Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #TimeTravel Book THE LANE BETRAYAL by John A. Heldt

The Lane Betrayal (Time Box, #1)The Lane Betrayal by John A. Heldt

4 stars

The Lane Betrayal is a time travel historical novel and book one of The Time Box series.

This story begins in Virginia; physicist Mark Lane helped to create time travel machines, but his business partner wanted to use them for immoral purposes. Mark stole the time boxes and took them with his family back to 1865, where they arrived at the end of the American Civil War. Aware that Mark’s partner might try to follow them, he and his family tried to blend in and not change too many timelines.

Mark was correct and within a few weeks an assassin was sent after them using a beta travel machine. They urgently needed to leave for another time, but unfortunate circumstances prevented this.

This was a good start to a series; the author used a mix of real characters and events to keep the narrative interesting. I liked the time travel aspect, it helped create lots of tension and issues. I was surprised at how relaxed all the members of Mark’s family were with regard to changing future time lines with their actions and conversations; if there was one point I would have liked to see more of, it was their dilemma over the ripples in history that they might have altered.

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Book description

Virginia physicist Mark Lane has a problem. Weeks after privately creating two time machines, he learns his corporate partner wants to use the portable devices for nefarious purposes. Rather than give him the chance to do so, Mark takes the time boxes and escapes to the relative safety of 1865.

For Mark, wife Mary, and their children, the adventure is a chance to grow. Mary runs a business. Jeremy, 19, and Ashley, 12, befriend escaped slaves. Laura, 22, finds her place as a nurse. Jordan, 25, falls for a beautiful widow. All hope to find peace in the past.

Billionaire Robert Devereaux has other ideas. Shortly after Mark’s betrayal, he sends an assassin to 1865 to retrieve his property and set matters straight.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #TimeTravel Fiction THE UNDOING OF ARLO KNOTT by @Heatherika1

The Undoing of Arlo KnottThe Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

4 stars

The Undoing Of Arlo Knott is a time travel contemporary fantasy.

Arlo Knott has the ability to go back in time so that he could change an outcome of an event. He first discovered this ability as a teenager, when he moved time during a school class. With practice he learns how to ‘unknot’ time for longer periods.

The story follows Arlo between the ages of thirteen and thirty-six. As he sought ways to feel adored and appreciated, his ‘undoing’ was not used for the most altruistic of purpose, and it wasn’t until later in life that he used it to help others when he joined the police force.

Haunting Arlo throughout all this is the universe with its cause and effect principles, and every ripple that Arlo causes in time begins to nibble at the edges of reality.

At first I wasn’t keen on this book, as the first three chapters of scene setting didn’t capture my attention as much as I’d expected. However, once Arlo began experimenting with ‘undoing’, I became much more interested in reading on. At the height of his unfastening of events, there was a chance that the story would become so complex that it became too hard to follow, but the author did a good job and I didn’t feel lost. In fact Arlo had my sympathies, at times, with how hard he struggled to produce, what he hoped was, the best outcome for a scenario. I thought the twelve weeks working in Colombia clearing landmines was a very interesting chapter and I liked the questions that it later left about what happened to Arlo’s team when they all returned home.

Towards the end of the book there are hints about the consequences and other alternatives that surround the ‘unknotting’ of time which I was interested in.  However I felt that they were only briefly dealt with, while leaving the ending very open and a little disappointing.

Overall an interesting topic which considered ‘what if’ questions that so many of us ask at times.

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Book description

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott discovers he can rewind time – just by a minute or two – enough to undo any mistake, say the right thing or impress his friends with his uncanny predictions…

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing is too much to resist.

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#BookTwins If You Like The Time Traveler’s Wife you might like All Our Wrong Todays by @elanmastai

Book Twins

“If you read … you’ll like …”

When you’ve read a book, do you sometimes find yourself thinking “oh, that really reminds me of *insert name of another book*”?

Welcome to a new feature, in which my team and I make reading suggestions based on your favourites, be they classics, or newer best sellers.  Our recommendations consider not just genre, but writing style, plot—and that ‘feel’ you can’t quite put your finger on.

This week’s choice is from team member Alison:

If you liked ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, you might like:

‘All Our Wrong Todays’ by Elan Mastai

Tom lives in a different 2016. A better 2016 than the one we had (which, to be honest, isn’t that difficult) made possible by a never-ending source of clean energy discovered in the 1950s. Tom’s world is peaceful, carefree, perfect. But his life isn’t. His father, a brilliant scientist, is distant and disinterested. Tom feels like a failure.

It’s quite a complicated plot, but suffice it to say, Tom falls in love with the beautiful Penelope, messes with his father’s time machine, changes the course of history and ends up in our 2016.

The concepts behind time travel give me a headache. I just can’t get my head around the whole idea. I loved ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ though, because it’s not really about time travel – it’s about relationships and life and it’s so much about the characters. And ‘All Our Wrong Todays’ is about the characters too – and Tom can’t get his head around time travel either. But he has to sort things out to save all those people he accidentally got rid of. Of course, it isn’t that simple. There’s his new family to consider, who are much nicer that the old one. And there’s the new Penelope too.

Tom is a great main character. Aware of his short-comings, he’s an honest narrator. The reader really feels his panic about what he’s done, the dawning reality of where he is and what his new life means. The novel explores his complex relationships, and at the heart of this is a love story, just like ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

It’s clever, well-written and very readable despite its complexity.

I still don’t really understand time travel though.

Have you read either of these books?

ONE WAY FARE BY @barbtaub #Bookreview #UrbanFantasy #SundayBlogShare

One Way Fare (Null City, #1)One Way Fare by Barb Taub
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One Way Fare is an Urban Fantasy story and I really didn’t know what to expect from just the book cover and even the book description, but it blew me away. I really, really enjoyed it. There are delightful sharp witted characters and a storyline with echoes of “Back To The Future” but with so much more depth, twists and it’s own agenda.

The tale involves a war between the Fallen and Angels, humans and a fourth group who hold powers. There is Null City and a marvellous Metro train which takes passengers back and forth through time. The ticket machine was brilliant it kept reminding me of the “Zoltar speaks” fortune telling machine in the film Big.

In 1972 Gaby Parker works for Accounts-On-Demand in Seattle, she has been requested to help sort out the accounts for Luic Le Muir, a top musician. Gaby has a gift where she can see patterns in numbers, it makes her OCD but she soon believes she has found a route to Luic’s draining financial resources, but he’s not going to like her answers.

In 2012 Leila heads to Provence, France, having just been gifted jewels and a Chateau from her birth mother’s family. She’s met by Thomas Chapel who reveals he must guard Leila from the locals who soon turn nasty. Just when it’s needed the local fountain shows a Metro sign and they descend to a magical platform and safety, alighting on the train which arrives calling itself the 1890 Metro.

Thomas has told her about Nephilium, mixes of Angel and human off-spring and they have a choice about their future when the train stops outside Null City. They can stay in Null City, but they will forget all their non-human life details, or they can travel on further and take their places in a prophecy to help save Null City and stop the war.

This was fun, Gaby and Leila will both have to meet to take their parts in the prophecy, so there are scenes in various time lines and the Metro train is useful transport. There are complexities and twists which kept me on my toes, but I was eager to keep the pages turning and urged the characters onwards. Fabulous read, I think I might just have to read the second book in the series.

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