A Swiftly Tilting Planet (The Time Quintet #3)
In this companion to the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door, fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace's sister, Meggrown and expecting her fi...more
The biggest problem is her somewhat silly reliance on hereditary family names from generation to generation--names that endure for hundreds of years and somehow continue to intersect.
Madoc, Madog, Maddux, and Mad Dog; Gwydder, Gedder, and Gwen; Zyllie, Zyllah, Zylle; two Branwens and a Charles and a Chuck round out the cast. I think.
Something like four differe...more
We enter the Murray family, but about 9 years or so from the events of a Wind in the Door. Meg has married Calvin off-screen and is pregnant. Sandy and Denys are bankers, and Charles Williams is 15. I admit I wasn't crazy about that, seeing as Meg was the soul of the first two books, and I really wanted to see her interact with Calvin more. But I can understand.
It sets up...more
Just reread 2/11/12. Still magic. Still so deep a comfort read.
(Scattered thoughts about this book and The Arm of the Starfis...more
The book has it's issues. There were a few sections in the first quarter that had the biologist in me side-eyeing. The first quarter is also more than a little heavy-handed. Also, the free will implications of going Within struck me more, reading this book when I'm older....more
This is way, way better than the first two books in L'Engle's Time series. Now that I've read this book, I've figured out why I couldn't appreciate the first two. I think L'Engle tried too hard with the science in the first two books. Don't get me wrong, I liked the science. I just think she tried too hard with it that the story came out disjointed. Nothing fit right. But this book: "Wow!"
Let us begin with the intro! The gang is assembled again! Dad is advising the president! Mom is science-ing! Sandy is in medical school! Denys is in law school! Charles Wallace is doing a lot better in sc...more
It’s been awhile since I read book #2 bu...more
I don't think any of this could be considered a spoiler but still.. Read at your own risk. :)
I recently re-read this book after finding it in my 17 year-old son's room. Got started reading the series when I was a girl when my Auntie Isabel suggested I give it a try. Glad I listened.
It's the Murray family again. Mom & Dad, Meg, Charles Wallace, the two younger brothers (whose names I always forget)... but it takes place later than any of the other stories in the series as they...more
It's Thanksgiving and Meg and her brothers are back at the family home to be together. Meg is heavily pregnant and resting while her husband is away and has even invited her strange mother in law to join them as well. But it...more
But, you know, in a good way. The best way.
I'll admit, there were times while I was reading this book where I was close to giving up trying to understand what was going on. There were parts I didn't understand until I read them twice.
And when I did?
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Not many people can capture the intricacies of time travel so mind-blowingly well.
Madeleine brings back characters from the Murry family for the third instal...more
As a teenager, Charles Wallace is a less compelling personality than the child genius of a A Wrinkle in Time. Nor do we get to know him, for the story is not his but four different people throughout the span of human history whose actions will ultimately lead to the world's destruction th...more
This is my favorite of the "time quintent". There's something complex and meaningful...more
For myself, reading it about 1978 or 1980, it was an eye-opening experience. First, one thing I like about L'engl...more
The novel begins on Thanksgiving day about nine years after the last book. The president calls Mr. Murry to warn him that the dictator of the South American country Vespugia is threatening nuclear war and the end of earth a...more
I love the way that Reality is made clearer in L'Engle stories...that what we see is not all that is. As I read, I felt newly awakened to the reality of how small I am. How fleeting are all things visible and present. And yet even as I was dwarfed by the...more
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I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place,
By God's almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!”