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A Bridge of Years

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  911 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.
Published September 22nd 2009 by Audible Frontiers (first published September 1991)
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Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2012
I kind of got this by accident. I really enjoy Robert Charles Wilson’s books and saw this available for pre-order on the Nook. I waited for months for the release date, then decided to get the audiobook because a credit cost less than the ebook. I was a bit surprised that the Audible Frontiers version was released in 2009, but just thought that the ebook version was new. As I’m listening, it seemed a bit dated. The current-day events in this time travel story occur in 1989. I did more research o ...more
Nathan Coops
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nathan by: Time Travel Group book of the month club read.
Shelves: time-travel
I love science fiction stories that let you know what you are in for and then deliver on their promises. A Bridge of Years does that and more. I listened to this book on audio and loved it. The narrator was excellent and the writing style really captivated me. I had recently read Stephen King's 11/22/63 and wasn't sure I wanted to dive into another "time tunnel" book, but Wilson has a unique style and worked for me on a variety of levels. For one, he lets you know you are reading a sci-fi boo ...more
Mary JL
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: Found while browsing
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
The premise is pretty neat. Tom Winter buys a house in a isolated rural area--and mysterious things begin happening. He eventual tears down a basement wall--and discovers a tunnel that ends in New York City, 1962.

The story is well told. I really liked one point--we do not remember everything after decades have passed. When Tom is in 1962 he remembers the 'big names' of course--Kennedy, Kruschev, Castro and so on. But many of the other times he had forgotten--he was only ten years old in 1962. Ev
Willy Eckerslike
I have an image of Robert Charles Wilson as a kindly, well turned out gentleman of independent means sitting at his escritoire carefully penning a few well chosen words while the log fire burns cheerily and his over indulged cat lies curled on it’s favourite armchair. This gentle novel has done nothing to dispel this pleasant vista. As with all Wilson’s work that I’ve read, his character based style is heavily rooted in the earlier classics of the genre making for a pleasant and deeply satisfyin ...more
Tim Martin
This was a solid time travel science fiction story, one that to me harkened back to more Golden Age sense of wonder style storytelling, where exploring the unknown and a sense of wonder at true mysteries – if not miracles – were hallmarks of the writing, something I don’t always see in more recent genre fiction. There is definitely violence and action, but it is not particularly gritty and there are wonderful chapters where just a sense of gee-whiz wonder is present. I really liked that.

The boo
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book which time travel enthusiasts will enjoy. It has a bit of everything, science, paradox, love, travel to the past, travel from the future etc. The type of time travel is a time tunnel, but there is also some advance technology from the future which is explained enough to satisfy the reader, but not in so much detail to bore the pants off of those of us who don't eat up the scientific theory side of time travel novels.

The story follows several paths which are intertwined, and
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A very enjoyable book. This novel is a good display of RCW's smooth writing style. By the title you know going in that the book deals with time travel, and I was impressed with how effortless RCW tied different stories together and skipped around in time without confusing the reader. The novel has the common save-the-earth theme, and is chock full of 1960s nostalgia, and while I personally would prefer less of that stuff and more sci-fi, this book is easily four stars.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the questions this book sparked in my mind. Would I choose to stay back in time if the option felt "safer". If I didn't have much going for me in my own present day....

I don't know. I DO know that if I had the opportunity to time travel to the past I would not pass it up for anything!!

Anyway, the book starts right out with a bunch of action. The reader doesn't really know what's going on because it seems all a bit futuristic. Plausible, though. Not too "out there". Keep it simpl
Althea Ann
In 1989, fresh from a traumatizing divorce, Tom Winter moves back to his hometown, buying a house on the outskirts of the woods. He notices the house is in remarkably good condition, considering it's supposedly been empty for the last 10 years, but then he discovers stranger things - robotic bugs performing maintenance and a time-traveling tunnel that leads to the New York City of 1962, hidden in the basement. Escaping the present and shacking up with a nice 60's beatnik girl seems like a good i ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Fun read! It was creepy enough to give me a few thrills, but not creepy enough that I felt uncomfortable or freaked out reading it alone in a hotel room while out of town on a business trip. Also, it's set largely in the Pacific Northwest, which I have newly acquired firsthand knowledge of (there is a teeny tiny passage featuring a hummingbird that drew me completely into the book/moment - love it!). The time travel aspect of the book has the potential to be like Every Sci-Fi Book Ever (blah bla ...more
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I've been writing science fiction professionally since my first novel A Hidden Place was published in 1986. My books include Darwinia, Blind Lake, and the Hugo Award-winning Spin. My newest novel is The Affinities (April 2015).
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