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falling

Classification: Personal Time Travel

 

In Falling we are introduced to Jude, a young woman living in future London who was born with a special ability: Jude is a ReTracer, a person who can travel to any point in her own history. This special ability confers many advantages, so unsurprisingly Jude works as an agent for the government.

 

But someone wants to kill Jude, someone who also has the ability to jump through time. This person has attempted to kill her in several different periods – and will eventually succeed if not stopped. Who is this person and why does he want to kill her? And so, Jude starts traveling to various points in her own history in an attempt to discern who her nemesis is.

 

Although the premise is excellent, and the author has created a near-future setting that is both believable and intriguing, I can’t say I liked the book, mainly because of the disjointed and confused writing. The writing is also very fast paced, normally something I’d find appealing, but because of the problematic style, it made the story hard to follow at times.

 

Do I recommend this book? I really did not enjoy reading it, but perhaps I should give this book a second chance, as frankly, all the components were promising.

 


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bestimetravel

Classification: Anthology

 

This is an excellent collection of 18 short time travel stories. It includes work by some of the greatest sci-fi authors such as Larry Niven, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Robert Silverberg. Most of these short stories are fairly light, and none is a masterpiece, though some are quite good. My favorites include:

 

A Sounds of Thunder: Ray Bradbury’s famous short story (there’s even a movie!) tells the tale of a wealthy man gone on a time travel trip to hunt dinosaurs in which he accidentally steps on a butterfly. Once he returns to the present, everything is different. This is, by the way, the origin of the ‘Butterfly Effect’ theory. A classic.

 

Rainbird: tells the story of an accomplished inventor who goes back in time to teach himself the lessons he has accumulated during his life, so that he would reach even greater heights. But not always things go as planned. Possibly the best story in the collection.

 

Death Ship: Three astronauts are trapped in a scary temporal loop. Excellent.

 

Timetipping: Jack Dann’s excellent story describes a world in which everyone can time travel (or ‘Timetip’) in, except for the protagonist, Paley Litwak. Weird but amusing.

 

This is certainly a very good collection that all Time Travel lovers will like – even though I don’t think it qualifies for the title “The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century”…

 


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herethereeverywhere

Classification: Past and Future Time Travel

 

Roxanne Bonaventure is 11 years old. One day, on her way back from school, she meets an old woman near death. But before she is able to talk to the woman or help her, the woman gives her a gift: a mysterious silver bracelet (which she later names the Sofia) and disappears in a flash of light. Not long afterward Roxanne discovers to her amazement and delight that the Sofia can transport her through time.

 

At first she uses the machine for fun: she decides to go to every Beatles concerts. Then she starts using it to improve her life: she uses it to discover information about a guy she has a crush on, and when her father becomes very ill, she uses it to travel to many different futures in search of a cure.

 

As she grows older, the novelty of time travel begins to wear. She’s seen it all: the future, the past, parallel universes – and nothing seems to surprise her. Moreover, these extensive travels bring her in contact with other time travelers, none of which has the unlimited time traveling capabilities she enjoys, and none of which know where her device came from. This makes Roxanne wonder: where did the Sofia come from? And who was the old woman who gave it? (was it her?). And so, she decides to find out, and sets on a journey that will take her to the far end of time and back to discover the hidden origins of the Sofia.

 

Although the book has an excellent premise (even if it is a bit of a cliche) and is generally well written, I found it a bit dull. None of the subplots seemed to be too original or had an unusual twist, and all in all, the book felt as if it lacked a focus – it felt more like a collection of loosely related short stories than a real novel. Consequently, I can’t say I was surprised to discover this is the author’s first novel. However, I’m sure the next would be better, since this book shows a lot of promise.

 

In general, I think this is a good book, but it could’ve been much better. If you really must read every time travel story, I say: go for it. Otherwise, you may want to skip this one.

 


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timetravellerswife

Classification: Personal Time Travel

 

The Time Traveler’s wife is one of the very few science fiction novels that’s been so successful, it’s no longer considered a genre novel anymore by some. In fact, I found my copy in the ‘Fiction’ section of the book store.

 

In The Time Traveler’s Wife we are introduced to Henry De Tamble, a librarian with a curious medical disorder (”Chrono-Displacement Disorder)”, and to Clare Abshire, an artist from a wealthy family. The book describes the unconventional love story between Clare and Henry, from the very beginning to its bitter-sweet end.

 

What makes the book different from any other romance is Henry’s disorder. All his life, seemingly at random, Henry is occasionally being transported in time to places of importance in his past or future. He has no control over the timing or the length of the trip. Although some may think this might be fun, it most certainly is not: it completely destabilizes Henry’s life, since at any given moment he cannot rely on himself to be present, not to mention the fact he always appears naked, which can be dangerous both in terms of unfriendly people and in terms of cold weather. As a result of Henry’s condition, when Clare first meets Henry, she is a little girl. When Henry first meets Clare, he is in his twenties – and Clare has already known him for virtually her entire life.

 

The book is not written in a linear fashion. Although there is some order – the chapters are arranged in a way that advances the plot – every chapter is situated in various points of time in Clare and Henry’s relationship.

 

I absolutely loved this book. All characters, both the main and the secondary, were fully fleshed. While reading the book I’ve grown to deeply care about them. It is such a romantic and wonderful book.

 

From a Time Travel perspective the book is a joy as well. Since the chapters do not appear in chronological order, it’s a very fun mental exercise to ‘connect the dots’, see which part fits where, and discover things at the end of the book that were just mentioned at the beginning.

 

To summarize: I highly recommend this book. Unless you really don’t like romantic stories, you will not be Disappointed. Everyone else, either Time Travel lovers or romantics at heart are going to love it – it’s that good.

 


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