The Infinite Now

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 17 Nov 2017

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I found this novel gritty, ugly and real in the most perfect way. A story full of magic and tragedy, beautifully balanced. LGBT+ inclusive with a satisfying ending.
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DNF @ 40%

While the concept and set-up of The Infinite Now are really good; the actual execution of story is so boring. I can't believe I was only at 40% when I stopped reading this as it felt like the story should be almost over. By 40% I felt like I had been reading for thousands of pages (even though it was only just over 100 pages in reality).

The Plot
It's really unfortunate as the concept is quite god. Our lead gal has lost her parents due to the influenza outbreak during war time in London. Her mother was a seer or witch. Subsequently the superstitious Londoners are afraid of her and she is lucky to be taken in by an old man who seems to have some loyalty to her family.
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My file immediately went into "archived". I was not able to read the file.
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Dare to be driven into a time of horrific, torturous and dire circumstances of a period in Philadelphia in 1918 ravaged with influenza and the absence of a majority of the male population in a time of war. Small children abandoned by death is no stranger, nor is small children caring for dying parents. Intertwined in the trying times is a fantasy story of a girl who is struggling to figure out if she has supernatural capabilities like the mother she loves and misses dearly, in a world where she is completely unaccepted because of those abilities. While she struggles, and is criticized and faced with moral dilemmas of her own, she is left with responsibilities and unfairness while determined...

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"The future was too large to fathom, the past too heavy to bear, the present always there and infinite, and none of it had any answers."
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If only this book hadn't tried to be so many things...

The author is clearly very talented. There were many points in the book where I had to reread the sentences uttered by her characters aloud, because they were so graceful and poignant and spot-on. Unfortunately, those were matched by the sentences I had to reread because I either couldn't believe they were made or because I had no idea why they were there/what they meant...

This is a story about the "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918-19. And...

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The plot summary did seem interesting when I requested this book, but the execution wasn't as great as I hoped it would be. 

The language seems a bit too flowery, and the excessive use of words made me feel like I was choking on the author's thoughts. The characters were nicely described, and the old man, Fiora Vicente, Carlo, Benedetta, the Lattanzi children seemed interesting. If not for the writing style, I would have persevered to the end of the book. 

I have finished reading 50% of the book, and do not intend to complete the book further.
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I had such a hard time understanding the book and the main character. There were times when I really didn't understand why she was being so willfully stupid. There was one character who I adored and then she was killed off.
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This is a book that blurs the boundaries of several genres, and does so quite successfully. Set in Philadelphia in 1918 at the height of the flu epidemic, this is the story of Fiora, the recently orphaned daughter of a local fortune teller. Armed only with her mother's magical curtain, she winds up in the home of a local shoemaker, and gradually finds the beginning of a new family. When the magic curtain reveals a danger to her new guardian, Fiora somehow encapsulates the area in a magical bubble where time stands still, but this Infinite Now she creates , like any bubble will pop eventually, the question is will she be able to do it safely.
Obviously there is more than a hint of...

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I have a lot of really mixed feelings about The Infinite Now.

On one hand, it was undeniably a really interesting book. On the other hand, it reminded me of a mess of yarn tangled on the floor after my kitten is done playing with it. There are a lot of ideas and characters and intertwining stories. The author reveals very little. Most characters are wrapped around secrets. This book needs to be read very slowly and very carefully, or you'll end up in a corner and not know how you got there.

Lets start with what I loved: the history.

Tarquini clearly took the time to research the influenza epidemic in the United States during World War I. This is something I know a little bit...

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The Infinite Now, written by Mindy Tarquini is an interesting book which seems to cross a few genres. It might not technically fit as a historic fiction, but given the amount of research the author apparently did, it is hard not to see the parallel. I don’t want you to take my word for this, I’ll try to explain what parts of the book seem to work and what do not and why so you can decide for yourself. Comments are always welcomed.

Mindy Tarquini is a talented author and while you may not feel it appropriate to consider the author of the story, it can be an interesting way to gain meaningful insight. Mindy is a self-described Italian traditionalist and it shows in this book. The...

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