There was lots I liked and stuff I cringed a bit at. Dialogue wasn't always natural and she did (what I think all us time travel writers do) comment tThere was lots I liked and stuff I cringed a bit at. Dialogue wasn't always natural and she did (what I think all us time travel writers do) comment too much on history (I can't blame her on that...it's so hard not to and it's even trickier working it into the writing naturally). Overall it was entertaining...and of course I'm going to have to read the next book cause I want to know who Philip Walker is!...more
I really enjoyed the first book. This book took me a bit to get into because I had to remember all the complexities of the first. It's one of those seI really enjoyed the first book. This book took me a bit to get into because I had to remember all the complexities of the first. It's one of those series that I think reading them back to back would be a little better...that said the author did a good job of reminding the reader of things....more
The Clearing Heather Davis Time Travel Grades 9-12 204 pages
Sixteen-year-old Amy, recovering from an abusive relationship at her Aunt Mae’s country home, finds a clearing on her Aunt’s property with a mysterious, seemingly endless mist hovering on the fringe. When curiosity brings Amy into the mist, she makes an amazing discovery—on the other side of the mist lives Henry, an eighteen-year-old boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry is well mannered and a true gentleman, everything Amy’s last boyfriend was not. She and Henry are drawn to each other and a new, sweet romance blossoms, but as the two times start to collide they realize they must face what is to come, even at the cost of losing each other.
Davis tells the story from alternating POVs and tenses. Amy is told in first person, while Henry’s is in third person. It was an interesting use of POVs. I always knew whose head I was in, and I didn’t find the altering POVs disruptive. I did relate more to Henry, probably because I am drawn to 1940s and 1950s “gentleman” type characters. Amy at times was a little weak and slightly selfish, but she was dealing with the aftermath of an abusive relationship, so her actions were believable.
I loved the contrast between Amy and Henry. Davis doesn’t hit you over the head with it, but shows us the differences in subtle ways through the actions of the two main characters. The 21st century has lost the innocence of the 40s and 50s. In today’s society, the 1940s gentleman is hard to find. Don’t get me wrong, the 1940s proper young lady is just as rare, and while I’m not advocating their return I do think society as a whole would benefit from the return of some of the values and way of life of the 1940s. And Davis managed to bring a little bit of that era back into this story.
I have to give Davis credit with how she handles the issues both Amy and Henry face. She isn’t preachy or radical, but portrays situations realistically. Another aspect I really like is the attention to detail that Davis includes in her descriptions; it really makes Henry’s world come alive. The story is well paced and the reader can relate to the characters. The Clearing is definitely worth the read.
And I’ll leave you with a quote from Aunt Mae, probably my favorite in the book:
“My dear, time is the one thing you should pay attention to. One day, you’ll find there’s never enough of it.” – pg 62.
The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy: Book Two) Linda Buckley-Archer Time Travel Age 12 and up 368 pages
The Time Thief, by Linda Buckley-Archer, is the secoThe Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy: Book Two) Linda Buckley-Archer Time Travel Age 12 and up 368 pages
The Time Thief, by Linda Buckley-Archer, is the second book of her time travel series The Gideon Trilogy. Without giving away the ending of the first book, The Time Thief continues the adventures of twelve-year-olds Peter and Kate and the many acquaintances they made along their journey in book one. I recommend reading The Time Travelers (book 1) first, because this book does not completely stand on its own. The author does attempt to bring new readers up to speed, but the nature of the story is such that the reader should start at the beginning.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book. It moved too slowly and the characters never really resonated with me. However, while the pacing wasn’t ideal, the plotting and her use of time travel were some of the best I’ve come across. The second book was much better on all fronts. The characters really came to life and the pacing improved as well.
The Time Thief uses many different viewpoint characters which does help in telling the story, but at times I felt there were a few too many. On the other hand, while the author uses a lot of viewpoints, she doesn’t randomly add characters to suit her needs. Characters that came and went in the first novel (that I had completely forgotten about) make appearances and play rather large roles in the second book. It really is quite a feat of plotting.
This novel takes place in modern day England, 18th century England and revolutionary France. The amount of detail is amazing…sometimes a little too much as it bogs the story down…but the research that had to be done for this novel is truly mind boggling. Through all this history the action still does a good job of moving the story forward and it’s never predictable. As a reader I never knew what would happen next or even how the novel would end. I loved that the book kept me guessing the entire time.
If you want to study how a good time travel works, read this book. It’s a really, really good example, despite its slow beginning, and plot-wise it is a masterpiece. The author sets up rules and strictly follows them. The consistency with how the time travel works, the effects it has on the characters and the consequences of those effects are brilliant. The time travel isn’t static either. The characters learn how to manipulate time. Time affects the characters. There are so many layers to the time travel in this novel—when I say brilliant I’m really not exaggerating.
I can’t say I loved this book, but I absolutely appreciated what the author has accomplished. I definitely think it’s worth the read, especially if you’re interested in time travel.
On a side note: I never quite understand why, when a British book gets “translated” into American English, the titles sometimes change too. I actually like the British titles better and even the series name is more suited to the novels—The Time Quake Trilogy (British) vs. The Gideon Trilogy (American). The books really are more about the time travel than Gideon. I just wonder sometimes, who makes these decisions and why. I even like the British book covers better! ...more
A friend recommended this book to me. I was looking for a time travel book. Originally written in 1985 (I believe). The style of writing is a bit chopA friend recommended this book to me. I was looking for a time travel book. Originally written in 1985 (I believe). The style of writing is a bit choppy. There are lots of adverbs and lots of telling. At the same time though there is some wonderful description and interesting dialogue. I actually prefer her dialogue over description. It moves the story forward at a faster, crisper pace, that also relays information that we need to know, in an interesting/appealing way.
The time travel aspect starts at the second chapter. We get a brief introduction to the place and time (1960s). We meet the main characters and then the story begins.
Charlotte goes to bed that night and wakes up the next morning in the year 1918, during WW1. We don’t know how or why she’s time traveled (at least up to this point – Chapter 3 of the book). Charlotte (though she remains the same to her eyes) is called Clare. Everyone who knows her doesn’t see/recognize a difference in her. The chapter ends with Charlotte waking up Monday morning back in the present.
It definitely has my attention. The writing isn’t always smooth. I have to reread sentences at times. Many times I just pass over it if I feel it’s not important. The age group for this story is 10-14. I think at times they might find the wording/phrasing of some passages are too. ...more
I have a hard time finding good time travel books. I’ve read my fair share, but I can’t name a single time travel book that I love. I think in part II have a hard time finding good time travel books. I’ve read my fair share, but I can’t name a single time travel book that I love. I think in part I am overly critical when it comes to time travel books since it’s what I write. The couple that I will say I enjoyed are not new books. Another Shore by Nancy Bond written and 1988 and Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer written in 1969. That said, I did enjoy this book overall. It had plenty of problems. The set up was (long winded but) presented a strong and interesting concept and once the author created his time travel rules he followed them—little pet peeve of mine.
After the death of his mother in a car accident Sam and his father move into an old house where his father sets up a bookstore specializing in antique books. Sam’s father disappears and the adventure begins there as Sam decides, unintentionally at first, to go back in time to search for him.
There are some good plot elements in this book, but they get lost at times in a very slow start and a few tediously slow passages towards the end. Within all the slow parts is a very clever plot, and a very different spin on time travel. The “way” Sam travels from past to present is clever and actually ties into the whole story. The author sets up specific guidelines/rules and sticks to them, which I appreciated. My favorite plot element was the fact that Sam 1) moved back and forth between the past and present and 2) he never went back to the same place twice. I’d have liked to see the author take fuller advantage of this (though I think I will get my wish on this count in the second book).
Sam was an okay character. He deals with self-doubt issues in the present, but is a much stronger character when he is in the past. I’d have liked to see Lily, Sam’s cousin, be introduced much sooner. She was by far the more interesting character to me, and it was when she became a part of the story that the plot started to pick up its pace. We have a variety of antagonist in the book both historical and present time. I hope that the sequel explores them more, especially Sam’s Aunt’s boyfriend.
In a nut shell this book felt more like a set up for a sequel than its own novel. A lot of editing and quicker start would have really made this book stand out as good time travel.
This novel is a translation. The author is French and this is his first children’s book. I’d love to get my hand on the French version and read it. Having attended a French high school and read my fair share of French books there are many instances in this book where I feel like the story might have been changed to fit an English translation, which might account for some of my issues with the novel.
I’m a big book cover person. I’ll pick up a bad book and read it just because of an amazing cover. I have to say this is one of the better covers I’ve seen this year. I’ve felt like this past year there’s been a lack of good cover art in children’s fiction, so it’s always nice to see an exciting cover.
If you read this book you’re going to have to be patient, really patient. The story takes about a good half of the book before it really begins. That said I still think it’s worth the read—especially if you want to study the mechanics of time travel. If you make it to the end…it’s a cliffhanger. You’ve been forewarned. You’ll want to request Gates of Time, the sequel, which I think will be a much better read.
Present tense! Ugh - I know some great books are written in present tense, but I'm having such a hard time concentrating on the story because I keep rPresent tense! Ugh - I know some great books are written in present tense, but I'm having such a hard time concentrating on the story because I keep reading it half in present tense half in past tense as I unconsciously try changing the tense as I read....more
I just didn't like it. I know it's a classic, but I was bored throughout the entire novel. I didn't care for the characters...and I just didn't like iI just didn't like it. I know it's a classic, but I was bored throughout the entire novel. I didn't care for the characters...and I just didn't like it....more
I was excited to read this book. I love Ellis Island’s History. This book however did nothing to pull me in. It starts off slow for me. Granted thereI was excited to read this book. I love Ellis Island’s History. This book however did nothing to pull me in. It starts off slow for me. Granted there is a ‘small’ dilemma of Dominic feeling left out and different, but then it takes eight chapters before we get to the time travel aspect of this story. EIGHT CHAPTERS! I was ready to put the book down well before I reached chapter eight.
Then we spend a lot of time in Italy. Now I know that this is a part of the story that works. When I analyze it, my brain says it does what it needs to. However I wasn’t expecting the story to spend so much time in Italy, so I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to move quicker from that point of the story. I wanted to be on the ship with the children traveling to America.
The boy time travels by falling asleep. Basically he falls asleep at the beginning and wakes up in Italy. Then he’s on Ellis Island waiting in line (at the end) and he drifts asleep and when he wakes up he’s back in present. I always find dealing with that issue of HOW is tough. In my first novel it was easy. There was a specific means ‘a door’ for getting to and from. In this novel I use the sleep factor too. I don’t particularly like this method, but sometimes it is the only way.
I’m left wondering at the end of this book. We learn about Dominic’s past and his ancestors, but then there’s no mention of them dying out or being alive when he gets back to the present. Wouldn’t he try to find out something. There was another brother, wouldn’t there be the possibility of some other family out there? It just didn’t settle my questions good enough. So I was a tad disappointed in the end. ...more
Started reading the book. It took me three days to get pass the first 15 pages. It was a slow start for me. There were too many characters for me to kStarted reading the book. It took me three days to get pass the first 15 pages. It was a slow start for me. There were too many characters for me to keep track of at once, when Lyn was with her friends. I’m still not sure I know who everyone is, but I skimmed over them because I assumed they’re not going to be important. So I hope that’s the case.
The first chapter is one big HUGE info dump. The interesting thing was I could almost go along with it. The way it was presented, in the context, it seemed natural that all this explanation would be dumped on us. The only problem is I couldn’t take it all in. I’ve forgotten a big chuck or I mixed it up with other information and it’s a bit mumble jumble.
Dating! I never paid attention to dating a book until it was pointed out that I’d done just that in mine. Now I seem to pick it up everywhere. I’m still not sure whether I have a problem with a book being dated. I normally look up when a book was published anyway before I start reading. In this book Lyn talks about her walkman. Brought back memories or when I got my first walkman. And it makes me feel OLD!
I got into the portion where Lyn ends up back in time. That was interesting. I wanted to keep reading when I got to that portion. Things finally got interesting. However it was late and I needed sleep. I’m excited about picking the book up again tonight. So that’s good. Finally getting into the story.
A little over a third of the way through the book. The adverbs modifying dialogue tags are driving me nuts. It’s not just a few here and there, it’s a lot throughout the entire book.
The story is moving forward. We’ve got a good sense of the time period, the setting of the time… We finally have moved on. One of the characters realized that Lyn-Elizabeth weren’t the same person. And we’ve learned that there is another lady back in this time that is just like Elizabeth. We also learned that time in the past moves much slower than time in the present.
I’m 2/3 through the book. It’s lost a little of it’s appeal in some ways, yet has really gotten interesting in another. I like the life that’s happening around Elizabeth/Lyn. How she deals with it—how history dealt with it, her thought comparison, how she goes along and accepts it, but tries to make changes here and there, where she can. That part is fascinating.
HOWEVER— We were introduced to a third character trapped in the past with Lyn too—Donald. He is the biggest wimp I have ever met. He’s annoying, weak, and I can’t stand him. At first I thought that this was okay. After all, it make Lyn seem stronger, puts her in charge… I’ve come to the conclusion though that the character isn’t aiding the book. I might hate him, that might be the authors intention, but I hate him so much whenever he appears I want to just completely skip over that portion of the book until he’s gone. In face I did that, and I missed some information at one point. But Donald was so annoying it was too hard to read.
Food for thought though, you can make a character dislikable, but you better make sure he’s not too much so that the reader is tempted to put the book down because he/she can’ stand to read about the character.
Finished the book. I so tired of reading unsatisfying books. I kept wondering how the book was going to end. How was Lyn going to get back to the present? I couldn’t figure it out. Well I couldn’t figure it out because she never makes it back to the present. I like books that leave me with a satisfied feeling when I end. This book left me angry and unable to sleep.
I’m trying to figure out why I’m so upset. I think partially because I expected Lyn to find a way back. Time travel usually means the character starts at one time, journey’s to another and then returns to his/her time. That’s the formula. That’s what people expect. This book broke that formula and left me with so many unanswered questions.
I liked Mathieu. I understand how Lyn could end up with him, make a life with him, but what about Lyn’s life from 1980s. Nothing gets explained. Granted she can’t know what happened because she can’t get back. Are we to assume that every year someone new will appear back in time and they’ll never be able to get back? Obviously time in the future moves much faster than time in the past, so wouldn’t another person have appeared in the time Lyn was there if someone new appeared every year? Was it just three people who go back? I’m left with so many questions.
Maybe that’s a good thing. But it leaves me unsettled. I read books for happy endings—well overall happy endings. And you could say that this one has it. Lyn will go off, she’ll marry Mathieu and make a life for herself, but that’s a harsh reality accepting life in 1700s. The book deals a great deal with it, but there are other modern things that I think Lyn would forever miss (shampoo being one…this comes from my research…). How can you accept that fate? How can you agree to live your life knowing you’ll never see your family again? Just so many unanswered/not dealt with issues that I want…need to know more about.
PS: I didn’t feel one bit of remorse when Donald died. Couldn’t stand him. The wimp got what he deserved. Okay that’s rather mean, but his character was weak and annoying.
WOW. Everyone should read this book. It's about an 'alternate' world (kind of like The Handmaid's Tale). I flew through the book. I almost wish we wouWOW. Everyone should read this book. It's about an 'alternate' world (kind of like The Handmaid's Tale). I flew through the book. I almost wish we would have delved even deeper into the world. I'd have preferred a more 'tied' up ending, but I like more concrete endings, so many might find this ending perfectly fine, but seriously go read this book. It's awesome. ~ Grade: A
One word: Tedious. I can see how kids would love this, but it was too "explained" and too much telling me "This is what will happen" by the naGrade: B
One word: Tedious. I can see how kids would love this, but it was too "explained" and too much telling me "This is what will happen" by the narrator, then experiencing it through the children's eyes. That drives me nutty! Absolutely bonkers. Can't stand it!
That said, the writing wasn't half bad, but I won't be reading the sequel....more
Okay, this story could have been AWESOME, but the writer told the entire thing and I was bored to tears. Bored beyond bored. We never got toGrade: C-
Okay, this story could have been AWESOME, but the writer told the entire thing and I was bored to tears. Bored beyond bored. We never got to experience anything with the protagonists. I loved the setting and the asepect of how they time-traveled and how they had to get home, but getting from beginning to end was brutal. Maybe the sequel gets better (in the writing department) but I won't be reading it. Not after the first.
Characters were good and entertaining too. Which makes it all the more a shame that it was just too hard to follow them through their journey....more