The Quantum Cop by Lesley L. Smith

Every now and again, I write and edit for a site called Word of the Nerd. If you are at all interested in things like cosplay and graphic novels and other fun geekery, you should check it out, pronto. Last month, I did a review for them on a book by Lesley L. Smith called The Quantum CopIt is actually a series of novels that are being published and, admittedly, the book is fun for a bit of light reading. Here is the opinion I posted on their site:

The Story of The Quantum Cop

Madison Martin is walking to her first day as a Physics professor at a Colorado university when she is hit by a car. Unbeknownst to her, two of her students see her perform her quantum particle deviation and one realizes that he may be able to do it. Luke – the student – begins prying into the possibility and ends up setting loose a series of “quantum crimes” across the United States as he picks up his professors q-lapsing techniques.

In the meantime, Doctor Martin is falling for the colleague next door all while dealing with family dramas. I know you know there is more to the story, but you’ll just have to read and find out…

“No Spoilers.”

quantum-cop-coverMy Personal Immersion

I’m prefacing this article by stating that I am a non-fiction reader. I gave up on fiction a long time ago when I accidentally read too many books by the same author and the formula coalesced to my pubescent eyes. With that out of the way, my love of nonfiction was what attracted me to The Quantum Cop. It touts that the book contains the mysteries of physics yet is accessible to the layman. While I may not necessarily be the scientific layman, physics still stuns me. I hoped to glean some new insight while taking in a fun story.

There was no expectation that Lesley Smith’s novel would be earth-shattering or be an in-the-make classic. It still disappointed me in a couple of ways, though. The major thing for me is the “romance” between Madison Martin – our quantum cop – and Armando. It deflated quickly and is one-dimensional, as well as over-done. The scenes between the two read like a romance novel I would sneak from my mom’s shelves back in high school – I was a rebel. But as a whole, I really wish the emotion could be explored. And it probably will be, as this is apparently only the beginning to a series.

The only other real issue I took with the plot was the huge lack of social awareness in Madison as a character. I know that there are real people like that in this world – I come across as one of them sometimes, even – but it left her feeling flat and stagnant, just like her relationships.

The Best Bits

I liked that Smith combined the empirical models of physics and mashed them up with perceptive belief. The book contains deeper themes that any reader can pull apart and play with. I enjoyed seeing the familial relationship between Madison and her cousin and I loved having so many women playing so many parts – both stereotypical and away from the norm. In my mind, Smith played with perception and human will’s role in determining outcomes for the characters very well.

I love the philosophical question of tulpas in my everyday life and this book takes an interesting tack in exploring the question: if tulpas are one singular thing, how big can they be?     In the end, though, I read this book really quick. It translates as fun and interesting to see and figure out how the players bend space and time. It is a story with some great bones and I definitely plan to read the next book in this series. I recommend it to you as an easy read on public transport or that book that unwinds you just before bed.

If you’d like to get yourself a copy, The Quantum Cop is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. And if you’d like to learn more about the author, you can click on over to her personal website. Book 2 of the series, Quantum Murder is already available, as well.

So, as you can see, it had some issues for me as a book, but the theoretical science is really interesting. I will honestly probably never read another one of the books in this series, though, if I am being honest. Ever since high school, I have been enrapt with reading non-fiction.

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