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Subject: Time Travel books
Date Posted: 6/2/2010 11:35 PM ET
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Hi all,

I decided I need to get out of my rut of mysteries / thrillers / spies and read something DIFFERENT!!! 

Sooo, I am looking for some suggestions.  I really have only read one, and loved, loved it -- Time and Again by Jack Finney. 

Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!  Thanks so much!

(not "The Time Travelers Wife" please.  Saw the movie!  smiley



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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 12:53 AM ET
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Hi Rene,

The very best of the best is the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber(Outlander, Book 2) by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon

Another great Time Travel Book is:

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

These four are my favorites!


Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:06 AM ET
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There are two books about  Simon Morley and time travel. Read both of them. PBS has them. Eve

First "Time and Again"

Second "From Time to Time"

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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:15 AM ET
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Lynn Kurland writes some excellent time travel romance usually set in Scotland or England.  Start with A Dance Through Time.  If you like that one, she has a whole series based on that family.  Theresa Medeiros has a couple called Breath of Magic and Touch Of Enchantment that are good.  Another good one is Son Of The Morning by Linda Howard that is a time travel romantic suspense novel.  Another one that I enjoyed is called This Time For Keeps by Kathleen Kane.

Another author to check out is Constance O'Day Flannery tho her stuff can be a little contrived.

I too agree that the Outlander series is excellent.

Hpoe this helps you find some to enjoy.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:55 AM ET
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Well, two time travel series I have loved are Connie Willis' loosely related set of time travel novels (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, her recent Blackout and its companion, the forthcoming All Clear, all of which are set in the same universe but which don't have to be read in order except for Blackout/All Clear which are really one novel split apart for publishing reasons) and Kage Baker's Company series (starting with In the Garden of Iden). Doomsday Book was a Hugo winner (maybe a Nebula winner too?) and sends a historian back to the time of the Black Death in England; it's dark and moving, and the pacing through the climax gets downright frenetic; To Say Nothing of the Dog sends a historian back to the Victorian England of Jerome K. Jerome's classic Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) and is hilarious farce (though funnier if you've read Jerome's novel). In the Garden of Iden starts a very long (I think it's 8 books in the series proper, two standalone novels in the same universe, and several short story collections) very good series that involves time travelling immortal cyborgs. The tone is pretty diverse; Iden is a coming-of-age novel and a romance but the narrator is narrating the events from some remove, when she is older and wiser and more cynical; it switches to a different first-person narrator in the next novel, with a totally different voice; and then the latter half of the series does the third-person multiple perspective thing as the cast of characters gets bigger and all the chaos and intrigue at all levels of the Company starts to become clear.

And a series I haven't read but which I've heard fantastic things about is Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, starting with The Eyre Affair. Apparently chock full of literary allusions and quite funny. . .

And if you ask this question over in the SF or Fantasy forums, I'm sure you'll get tons of recommendations. . .

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 6:06 AM ET
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I have to third the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 9:07 AM ET
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I don't know if you want romance books or not.  Legend by Jude Deveraux is a good one.  So is the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 9:12 AM ET
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I just read one called The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman that I really enjoyed.  And of course there is the old classic, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells which is really a very good book.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:08 PM ET
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The Outlander series by all means.  Excellent but long, long books and there are 7 or 8 in the series.  The books usually have 1000 or more pages.  LOL

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:33 PM ET
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time and again 2 in 1 by nora roberts

Subject: Thursday Next series
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:23 PM ET
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The Thursday Next series does have time travel and is an excellent series.  There are five in the series. 

I also second the Connie Willis recommendation.  Blackout is great. 

The Outlander series is good, it does have a lot of sex, fyi. 

Oh and people may make fun of it, but my inner medieval historian loved Timeline by Michael Crichton.

Subject: Time Travel Novels
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:36 PM ET
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I loved Nora Roberts' two short novels, Time Was and Times Change, combined in one book called Time and Again.  I also loved Once a Pirate by Susan Grant, An Original Sin by Nina Bangs, and Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey.  Many others, I love the genre, I just can't remember all the titles.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 6:16 PM ET
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I just thought of a couple more.  I recently enjoyed The Little Book by Selden Edwards.  And I haven't read this one yet so can't recommend one way or the other, but I have a copy of A Shortcut in Time by Charles Dickinson that looks interesting.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 6:26 PM ET
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Marlys Millhiser   The Mirror    Not like most time travel and pretty dull till you actually get into the story,  but I've read it several times and still recommend it.

Rene E. (ReneAZ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 11:00 PM ET
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Thank you all so much!  Sounds like some excellent suggestions.  I wish I had more credits!  laugh

I will pick a couple to start out.  I appreciate you all taking the time to respond!

(oh, and I should have realized there was a sci-fi board!  Duh!  enlightened


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