Much respect for all the research Willis did for this book. It is EXTREMELY detailed. However, the plot is so meandering and repetitive, it comes off has boring. I started skimming and it wasn't a problem, because I knew if I missed a plot point, it would be repeated 2 or 3 more times and I could keep up. Moreover, since the foreshadowing was pretty heavy handed, the reader already can predict what is going to happen, making the repetition positively excruciating. This book could have easily been half the length, and it would have been better for it.
I started with [b:To Say Nothing of the Dog|77773|To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel, #2)|Connie Willis|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363105428s/77773.jpg|696], which is brilliant, and thought I would go back and read this book before continuing on with the series. There was no need. Just go straight to the Dog. It is a much more entertaining book.