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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,078 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Barry and Harry Krasner are identical twins, but that's where the resemblance stops. Barry's more athletic, more aggressive - and he's the one who suggests that they house-sit their great-uncle's farm. Harry hopes that it will bring the two of them closer. And it does - because there's something chilling about the farmhouse, something that makes the locals stay far away. T ...more
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Joel
I have been complaining a lot lately about the young adult authors of the '80s that I somehow missed out on, but William Sleator thankfully wasn't one of them. Interstellar Pig, which I discovered in fourth or fifth grade, is probably the first sci-fi book I ever read. I picked up Among the Dolls around the same time without knowing who wrote it and spent 1999 - 2009 trying to piece together my hazy memories to figure out who was responsible for the terrifying dolls that haunt my dreams (thanks ...more
Cait
AH-HAH! I remembered this book for YEARS and could never remember what it was, but now it has been found for me!

Now all I need to do is find a local copy and actually read it again....

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So I finally checked to see if my local library had this book! Huzzah!

Okay, so the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but that was never really the point. The point is the survival story angle of the boy who spends his year in the time-stretched shed getting a year older, and how it feels for him to get a y
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Swankivy
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Gschwam
I have always tried to find this book in libraries..the story has stayed with me since childhood. One of the most vivid books I ever read as a kid, haunting, mysterious..the characters and plot really pull you in. The funny thing is that for the longest time I swore the book was written by William Shatner, not William Sleator! Maybe that explains why I was never able to find it...
Kiri
This was always my favorite William Sleator book as a kid, and on re-reading I find that it still is. I love how Sleater injects fascinating and weird science into his books -- and also includes a dose of psychology and/or horror. His stories stick with you.

This is the story of teenage twin boys who are checking out a house that the family inherited after the death of a distant uncle. The boys quickly discover something weird about the playhouse out back, where time runs differently than elsewhe
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Diana Welsch
It must suck to be William Sleator. He writes fascinating, memorable plots that wouldn't be out of place in much more famous books, but no one can ever remember his name. I read this book after it turned up as the answer to a book identification question someone e-mailed the library with. His books are rivaled only by Ray Bradbury short stories in the frequency they appear on "what was that book?"-type websites.

In Singularity, a pair of 16-year old twin boys arrive at their recently deceased gre
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Maria M. Elmvang
This was one of my favourite books as a child, and the first "scary" book I ever read. It's still every bit as magical to me now as it was back then, and I was just as reluctant to put it down before finishing.

Harry and Barry discover that the garden shed in their grand-uncle's garden hides a place where time works differently. One second outside corresponds to an hour within. Harry is sick and tired of Barry always acting as if he's older, so he decides to stay in there for a night, so he'll en
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Sophia
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Kevin Anderson
This book was super interesting. I read this probably 12 years ago, so my memory is fuzzy, but very positive.
M.
This was oddly good, affecting, ending with me considering Revising My Life in a way similar to how the ending of Holy Terror did (what the hell). Ultimate escapist fantasy, basically: oh you have a year to read books and get hot. I love how Sleator's subversive gayness works into his fiction, always describing the bodies of boys. Funny. But not the point, of course.

Anyway, the zen ending of this, yeah, wow, pretty intense in a good way. Sleator writes cool shit. I am specifically interested in
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Julie Decker
Harry's got a twin brother. And Barry has always been the dominant twin, which irritates Harry, but he can't seem to escape it. He wants to get along better with his brother, and hopes their summer vacation at their weird old uncle's old house will help, but Barry just continues to boss Harry around and complain about feeling burdened by him as they investigate a mystery surrounding a shed on the property. Soon they discover that time moves faster in that room for some reason--entering the shed ...more
Virginia
Thank goodness the book picked up near the latter third. I really hated the main characters. Truly, couldn't stand either Barry or Harry. Wanted to punch them in the face. Once it picked up though, (after Harry's decisive action), it got more interesting. Well, I suppose only more interesting than the first half. *sigh* In some ways, it reminded me of The Stranger by Camus. But mostly, it reminded me that I couldn't wait for this book to end.
Lucy Hay
I read this book as a tween and read it again recently … It had stayed with me for years and I was amazed to discover it was exactly as I recalled it; I wasn't disappointed at all. The tale of a boy who discovers a singularity in a shed that means time goes faster inside in the shed; he spends the night in there, so he might become approximately a year older than his twin brother, who has always outshone him. The book carries strong themes of responsibility; masculinity; brothers/sibling rivalry ...more
Dexter/Persy
So there's a very eighties young adult type of writing to this book, and the characters and plot aren't immediately interesting. That's kind of an expected thing in most William Sleator novels though. Another expected thing that sometimes doesn't always happen is how AWESOME it gets further in.

I had heard great things about Singularity, so I had my expectations uncomfortably high. I was getting ready for disappointment the more I read, because I really wasn't sure if it was going to pick up. But
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Juan
After their uncle dies unexpectedly, teenage twins Barry and Harry travel to the rural middle-of-nowhere to guard their new inheritance—their uncle’s house—until their parents can arrive to help divide assets. Upon arriving in town, Barry and Harry hear suspicious descriptions about their uncle: he only interacted with himself, he operated at oddly late hours of the night, and any creatures who stepped on his property aged significantly in a short period of time. The twins understand his odd per ...more
Tina
This is a book I read as a young adult and was never able to forget. Unfortunately I forgot the title (it was a library book) - for some reason I thought it was named "serendipity" - and I then spent years looking for the book so that I could re-read it and see if it was as compelling as I remembered. Fast forward 20 years, and I googled a description of the plot - I was astonished to find that the book wasn't a figment of my imagination, and promptly ordered it from Amazon.

I think the brillianc
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Douglas Larson
I liked the story and found it somewhat compelling, but true to Sleator's style and approach, it has a sad component to the ending. I have read almost all of Sleator's works and not every one of them ends that way but a significant number of them do, i.e. end with a strong, sad twist to the life of the main character or characters. The ending to this story isn't as devastating as the end of some of his other stories but there definitely is a sad aspect to it none the less.

This story is about 2
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Andrew H
Singularity, by William Sleator is about two twins, named Harry and Barry, who travel alone to Sushan to watch over the house of their uncle who just passed away. There, after looking around, they discover a, "singularity" in a playhouse, where time moves faster in that certain space. In the playhouse, they find that a dangerous-looking creature is coming, but when Harry wanted to call the police, Barry threatens to lock himself inside to playhouse so that he could age a year over Harry and the ...more
Ira
I remember reading this way back in elementary school (about the same time the book came out) and enjoyed the science and suspense of it. Unfortunately then, as now, I was not able to connect with the main character, Harry, even though I was also quiet and bookish as well. Now, when I reread the book, I feel even more distanced and simply view him as whiny. While I understand this a period of growth for Harry, the feeling I get is the decisions he makes are more for story-value than realistic. T ...more
Chrissy
This was the first book I read as a child that was full of of fascinating science that completely blew me away. It triggered a love of science that has stayed with me. If you have a middle school child who enjoys science fiction, then this is a "must read" book. I have never forgotten it.
Tiffanyr
sinularty is book about these twins who get sent to there uncles old abandond farm house to look over it so that there parents can get money for the house. they find mysyrious things around the house they find things in house and out side of the house. one day they found some keys to that go to the play house in the back yard. they meet a girl that is there friend. barry is the twin that thinks hess soo cool and knows everything but on the otehr hand harry just does what his brother says and fal ...more
Leftjab
A fast-paced, intriguing YA novel. Feels a bit dated (has the YA world changed since '85? Probably. I would not be one to weigh in on that though.) and some of the big questions were not answered sufficiently to me. There could have been another 50 or so pages. But I guess that's the nature of this beast?
Samuel J. Bass
Wonderful book full of strange science and adventure that made me feel like I was right there. I read this as a young teen and it was worth every word. So much fun!
Manasa(மானசா)TeamLeo2602
It started out as an interesting story but then it started getting confusing and boring and the end was the most boring and predictable ending in history!!!
Anna
This book has an awesome and different storyline about twin brothers. One pushes the other around all the time and thinks he's so great until the other one decides to spend the night in a magical playhouse and age a year so he'll be older. Only it isn't just one night to him. The playhouse changes time. Outside of the house, a minute might pass, but inside it is a whole day. So when he spends the night he is actually inside of that thing by himself for a whole year. It's really cool how he keeps ...more
Jen Blackham
...I had read this book as a teenager, and wanted to read it again (to see if it lived up to my memory of it, and to see if it might be something my boys would like). I did still really enjoy to concept, really improves after the first couple chapters... inside the shed, time goes faster. One twin (the younger one) decides to spend a couple hours in the shed (which would actually be a year inside)thus becoming older than his twin. Just the thought of the discipline, how he would live in one room ...more
Sarabi
Barry and Harry are way identical twins, their uncle Ambros died and Barry and Harry's family obtained his property. They go down to his house by themselfs. Barry didn't really like Harry out of Harrys perspective. They meet a girl named Lucy and they find a play house on the property. One night they feel something like an earthquake and so they go down to the play house to check it out and find something unexpected. The plot takes an unexpected turn. It tells you that Uncle Ambroses place looks ...more
Anthonypaulo
Read this as a teenager and loved the story, was something I could relate to as a boy and was pretty unique. Recommended.
Erich
Young adult Sci-Fi that I read as a young adult. Suffering as much Sci-Fi does, with a idea and a mediocre execution.
Acid
Aug 03, 2008 Acid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults or adults who want to be taken wholly into a story...
I like this book...It made me think about many differant things on many differant levels... simply a great story for young adults...mix the competition between twins, strange animals, time-travel, self discovery, an interesting plot line, and the pace of a book for kids, with the coming of age type awareness that breeds open imagination, and you have this book...I found this author at the right time for me...maybe its not for everyone but it really told me a story that I found to be mysterious, ...more
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William Warner Sleator III was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on February 13, 1945, and moved to St. Louis, MO when he was three. He graduated from University City High School in 1963, from Harvard in 1967 with BAs in music and English.

For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent
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