Five friends, four mysteries, three deaths, two road trips and a secret that will change the world … Entanglement is a quirky mystery with a sci-fi twist, about a vanishing airbase, some confused moles and finding loved ones you thought were lost.
David’s fiancee is worried when he drops out of contact. MI5 is thrown into a panic when the secret base vanishes. Liz doesn’t understand when the moles she’s studying go missing. And Nigel is more confused than usual when he finds an ordinary house brick floating in thin air. Then intertwined with all that is the story of a woman who’s been shifting between parallel worlds for all her adult life. But how can all this possibly be connected? And why are cakes so important?
Entanglement is a warm, funny, and original tale about friendship, loss and coping when you’re out of your depth or in love with someone you can’t tell. Influenced by the humour of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman, Entanglement also invites readers to ask, “What if?” What if that person at university had said yes? What if you hadn’t answered that voicemail? What if there was a type of grass that just stops growing and never needs cutting?
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication Date: 10th September 2019
Page Count: 304 pages
Thomas’ first book, Entanglement, provides a compelling and adventurous tale of time displacement. Jam-packed with amusing and (not so) random events, Thomas takes the “seemingly odd” and crafts a cohesive and exciting mystery. No doubt, it deserves a look in from many sci-fi fanatics.
Published last month by Ursus Publishing, Entanglement opens with a set of odd occurrences. Why? Because Fate was bored. A supposed weather station in the Scottish Highlands vanishes, a colony of moles start the day in Cambridgeshire but end it on Lundy Island, and a brick cannot decide whether it wishes to be seen. Meanwhile, a woman known only as TC is said to be bouncing from one parallel world to another, unsure why everything is so familiar and yet so different. Throughout, these many mysteries develop until they become one concise and singular plotline – an idea, which, if asked to me at the beginning of the book, I would’ve thought highly unlikely (but also one which I believe shows Thomas’ skill).
The story itself (the first in a trilogy, I might add) is full of entertaining characters, dialogue, and events, stretching from the ‘Scottish Highlands to the heart of government’. My personal favourite is Jenny, the best friend of our vanishing-brick-finder, Nigel, for her constant and unwavering support of every other character.
Influenced by the likes of Adams and Gaiman, Thomas’ work is intriguing in its own right – fantastical and quirky. I very much enjoyed the use of footnotes (a particular favourite of mine is one which contains instructions on how to bake a cake), maps, and the opening definition. I felt it really added to what Entanglement is: a playful and genuinely fun read, with consistent heart-warming and positive moments. And like other reviewers have stated, Entanglement rewards those who read closely and attentively.
Overall, Entanglement is a wonderful success. It takes the Entanglement Theory out of quantum physics and plays with it well. Thomas’ writing is something I have not really seen before, perhaps due to the genre, perhaps something more. I am excited to see what comes next.
Transference is the name of Thomas’ sequel, which is currently being penned. I am hopeful that it shall answer at least some of the remaining questions raised by Entanglement.
About the author
Andrew J Thomas was born in Bristol, England, and after writing on and off during a successful career in IT, he turned professional with this novel. He’s inspired by the likes of Douglas Adams, PG Wodehouse, Neil Gaiman and Agatha Christie.
His work is quirkily funny, with characters you’d enjoy a drink with, events that are just strange enough to be believable and footnotes that’ll have you rushing out to buy the ingredients to bake your own cakes.
He lives in a 17th century thatched cottage with his two cats and a large DVD collection.
‘As a child, I started with Winnie the Pooh and once I was reading for myself, I progressed to things like J Mead Falkner’s Moonfleet, Rosemary Sutcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth and of course, the Narnia books of CS Lewis. As a teenager, I absorbed everything I could find by Spike Milligan, who I was later privileged to meet, and who’s absurdist sense of humour stayed with me for years.
On TV I loved things like Thunderbirds, and after that initial exposure to science fiction, the first SciFi book I read was Tales of the White Hart by Arthur C Clarke. The marvellous Douglas Adams came years later, and in 2009 I discovered PG Wodehouse and Neil Gaiman whose respective loves of language and bizarre characters captured me from the start.’
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