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The Tourist

2.66  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  229 reviews
"Echoes of Bradbury and Orwell, in the service of a crackerjack conspiracy plot; a seductively intriguing work of speculative fiction." ---Kirkus

"A novel that's as fresh and compelling as it is high concept....Immensely enjoyable." ---SFX (four stars)
It is expected to be an excursion like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicat
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Redhook (first published October 18th 2016)
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Masterpiece? No. But is it as bad as all the reviews seem to say? No.

So what is it? Is this time-travel mystery worth reading? Well, I'll let you in on a secret. The audiobook narrator, Peter Kenny, is absolutely fantastic. This is going to color my outlook very positively.

That being said, maybe no one can put all these pieces of humpty-dumpty back together again. I'm not saying it isn't worth the try, or that the complexity level and the implied ramifications aren't relatively huge, but certain
Stevie Kincade
Spoiler free review followed by Spoilers and FAQ

Can I interest you in an Audiobook on “hard mode”?

Do you like time travel, conspiracies and detective stories?

Instead of reading a detective story, have you ever wanted to be the detective?

Do you think you might enjoy the audiobook equivalent of putting together a 1000 piece puzzle?

Do you love stories that ask a LOT of the reader but provide a unique experience? (Like “Cloud Atlas” where you have to keep the whole narrative straight in your head
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

When I first found out about this book, I thought it had one of the most unique premises I’ve ever seen. But then the early reviews started trickling in, and it seems the one common opinion among a lot of them were “I had no idea what was going on,” or “I was so confused.” In part, that led me to my decision to listen to The Tourist audiobook in the hopes that the format will alleviate some of the issues, but also, I learn
Emily May
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, 2016
A really interesting concept, but almost impossible to enjoy. The author is clearly reluctant to give up any secrets and the result is a book that reveals almost nothing, plunges you into a confusing scenario without explanation, and expects you to keep reading to find out what's going on. Trouble is, with so little given up, it's very hard to become invested. How are we supposed to seek out the answers when we don't even know what the questions are?
I gave this book every chance and I really tried to like it, but it just wasn't for me. The book is confusing, difficult to follow, even more so because the book tends to want to keep everything a big "secret." In some books this may work, but in this one it just made it an impossible read and I reluctantly had to bail.

Thank you to Netgalley and Redhook Books for an advance copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Hmmm... great premise but this must be one of the most confusing books I've read in a long time. I might have finished it but I still haven't a clue.

Ron S
A somewhat difficult to follow, head scratching time travel tale that jumps around between characters and centuries. The publisher is selling this as a conspiracy thriller, presumably because the more accurate "science fiction" tag might scare readers away. As confusing as the story was for me, author Robert Dickinson's social commentary and ability to capture interior thought processes made this a worthwhile read.
Shaun Hutchinson
The book's description promised me time travel, and in that it did deliver. I think this is one of those books that people are either going to absolutely love or absolutely despise. I'm not sure how I feel about it. A little disappointed? Maybe. The plot is dense, though I'm not sure if it's dense because the author really wants the reader to figure things out on their own, or dense because the author had no idea what was going on either. Probably the first one. My major problem with the book is ...more
This is the lowest rated book I've ever read on Goodreads and I don't think it deserves it. I've read far worse books with much higher average ratings. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Before I started reading, I looked through many of the reviews and saw that people had a hard time following the story line, so I may have been paying closer attention at first, as I was expecting to get lost. It never really happened. I'm sure there are things I missed, but it didn't hinder my
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic, mystery
I read this book. Let me just say, I do not have a clue what happened. The premise was interesting. A time travel agency rep loses a tourist that supposedly never existed. Conspiracy theories threaded throughout the book. The book jumps from the travel rep's POV to the tourist's POV without warning. I started getting confused as to whom I was following. The ending seemed rushed to me. It held my interest, but mainly because I was trying so hard to figure out what was going on. I did enjoy the bo ...more
Luke Burrage
A book to re-wire your brain. I liked it!

Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #391:
Actual rating 3.5

The blurb of this book is highly misleading, suggesting that it is a thriller with a potential time travel twist, but in reality it is all about the time travel. The fact that it was marketed as thriller more than time travel almost lead to me deciding not to read this title. But in the end, it is produced by Orbit, an imprint known for their speculative fiction, so I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. Someone who reads a lot of crime thrillers would likely have the oppo
Sep 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The hottest conspiracy thriller....what conspiracy? What PLOT??? Where is the story?

I am honestly just mad at this book for wasting my time. Mad. At a book.

The writing itself is good, I won't fault Dickinson on that and he created interesting and realistic characters; but the execution is confusing, and the exposition is...awful.

I don't know how one could put spoilers in their review. Nothing really happens. A time travel book where everything happens in the 21st century. Literally: Some stuff
Brenda A
I'm so disappointed with this because I initially was very intrigued. I'm just having such a hard time with it because while it has a great idea the actual execution left something to be desired.

The first portion was difficult because it's written with the assumption that we as the reader already know what's going on. We have one character who's in jail for undisclosed reasons, and another who is a tour guide. It takes a while before it's made explicitly clear that they're from the future and t
Minty McBunny
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, november-2016
I find the low reviews shocking. I am a reluctant sci-fi reader, but I love the concept of time travel and this is a knotty, complex, dense, atmospheric time travel book that took me a long time to read but I felt it was time well spent. It has a few "inexperienced author" problems, but I admire the author's choice to not tie everything up in a neat bow at the end, but rather leave it in an open ended cycle, much like the time travel the book deals with. I will be thinking about this book for a ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The only reason I finished this is because it was an ARC and I was obligated to stick it out. (After another person gave it back to me saying they couldn't finish it.)

It was SO confusing. Chapter headings could have been helped enormously by identifying who the character was and in what year. The first third I wasn't sure if there was just one person, or two, or more.

The big bug-a-boo about time travel is meeting yourself and changing events. So how could these characters do it repeatedly?

Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic sci-fi story told in a non-linear manner because time travel is complicated and the future has already happened.

Also loved the foreign observations on early 21st century living.

(Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!)
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Another book for the DNF shelf. I am not having good luck today in finding my next book.
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an advanced reading copy. The novel comes out in October 2016. I'm torn between rating it a three or a four. The writing is excellent. It must have been headache-producing for Dickinson to produce such a tortured plot. As a fan of original s/f work that is thought-provoking and challenging, I initially accepted the basic from the future visiting the past as tourists accompanied by travel company reps who try to keep the clients in line while they (the reps) struggle ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was digging this book in the beginning. I was feeling the futuristic vibe. Yet, that is about the only thing that this book had going for it. The first person narration in this book was not working for me. It left me disconnected to the narrator. In addition, none of the other characters were that interesting. I was expecting a more suspenseful tone to this book. Instead, there were a few moments of hope but they were quickly dashed and overshadowed by the voices. The voices had ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 3.5 stars but rounded down.
This is actually a well plotted book. That is, it comes together at the end nicely. Sadly, you have to spend the majority of the book confused as heck. So much so that I fear it will probably lose readers along the way. If though, like me, you make it out the other side, it is a pretty good read. Whether it is worth the journey is something only you can decide. Speaking as only an occasional reader of sci-fi, time travel books, I think the fact that I was det
Anne Martin
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book! It is hard to find anything to compare it with.
With the book, I got a note from Redhook, saying:
Dear Tourist,
Thank you for booking your visit to the 21st century with Tri-MilleniumTour Company. I am delighted to enclose your boarding pass. You will need to bring this with you on your departure date in order to book the transport.
Tri-Millenium Tour Company strives to provide the most authentic 21st century experience possible. You can sign up to take in the sights and thrill
Kaity Hitt
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow I just really couldn't get into this at all. I was excited to try something out of my comfort zone (time travel), but I clearly picked the wrong book to start with. We jumped back and forth between first person and second person (in different times of her life- so it wasn't really second person?), which was confusing. There were a lot of backstory holes that I guess the author thought it would be okay just not to tell us and a lot of questions and secrets that were never told or explained.

Mr. Gottshalk
It's rare that a reader will come across books that is rated well less than three stars on Goodreads.
It's rarer still that I will check out a book that's less than thee stars and give it my time.
I was pulled in to this book not because I like science fiction, but because the blurb looked appealing and I wanted to know more about the possibilities of time travel. However, I was not "hooked" by the jumpiness if the narrative; instead I just wanted to figure out what the heck was going on. There a
Aimee (Book It Forward)
What a let down. I was so intrigued by this book when I read the synopsis. What I found was a confusing, bland story with characters I didn't care about at all. I read the first 30% and then skimmed the rest jumping forward chapters at a time. The aspect of time travel and murder sounded so juicy but unfortunately this was a total miss.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the Advanced Copy of this book.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this one of those books that you try really hard to like but you just cannot like it at all . Yes there were ?s I had that never got answered in this book . I was so looking forward to reading this and yuck what a dud sorry . Just it stunk sorry but it did and stunk to high heaven . That is all I can say about it . I cannot say one good thing about this book sorry . a real dud .
I’m not sure I’m any the wiser now than when I began the book. I kept thinking - several times - "Ok, I’ve got it now," then I lost it and it slipped away. Time travel and the understanding thereof, is indeed a very slippery concept.

It reminded me of something I saw in a David Bowie documentary hundreds of years ago, where Bowie was doing some experimenting with song lyrics. If I remember rightly, he would write the song out as normal, then cut it up, throw the bits in the air, and then stick it
Richard Cosgrove
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great, I love time travel stories (The Time Traveler's Wife, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August (OK, not strictly time travel, but close enough), 11/22/63, Lightning (Dean Koontz), The Shining Girls and All Our Wrong Todays are among my favourites), and the blurb seemed to suggest something new being brought to the genre.

However, despite the fact that I consider myself a fairly smart cookie I found The Tourist hard to follow, the story was l
Jakob Hessius
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, horror
That was a real challenge to finish! I can't remember the last time I was so reluctant to pick up a book I was reading. This really threw me of balance completely. I can't explaine how difficult I found this book was to understand. Each chapter in itself is somewhat bearable to read. There is nothing to complain about the writing, but to fit the storyline together is almost impossible. I'm reffering all those who care to another review that says it all in a few lines!
Thanks Emily to explained i
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book exploring the use and abuse of time travel. An interesting tale that seemed to fall apart in the last few chapters. The journey was good but the destination rather poorly defined. I suppose when writing a book about time travel it's always difficult to know when it's time to stop!
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