Dinner guests at a brilliant inventor's house are enthralled by an almost impossible story to believe. The inventor, referred to as thThe Time Machine
Dinner guests at a brilliant inventor's house are enthralled by an almost impossible story to believe. The inventor, referred to as the traveller, has created a time machine. He shows a model sized version to his guests and actually makes it travel into the future. They disbelieve their eyes assuming it is some sort of magic trick. Then the inventor shows them the full scale model.
Weeks later the guests return for another dinner invitation only to discover their host is late. A note says to start without him, but they are confused and concerned by his absence. Their concern deepens when he later makes an appearance from one of the inner rooms in a most disheveled state. Clothes torn and bleeding, he relates an amazing tale of having taken his time machine 800,000 plus years into the future!
He encounters human beings in the future who seem to have de-evolved rather than evolved into more advanced beings. Shortly after his arrival, he meets the surface dwelling childlike race of people known as the Eloi. They seem friendly enough, but he is perplexed as to how they live. There is no agriculture or industry, and yet they want for nothing. After watching them for a while, he goes to return to his machine only to discover it has been taken. Now he must begin a frantic search for the device or be trapped in the future.
I enjoyed the book, although I did find the prose a bit difficult at times. Being a huge Doctor Who fan, it was fun for me to see where the idea of time travel started. Thank you H. G. Wells for your inventive mind! I listened to an audio version of this extremely short sci-fi classic, which comes in around 100 pages. My audio version was read by the wonderful Sir Derek Jacobi. ...more
I just finished listening to this book on audio, and I really enjoyed the story of Joey Harker, a boy who could literally get lost in his own house! II just finished listening to this book on audio, and I really enjoyed the story of Joey Harker, a boy who could literally get lost in his own house! I can relate, being directionally challenged myself.
One day, while on a field trip from school, Joey once again gets lost. This time, however, he's actually walked from his world right into another dimension! In his panic, he walks into yet another dimension. All of this inter-dimensional travel doesn't go unnoticed and soon two separate groups are after him, intent on using his power to aid in their own inter-dimensional travel and their conquest of other worlds.
Joey is saved by a man, who strangely looks like an older version of himself, and brought back to his headquarters. There Joey's eyes are opened to an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all have the ability to walk between worlds.
In order to protect their worlds, and perhaps his very own, Joey makes the decision to join their army in their fight against these two waring factions, one of science and one of magic.
I liked the way Joey's character develops over the course of this story. There are a lot of supporting characters in this story, all unique in their own way, and yet also various versions of Joey. Hugh, an inter-dimensional being made entirely of light and energy was one of my favorites.
The world building was unique and bizarre in typical Gaiman fashion. I enjoyed the writing style and the story kept up a nice pace with plenty of danger and action. Worth a listen for sure! ...more
What can I say about this series? Each book leaves me oxygen deprived and weightless! I'm literally holding my breath as Jess and her frieMars Burning
What can I say about this series? Each book leaves me oxygen deprived and weightless! I'm literally holding my breath as Jess and her friends struggle to stay one step ahead of the evil Terran Chancellor Lucca who is hell bent on destroying Mars.
The world building is amazing! Ms. Swanson has created a very believable society on Mars and a disturbing dystopian society on Earth. This series is packed with plenty of action and suspense, but what I enjoy most is the characters. Jess is a fantastic leading character! She's grown from a young and rebellious, but very talented pilot, to a responsible member of a team on a dangerous mission to save Mars. Pavel, Lucca's nephew, has rebelled against his aunt and her regime and sided with Jess. The two are reunited in this volume and we finally get to see their relationship develop romantically. Yah! But their love for each other isn't the main focus as political upheaval on Mars threatens the planet on another front.
I can't get enough of this series and I highly recommend it!
* I received a free copy of this book from the author. My opinions are my own and this is an honest review.
I preferred the second half of the book where the story got more creepy. The first half was slow and confusing with the story opening in the middle ofI preferred the second half of the book where the story got more creepy. The first half was slow and confusing with the story opening in the middle of an action scene. This was just an "okay" Doctor Who story for me....more