Reprise | Critical Book Review

Reprise by Zilla Novikov thrusts readers into a captivating world of time travel, Dungeons & Dragons, and peril. Genevieve Hartman offers her take on this Bumblepuppy Press novel.


Eddy Courant’s Tangled Journey Through Time and Shadows

In Reprise, Eddy Courant, a Canadian scientist immersed in the study of time loops, finds herself entangled in a web of scientific pursuits, dangerous experiments, and unexpected relationships. The narrative unfolds as Eddy takes on a postdoc position with the brilliant Dr. François Gagnon, plunging into a world where the lines between reality (the Middlerealm) and the Shadowrealm blur.


A Quirky Protagonist and Whirlwind Plot

Novikov’s portrayal of Eddy Courant is a whirlwind—brilliant, messy, and dedicated. As Eddy juggles perilous lab experiments, indulges in D&D nights, and navigates relationships, readers are drawn into a compelling narrative. Eddy’s nerdiness adds charm to her character, making her relatable and endearing, even when her choices are questionable.


Complex Science and Intricate Worldbuilding

Reprise introduces a complex science of time travel and time loops, contributing to its originality and engagement. However, the intricate worldbuilding, including lengthy D&D campaigns, creates a challenge for readers to follow. The narrative weaves through three separate plotlines, occasionally causing confusion as Eddy grapples with the distinctions between the Shadowrealm and the Middlerealm.


Tension and Twists, Yet a Potential Drawback

Despite the tension and twisting storylines, Reprise shines as a sci-fi novel that feels almost tangible. The intricate relationships among Eddy, Mara, and François unfold against the backdrop of rigorous scientific trials and the looming threat of the Shadowrealm. However, the intricate worldbuilding, while impressive, runs the risk of overshadowing the central narrative, making it occasionally challenging for readers to follow.


Conclusion: A Breakneck Journey and a Love Letter to Nerdom

In conclusion, Reprise is a breakneck journey through science, relationships, and the blurred lines between realms. Zilla Novikov crafts a love letter to nerdom, delivering a story that keeps readers engaged despite its occasional complexities. Whether Eddy is pursuing groundbreaking technology, navigating complicated relationships, or saving the world, her journey is a rollercoaster of emotions, making Reprise a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable sci-fi adventure.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Bumblepuppy PressScience Fiction / Humor339 pages9781738759811

Reprise by Zilla Novikov thrusts readers into a captivating world of time travel, Dungeons & Dragons, and peril. Genevieve Hartman offers her take on this Bumblepuppy Press novel. Eddy Courant’s Tangled Journey Through Time and Shadows In Reprise, Eddy Courant, a Canadian scientist immersed in the study of time loops, finds herself entangled in a…