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I m clearly missing something here look at all the rave reviews , but man, it was such a chore to get through this At one point, the author used the term glacial sluggishness to describe something or other, and that strikes me as the perfect description for the pace and action in this book I actually was loving it at the start, but it kept dragging on and on and on and growingandtedious as it continued I felt like I was always a step behind on the science and logic not sure i I m clearly missing something here look at all the rave reviews , but man, it was such a chore to get through this At one point, the author used the term glacial sluggishness to describe something or other, and that strikes me as the perfect description for the pace and action in this book I actually was loving it at the start, but it kept dragging on and on and on and growingandtedious as it continued I felt like I was always a step behind on the science and logic not sure if this is the book s fault for not explaining things thoroughly enough or mine for not having a very scientific brain Harry is possibly the least compelling main character I ve ever read Imagine living for centuries and never developing an ounce of personality incredible in its own way Ugh I was tired of reading it, and now I m tired of reviewing it I m a little torn as to how to review this book Obviously, I liked it since I gave it 4 stars I even think this would be a great movie I love the premise and I really wasn t expecting this This Sci Fi Thriller really intrigued me but at the same time, some parts were a bit slow It makes sense if you think that we re literally talking about 15 lives though A lot will happen but the back and forth was a bit much sometimes.Overall I totally recommend it if the summary interests you SMALL SPO I m a little torn as to how to review this book Obviously, I liked it since I gave it 4 stars I even think this would be a great movie I love the premise and I really wasn t expecting this This Sci Fi Thriller really intrigued me but at the same time, some parts were a bit slow It makes sense if you think that we re literally talking about 15 lives though A lot will happen but the back and forth was a bit much sometimes.Overall I totally recommend it if the summary interests you SMALL SPOILER not really in my opinion but just in case I was a little disappointed that there was so many other kalachakra, anyone else This thing you carry inside you, I don t know what it is I don t know where you got it But Harry, the past is the past You are alive today That is all that matters You must remember, because it is who you are, but as it is who you are, you must never, ever regret To regret your past is to regret your soulThis book is incredible And I have Mike to blamethank.Of course, it doesn t hurt that I keep picturing the main character as Eddie Redmayne.Anyone who knows me will know that thisThis thing you carry inside you, I don t know what it is I don t know where you got it But Harry, the past is the past You are alive today That is all that matters You must remember, because it is who you are, but as it is who you are, you must never, ever regret To regret your past is to regret your soulThis book is incredible And I have Mike to blamethank.Of course, it doesn t hurt that I keep picturing the main character as Eddie Redmayne.Anyone who knows me will know that this is not my typical reading material at all I like speed Action A fast paced plot I hate conspiracies I don t do drama Above all else I fucking hated Groundhog Day I don t want to have to think I already read the news and think plenty of work , for my reading, I want to be entertained In that sense, this book should have been the antithesis of anything I would ever enjoy.I was so wrong, so blissfully, gleefully wrong What a wonderful book What a marvelous piece of literature The hype is real.This book is about a man who has to relive his life over and over and over, seemingly without end That is my version of hell Like most people, I suffer from the ailment of overthinking I tend to overanalyze my life, I sometimes wished I had another life I can t think of anythinghorrendous than having to relive one s life over and over again I suppose the prospect might be fun for some, if one is born with a silver spoon in one s mouth But what if one were born into hardship Imagine, say, a child born into the depths of poverty in Africa There is only so much upward mobility that s possible for such a person With few exceptions, it is difficult to change one s path in life.Imagine knowing what s going to happen, and unable to prevent it All the tragedies, all the needless deaths that have occurred since one s birth It s enough to drive a person mad To relive one s life is nightmarish indeed.This book explores that concept with exceptional depth and reality The writing is beautiful Evocative without being purple prosey in the slightest To take a few words from J.K Rowling, the author of this book did things with words I ve never seen before It s magical She manages to verbalize the concept of a single word, spinning it into a paragraph without making it seem utterly unnecessarily verbose Euphoria is, I believe, the term they use to describe the sensation, and upon experience I found it to be an entirely useless definition, as it relies on comparatives that are not apt to the situation A happiness beyond compare, a contentment beyond understanding, a bliss, a travelling, a freeing of the mind from the flesh these are all, in their ways, an appropriate description of the process, but they mean nothing, for no recollection can re create them and no substitute mimic them This book doesn t deal with the issue of depression as much as it deals with the issue of existentialism, and in many ways, they re the sameI know now that there is something dead inside me though I cannot remember exactly when it diedThe despair of existence, the fact that one has to relive life after life, finding meaning in each, and then losing it Making impossible decisions knowing the consequences Losing loved ones over and over again My loss of faith was not revelatory, nor intensely distressing It was a prolonged growth of resignation, one which the events of my life had only reinforced, until I was forced to conclude that any conversations I had with a deity were entirely one wayNow to the negatives The writing aside, this book moves at the pace of a snail with a broken leg I know that snails don t have legs, but isn t that the cutest imagery ever Here, have a cartoon.Nevertheless, the writingthan makes up for the slow pacing Harry August is a kalachakra, a man who is reborn at the same point in time over and over with his memories intact When a little girl warns Harry on his eleventh death bed that the end of the world is coming sooner with each cycle, Harry goes on the offensive Can he stop the end of the world, even with the help of the Cronus Club I got this from Netgalley.I love a bit of timey wimey and this book has it in spades Remember the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray experiences the same day over Harry August is a kalachakra, a man who is reborn at the same point in time over and over with his memories intact When a little girl warns Harry on his eleventh death bed that the end of the world is coming sooner with each cycle, Harry goes on the offensive Can he stop the end of the world, even with the help of the Cronus Club I got this from Netgalley.I love a bit of timey wimey and this book has it in spades Remember the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray experiences the same day over and over Now, imagine the day is a lifetime and there are other people experiencing it as well That s pretty much the plot.I m going to get my gripe out of the way first The book moves at a glacial pace, mostly due to the constant digressions The publisher s blurb makes it sound like the world is in jeopardy immediately Not so I was 30% of the way through the book by the time the little girl showed up That being said, this is a very compelling book It deals with classic time travel themes like not messing with the past and weighty topics like how our experiences make us who we are Harry s not the most interesting character I ve ever read about but he lives some interesting lives.Once the little girl finally shows up to warn Harry during his eleventh life, everything is kicked up a notch and Harry s lives finally have a greater purpose Harry being reborn as himself in the same point in history every time reminds me of reading the same Choose Your Own Adventure book over and over without being able to keep your thumb at the previous choice so you can go back Maybe if I run away at age six, everything will turn out okay Kalachakras at the beginning of their life cycles handing off info to kalachakras at the end of theirs was a novel way of passing info back in time, even though the information could taint the timeline.At the end of the day, I m not really sure how to go about rating this I loved the concepts and the writing was very good but Harry wasn t a very compelling lead The endless digressions were a little annoying I guess I ll give it the traditional safety rating of three stars WARNING There are spoilers in this review.This is possibly the dullest book I ve ever read I suppose that deserves credit of some sort Like The House of the Seven Gables , the author excelled at making me feel so claustrophobic and trapped in a realm of endless tedium that I related to the narrator s disgust with life after suffering through just fifty pages That s not the mark of a good story, though.The plot , if you will and if I sound like I m speaking in a pretentious poncy way, it WARNING There are spoilers in this review.This is possibly the dullest book I ve ever read I suppose that deserves credit of some sort Like The House of the Seven Gables , the author excelled at making me feel so claustrophobic and trapped in a realm of endless tedium that I related to the narrator s disgust with life after suffering through just fifty pages That s not the mark of a good story, though.The plot , if you will and if I sound like I m speaking in a pretentious poncy way, it s because I ve been infected by the style in which this narrative was composedahem Harry the narrator is one of many who live their natural life, only to find that following death, they are reborn in the same life, to start all over again Most people with this condition can t remember details of their previous lives when they re reborn Harry is one of the rare few who remember everything He is labelled a mnemonic Why does this fail so spectacularly as a plot device Because they also repeat ad infinitum that no matter what you do in each successive life, you cannot change anything It even says on the back of the book, Nothing ever changes, and, he tries to save a past he cannot change However, if you alone remember your previous lifetimes, you are a wild card You are going to start influencing your environment the people around you the events that occur It is not possible for everything to be exactly the same Things WILL change potentially quite big things Think of the butterfly effect At the very least, you yourself will change dramatically This story simply does not work.Now, before I go on, I would like to address certain comments on this review, saying I m listing supposed plot holes and simply didn t understand the book Let s examine the most obvious plot hole of all the entire premise So, you live maybe 80 years, die, and you re reborninto the same family, the same life, and you remember everything This means you have to redo all of infancy, childhood and adolescence knowing you lived before and anticipating every event Think about the title of the book this happens to you at least 15 times over That s a minimum of 280 years spent growing up, over and over again How frustrated would you be Overall, you would have lived maybe 1,200 years That s 1,200 years of witnessing the same events, meeting the same people, being forced to do the same things, hearing the same news , etc This would send you crazy There d be no excitement any Music, films, etc would never be new again Politics would have no meaning You d have to get to know people again and again, even though you already know them You d never fall in love for the first time again, unless you sought other people and abandoned your whole childhood set up, again and again Death would lose all significance, because you d know you d see everyone again Your own death would be meaningless, because you d expect to be reborn The back of the book says this story is totally original It s not it s Groundhog Day over a longer timescale.So, what would you do What would you do if you were being treated like a 3 year old but could remember being 80 You d definitely start rebelling and doing whatever you liked With time, I expect you d possibly start dabbling in suicide, or maybe even murder You d be skydiving and potholing and taking up all kinds of other dangerous activities You d pursue a different career path in every life, to try to mix it up It would be hell and you would be doing absolutely everything you could to make the best of it, to stay sane but I don t think you d succeed.I ll tell you what you would NOT do spend every boring life sitting around in someone s living room talking about politics which is pretty much what Harry does through this whole book Remember, if we take this premise seriously, he s doing 1,200 years of this 1,200 years of tirade after endless boring pointless mind numbing agonising soul destroying pretentious tirade about things like communism as if ANY of this is new and interesting and insightful in 2015 and what does it matter, if you can t change anything anyway You re just going to die and end up back in the same political climate with no evolution How do you even know the future exists This is how you would likely start to think, if this were real Moreover, the political ideas she promotes in this book actually offended and angered me They showed so little regard for the victims of history that I was disgusted.I suppose the point is that I came away from this book thinking the author doesn t understand people and basic human psychology behaviour This was reinforced by the fact that I had to keep reminding myself the narrator was meant to be a man He sounded so like a woman, to me He was not convincing at all.There is also zero characterisation in this book Even the narrator I can t tell you a thing about him He s the most soulless character ever thought up He has all this time to think and grow and develop as a human being and he does none of that He just stands in dreary stuffy rooms drinking whiskey and speculating that life is meaningless At one point, he says he loved a woman named Jenny and she put him in an institution because she thought he was mad when he told her he knew the future She s never mentioned again for 300 pages Finally, it turns out she s married to Vincent Harry says he s heartbroken, and I ve pretty much worded it the way the book did That s as deep as it gets I also found it incredible that every character happened to be brilliant at quantum physics Isn t that convenient Everyone was an elitist middle class snob, as well and there were a LOT of them there was a new character in every single chapter I don t think anyone but Vincent was ever seen again in future chapters There was no one to hold onto And when I say chapters, I mean segments of 1 3 pages That s how long every chapter was, and they all went nowhere They just dropped off into nothing Turn the page scene over characters gone why did I read it This is without even touching on the attempted sci fi elements to the novel that are not thought through or explained at all For example, Vincent says he s inventing a machine called a quantum mirror that will allow you to realise you re actually God That s about all the explanation we re given There s no visual description There s no science There s no philosophical insight There s noANYTHING I must have read that section ten times before I was willing to accept that the author didn t bother to think this idea through It isn t even an idea it s an idea of an idea.A lot of other reviewers here said the science and philosophy went over their heads No, it didn t The ideas presented in this book are actually very basic the author rehashed a bundle of clich d pop science without much original insight The reason these concepts confused other reviewers is that they re so badly explained it s clear the author herself doesn t know what she s talking about They didn t relate to anything else that was going on, either.What bothers me most is that this book was promoted as a time travel story It s NOT A TIME TRAVEL STORY He repeats his life over and over again He s not jumping back and forth through time Yet the author decided to write it as if he did, so you had no idea what was going on Back and forth, back and forth the only reason I can think of for her doing this is to disguise the fact that nothing happened.I also have to note that it speaks volumes that all the fans who take the time to comment on my review are hostile, nasty and think it s appropriate to make personal attacks on me without having met me You re welcome to your opinions, but I m deleting any abusive comments not because my OPINIONS are wrong or I m too stupid to know how to read honestly, someone has thought it okay to say that Those are the types of people driven to defend this novel just another reason I HATE this book This was a fascinating SF novel 4.5 stars Harry August lives his life, over and over and over His memory gradually returns to him when he s a toddler in each life The first time his prior memories reawaken, in his second life, he thinks he s insane and ends up committing suicide when he s only about seven, only to find himself starting all over again in a third life Since clearly the suicide route doesn t solve his problem, he gets down to the business of trying to figure out how to This was a fascinating SF novel 4.5 stars Harry August lives his life, over and over and over His memory gradually returns to him when he s a toddler in each life The first time his prior memories reawaken, in his second life, he thinks he s insane and ends up committing suicide when he s only about seven, only to find himself starting all over again in a third life Since clearly the suicide route doesn t solve his problem, he gets down to the business of trying to figure out how to best live his life lives.One of the beauties of Harry s repeated lives is that it lets us explore how many different directions this type of time travel could go, and all the wrinkles that would develop How much can you gamble on sure things and get away with it Do you look for the same person to love each time Do you try to assassinate Hitler or save JFK Would it work Should you even try In his fourth life Harry tries sharing his secret with others and ends up tangling with people who want to use his knowledge of future events for their own purposes The one good thing that comes out of this process is that he discovers that there are others like him They call themselves the Kalachakra, which is a Buddhist wheel of time concept or Ouroborans, after the snake eating its own tail The Kalachakra have formed secret clubs and try to help each other out, especially during their difficult early childhood years Club members can very slowly pass questions back and forth through time a young person will give a message to another member when he s old, so that when he is born again he can in turn pass the message to another member who is at the end of her life and vice versa And so future connects to past, older to younger Like any society, they have their rules which include not doing anything that will drastically change the future But someone, somewhere, is breaking the rules, and the message is passed down the line from the future The world is ending, sooner and sooner And we don t know why The first half of the novel isof an exploration of the ramifications of this type of life, but it takes an interesting turn in the second half, into kind of a multi life espionage thriller, as Harry tries to find out the reasons for this looming global catastrophe But his involvement leads totrouble than he could have imagined, and there s an extremely tense and exciting cat and mouse hunt in the later chapters that kept me up far too late.It s interesting that the premise here is so similar to Life After Life it even takes place roughly during the same time period in the early to late 1900 s except that in this book we have the Groundhog Day aspect of no loss of memory with rebirth This book isn t as literary as Life After Life and I m sure that many readers won t like it nearly as well as that one But this novel did have a fair amount of unexpected depth that was welcome, and despite a number of plot weaknesses I just had so muchfun reading this book than the much bleaker and farrepetitive Life After Life The plot weaknesses are pretty spoilerish, so read at your own risk view spoiler 1 You have to be able to accept the premise that too early technological development invariably leads to disaster.2 One of the characters is trying to develop a machine that will, in some nebulous way, give all the answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything this machine is compared to finding or becoming like God It was a bit of a stretch for me 3 You can permanently erase an Ouroboran s memory by a type of electroshock therapy which is fine, except that the erasing process doesn t work for characters like Harry who have photographic memories 4 And finally, a major plot point turns on the idea that if you kill a ouroboran while he or she is in utero, before birth, that person will never be reborn again hide spoiler These last two plot elements definitely struck me asconvenient than plausible.So these pulled my rating down I keep thinking that logically this is closer to a four star book than a fiver, but it just captured my imagination and reading it gave me a lot of joy So I m rounding up, just because I want to.Content advisory Frequent violence including torture, murder and attempted murder and a fair number of F bombs Lots of amoral and immoral characters 1.5 stars Never have I ever been so happy to finish a book Reading this one was an absolute chore, but I just couldn t quit because I hate quitting books And I wanted to see how it ended, so I guess I did care to an extent It dragged on and on and on and so much history stuff and rambling I thought it was this terrible book, a cure for insomnia, until I got on here and saw all the 5 star reviews Maybe it was just not my cup of tea I will say it picked up in the last 30% or so and the firs 1.5 stars Never have I ever been so happy to finish a book Reading this one was an absolute chore, but I just couldn t quit because I hate quitting books And I wanted to see how it ended, so I guess I did care to an extent It dragged on and on and on and so much history stuff and rambling I thought it was this terrible book, a cure for insomnia, until I got on here and saw all the 5 star reviews Maybe it was just not my cup of tea I will say it picked up in the last 30% or so and the first 20% was good, but the middle was a big bore It s the story of a type of person that lives their lives over and over after their death, no matter how they die, and what happens when someone in the group attempts to change the world, which is a big no no A great idea for a story, but really rambled too much for me Kind of like this review Definitely not recommended for anyone that has any sort of A D D *PDF ⇫ As Primeiras Quinze Vidas de Harry August ⇱ Harry August n o um homem normal Porque os homens normais, quando a morte chega, n o regressam novamente ao dia em que nasceram, para voltarem a viver a mesma vida mas mantendo todo o conhecimento das vidas anteriores N o interessa que feitos alcan a, decis es toma ou erros comete, Harry j sabe que quando morrer ir tudo voltar ao in cio Mas se este acumular de experi ncias e conhecimento podem fazer dele um quase semideus, algo continua a atormentar Harry qual a origem do seu dom e ser que h mais pessoas como ele A resposta para ambas as perguntas parece chegar aquando da sua d cima primeira morte, com a visita de uma menina que lhe traz uma mensagem o fim do mundo aproxima seEsta a hist ria do que Harry faz a seguir, do que fez anteriormente, e ainda de como tenta salvar um passado que n o consegue mudar e um futuro que n o pode deixar que aconte a Wow, whatever I was expecting, it definitely wasn t this It s historical, it s science fictional, it s a spy novel, it s a long episode of DW sans the time space travel, it s a spiteful letter of twisted friendships and vengeance WHAT DOESN T HAPPEN IN THIS BOOK Wow, whatever I was expecting, it definitely wasn t this It s historical, it s science fictional, it s a spy novel, it s a long episode of DW sans the time space travel, it s a spiteful letter of twisted friendships and vengeance WHAT DOESN T HAPPEN IN THIS BOOK 3, I really wanted my 100th review to be a 5 star read but alas, this was not it stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read Harry August appears to be just a normal man Born, living, dying like anyone else you d see on the streets The only difference is that Harry August isn t a normal man, he s a kalachakra A person who is reborn at the same point in time over and over again with his memories remaining intact As Harry s eleventh life is coming to a close a little girl, perche 3, I really wanted my 100th review to be a 5 star read but alas, this was not it stars Full review featured on my blog Recipe and a Read Harry August appears to be just a normal man Born, living, dying like anyone else you d see on the streets The only difference is that Harry August isn t a normal man, he s a kalachakra A person who is reborn at the same point in time over and over again with his memories remaining intact As Harry s eleventh life is coming to a close a little girl, perched on the edge of his death bed tells Harry that as each cycle of his life closes the end of the world is coming sooner and sooner This message has been passed down from child to adult, child to adult, over and over again ultimately reaching Harry This little girl charges Harry with helping keep the apocalypse from coming to fruition.The world is ending, as it always must But the end of the world is getting faster.Unfortunately, I found The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to be tantamount to watching cement dry for the majority of the read This could be my own fault, I started this book, couldn t get into it, put it down and didn t listen to my instincts and came back to it only to find that my original assertion that this book wasn t for me was definitely correct Ah, why can I not trust my gut sometimes.A good portion of the start of this book revolves around the ins and outs of what it means to be reborn over and over with your memories How Harry handles different situations, how telling another person and the subsequent interest of the government and other nefarious organizations affect that life North discusses what it s like to be a child who is both six years old and one hundred and fifty along with the grief, alienation, joy and excitement to be found in living such a life The range of emotion and sheer imagination that went into this was truly incredible and for the most part, I enjoyed these aspects.What is the point of me Either to change a world many, many worlds, each touched by the choices I make in my life, for every deed a consequence, and in every love and every sorrow truth or nothing at all There is a long list of things that didn t work for me As I mentioned earlier, this book moves slower than molasses in January However, I ve read slow books and still walked away loving them What really lost me here are the numerous plot holes If you re going to write something of this scope, you re also running the risk of falling into plot hole traps for the sake of convenience You can t eliminate the laws of physics because it doesn t fit with your story line you ve got to think through that story line to make these two things fit An example of this is that North wants death to be simultaneously a big deal and a small issue for kalachakra However, you can t have Harry being endlessly cavalier about death, while also touting that our hero is in danger.The problem with time travel and alternate universes is it takes a lot of intricate thought to create a story line that doesn t fall to pieces upon closer inspection Kalachakra have a no interference policy, i.e you can t have someone living their life out and then killing Hitler because it would change too many aspects and could end the life line of another However, Harry can marry different people, serve in wars, then not serve in wars, change small things, change seemingly larger things but there isn t any consistency Who determines what s a big deal to change and what isn t Time is not wisdom wisdom is not intellect.My last and final gripe is this Harry August was a boring AF narrator and MC I just couldn t get into his inner monologues and to be a person who is born over and over with your memories intact and still be a snooze fest seems likework than just being interesting So I don t think I need to tell anyone that this wasn t my favorite read I m always hesitant to negatively review things because I m no author and the scope of writing an entire novel I find supremely impressive While this one wasn t for me, I could see this being fun for others especially a book club given the various details going on in this read