I saw a review of a book two or three years ago in which time and/or magic vary from east to west. It sounded fascinating, but I sadly forgot to write down the key information. I'm pretty sure that the review was on BoingBoing, but their archive search is not particularly good, and I'm turning up nothing.

This one should be a lot easier than my other stumper!

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    That's awfully vague, apart from the east/west detail. Magic or time? If it was time and a north/south variation, I'd say Identify short story - war with changing time speed further from the front – user56 Jun 12 '12 at 0:42
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    For a second I totally thought it was the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix, but I just looked it up and the variation is North-South. Bummer. – Adele C Jun 12 '12 at 1:33
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    Reminds me of the moon Ptero in the Xanth series, but I have no idea which book that's in. – Brendan Long Jun 12 '12 at 1:33
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    You can do a Google search on a specific website, so for instance this search looks through BoingBoing for something involving the terms "book review fantasy magic east west". Unfortunately all that seems to come up is the Magician King, which is a good book but not what you want :) – Tacroy Jun 12 '12 at 15:34
  • @Tacroy Thanks for the suggestion! I did try that -- the problem is that BoingBoing (from that time, at least) seems to be archived in per-week pages, and so keyword searches would hit across multiple items from the same week. – Dan Percival Jun 13 '12 at 16:09

Lifelode by Jo Walton has both the passage of time and the strength of magic (as well as the ease with which one can hang onto one's personal identity) varying from east to west. It was published in 2009, so it's very plausible that you would have seen a review of it two or three years ago.

  • There doesn't seem to be a BoingBoing review for that book, but your description matches really well. – Tacroy Jun 12 '12 at 20:45
  • This is exactly it. Thanks! – Dan Percival Jun 13 '12 at 16:06

Another Piers Anthony book, Faun and Games, the 21st Xanth novel, involves the situations of magic and technology varying from east to west on one of Ida's moons.


Could it be Terminal World? It isn't specifically time or magic though.


I doubt it is your story, but Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny features a world where magic and technology work on opposing sides of the world.


It also vaguely sounds like the Piers Anthony "Mode" series.

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