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The Time Traders (Time Traders/Ross Murdock, #1)
Intelligence agents have uncovered something which seems beyond belief, but the evidence is incontrovertible: the USAs greatest adversary on the world stage is sending its agents back through time! And someone or something unknown to our history is presenting them with technologies -- and weapons -- far beyond our most advanced science. We have...more
Of all the science fiction tropes, time travel has always been one of my favorite. Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Looper, Primer, Terminator among others. You'll notice though that all ...more
I am tired of finding science fiction tailored for today's YA readers with disposable cash and love to be spoon-fed. Classic tales like this one from Andre Norton remind me why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place: stories take place on strange worlds and new technology is met with wonder, not suspicion.
Characters aren't as complex (read: deep) as many in today's best-seller ...more
Protagonist is thrown into an unusual situation.
Gets captured by tribe A, but then escapes.
Gets captured by tribe B but escapes again.
.. repeat several times ..
Is facing certain death from tribe C but is then rescued by an al ...more
I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the imagery. When we were really exhausted from a long day outdoors, my brother James would say "The red jelly! We need the red jelly!" And of course we'd know exactly what he meant.
I haven't read it for years. I wonder how it would hold up.
P.S. I ...more
The book was entertaining at times but all plot developments were brought on from pretty much the same problem cropping up time after time (the problem omitted for spoiler reasons). And that gets boring when it happens the third time.
The free ebook versio ...more
However, I did not much care for the the story. I appreciated the his ...more
Audiobook narrator Peter Ganim rating: 3.5 stars
I started reading this because of the Sword and Laser book of the month group. This book has a similar feel to other Cold War Sci-Fi books of this time frame (from authors like Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K. Dick).
I feel like the author does a good job of providing little bits of review here and there in order to help with reading comprehension. The overall thought process and plot of this book are very interesting, but I seemed t ...more
Some clever premises, some terrible first draft writing ("that'll take time - time we haven't got!") with ...more
On the surface, it’s a template story about time traveling Americans and Russians trying to find ways to control the future by traveling back into the past. Beneath all that, it’s a pretty bitter (and subtle - maybe too subtle at times) indictment of unchecked nationalism.
Norton plays up the isolation between characters (her main ch ...more
I picked up the Baen Free Library version when I was in between other titles and was just drawn into this one. Fantastic fun idea - Time Agents. There are certain aspects of this book that date it, both in world view from the time (America's greatest enemy) and in the descriptions of certain technology that was alien to the main characters. At one point in the book a set of headphones are described. I knew what they were, but the way they ...more
I might have tried to explain my dislike for the way this book was written with the evolution of common writing styles that has occurred over the last 60 years, but then I realized that Alfred Bester's The Stars my Destination, which completely blew me away (LOVED that book!), was published just one year before this one. Both are sci fi written in the 1 ...more
There are parts that move along, the beginning of Time Traders is good, but the middle becomes repetitive and the end cuts off a bit abruptly. The second book is a bit better, and featu ...more
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