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Time travel novel suggestions
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:00:17 AM »
I'm looking for suggestions for novels where time travel plays an integral role in the story, as opposed to appearing briefly as a plot device to move a character into a different time period and barely featuring again.

The obvious ones I can think of that I've already read are The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) and 11/22/63 (Stephen King).

I have so far listed to read: Split Second (Douglas Richards), A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle), Timeline (Michael Crichton) and, of course, The Time Machine (H.G. Wells) - have seen the original film version but have never read the book.

I'm not bothered about how good the novels are perceived as being so long as time travel plays a big part. And novels (or, at a push, novellas) only. (I've read All You Zombies by Heinelin - one of my favourite short stories; also loved the film version, Predestination.)

All suggestions gratefully received.

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 06:10:09 AM »
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 07:47:05 AM »
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Thanks. I've read the HP novels three times - once myself and then once more to each of my two daughters as they were growing up.

There are other books I've read which involve time travel (such as Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five and Pratchett's Night Watch), but I was thinking more of novels where the time travel element plays an even bigger role, where it's the time travel itself that's the story, or almost.
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 10:42:59 AM »
Has Anyone Seen My Brain? by Dan Nimak is YA but may fit the bill.


Has Anyone Seen My Brain?

I've only seen the movie, so I'm not sure how well this fits, but maybe A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury would also qualify? I believe it's a short story though.


A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 11:07:32 AM »
The first that come to my mind, in no special order and of various [sub-]genres:

  • The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman (not exactly time travel, I guess, but time dilation?)
  • The Technicolor Time Machine, by Harry Harrison
  • Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Thief of Time, by Terry Pratchett
  • Einstein's Bridge, by John Cramer

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 11:23:32 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions - one or two I've already read, but I'll check the others out.
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 11:30:50 AM »
THE FALL by Simon Clark is an interesting Time Travel / Horror mashup.
BEHOLD, THE MAN by Michael Moorcock is more of a novella but one of the classics.

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 11:39:49 AM »
Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St. Mary's series.

Also books by Rysa Walker and Connie Willis.
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 12:08:49 PM »
Time and Again is a classic.



And I loved The Door into Summer, although I'm not usually a fan of Robert A. Heinlein.


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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 12:43:58 PM »
Some more great suggestions I'll check out. Thank you, everyone.

I'd forgotten about The Door into Summer (it's my age, you know). I enjoyed that one, too.
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 04:42:16 PM »
I highly recommend The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.





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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 12:45:54 AM »
Here are a few more:

Replay by Ken Grimwood

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley 


And now I'm planning to check out some of the books mentioned here that I didn't know about.


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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2018, 03:28:07 AM »
More interesting suggestions to check out. Thank you!
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 08:09:50 AM »
I've been trying to fiind good time travel books for years and many of them are disappointing.

Of the ones previously mentioned here I can recommend Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series which I love. Alison Uttley's A Traveller In Time is good but it's a children's / teenager's book and a very old fashioned one at that (written in 1939). Pretty much any of Connie Willis' books are worth a read. I want to read Ken Grimwood's Replay myself but it's not avaliable on Kindle. As it happens the book I just finished was a time travel story - Skynoise by Ernie Lindsey - but I'm afraid it was one of the disappointing ones. Ill thought out, a jumbled plot and a pretty dull ending.

Other than that I'd suggest you search for 'time travel' in the Amazon book or kindle store and you'll fiind a long list. The hard part is trying to sort out the decent ones.
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2018, 09:22:33 AM »
Richard Matheson: Bid Time Return (or the movie tie-in title, Somewhere In Time)

Darryl Brock's baseball novel, If I Never Get Back

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2018, 09:47:32 AM »
I've been trying to fiind good time travel books for years and many of them are disappointing.

Of the ones previously mentioned here I can recommend Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series which I love. Alison Uttley's A Traveller In Time is good but it's a children's / teenager's book and a very old fashioned one at that (written in 1939). Pretty much any of Connie Willis' books are worth a read. I want to read Ken Grimwood's Replay myself but it's not avaliable on Kindle.


It's strange about Replay. I actually have that in Kindle format, purchased from Amazon in 2010, but I do see it's no longer available as an eBook. I checked to see if it could be borrowed electronically from my library and the audiobook is available, but not the eBook. In a case like this, I would probably read the print book, even though I generally prefer reading electronically these days.

I read  A Traveller in Time for the first time a few years ago. I would describe the level of the writing as Young Adult. I included it because the OP, Sam, mentioned A Wrinkle in Time in his list. I read that the first time in later elementary school, and think of that one as a children's book, although it's certainly read and loved by many adults! (And I recently saw a trailer for the upcoming movie which is opening next month.) Very subjectively, I often enjoy older books, and find the older books for children / teens often have a more sophisticated level of writing (in terms of the actual quality of the writing) than some of the current books for this audience. I liked this particular book a lot myself.



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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2018, 11:41:57 AM »
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Other than that I'd suggest you search for 'time travel' in the Amazon book or kindle store and you'll fiind a long list. The hard part is trying to sort out the decent ones.

That's precisely why I came here for suggestions - I find it extremely difficult to narrow down searches on Amazon to get what I'm looking for.

Having said that, I'm not concerned about how good the suggestions are - I just need to delve into all sorts of time travel novels, good or bad, so long as time travel itself plays a major role.

Thanks for all further suggestions - I suspect my bank balance is going to take a bit of a hammerig.
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2018, 08:26:42 PM »
Some of my favorites:

The Lincoln Hunters by Wilson Tucker
Year of the Quiet Sun, also by Tucker (this book was a Hugo and Nebula nominee)
The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold
Dinosaur Beach. by Keith Laumer
The Weapon Makers, by A. E. van Vogt (not much time travel, and if you don't care for van Vogt, then you won't like this either)
The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers
Millennium, by John Varley
Hawksbill Station, by Robert Silverberg
Pebble in the Sky, by Asimov (minor time travel)
Time Travelers Never Die, by Jack McDevitt
The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber
Time Patrol, by Poul Anderson
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2018, 08:37:44 PM »
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman (not exactly time travel, I guess, but time dilation?)


This is a good one.  I love those fighting suits.   8)

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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2018, 04:49:18 AM »
I'm surprised (or missed) why no one mentioned "All Our Wrong Today's" by Elan Mastai one of my favorite books from last year.

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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2018, 07:51:13 AM »
More to investigate - thanks, all. (My wallet is going to regret I started this thread.)
    
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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2018, 08:12:10 AM »
I've almost forgotten two series, both British. The BRIGHT EMPIRES books by Stephen R. Lawhead, a definitely mixed-bag for me, as I found them a little too tedious (just my personal opinion, the series seems to be highly rated). However, there are some interesting aspects that I enjoyed, such as a rather morose character that lives without much joy and interest in comfortable modern times but get energized, and integrates perfectly when facing challenges of a different era. Many of us apparently live in the wrong times entirely :)



Then there are clever and very complex books by Mark Hodder, The A Burton & Swinburne Adventures. Geared more towards history buffs. A bit uneven but I enjoyed most of them. The first one:




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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2018, 09:30:44 AM »
Oh, I already have Spring Heeled Jack in my pile of TBR paperbacks. That'll save buying it.
    
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Re: Time travel novel suggestions
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2018, 12:07:42 PM »
How did I forget to mention Roadmarks, by Roger Zelazny?  :o (Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a Kindle version. :( )

For that matter, I mentioned one Discworld book, but Terry Pratchett's Night Watch also is a time travel novel, and it's on my very, very short list of all-time favorite books.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2018, 12:13:55 PM »
For that matter, I mentioned one Discworld book, but Terry Pratchett's Night Watch also is a time travel novel, and it's on my very, very short list of all-time favorite books.

It's one of my favourites of the Discworld books. I'm currently engaged in a re-reard of the entire series (reading other books in between) and Night Watch is fast approaching.
    
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