Almost Surely

Almost Surely[PDF / Epub] ☁ Almost Surely Author Gavin Jefferson – Heartforum.co.uk When you control the fate of others, who directs yours Anthony Hopper is an Agent of Influence He directs the lives of those selected by Watcher, the living embodiment of FateJack and Henry, twins, ar When you control the fate of others, who directs yours Anthony Hopper is an Agent of Influence He directs the lives of those selected by Watcher, the living embodiment of FateJack and Henry, twins, are the latest additions to the agency, and it is Anthony s task to train them When one abuses his knowledge of the future, Anthony discovers that Watcher is not as faultless as he believed and that those closest to him, including his soul collecting confidante, Edith, may be conspiring against himFollow Anthony as he discovers the truth about his destiny, what to expect when life ends, and how the universe rewards those with good intentions.

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  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • Almost Surely
  • Gavin Jefferson
  • English
  • 10 January 2018

10 thoughts on “Almost Surely

  1. Mrs. Y says:

    British television and literature are fascinating to me as an American who lives in the south There were some concepts of amazing things in the British kingdom that was lost among chili and tales of cowboys.One day when I got older and after binge watching Are you being served I really got into British television Doctor Who, The Saint, The Avengers, these were things I cherished along with the British fantasy classics like Lord of the Rings I tell you this because in all my days I d always British television and literature are fascinating to me as an American who lives in the south There were some concepts of amazing things in the British kingdom that was lost among chili and tales of cowboys.One day when I got older and after binge watching Are you being served I really got into British television Doctor Who, The Saint, The Avengers, these were things I cherished along with the British fantasy classics like Lord of the Rings I tell you this because in all my days I d always wanted to read something that blended all of that goodness together, well except for Are You Being Served because let s face it, how would that fit into the rest I never thought anyone would actually take elements of time travel, high fantasy, spy thriller and mix them I always wanted it though And then Gavin Jefferson did this amazing thing and created Almost Surely and was kind enough to give me an ARC copy before it was published officially The best part of my delight, Gavin told me he never watched any of those things growing up as a kid, and only really was familiarfantasy themes Do you know how awesome that is to me as a reviewer and fangirl of so many beautiful things, to see things I love in one beautiful plot Well, you will now guys Buckle up campers, don t bet on old baseball games, go listen to the whales sing and whatever you do, make sure you re good to Mother This is going to be a review of Almost Surely.OpinionFull disclosure guys, Gavin is a friend of mine on twitter, and I find him charming He mostly loves the things of New Orleans even if he is from the beautiful UK and we have lovely discussions about cultural differences with raising kids I mention that part to explain that I may have some slight bias here, but not when it comes to reviewing this book I told him when I accepted his ARC that I d only do so if I could be fully honest, and he agreed, so I went into it blind with no idea what was going to happen and was so happy to find what I did in it This is a story that mixes time travel and sci fi with real fantasy as I mentioned earlier Now, to some of you that may sound bonkers, but hear me out, it s a lovely mix and refreshing Here are some things I really like about this book, not in chronological order but in order of what I enjoyed The characters are well written and have unique feelings and perspectives At no time was I felt as though this was a copycat character of another part of the book The locations are described well but not overly detailed, and the feelings that I got from them was unique and beautiful In general, the scene setting was framed well in the scope of the scenes However, there is one tiny thing about the scenes that I will get back to in a moment Lastly, the pacing is pretty reasonable most of the time, and I liked the emotions that the writing conveyed to me Now onto the critiques Gavin is my friend, yes, but I m reviewing this honestly and forthright as I do everything If I do not mention what I notice to critique the review is worthless I do have a couple of minor issue critiques that are in the form of nit picking The book does have bits where it drags If you have been reading my reviews, I went over one of Gavin s short Stories called The Surrogate and mentioned a drag in the third quarter of the story This is not the same kind of drag due to a slowdown, it becomes one with a pacing speed up that causes the reader to go back to re read Primarily I noticed this when there was a part where two characters were meeting Mother, and then the next thing I see is someone acknowledging a call from somewhere else that there d been a change The chapter ends, only to come to the first pair of characters on a road trip IT was a bit abrupt Compare that to the part in the diner earlier where there is a discussion about a baseball game and then a lot about the work of the Watchers So what this did, in both cases, was make me stop and go back to make sure I understood what was going on There are a few other times this kind of thing happened, but primarily these two examples stuck in my mind, and I don t want to give spoilers as to specifics in why That said, the overall structure and pacing were good, apart from the little flaws I think of it somewhat like you have a beautiful room, with perfect painting and flooring, but there is a weird lip dent across from one floor to the threshold of the floor in the room that is connecting to it It s a tiny issue, very minor, but it did give me a mini pause Now that said, the format is beautiful, and the book reads like a dream It s a tremendous and brilliant world, and I think that everyone should be part of it ScoreI am going to give this fantastic book a 90 100 because it s got so much going for it Other than the minor issues I found with pacing and scene framing, it is a well deserved score I think Gavin did very well on this novel and I think anyone will enjoy reading it

  2. C.R. says:

    I had the pleasure of reading this book before release It s a brilliant melding of time travel, mythology and noir, with fun characters and a thrilling plot that kept me guessing til the end Recommended

  3. GracieKat says:

    I have to admit that I wasn t too taken with the book at first The cover is verygreen It does go with one of the running themes of the book I do like the art on it but it doesn t seem to go with the characters very well They look a bitcreepy and skeletal than their book counterparts For an independently published book, however, it is a cut above a lot that I ve seen The book started with a very interesting visual of four different people holding their paintbrushes up to Polaris I I have to admit that I wasn t too taken with the book at first The cover is verygreen It does go with one of the running themes of the book I do like the art on it but it doesn t seem to go with the characters very well They look a bitcreepy and skeletal than their book counterparts For an independently published book, however, it is a cut above a lot that I ve seen The book started with a very interesting visual of four different people holding their paintbrushes up to Polaris It drew me in because it was different and it made interested in who they were, what were they doing and why You get a few of these answers along the way but not nearly enough I d say this is one of the main flaws of the book The world building isn t complete enough While I don t need everything spelled out for me for instance, I m perfectly good with the way teleporters time travel devices work not being explained but I need a larger sense in how the groups function We get a sense of them but I d likedetails on the others.It s one of the few books that I would like to see as a series Well, not a series following one character, per se, but maybe each book focusing on the different branches and a character from each The characters in Almost Surely are great They re all very vivid and really feel like you d like to hang out with them Particularly Anthony, Henry, Bill and Edith Anthony is interesting to be alongside of throughout the adventure His reactions feel authentic to the situations he finds himself in I didn t really enjoy the character of Mother all that much She seemed a bit cliche and is very mysterious when first introduced When she is first introduced we re told that Anthony has only seen her once and no one knows much about her except Bill But later everyone and their brother is chatting with her, taking much of her mystery away There is one thing that I thought was weird It appears that all of the Agents of Fate are male The Collectors Death seem to be all female as are the Amour Agents We only see one Agent from Gift but that is a male as well A little mixing and matching would be interesting, I think It could also use a bitdiversity, as well Most of my issues with it are primarily new writer problems but I believe that with some time they will be smoothed out The writing and formatting are rough in spots and could use a little work The author also falls prey to a common mistake He s so eager to get to the good stuff that the world isn t built up enough Things get introduced rather suddenly and with little explanation If the reader is going to suspend disbelief enough to immerse themselves in a fantasy world it needs to have some inner logic and ground rules There are way too many times that things just seem to happen with no prior precedence or explanation At times the conflicts are resolved far too easily such as the mob debt subplot When the Judges are introduced they sound scary and intimidating but since there needed to be an action scene they re reduced to looking pretty foolish and way less cool I felt this scene could have been written a bit better to keep the charactersin line with how they re presented My final issue is the mystery A lot of things seem to be mysterious for the sake of mystery and conflict Several times when Anthony is depressed other characters seem to keep a lot from him for no discernible reason Author Gavin Jefferson includes a trigger warning area in the back of the book with a note directing readers to it at the front I think it s nice to see this catching on with authors and it particularly suits fantasy since it can be hard to tell what you might be in store for All in all Almost Surely was a really fun story and I d love to knowabout the world Or even just some short stories featuring the Agents at work You only see them on the job a few times and I really wanted to see what they were doing a bitIt could use some work but I have high hopes for the writer.Received from the author publisher for review consideration

  4. Bradley Freeman says:

    An emotional tale told with imagination and heart Anthony is a time traveller Sort of.Edith is a grim reaper Sort of.Henry and Jack are going through growing pains on their first day of the job Sort of.If that s enticed you, then you ll have a cozy time with Almost Surely a nuanced, heartfelt story told in familiar ways but with Gavin Jefferson s own spin on things.Expecting a sci fi story with twists and turns, I was charmed by way Gavin set up the rules and then guided the reader through A An emotional tale told with imagination and heart Anthony is a time traveller Sort of.Edith is a grim reaper Sort of.Henry and Jack are going through growing pains on their first day of the job Sort of.If that s enticed you, then you ll have a cozy time with Almost Surely a nuanced, heartfelt story told in familiar ways but with Gavin Jefferson s own spin on things.Expecting a sci fi story with twists and turns, I was charmed by way Gavin set up the rules and then guided the reader through Anthony s frustrations and joys as he goes about his job altering the fates of others One scene set at a hospital was so moving, it has stuck with me long after finishing the book.I haven t read a book quite like this in awhile equal parts emotional and intellectual.Recommended

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