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The Time Roads

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
A fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy.

Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a
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Published October 14th 2014 by Tor Books
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Althea Ann
Throughout reading this book , I had the impression that it was a debut novel, and came away with the impression that, for all its clunkiness, it showed promise. I initially slid up from my 'more-like-2.5-stars' impression to 3. However, I've just noticed that it is not a debut; the author has half-a-dozen other books to her name... so I'm sliding back down to 2.

The novel is in three distinct sections. (Technically, four, but the middle two 'felt' like one, to me.) The first is quite short, and
Fantasy Review Barn

If I could bang the hype drum alone I would. I don’t know what I need to do to convince a few people to get excited about a new release but for the love of god people, get excited about this release. I will shout if I have to, but I don’t think I should. I expect that for once in my life someone will listen to me, take my advice to heart, and read this damn book.

I know a book is doing everything right when it is making me love it despite using elements I usually hate. I hate t
Sep 30, 2014 Kaora rated it it was ok
This book started out so good too.

The Time Roads is a steampunk/mystery book broken into four sections of related stories. It revolves around the empire of Éire and their scientists as they strive to be able to manipulate time.

The Golden Octopus started strong. Áine is crowned Queen after her father dies and begins to finance explorations into time manipulation. At the start I liked Áine as a character, and I found the storyline fascinating. She seemed like she was going to be a strong and capa
Feb 17, 2015 Sanaa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
[1.5 Stars] I was unfortunately quite disappointed by this book. I requested it for review and was so excited to jump into this story. Steampunk? Time travel? A woman becoming queen? Romance? It sounded like something particularly catered to my tastes. This is perhaps one of the reasons I was disappointed the most. I read through the first half of the book, and the second half of the book I was only able to skim read because of how much I wasn't enjoying it.

The steampunk and time travel elements
Oct 01, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
This steampunk story, The Time Roads, is nothing like anything I've ever read before.

The story is not a causal read, it is a highly complex tale that covers multiple stories of time road travel and an alternate world based in historic Ireland.

Scientist found that using prime numbers they can access “time roads”, bring the ability to travel between alternate realities.

With all the traveling between realities, I found myself somewhat confused and a bit overwhelmed. The concept was strong and extre
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Steampunk, time travel, alternate history, The Time Roads boosts off many a qualities. A braided story into four parts, each telling a one big story relevant in four different situations. Revolving around the Éire Empire, which is clearly Ireland (in that world), i.e., Éire seems to be on top of the world, with the scientist looking towards achieving the mastery over time/ While there are some great elements to this story and wi
Oct 11, 2014 Rachelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich is a DNF book for me. It's my nomination for the Worst Book of the Year award. I forced myself through 50 pages before I moved on to my next review book.
The first thing that annoyed me was the use of names that have so many letters and accent marks they were nearly impossible to pronounce. They seem Celtic in origin, but I'm not sure. Regardless, it jars the reader every time a name is stumbled over.

I was further annoyed at the repetition of a
Beth Cato
Sep 05, 2014 Beth Cato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an impressive work of steampunk-lite that left me wanting a bit more. The basics of the world-building here are fascinating: this is a world where Ireland, not England, ascended as one of the great world powers at the dawn on the 20th century. The political structure and colonization of the globe is radically different, though never fully clear. Against this backdrop, the young Queen Aine of Ireland tries to secure her realm against the constant threat of Anglian radicals. Scientists hav ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Koeur rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Tor
Publishing Date: October 2014
ISBN: 9780765331250
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1/5.0

Publisher Description: Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already ben
Wart Hill
Oct 30, 2014 Wart Hill marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc2014, netgalley
I couldn't get into this. I just felt everything moved too fast. I was intrigued and the writing is good, but it was like "this happened, then this, years passed then this" and I felt disconnected from the story because it didn't have a chance to have any depth.
Oct 12, 2014 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, steampunk
See full review on The Book Adventures on Monday, October 13th.
Jul 26, 2014 Nightwing rated it it was amazing
Do you ever find yourself treating a book like it is a container of your favorite ice cream? Savoring it, and only allowing yourself a small amount each time so you can spread the joy out over days if not weeks? That sums up my adventure reading Beth Bernobich's most recent work, The Time Roads. I dove right in, stayed up way past my bedtime getting to midway through the four stories that make up this set of linked tales, and then began to ration myself to only so many pages per day.

This newest
Tracy Reasner
Plot was a bit hard to follow - felt like I was missing something (perhaps reading book 1)? I fear perhaps my naivete of the steampunk genre has colored my perception.
E.M. Epps
Mar 13, 2015 E.M. Epps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
What? Doth my brain deceive me? Steampunk that is actually *well-written*? Oh my. I can see that having access to publisher's advance reading copies is going to be a dangerous business. I started reading at work around 5:00pm, expecting to try a few pages and then on to the next thing. But the first line of the acknowledgments immediately made me perk up - "Twelve years ago, I sat down to write a story about mathematics and murder and time"; and then I could not put the damn thing down until I f ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
I've become more parsimonious with my five star reviews. It has to be a book that keeps me turning page after page, engrossed in the story, even when I know I should stop reading because life and the real world interferes with our reading time.

The Time Roads is that kind of a book. The Eirean Empire at the beginning of the 20th C. is a world power, continuing its dominance over Anglia, Cymru, Albion and its other subject peoples. Students from around the world flock to Eire's universities and go
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Alternate History

The Time Roads is a difficult book to categorize. I settled on Alternate History as the setting is around the 1900’s and some things are familiar. Other things are not at all familiar. Eire is the ruling island in this time line and science has gone in a different direction adding a touch of steampunk.

I am glad I read The Time Roads but I found it to be weak in several areas. The story follows several characters on a journey that takes many, many years. I found the world buildin
Deborah Replogle
Sep 11, 2014 Deborah Replogle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating read. The setting is the SteamPunk alternate universe, and 1900's Eire (Ireland) is the superpower of the world. And time travel has been discovered. But the best part is that time travel relies on mathematics, especially prime numbers. Mathematics is seen as almost a type of magic in the vein of "a primitive culture will see any technology as magic" The author also explores time fractures that come about when mathematics are being manipulated in their special way, and tha ...more
I really wanted to like this book. The first half really kept my interest trying to keep up with the time travel, mathematics, and political intrigue. Soon, the story changed to a completely different setting, and a large portion of dialog was in a Germanic or Slavik language. This tale was already presented in fits and starts and seemed to be haphazardly composed. The introduction of a new setting and the constant shifting of time phases and character being dead and then not dead really took a ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How lovely to have an alt-hist novel set in Eire which is not awash in mists of Celtic twilight and where the plot turns upon mathematics rather than The Elder Races. (Also lots of points for not having the rest of world entirely as is in our timeline.)
Victoria Gaile
Aug 29, 2015 Victoria Gaile rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not my cup of tea.
It's all about the ambience, and I didn't care that much for the ambience.

It's a bit of a genre-blend, but more fantasy than SF.
Jim Razinha
Oh to describe? Very little time plot lines, and quite a bit of obfuscatory meandering. Can't recommend this.
Christina Downing
Un impressed. no clear plot in my opinion. nothing even felt resolved at the end. I picked this for my book club and I really wish I hadn't.
Apr 08, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected to like this one more than I did, so that was a bit of a disappointment.
Nov 08, 2014 Tamara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting steampunk time traveling world - but it just wasn't enough.
Miss Ginny Tea
Nov 10, 2015 Miss Ginny Tea marked it as dnf_2015  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors_women
Not for me.
Kirsty White
This Victorian/Steampunk novel is split into four shorter stories all interwoven and arcing over a 15 year period and contain my two least favourite subjects - maths and science. Yet for once I didn't feel like these overshadowed the story and I actually managed to enjoy it and not struggle with the concepts. Possibly because it wasn't the whole of the story; we had romance, political intrigue alongside the time travel and time fractures.

I liked the fact that there were endless possibilities of
Heather Rose
Oct 30, 2014 Heather Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book jumped the to-be-read queue by virtue of my new policy of strongly leaning towards e-books unless I have a strong reason otherwise. The Time Roads is not a novel but rather a collection of four tightly-connected stories set in an alternate early 20th century which diverges from our own historic time-stream in several deep-rooted ways, most notably the relative political power and influence among the nations of the British Isles--a geographic term that is awkwardly inapplicable here whe ...more
Octavia Cade
I can’t deny it: I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I find the idea of time travel a fascinating one. It’s pure speculation, in a genre known for it.

"The Time Roads" takes an interesting approach, both structurally and in-story. It’s not a novel so much as four intertwined novellas, taking place over a 17 year period and in different time streams. This is something that could be confusing for readers, but I appreciate the fact that Bernobich doesn’t cut down into chunks. She expects the
Mary Mackie
Oddly unsettling. Begins slow, and twists you into the mind stretching premise that time flows both ways. Not your average "Time Machine" story.
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