I had heard excellent things about a TV adaptation of the book, and decided I should check it out. I really enjoyed the first season, and was reminded the books were good. It’s been at least a decade since I started the series (before I started writing book reviews on what I read), so I decided it would be my reread for the year.
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 627 pages
Setting: it starts in 1945, Scotland, but is mostly set in 1743, Scotland Continue reading
I’ve seen this book mentioned positively numerous places and finally picked it up from the library.
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Length: 352 pages
Setting: mostly Cairnholm, Wales, in the present day and 1940 Continue reading
Gymnastics season has started, which means Miss Adventure and I have meets to drive to. I have the chance to carpool to a couple of the meets, but our first meet was 3.5 hours away and just the two of us in the car. Audiobooks to the rescue to keep me awake on that long drive home! I didn’t bother to get an audiobook myself because Miss Adventure had two on her device that we could listen to. I have listened to the first three books in the Infinity Ring series (although it’s been a while), so the fourth one was appropriate
Genre: middle grade science fiction
Length: 192 pages
Setting: Mostly in a Mayan City, ~600 A.D. Continue reading
Audiobooks have been our saving grace as we drove 20 minutes to rehearsal four times a week. I was first introduced to this book by The Modern Mrs. Darcy and it caught my eye because A Wrinkle in Time is a major plot point. I’ve heard it made a good read aloud, and was excited to see the audiobook was available from our library.
Genre: YA time travel fiction
Length: 199 pages
Setting: New York City, 1978 Continue reading
Alternate title: Five Hundred Years Ahead
Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas, but originally published in 1865
Genre: time travel short story
Setting: 1865 Texas, and then 2365
Interest: I was provided a copy of the anthology and I’m slowly reviewing all the stories in it. This story was included in the anthology because it is one of the first science fiction stories written by a Texan.
Summary: Mr. John Langschlaf, a bit of a curmudgeon, lays down to take a nap in his garden, and wakes up 500 years later. He’s amazed by all the changes to society, and how wonderful and easy everything has become. Turns out the little boy who disturbed his nap was Progress, and Progress let him see (as in a dream) what he could accomplish.
Final thoughts: I delight in reading what people of 100 years ago or more thought the future would look like. In this case, the author was optimistic and decided in the future, no one would really have to work (just direct the robots) and you could get from one place to another very rapidly if you wanted, or take a more scenic trip if that was your cup of tea. Everything was run off of an invisible substance in the aether, and everyone spent their time learning and making beautiful things. The story didn’t escape from 1800s racism – all the blacks were sent to their own colony, where they were much happier off by themselves and all the white people could stay on Earth in peace.
Title comes from: The main character laid down for an afternoon nap and woke up 500 years in the future.
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Genre: alternate history
Length: 608 pages
Setting: West Virginia, present day, and then Germany, 1632
Interest: A random book I picked off my Kindle, originally put on free from Baen Books. Continue reading
Published: 2013 in Fiction River: Time Streams
Genre: time travel
Length: 10 pages
Setting: near future, somewhere on Earth
Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology
Summary: Keiko’s grandfather, Sufo, has decided he wants to participate in an experimental lightpulse jump that has the ability to send him into the future. Keiko is sure he’s jumping to his death, but since he only has six months to live, she’s willing to support his decision. Sufo makes three jumps. In the first two, he comes back immediately because of problems. However, he brings back fascinating data for the scientists. It’s only on the last jump, 1000 years in the future, that he finds a time to stay.
Final thoughts: I found this story enchanting. It’s told from Keiko’s point of view, so we see her concern for her elderly grandfather and confusion at his choice to jump to the future. She doesn’t agree with his decision, but she respects him enough to abide by it. We never see the future, only Sufo’s reaction to it. We also see the scientists’ glee at the data Sufo brings back about the future, which is totally what how a scientist would react. It’s time travel, although the methodology is basically a handwave, but focused more on the emotions than the actions.
Title comes from: The first time Sufo jumps, the dust he brings back is significant to the scientist. The second time he jumps, he’s stung by bees.
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