Reviews tagged "time travel"

 

The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]

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The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost

In this action-adventure fantasy novel, 14-year-old Sam Faulkner — whose father has just gone mysteriously missing, and not for the first time — discovers a magical stone and book which allow him to travel through time. Assuming that his father is trapped somewhere in history, Sam sets out to try to rescue him, visiting several […]

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

This fantasy novel follows the adventures of Meg Murray and her brother Charles Wallace as Charles Wallace travels through time, entering the bodies and minds of historical figures in an attempt to change history and prevent nuclear war. It sounds far-fetched and rather silly, but L’Engle for the most part makes it work. A rather […]

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The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This book is less a science fiction novel and more of a romance, but it rests upon a science fiction premise: Henry and Clare’s relationship is made very unusual, to put it mildly, because Henry has a genetic mutation which causes him involuntarily to travel through time. He jumps from the present into his own […]

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An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Polly is studying with her grandparents in New England one autumn when a time gate suddenly opens, allowing people from 3,000 years ago to travel to the present day — and vice versa. Along with two companions from the present day, Polly finds herself among the citizens of an ancient society, where Native Americans live […]

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The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

Words like “uniquely bizarre” are practically clichés when it comes to describing Tim Powers’ books, but they are no less true for that — and, as always, fully applicable to this enjoyable, zany novel about time travel. And Lord Byron, and ancient Egyptian gods, and a body-stealing werewolf, and kas, and a terrifyingly villainous deformed […]

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Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

In this remarkable and moving book, Connie Willis describes two societies — our own modern world in the not-too-distant future, and the mediaeval world of the 14th century — as they respond to plague epidemics which threaten to destroy their very way of life. In the mid-21st century, time travel is the key to historians’ […]

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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

One of the older sci-fi novels still read today, this short book (which has almost nothing to do with the recent movie of the same name) is not overly impressive. The time-travel motif is certainly a common one in modern fiction, and this treatment of it is simplistic and not very scientific. The book revolves […]

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To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

To Say Nothing of the Dog opens in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral, right after it’s been bombed in the blitz. The hero, a time-travelling historian called Ned Henry, is in an advanced state of time-lag because he’s been jumping back and forth to look for an atrocity of Victorian art called “the Bishop’s Bird […]

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A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

This book tells the story of a family who moves to Wales after the death of the mother. Jen, Peter, and Becky, along with their dad, experience very different reactions to their new environment. Peter, the most bitter of the children, discovers a harp key which turns out to be an ancient key belonging to […]

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