The Leapees house. Its not
really clear exactly where that is, but appears to be somewhere not far from Carmel,
California. Part of the leap is in Las
Person Leaped Into
There are a couple of people with a connection to the Project who could cause some serious
Ziggy is having some trouble with the Y2K virus.
Tom Beckett and Donna become Observers for a short time.
Sam is starting to get his memory back.
Al is 65 years old and it is taking its toll.
He is dealing with the funding for the Project being in danger
Ziggy is playing music that Al finds very annoying.
Joe Powell and Tom Beckett know each other. Also,
Joe understands more about what is happening than he is letting on. QL episodes Genesis, Lee Harvey Oswald, Memphis
Melody, Norma Jean, A Little Miracle, Miss Deep South and Mirror
Image are mentioned or referred to.
Carol Davis with Esther D. Reese.
Sam, Al and Ziggy.
The supporting characters at the Project (Tina, Donna, Beeks, Gooshie) , Joe Powell, Kevin
Maxwell, Barbara (Max) Maxwell, Dove (Joes bodyguard), Marie (Powells cook), Tom Beckett, Linda
Guest character notes
Joe Powell is a wealthy man who is planning to run for President, but he hasnt come
to terms with his wifes death. Dove is
his bodyguard and he takes his job seriously. Barbara
Maxwell is Joes assistant and so focused on her job she neglects her son until
its almost too late. Kevin is
Maxs son, and a brat in some ways, but hes also just a kid who needs his mom. Marie is the feisty cook for Powells
household; she and Dove are constantly at each others throats.
Characters who appeared
in QL TV episodes
Becky Pruitt, her mother Carol and Leon Styles from the QL episode Killin Time are
important to the plot, although they are only talked about in the book. Tom was in the two Leap Home episodes.
I had mixed feelings about this book. For
the most part, I liked (didnt love) it. In
general, the writing is good, and the storyline is interesting. I understood the author(s) were attempting to tie
up loose ends, and I did like that Sam got to see his brother and Donna. The themes of reconciliation and coming to terms
are good ones. However, I had problems
with the way the central characters were portrayed.
Sam is portrayed as a selfish jerk that only cared about his work
and turned his back on everyone. Sam was rather quirky, and his work was important to him. However, he was a warm-hearted person who loved
his family and cared about the people around him, probably a little too much sometimes. The novel seems to be focused on Sam dealing with
guilt feelings rather than what he is supposed to be doing on the Leap.
Al is too crude and foul-mouthed.
He was irritable sometimes, but he was a good person underneath the gruff exterior. He didnt swear indiscriminately.
Tom Beckett is a complete horses behind here. The Beckett family wasnt perfect or
anything, but they loved and supported each other. Tom
was the one who encouraged Sam to leave home and go to MIT and pursue his work in the
first place, and then he turns around and complains about it? That sounds pretty inconsistent to me.
I initially disliked Barbara Maxwell a lot. I thought she was the one who was the selfish
jerk here. That was mitigated somewhat by
her coming around and doing right by her kid.
I didnt get Joe Powell; he had the potential to be a great
villain, but he was too hung up on his late wife to be a good bad guy.
Dove and Kevin were better; I could relate to them, although why
either of them would want to have anything to do with Max was beyond me. I guess love can make you blind.
And then there is the infamous Sam never got home
complaint that most Leapers have; however, that was an issue before this book was
published. Ill say more about that
Marie: I am not so old.
The scenes with Marie were amusing. It was
funny how she was so obsessed with having to watch her shows.
Worst Thing About the
I hated that Sam never got home. In fairness,
I should point out that most publishers do have guidelines that writers are supposed to
follow, and Carol has made posts on the Als Place message board saying she
couldnt have Sam leap home. We
dont hear anything about what happens to Joe either; its all left up in the
What is up with Ziggy here? The idea of her
being sentient enough, even though shes a supercomputer, to reach out to
her fellow computers was far-fetched to say the least.
Some of the scenes between her and Al were amusing, but there was too much about
Ziggy and the Y2K virus.
Sam: If he does the Heimlich on me,
hes gonna crush me like a piece of rotten fruit.
Dove: Marie, we get
two hundred channels on the damn satellite. Pick
one of them.
Carol states in her acknowledgements that this is probably the last QL novel.
Info about author
I know Carol has a profile on the Als Place message board and has made posts there. I found a little blub about her saying she was a
schoolteacher on the alibris.com website, and I found several other books by Carol Davis
on e-bay but Im not positive they are by the same Carol Davis who wrote
Mirrors Edge. I couldnt find
anything about Esther Reese outside her work on Mirrors Edge.