Curious Notions

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In a parallel-world 21st-century San Francisco where the Kaiser's Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land. They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology-record players, radios, cassette decks--all of which is better than anything in this world, but only by a bit. Their real job is to obtain raw materials for our timeline. ...

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Curious Notions (Crosstime Traffic Series #2)

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Overview

In a parallel-world 21st-century San Francisco where the Kaiser's Germany won World War One and went on to dominate the world, Paul Gomes and his father Lawrence are secret agents for our timeline, posing as traders from a foreign land. They run a storefront shop called Curious Notions, selling what is in our world routine consumer technology-record players, radios, cassette decks--all of which is better than anything in this world, but only by a bit. Their real job is to obtain raw materials for our timeline. Just as importantly, they must guard the secret of Crosstime Traffic--for of the millions of parallel timelines, this is one of the few advanced enough to use that secret against us.

Now, however, the German occupation police are harrassing them. They want to know where they're getting their mysterious goods. Under pressure, Paul and Lawrence hint that their supplies comes from San Francisco's Chinese...setting in motion a chain of intrigues that will put the entire enterprise of Crosstime Traffic at deadly risk.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Readers nostalgic for the juvenile SF novels of Robert A. Heinlein and Andre Norton will find much to enjoy...Turtledove presents his teenaged heroes with a series of moral choices and dilemmas that will particularly resonate with younger fans. This is a rousing story that reminds us that 'adventure' is really someone else in deep trouble a long way off."

Publishers Weekly on Gunpowder Empire

"Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places...I know I'd follow his imagination almost anywhere." —San Jose Mercury News

"One of alternate history's authentic modern masters." —Booklist

"Harry Turtledove is probably the best practitioner of the classic alternate-history story since L. Sprague de Camp." —Locus

San Jose Mercury News

Turtledove has proved he can divert his readers to astonishing places...I know I'd follow his imagination almost anywhere.
Booklist

One of alternate history's authentic modern masters.
Locus

Harry Turtledove is probably the best practitioner of the classic alternate-history story since L. Sprague de Camp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765337962
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Crosstime Traffic Series, #2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Norman Turtledove is an American fantasy and science fiction writer, born in Los Angeles, CA on 14 June 1949. A Caltech dropout, he eventually attended UCLA and received a Ph.D. in Byzantine history in 1977. In the 1980s, Turtledove worked as a technical writer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. In 1991, he left the LACOE and turned to writing full time. From 1986-1987, he served as the Treasurer for the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has written under several pseudonyms, including Eric G. Iverson, Mark Gordian, and H. N. Turtletaub. Turtledove has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the HOMer Award for Short Story in 1990 for "Designated Hitter," the John Esthen Cook Award for Southern Fiction in 1993 for Guns of the South, and the Hugo Award for Novella in 1994 for Down in the Bottomlands. "Must and Shall" was nominated for the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette and received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Two Georges also received an honorable mention for the 1995 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Worldwar series received a Sidewise Award for Alternate History Honorable Mention in 1996. Publishers Weekly called him the "Master of Alternate History." He is married to mystery writer Laura Frankos and they have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining young adult alternate earht thriller

    Crosstime Agent Lawrence Gomes warns his recently graduated from high school son Paul that this alternate earth they enter is dangerous. The key pivotal point difference occurs when the Kaiser wins World War I and ultimately in 1956 defeated the Americans. Now almost two centuries later, Germany still rules this world with advanced technology that if they learn about Crosstime trafficking, they have the skill to steal the idea and use it to conquer other earths.--- In that environment, the Gomes open up Curious Notions, a shop to sell electronic equipment in San Francisco but their real purpose is to get raw materials for their timeline. However, the state-of-the-art merchandise that is common back home comes to the attention of the German Occupation Police Inspector Weidenreich. He demands Paul reveal who supplies them with such advanced gizmos; Paul mentions a local Cheese merchant who obtains the goods from China. The Chinese Triads are curious about the shop too. As Paul befriends Lucy Woo, the authorities, the Triads, and the Gomes play a game of cat, cat and mouse with the Woo family as the cheese.--- CURIOUS NOTIONS, the second Crosstime Traffic book, is an entertaining young adult thriller. Readers will believe that this German occupied American of the future really happened as Harry. Turtledove provides the right levels of ¿factoids¿ especially when indigenous Lucy narrates. The story line is exciting with Paul inadvertently marking Lucy and her family as their suppler to the police because the Gomes chose to sell items they know will bring official and criminal attention on them when they are to remain inconspicuous. Still this is a fine entry that will send curious readers seeking the premier tale GUNPOWDER EMPIRE.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Good "what If" story

    This was a fun to read what-if (or better said When-If) story for science fiction and alternate history fans alike. Like Harry Turtldove's other series, this ones keeps a story concept growing in installments, but I found it better because it gets to a conclusion for the characters in this book, so it feels complete and you don't have to wait for the next book in the series to (maybe) get to the final resolution for the story.

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