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Time Patrolman (Time Patrol #2)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  324 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews

7 • Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks • [Time Patrol • 6] • novella by Poul Anderson
117 • The Sorrow of Odin the Goth • [Time Patrol • 7] • novella by Poul Anderson
Paperback, 254 pages
Published 1983 by TOR
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Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Sometimes, I find that a book can be a welcome surprise because the blurb on the back doesn’t nearly do justice explaining the story within, and I wonder why they couldn’t have spent a little more time to accurately describe its awesomeness to move more copies and assist in enlightening the world. Time Patrolman wisely avoids that dread failure, but unfortunately veers into rocky territory by having a synopsis which left me completely perplexed. This summary promises a story of a member of the T ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 4 stars are for the second story. The first story in the book is utterly plain and boring. It presents at least half a dozen problems and then abruptly resolves them with a deus ex machina. The second story is much more intriguing. It's not particularly complicated and doesn't present any of the typical time travel predestination mysteries, rather it is very simplistic but it wins because it has a very engaging emotional side to it. I found it boring in the beginning but that's perhaps becau ...more
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Read this book soon after it came out in 1983 and have loved it ever since. If you are into European myth, Ragnarok and Viking tales, then you should not pass this one by.

The book has two stories in it --- guess you could call them novellas. The first is OK but not memorable. The second is entitled, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" and it's a killer! In "Sorrow", Poul Anderson "retells" an Odin story in a SciFi way. A time-traveling literary researcher tries to track down the origin of a thread of
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un étrange livre de science fiction. L'auteur est visiblement un amoureux d'histoire et les patrouilleurs du temps ne sont qu'un prétexte pour ses aventures au mileu des Ostrogoths ou de la Tyr antique. Il prends un mailin plaisir à faire renaître ces contrées et ces peuples oubliés.
le deuxième petit roman du recueil ("le chagrin d'Odin le goth") est très intéressante dansson idée du scientifique qui deviens la cause même de son objet de recherche. en mêm temps le tragique de la situation est po
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
This isn't as well written as other Poul Anderson books. But, I'm a fan of historical fiction so the focus on the barbarian times toward the end of the Western Roman Empire helps mitigate the story.

The most interesting thing about this story is the placement of an out of time person into the timeline and his impact on history. I think more could have been made around the 'butterfly effect' that we all hear about now. That said, it's a good start getting to that point.

I'm not aware of sequels to
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This books has 2 stories in it:

The first, "Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks" is an entertaining little tale, but suffers from a pretty anticlimactic ending.

The second, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth", is far more engaging, but suffers from being a bit to long.

Both are interesting, but different looks at people travelling in and actively getting involved in history (even if to preserve it).

But this isn't a huge surprise. For the most part, while it won't be the greatest thing ever, you pretty much
Isabel Jazmín
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No sé por qué me tardé tanto en terminar este libro, si las historias atrapan. Probablemente porque no fue una buena elección como lectura de camión: los cuentos son demasiado largos para el trayecto y perdía el hilo del asunto de un día para otro. Finalmente lo terminé y me gustó mucho.
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's no Time Traveler's Wife, but a surprisingly good time travel yarn nonetheless. Solidly researched and cunningly organized, giving events an internal consistency that's almost crystalline in its organic beauty. Not a long, challenging, or deep read, but a quite satisfying literary snack.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Classic time travel/ time police type book - has the right 'feel'
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-sf
Poul Anderson is generally a favorite, but I don't like time travel
Derek Price
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Found time for some pulp scifi. Almost done, so I'll post a review shortly.
Keith Davis
Nov 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Anderson adds some depth to the frequently used time patrol concept by incorporating elements borrowed from Norse mythology.
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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