Quantum Leap: The Novel by Ashley McConnellVideo review: https://youtu.be/_4thbjS2fOI
Im so confused. How the hell is a novel tie-in to a television show thats been off the air for two decades one of my favorite reads of the year? Im gonna need answers. Or at the very least Im gonna need to explain myself.
So I was slumpin hardcore before I picked this one up. I only own it because I found a stack of Quantum Leap novels during a library sale. They were having a fill-a-bag-for-a-buck sale so I brought a trash bag and loaded up. (Dont judge me...) Anyway, I scored eight books in this series the first time around, and have since gone back and scored a ninth. Quantum Leap: The Novel, also titled Quantum Leap: Carny Knowledge (yes theyre the same book), was one of those first eight I took home. I didnt think Id ever get around to reading any of them, but I was sure theyd be a great conversation starter anytime I kidnapped...I mean, anytime I have friends over for tea and crumpets.
Lemme set the stage for you...
I was stuck in the middle of The Talisman and The Obsoletes, not really enjoying either one, when I opened this one on a whim and holy shit am I glad I did. I had a blast. From page one all the way to the end, I never wanted to put the book down. I had no idea what was coming, nor did I really have any expectations. I felt like a kid again. The writing isnt anything special, but its far from unreadable. Where this book shines is the attention McConnell gives her characters. She pays respect to the original cast while creating all new characters that feel alive.
Im surprised at how secretly and subtly deep this book is, too. It tackles such topics as misogyny and grief, the latter displayed by Als need to replace a previous love. I truly appreciated the backstory give to Al. This book did everything that I feel a novelization of a popular intellectual property should do, give the reader a deeper experience that the screen version allows. Everything Ive ever wanted to know about the Imaging Chamber, the cave system wherein Project Quantum Leap is located, and what the fuck happens to Sams body while hes head-hopping through time is answered in this book.
But what impressed me most is the engaging narrative. No, the writing showcased here is not perfect. McConnell relies heavily on adverbs, and tends to over explain simple things, but shes never boring. This is a speedy experience, one that was wrapped up long before I wanted it to end. That being said, had the book gone on any longer, it wouldve certainly overstayed its welcome.
In summation: Im just as surprised as you are that I rated this one five stars but it is what it is. I had a buttload of fun with Quantum Leap: The Novel and Im pretty sure any fan of the old television show will dig it as well. I dont expect the rest of the books in the series to be this good, especially not the ones that arent written by McConnell, but Im certainly going to give them a try.
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The emotional and visual power of dance is so great that even a mediocre film can stoke our affection merely by showing it. It also bears the pedigree of a French entertainment conglomerate, Gaumont, and its technical credits are filled with Gallic names. No such luck. But in contrast to, well, good animated films aimed at family audiences, "Leap" seems stymied as to how to move beyond those basics. It tries to pump them up with characterization substitutes, mainly piling on physical infirmities: crossed or lazy eyes; a speech impediment and gluttonous tendencies; gap teeth and a grating laugh. When that gambit fails, the film will latch onto bits of allegedly comic business that aren't all that funny in the first place, and become less funny the more often "Leap" repeats them.
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In fact, Emma is famous in the ballet world, but for now I want to focus on she was as a dancer. At just 16 she played the main role in La Sylphide. In the audience was a famous ballerina, Marie La Taglioni aka ballet royalty, aka the mother of modern ballet who had first created the role and went to check out the competition. Livry had a ballon which has never been equalled — she bounds and leaps as no one else could do. She skims over the ground, the water and the flowers, apparently without touching them.
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Ballerina titled Leap! A co-production between Canadian and French companies, the film follows a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet. The film was released in cinemas in France and the United Kingdom on 12 December , followed by releases in various countries over the following several months, including Canada on 24 February Together they go to Paris, but they soon become separated, and Victor becomes an office boy in Gustave Eiffel 's workshop. He dismisses the worst dancer in class each day. She has a dream about being an infant in the arms of her late mother, a ballerina, who gave her the music box. She decides to return to Paris to help Odette and apologize to Victor.