a very large cast of characters who you’ll struggle to follow. My advice is to approach this more as a series of short stories surrounding an overall theme of time travel to feel as though it’s not as important to connect with all the characters on a deep level. 
  • There were a few storylines I wasn’t convinced we needed for the overall lessons and themes. There were a few storylines I wanted us to get more time with, to get more answers about, and to linger on longer. They were the ones that felt the most important to the message we were trying to deliver, I think. 
  • There were a few audio narration errors like repeated phrases or dead air. They’re minimal, easy to ignore, and don’t distract from the story. 

What I Did Like:

  • The audiobook works! The author himself, when asking me to review, wasn’t entirely sure a concept like this would work well in audio format. Rest assured, it does! I believe the varying narrators helped to keep track of things. 
  • Big messages. This one is loaded with huge concepts that link back to the central theme of time travel: What would you change? What rules would govern mass time travel? How would it change society? The list goes on and on. It’s really a complex unpacking of the issues that would arise and that’s awesome. 
  • The index makes it pretty clear this story could be told in a different format. As written, this one tells a linear story using time as the guide. You could also read the story following each character (because time travel makes that different than linear). While I didn’t go back and do that (YET) I love the idea that the author gave you a suggestion for enjoying the story again in a different manner. Excellent bit of creativity and ownership for the reader!

Who Should Read This One:

  • Science fiction fans, specifically fans of time travel, who would be interested in seeing many sides of the time travel issues. This one explores a multitude of people who have interacted with it in one form or another and it’s fascinating in its complexity. 

My Rating: 3 Stars. 

This one is well done and recommended to time travel fans!

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