Department Of Temporal Adjustment

Department Of Temporal Adjustment

by Veronica R Tabares

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Department Of Temporal Adjustment by Veronica R Tabares

In Department of Temporal Adjustment, a fresh, funny, wisecracking novel by Veronica R. Tabares, chick lit makes a pact with science fiction and seals it with a kiss. In the spirit of being a doting wife and good mother, Vanessa spends her time directing traffic, kissing bruises, and diverting disasters such as the peer pressure her daughter Becca will feel if her friends decide she's smart. And Becca's just the tip of the iceberg that includes two more girls, Vanessa's husband Tony, and her college education floating on top. Still, she and Tony are committed to being there for their girls, so when they decide to return to the ivory halls of academia, they make sure that one or the other is always at home for the kids. The drawback is that Vanessa is often on campus late at night, so when she inadvertently steps through a time portal at the school's lab, there aren't any witnesses. Transported to the future, this super mom is forced to become a super hero in order to save herself-and the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781609160029
Publisher: Sun Break Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Department of Temporal Adjustment 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Veronica R. Tabares has created a funny, heartfelt, feel-good mixture of genres and themes in Department of Temporal Adjustment. Primarily chick-lit with bursts of sci-fi, and interestingly written in first-person point of view, this quirky and refreshingly original book is a unique and energizing reflection on self-examination, family, and future. Living in Seattle with her loving husband, Tony, and their three daughters, and attending the University of Washington in pursuit of an Archaeology degree, Vanessa is the definition of multi-tasking and hard work. She is also a woman who absolutely adores her family; however, she unfortunately frequently finds herself separated from them, spending numerous nights on campus, barricaded in the basement of Denny Hall, feverishly working away at projects assigned by her all-too-strict and even more meticulous Professor. While working on her projects, she ponders the oddities abounding around town and campus, the strange groups of people who don’t quite fit in with the “norm.” From their out-of-the-ordinary clothing to their ram-rod postures, to even their skin which also seems strange, Vanessa simply can’t help but wonder about them. She considers a hoard of possibilities from actors to frat pledges to even terrorists, but the possibilities elevate to an entirely new level when she notices a group of these strangers coming from the janitor’s closet in the very lab she happens to be working. Combine this odd sight with the constant whirling/humming sound coming from the same closet, Vanessa simply cannot deny her curiosity’s need for answers. No mops. No brooms. No cleaners or cleaning supplies of any kind. The janitor’s closet is a bare, all-white lab, and secretly, a time portal to the very-distant future. As Vanessa is not supposed to know of the future, memory blocks are set in place and she is swiftly sent back to her own time; however, the memory blocks have side effects, such as forgetting how to dress and even the inability to recognize her own daughters. Vanessa’s curiosity, though, is clearly not abated as she continues to find her way back through the portal over and over again. Eventually, answers will unravel as the mystery of the portal’s existence is solved, but not before a fair amount of disappearances and drama ensues. While lacking, at times, in editing with portions that could stand to be fleshed out more thoroughly, Department of Temporal Adjustment maintains as a fun and often, endearing, read. Tabares portrays the character of Vanessa so meticulously that readers will feel as if they truly know her. Mothers, in particular, may find this a wonderful read, truly relative, as Vanessa’s motherly quirks and aspects are well defined and heartfelt. This book is certainly a unique blend of ideas and themes, one that is certain to appeal to your intrigue.
Meddie More than 1 year ago
This book is well written but beyond that it is clever and very witty. This is not what I would consider a disposable read. This book is one that you'll linger over, ask questions, and want to discuss with your friends. The author is clearly very talented and a thinking person. Her characters and story line are deeply developed. Others who appreciate good storytelling will greatly enjoy this book.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This was a book that I won from a blog, and I promptly filed away. I pulled it out a couple weeks ago, and I was pretty sure I might not like it. Until I read the back of the book. The story line actually sounded kind of interesting. Although time travel books are not my normal genre, I thought I would give it a try. It was also printed in Seattle, and I do enjoy reading books set in the Puget Sound area. As I began writing, I was somewhat drawn in. The story was mildly interesting, and the writing was mostly well done. Not my normal author style, but having it told fist person was certainly the best thing the author could have done. It made you realize that the narrator was not crazy as might have been suspected. While time travel was a focus of the storyline, it was unlike any other time travel book. It was not time travel "ala" H.G. Wells nor The Time Traveler's Wife (which I could never get into). The future seemed nice, and it was halfway believable. The thing I liked most about the book had nothing whatsoever to do with content. I appreciated the fact that there was no profanity and not a single sex scene! That moved this book way up on the scale of my esteem, and it even kept me reading it. I struggled most with how to rate this book. I don't think I laughed once during the book. There was humor, but it was pretty old hat. I didn't really make much of a connection with the characters. But the fact remains that it had excellent descriptions, and I did want to know how everything tied together--which you do not find out until the end. So I decided to give it a rating of a 3. I probably would rate it 3 1/2. I would read something else by this author merely because her work is not objectionable. I think the only thing I wish could have been left out was the bit about hypnosis, but it is interesting to note how the author worked that section out--possibly not how you think she would. It is an easy enough book to read, and it was certainly refreshing for a change.
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
Now, this is an author with a great imagination and fun, too. The kind of person who would be a great friend. Certainly, I'm basing this on her book, but no one could write that way without having a great sense of humor and fantasy. I refer, of course, to Veronica R. Tabares, the author of Department of Temporal Adjustment. With this title, I just had to read the book and I was not disappointed. Vanessa's life both in her reality and in her mental wanderings is hilarious in places, completely serious in others, and involves constant conversations with herself, a trait most mothers with small children pick up very quickly. I found myself identifying with Vanessa on all kinds of levels. Vanessa is a very happily married mother of three little girls and a prince of a husband. She is working toward her degree in Archaeology. Between her hours and her husband's hours working on his degree, they are still able to have one or the other home with the girls. The fun begins when the family sees a group of people dressed in clothing of other eras, but seemingly unaware of their surroundings. Though that is odd in itself, Vanessa begins to see these same people most evenings, sometimes in town, sometimes on campus. Considering she works alone at night in the basement at the university on her archaeology projects, her mind takes her through all kinds of possibilities, building from maybe '...an acting group', right up to '...a bunch of terrorists'. I said the author had a rich imagination! Once she sees this impossible group emerge from the janitor's closet, she is dumbfounded, but also fearful. This story is like deja vu in reverse. She suffers confusing memory losses, and though some things trigger a slight memory that wafts away on the wind, other memories at home seem to be normal activities that are forgotten, fortunately for short periods. Again and again she is told she has "been here before" but has absolutely no memory of it. Put it down to Vanessa's inquisitiveness, she goes where she shouldn't, and just what is that humming sound she hears every night she works late? What goes on in that closet? How can so many people get in there? This book reads as though it is all told from the mind. It's a mystery to be solved, a story of family love, a living potential, fantasy, and a secret that must be kept at all costs. A very enjoyable and quick read.
onyx9 More than 1 year ago
Mother of three young girls, Vanessa also took on a coarse load of classes as an Archeology student at the local University. Having the need to use the lab in the basement of the University for late night study sessions was not unusual. For this curious women who had a certain sense of right and wrong, a strange humming noise coming from the janitors closet and the strange comings and goings of large groups of people, especially these oddly clad people, just couldn't be ignored. Once the janitors closet was opened, things were different then she expected. There were no mops and brooms, only a large white laboratory that she had never, in her three years at Washington University known existed. As the scientists approached her and started telling her that she had stumbled into a time portal and been transported into the very, very distant future she came to understand that she had an important roll in creating the future that they knew and with that information they had to send her back to her own time without the memories of being them and the future events. The memory blocking process that they used created some unusual side effects that left Vanessa wondering if she was losing her mind. Unfortunately the memory blocks did not prevent the curios mind from stumbling again and again through the portal. **** How fun that was, I wish I had been able to sit and read more at one time. This book and the main character Vanessa in particular had such a fun sense of humor, a great theory on life, love and raising children. The way Vanessa can get herself sidetracked by random thoughts was funny and seemed like such a natural order to things. Absolutely loved Becca (oldest daughter) who was cute, creative and resourceful, Tony (the husband) seems to be straight out of a dream and Erica (Vanessa's lab partner) who was gullible enough to fall for some of Vanessa's practical jokes, yet had the sense of humor to laugh in the end. While the story line had the unusual quirks of the memory blocking side effects, the end result was very predictable but still fun to get to. The authors writing style makes this an easy read even at 336 pages and would be appropriate for anyone who likes a cute, quirky adventure.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Vanessa is one lucky young woman. She is happily married to Tony, a wonderful husband and loving father. She has three great kids, a trio of precocious girls, who just happen to be the center of Vanessa's universe. Vanessa and Tony both know that to advance their careers, they need to go back to school. They'd like to go to the University of Washington but want to be sure that one of them will always be home with the kids. When Vanessa and Tony realize that they can adjust their respective schedules so the girls are never alone, they head off to school. To make things work, Vanessa spends many nights alone in the lab doing her homework, in the basement of the science building. One night, Vanessa hears an annoying humming sound coming from somewhere outside the lab. Curious, she traces the noise to a janitor's closet. Vanessa slowly opens the door.. The next thing Vanessa remembers is slowly waking up, as if from a very deep sleep. When Vanessa comes to (How long has she been asleep? She does not know.) she finds herself in a strange land with robotic bunnies jumping around in a big field. Was it a dream or has she fallen through some sort of time portal? Without giving too much of the story away, Vanessa is faced with staying where she is or going home. Of course she wants to get home to her husband and kids. Will she be allowed to go home? When she is told of a future discovery one of her children makes, all involved agree she must go home to nurture her child. As the story continues, Vanessa's inquisitiveness repeatedly gets her in trouble. Will she ever solve the mystery of the strange humming? What about the robotic rabbits? The reader also meets various people strangely dressed in various vintage clothing as if they've just walked off a movie set, a gigantic laboratory, a dark tunnel and questions that get answered and then forgotten again and again. Sound confusing? It really isn't, you simply have to read the Department of Temporal Adjustment to get the answers for yourself. This book is a quick read, full of mystery, and yes, humor. Vanessa is a bright woman but it is her curiosity that drives the story. And as she gets in trouble over and over again, you may just find yourself rolling your eyes and laughing at her ability to get into trouble over and over again (have you noticed the pattern yet?). Quill says: A fascinating, and at times funny, look at time travel and the problems a bright and curious woman can cause the scientists of the future.
IsabellaRenae More than 1 year ago
Vanessa and Tony are happily married with three beautiful daughters. Both parents are also trying to finish their degrees. In order to always have one parent at home with their daughters, they carefully plan out their work schedules and school schedules to accommodate. This puts Vanessa on campus working in the lab until the early morning hours. She is always cautious and safe, but lately strange things have been happening. Weird noises and odd people keep showing up around campus. One night, when her curiosity gets the best of her, Vanessa discovers a portal in time. Each time she happens upon the portal she is given a memory blocker and allowed to return to the past because she is part of history that cannot be altered. The memory blocker is used to avoid the danger of her spilling the secret of the time portal. This can only be used so many times without dire consequences and side effects. The problem is Vanessa keeps returning. Can the future trust its past to keep a secret? The Department of Temporal Adjustment was a very original piece of work. I have not read anything like this novel. It follows the life of Vanessa, mom by day, student by night. Always curious, Vanessa gets herself into trouble when she discovers a time portal and keeps falling into it. The book is easy to read and will keep you interested, however it has some flaws and irritations. Vanessa's children are portrayed as perfect little angels, she calls them her "cherubs", they rarely do anything wrong and she seems to never tire or get aggravated with them. It was kind of annoying to read this. Her attitude of never getting frustrated or upset or worn out was very fictional. Even the most patient of mothers gets frustrated, worn out, or upset. She literally is "super mom" which doesn't exist. The book also became very predictable because it started to follow a pattern. Overall, the book was worth the read. I am glad I chose it. It was enjoyable, original and easy to follow. The title still doesn't really fit with the book for me, but for lack of a better title, it works. The title didn't make sense until the last chapter, and then I felt that that part of the book was thrown in just so they could have a title. This is one of those books you cannot judge by its cover. Reviewed by Tiffany for Reviewthebook