The Jericho River (David Tollen) is not a great time travel novel, but its strength lies in giving YA readers an alternative to dry history text books.
Making it Home (Suzanne Roche) is a very well written time travel novel aimed at younger readers. The time travel method is interesting and reminiscent of old style computer adventure games with a series of sub-plots which tie together under a general theme. And as you might expect, when the time travel method uses an encyclopedia, you’re bound to learn something during the adventure!
The Windmill of Time (Jeffery Goldberg) starts as a romance novel with some time travel, then shifts to altering events to bring about a new future.
Time Split by Patricia Smith is a beautifully succinct time travel novella which works on one time line. An alternate present arises when the past changes, and the main character seeks to go back in time again to rectify the trouble he’s caused. Naturally, there are complications…
Hexad The Factory is a great comedy time travel novel with looping in time of characters, objects and a resourceful (though sometimes over-used) application of the ontological paradox. The story line is original and there’s plenty to keep the reader wondering what’s going to happen next.
Inevitable by Steven Cotton is a superb mix of hard core science with philosophy, delicately underlined with a romantic thread. By the end I was left thinking “Blimey – this could actually happen!”
The Windmill of Time (Jeffrey Goldberg) is a time travel memoir, based on real characters and events. Time time travel elements come into play right at the outset, and against the backdrop of a love story it really is very powerful (and excellently written!)
Josh Anderson’s “The Tunnel” is Book 1 of the Time of Death series for young adults. Time travel is via a “silk blot” which is a really original method of time travel, providing an entrance (and exit) to a tunnel complete with ladders and rungs marking the year. Lots of interesting threads, but sadly there’s no closure, just a “To be continued…”.
I’m angered, confused, frustrated and impressed all at the same time with The Time Jigsaw Deliverance! It’s written superbly ( David Munro) – but nothing happens!
Crossing in Time has a foot in two camps – romance (actually, sexual attraction) and science fiction. The trouble is that almost literally the legs are split too far between these camps. The story line is strong and engaging, and there’s a wealth of juicy time travel ideas and gadgetry in there written against a very knowledgeable (and humourous) backdrop.
Exploits in Time (Nicholas C. Thomas) is a fantastic collection of 10 stories with original takes on the mysteries of time travel and other ideas in science fiction. Ultimately, it has at least something for everyone with an interest in science fiction, and if you’re lucky, it has even more!
Bridgevine (John Feldman) is a very easy read with a simple plot involving time travel, but obvious time travel questions are ignored rather than left open. Repetition and over explanation, plus an immature main character lead me to believe this is a novel aimed at young adults or to be taken on holiday. On the positive side there are some nice examples of how and why a time machine can be used.
It’s a no-brainer – for every copy of the original The Time Machine sitting on a bookshelf or in an e-reader, there should be a copy of Epilogue!
Here’s a novel where the secondary character is vastly more interesting than the main one, and thankfully with her introduction into the novel an actual plot develops. Too bad she appears quite late on, but it is worth ploughing forwards through the initial drivel!
I don’t think I’ve ever been so let down by a book than I have been with this piece of crap. It seems I can’t even give it away…
Return to Sender by Fred H. Holmes is a time travel novel with a solid method of time travel and a plot which is firmly rooted in historical accuracy. Carleton goes back in time to change key moments in the American Civil War to set America back on track. But there are problems…
Trapped in Time by Clay Brandenburg is more of a romance set in World War 2 than a science fiction novel…but it does have an element of time travel! No time travel…no romance!
Syncing Forward is a time travel novel which describes the human element of the experience. This is set against a backdrop of a world which is becoming increasingly technologically advanced…which is not necessarily for its own good.
It is one of the novels which I’m sure will stay with me for a long time; it touches me most as a protective father of 2 young daughters but also as someone who’s nervous of all things medical. And naturally, as a time travel fan!
The Paradox War is a mind blowing novel. It’s not a belch which blows away the cobwebs, but an invigorating blast of adrenalised oxygen which forms intricate cranial webs of connections between neurons igniting and firing at Will to weave a web so tangled that Will Shakespeare himself would have run a mile if asked to try to get this down as a blockbuster play.
Nathan Van Coops masterfully creates a universe with scientifically viable time travel in The Chronothon. Brilliantly written with a splash of humour!
Thrust into a deadly race across the ages, Ben becomes an unwilling pawn in the machinations of forces seeking to destroy parallel universes. Time travelers, a dog, an alien and an organism gun (yes, that’s spelled correctly…) play intelligently thought out roles in a “chronothon”.
Somewhere in Time (Richard Matheson) describes the journey back in time by Richard Collier who seeks to win the love of Elise McKenna – a famous actress whose photo he saw in a hotel. The time travel method used is self hypnosis, similar to that used in Time and Again by Jack Finney. The novel brings the question of predestiny and fate to the fore, with some interesting ontological paradoxes thrown into the mix.
Time travel offers another chance to relive parts of your life which don’t turn out the way you’d like. Scientist Margaret Braverman discovers how to travel back in time by transporting her 60 year old mind into her 35 year old body and hopes to do things differently this time around.
But time travel is never as simple as it seems. She can only move a few fingers in her younger body and is forced to watch with fascination and horror as history repeats itself…and she has plenty of trouble in store for her when she returns to the present.
The Mindtraveler is a captivating time travel romance novel with scientific oomph! Unafraid to delve into the realms of time travel and its complications, it provokes moral and philosophical questions if we were given the chance to live our life again. Marrying romance with science and divorcing ignorance from time travel, The Mindtraveler is novel which you can’t put down!
The Accidental Prologue by Andre Mazeron is an absolutely cracking time travel short story with a wonderful writing style which endears you to the first person character. The mechanics of time travel are integral within the plot which even describes experiments helping to understand how time travel paradoxes can be avoided.
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