An old man wearing a brown robe is found wandering disoriented in the Arizona desert. He is miles from any human habitation and has no memory of how he got to be there, or who he is. The only clue to his identity is the plan of a medieval monastery in his pocket.
So begins the mystery of Timeline, a story that will catapult a group of young scientists back to the Middle Ag
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If you've watched the movie, it's much more milder than the book! Hope this helps! :)(less) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>
I still quite like the book.
When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole," and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus back to 1999 and be stranded in a civil war, caught between crafty abbots, mad lords, and peasant bandits all eager to cut your throat. You'll also have to dodge catapults that hurl sizzling pitch over castle battlements. On the ...more
This book was my introduction to Crichton and I fell in love!
I fell in love because this is an author who does extensive research on the subjects he writes about. So he not only entertains, he teaches you something in the process.
In Timeline, Crichton combines science(quantum technology) and history(medieval) in a heart-stopping adventure. A group of historians are given the opportunity to literally enter life in fourteenth-century feudal France. But this is not your typical time travel story.
I had high hopes for Timeline, a weighty book that had drawn good reviews from the f ...more
STRENGTHS OF THIS NOVEL: movement, pacing, good concept, events are well stringed along
WEAKNESSES OF THIS NOVEL: characters lack depth, believability issues sometimes, not enough details to feel one is actually in the medieval ages, characters seem to get out of problems too easily (i.e. lots of other people die around them but the main people do ...more
At my age when I read it, I was like WHAT THE HELL, WHAT's THE MEANING OF THAT WORD . I was 13 at that time, I always make a fool out of myself. My classmates were asking me how can I understand it or do I understand it, all kinds of questions who irritates me.
3 months=1 book!
I mean how hurtful and so hateful with it! There are more books than to read! And my goal for my life is to read more than 100 books or even more!
This novel was exciting and unique, I could hardly put it down. Cool quantum technology that I barely understood aside, I felt like I was transported to the 100 Years War along with the team that sets out to find the Professor. And that's what makes a good novel into a great novel for me, and Timeline delivered.
One of Crichton's best.
And I got a crush on Marek so that helps in keeping it on my favorite book list. I think I'll read in again soon.
That said, while I did a lot of skimming, this was a perfectly fine book to read while on mass transit... as long as I kept the cover down so that no one would know that I was reading crap.
And now you know that I sometimes read crap.
History gets opened up to the present as a professor is marooned in the fourteenth century medieval world. His students are swept off to the headquarters of ITC, the multinational organization that made the technology possible. The plan is to send them back in time and rescue the professor, ...more
I was extremely excited that this turned out to be an adventure story wrapped up in pretty science-fiction wrapping paper, topped of historical fiction as i ...more
Not a bad way to spend your reading time.
The reason why I bring up fantasy, is because I honestly can't think of one work of (high) fantasy that isn't based, or at least derived from, th ...more
Summary: A mysterious company has been developing new quantum technologies... A mysterious archeological site in France founded by the mysterious company leads a professor to seek answers from those who provide his research funding... The professor's grad students find modern objects at the site dating back to the 14th century... The professor is trapped in time and they must attempt a rescue...
Here is what I loved about it:
1. The research into theoretical physics and perfect ...more
THE MOVIE WAS A HORRIBLE RECOUNTING OF THIS STORY !!! The movie was made at a time when FINALLY technology in film making was such that it might possibly be able to do this story justice. And then th ...more
This is not one of his better novels, but is still a good read. The basic gist of the story is that some scientists create a sort of time travel but one of their scientists g ...more
The premise of Timeline was strangely dichotomous pro/anti-science. I'm not sure if the author is implying that people are what make innovations morally wrong, or that extreme innovations are morally wrong by themselves. This story is another instance of the low-tech scientist ...more
Timeline is a science fiction novel about time travel first published in 1999, written by Michael Crichton, the creator of Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
The novel is narrated in the third person and follows multiple Points of View. The most notable characters are André Marek, Chris Hughes, and Kate Erickson, three grad students working on an archaeological dig in France. The three of them are sent back in time by the corporati ...more