Posted in Alternative History, Science Fiction, Time Travel

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

Set a few decades into the future, The Paradox Hotel is a mind bending book about the possibilities and pitfalls of time travel. A summit of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful are gathering to submit bids to purchase the hotel from the government. They all have their private agendas and wish lists for what they wish to change from the past. The sale is a tricky and dangerous undertaking.

January Cole, the head of security, is struggling with time flashbacks and flash forwards. Time travel does have its mental and physical downsides, if you do it too frequently. In her flashes, she sees murders and nefarious schemes all around her.

Adding to the general mayhem of the summit, logistics, electrical outages, cancelled trips and mysterious strangers, someone brought back three velociraptors that manage to get loose. Honestly, this was one of my favorite parts of the book. The dinosaurs provide both horror and dark comic relief.

It took me quite a while to get into the writing style. All the time-flipping was confusing until I just let it ride. Once I got used to it, the novel was unique and enjoyable.

I picked up this book because I like science fiction, but also because I’ve read another book by Rob Hart, The Warehouse, which I absolutely loved. For creepily timely topics and general readability, The Warehouse is the better book, but The Paradox Hotel is unique and unconventional.

My Rating : 4 Stars, Grade B

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