There are some books that capture your imagination right off. I was really excited about this book and I thought it was going to be a story from an entirely new angle. It was going to be New and Exciting and Right Up My Ally.
I was, unfortunately, rather mistaken.
The concept behind this book is actually very clever. A "shadowy government entity" whose entire purpose is to explore the possibilities in time-travel is formed, ruined, and dissolved between the covers, all told through the letters, reports, diary entries, and chatroom logs of various people. It was very well executed, with one very unfortunately drawback.
The amount of page space devoted to swearing and sex is (to me) off-putting, and in addition, one of the characters writes her record of the events from Victorian London, and when she swears, she scratches it out, further drawing attention to it. (I also think it makes a very clear point about how ineffective such vocabulary is, and how easily those same thoughts can be expressed with less controversial words.)
The amount of emphasis on both physical intimacy and swearing made me very uncomfortable, though the story was one I think I would have enjoyed otherwise. I am sad I couldn't enjoy it more, honestly.
If anyone has a recommendation for a time-traveling story that isn't as steeped in gritty "realism," I'd love to give it a try. :)
I would say that if you like urban fantasy like A Darker Shade of Magic or Minimum Wage Magic, you'd probably like this book. It's just not my style.