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Subject: What's your favorite time travel book?
Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:00 PM ET
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I just read "Across Time" by Linda Kay Silva. It's a great book. I would like to find some other great time travel books.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 3:09 PM ET
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I really liked Timeline by Michael Crichton.  Lots of people like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I read the first one and tried the read the second....they're not my cup of tea but you might like them.  :)

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Date Posted: 10/5/2008 5:51 PM ET
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I read a lot of science fiction, and I have to admit a lot of time travel stories are pretty bad.  A couple I liked are:

1) Timemaster by Robert L. Forward.  He pays attention to scientific details, and has an interesting story as well.

2) The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov.  If you like Asimov, this book is interesting.  It is one of his earlier novels, and the end of the book lays the foundation for all his later Robot/Empire/Foundation novels.

One shorter story that's a classic is A Gun For Dinosaur by L. Sprague de Camp.

(Edit to correct short story author)



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Date Posted: 10/5/2008 7:06 PM ET
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My favorite is "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis.  I LOVE this book...but I know some don't care for it.  I finally got my daughter to read it, and she loved it too.  (Can I just say MOM WAS RIGHT?)  ;)

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 9:09 AM ET
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Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series is excellent!  The books are huge, but the story's so good you don't want them to end. 

I also enjoyed "A Knight In Shining Armor" by Jude Devereaux-even if you're not into romance, this was such a good, touching story-I cried like a baby! 

I THINK (but not sure) there's a book by Daphne DuMaurier (the author who wrote "Rebecca") called "The Strand"...I read it a long, long time ago, but I think it was kind of like a time travel book?  Or else the main character was going back in time in a trance?  Maybe someone else would know more.  I do remember I liked it.

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Date Posted: 10/6/2008 12:49 PM ET
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The "Time" collection, by, I think, Margaret Patterson Haddix. They're YA, but very good. One title is "Both Sides of Time." I forget the other titles.

I also enjoyed the YA works by Madeleine L'Engle. "Many Waters" is actually even better than "A Wrinkle in Time"



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Subject: I agree, time travel is facinating.
Date Posted: 10/6/2008 1:02 PM ET
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Michael Crichton's Timeline is a great one.   Also, Knight in shining Armor by Jude Devereaux is the Romance equivalent.   the best movie is the Star Trek one where they go back for the Whale!

 OK! I give up the morning! I can't type, spell or stop mentioning books already mentioned!  Three edits!



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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger  and The MIrror by Marlys Millhiser.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I adore Time and Again! And the Outlander series, although I don't think of them as time travel books, but historical fiction, to which I am hopelessly and happily addicted.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 8:45 PM ET
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Oh, where to start? So many to choose from... I love Connie Willis' "Doomsday Book".  Jack Finney's "Time and Again" is a real classic too and there is a sequel "From Time to Time", although not as good as the first.  For another classic, read "The Man Who Folded Himself" by David Gerrold. You might look at Kage Baker's The Company series - start with "In the Garden of Iden".  "Replay" by Ken Grimwood; Cretaceous Sea by Will Hubbell and it looks like there's a sequel, "Sea of Time".  "Bones of the Earth" by Michael Swanwick. John Varley's "Millennium" and "Mammoth". John D. MacDonald's "The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything".  That's by no means an exhaustive list, but it'll get you going.

Subject: THANKS!
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 10:27 PM ET
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THANK YOU ALL!  I now have a long list of suggestions. It should keep me busy for awhile. Thanks again!

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 4:40 PM ET
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There was this bookI liked a lot. She was from the 1950's. He was from the 1990's. Her husband died in the Koren War. A fortune teller was telling her she didn't have that long to live. She gave a potion to the lady so she could go to the era that she really belonged to. The 1990.

I wish I remembered the name of the book.  It's good,despite the way I described it.

 

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 6:17 PM ET
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A door into summer by Robert A. Heinlein is my favorite. He of course expands the idea, there are a lot of books that fit into his time travel 'series', but they are just shy of being an actual series, so it is kind of a guessing game which is and which isn't. Which is hardly a problem, i like all of his books very much.
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Karen, I tried to identify your book for you. Novelist used to have this great thing where you described a polt and it tried to help you find the book. They don't have that anymore, but the weblist says they are going to bring it back soon. I hope so, i really liked that.
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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 7:09 PM ET
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I am also a huge Heinlein fan.  I guess pretty much all of his books start to get linked together toward the end with the "World as Myth" idea, which includes time travel.  Time Enough for Love, The Number of the Beast, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset are specifically part of this set, but with different characters they also link to The Rolling Stones, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Stranger in a Strange Land, plus all the other Lazarus Long stories in Methuselah's Children and a few other short stories from elsewhere.  It gets pretty complex, and I might be missing something.

Oddly, The Door into Summer is the only Heinlein novel I have not read.  It is on my TBR pile, but I guess I'm procrastinating because then I'll have no more to read :(

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 9:33 PM ET
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My favorite time travel books are by Janet Chapman   the Highlander series,

Charming the Highlander

Loving the Highlander

Wedding the Highlander

Tempting the Highlander

Only with a Highlander

Secrets of the Highlander.

 

They have humor, and romance, and time travel to them. Awesome series.

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 10:20 PM ET
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Would "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain be considered time travel?  I have yet to read it, but my son read it in high school and really liked it.  It's on my reminder list...

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Lightning by Dean Koontz - one of the best time travel stories out there.   It's about a woman who has had a mysterious "guardian angel" save her from danger several  times since she was a child.  There is always a bolt of lightning when he appears.  One day he shows up at her door wounded (shot) and in need of help.  One of Koontz' best stories, he really explores the whole time travel paradox in an imaginative way with a nice little twist at the end.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 8:23 PM ET
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Terry, that is an absolute yes. It is def a time travel novel. Enjoy it. (I'm a BIG Mark Twain fan.) Matt, are you super sure? I mean, running out of Hienlien is almost like running out of Asimov. Not quite, but quite close. There are an awful lot of them. Have you read his children's books, like 'the red planet'? they are pretty good, too.
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Sadly, Heinlein didn't really write that much :(  I believe there are less than 40 distinct books, counting collections.  I was raised on his juvenile novels and made sure I tracked down everything he wrote later. 

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Sorry, double post...



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Date Posted: 10/13/2008 1:11 PM ET
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I'm a huge fan of the Outlander series so if you're looking for time travel I'd recommend them.  Yes they are long books but I love them.

There's also a time travel series I've enjoyed that I haven't seen mentioned here, by Allen Appel.  There's 4 books in the series with names like Time After Time, In Time of War, and the other two I don't recall at the moment.  They've been around a while so may be out of print.  The main character travels to places like The Russian Revolution, Little Big Horn, the Civil War and WWII.

Also there's a time travel TV show that has just started called Life on Mars about a cop who's hit by a car and wakes up in 1973.  This is a remake of a British show of the same name, and we are recording both on our DVR.  So far we've only watched the Britsh version and surprisingly even DH (who can't understand accents) enjoys it.  It will be interesting to see how the new American verision compares when we get to that one.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 8:07 PM ET
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There is a 'Robots in Time' series, written after Asimov's death, based on his robot series, which is fun. Kind of dry writing - Asimov himself said that he never could write character/dialogue/backstory type stuff, but he made up for it with incredible plots. The writers trying their hand at his style do not.
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