How to Stop Time
A love story across the ages - and for the ages - about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to lea ...more
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How to Stop Time is about Tom Hazard who looks like your average forty-something guy but actually has a rare condition that makes him age slower than the average human. So he's around five-hundred years old. Wow, sounds interesting! Right? Except that's kinda it. There's very little story or forward m ...more
Something must be wrong with me......This is the novel everyone is raving about?
I’m doing it again......Throwing in the towel....NOT GOING TO FINISH....
It’s NOT that anything is morally wrong with this book —- there are even some wise messages and heartfelt moments — but mostly I was kinda bored.
I would never call this ‘fiction nonsense’ ( cough cough)- like the last book I didn’t finished where I was pounded over the head by a guy, ( not really - haha - but a little), f ...more
I’m captivated by a good time travel story and while this is not a time travel story in the strictest sense, I was reminded of a few favorites - Jack Finney’s Time and Again , Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife . I couldn’t help but think of all three of these at the very beginning of the story : “The first rule is that you don’t fall in love”, he said. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No ...more
"If you saw me, you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong. I am old — old in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam, or a Renaissance painting is old."
Because of a rare medical condition, Tom Hazard has been alive since the 1500s. Born into a wealthy French family, he has traveled all over the world, assumed many different identities, and led a life characterized by adventure, trauma, emotion, and loneliness. Tom has performed with Shakespeare, ...more
So, I'm breaking the rule of not sharing a quote on an ARC book. You kind of have to know if you are going to read this one...do you like pretty flowery writing? It's pretty full of that.
Tom is old. Very old. He just does not look it. He has been alive for centuries. No, he isn't one of those sparkly vampires.
He has a condition that causes him to age much slower than the normal ...more
Exceptional story, out-of-the-box subject: Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries... Imagine, living in times of Shakespeare, Napoleon, up to today.... And try to be invisible, as people may be looking for you.... And whatever happens, don't fall in love.
A story about love and making choices. I like this writer.
Tom Hazard has a condition which means he ages very slowly indeed and in this story he is well over four centuries old. How to Stop Time alternates chapters from the present with others from his extensive past. When I was reading the past I had to keep reminding myself he was living it at that time and ...more
If you are looking for something a little different, this is it! I always shout from the rooftops when I find an original book! I’ve read nothing even remotely like How to Stop Time. Tom Hazard looks like he’s 41 years old, but he’s been alive for centuries due to a condition that causes him to age slowly. Luckily for Tom, he has a support group of people like him, and the number one rule of the group is that you cannot fall in love f ...more
An enjoyable book about Tom Hazard, a very old man (400 y/o), but you wouldn't know it by looking at him! He looks to be somewhere in his forties. He is stricken with an unusual "condition". His condition makes him an "alba" which means he could be in danger of being discovered (never aging). Is this a blessing or a curse?
The past and present alternate as we learn how Tom began his journey, and where it will take him over the years. We find out who Tom has loved, the tragedies he has endured, an ...more
Most of us have heard of progeria, a condition that is characterized by accelerated aging. Young children with the disorder have the appearance and medical conditions of the very aged. In this book Tom Hazard has the opposite, a condition called anageria, where the aging process is slowed down. Tom is over 400 years old but looks to be in his 40s. He can expect to live close to another 600 years. It’s a rare condition, but there are others like Tom.
For a culture that ...more
If you were to call him by name, you could call him Tom Hazard, but the truth is that over the years, he’s been known by many names, having to change his identity before the truth catches up with him, reveals him to be who he is. Reveals what makes him different than any other man who appears to be around forty. The truth is slightly more than that.
In “this life” Tom teaches history in London at a comprehensive school (a secondary, state school) to young men and youn ...more
He has lived through many periods in history, met a lot of famous people from the past, and seen plenty of inventions brought to life.
There is a secret organisation set up to protect the peop ...more
I feel like I’m in a bit of a fiction reading slump. Or maybe I’m just not picking novels that are not a good fit for me. It’s good to take a chance every now and then, but it sucks when I end up with little enthusiasm for a book that seems to be making others quite happy.
I rarely read books that are surreal or have magical elements. But sometimes I do and sometimes they work. How to Stop Time has a good premise. Tom is one of few people in the world who ages at a far slower pace ...more
Tom, our main character in this journey, has lived for over 400 years. He was born around Shakespeare times and has lived through some of the most important events in history. He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to ...more
How To Stop Time concerns Tom Hazard, Born in 1566 with a condition that makes him age extremely slowly. We join him ...more
Honestly. What a farce. Sorry Matt Haig. I do enjoy your writing. But I should have known better after reading 'The Humans.' Although I loved the idea of it, I was ...more
”I can only liken this to the feeling one gets after a long, hot and dry summer spell which is broken by a torrential downpour of rain. It is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air and just wonderful.”
The Line(s) - ”Forever. Emily Dickinson said, is composed of nows. B ...more
Easy and likeable but somewhat unsatisfying read.
Tom Hazard has a terrible case of existential angst brought on by the fact he's existed for over 400 years. His life is controlled by The Albatross Society, an organization for people with Tom's disorder, anageria, which causes a person to age at a very slow rate, leading to lives that can last for a millennia. The head of the society is Heindrich, a controlling and manipulative man who has set out a series of rules for himself and the o ...more
So there is that – and How To Stop ...more
Your life is a gift. We are all given a certain amount of time to make the most of it. In some cases the years spread out before us while for others their time here is cut short. “Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.”
Tom Hazard has time. In fact he has loads of time. You see Tom has a special condition which allows him to be a semi immortal. He ages slowly, ever so slowly, and ...more
How to Stop Time is a book that is going to be talked about for a while. It made headlines when Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to star in the movie adaptation before the book had even been released.
After reading the description and seeing it virtually everywhere, of course I had to see what all the fuss was about.
Tom is old. He looks forty but is actually more than four hundred. He's part of a small group of people who age about fifte ...more
After reading and enjoying The Humans, I was eager to give this one a go, despite the fact that "time travel" and other such concepts don't necessarily float my boat, but I was willing to sail away with it.
I got the audiobook for this, as I enjoy British accents, plus, it was easier to fit in with other reading.
Honestly, I was getting murderous thoughts ...more
Entertaining AND introspective, what more can I ask of a book? A meditation on mortality and the significance of time, all the while providing precious moments in the 400-year history of one man, once a lute player at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and currently teaching history, one that he lived.
To talk about memories is to live them a little.
While not a time travel story per se, it does take us from the gritty s ...more
How to Stop Time is a thought-provoking read. Matt Haig envisions a world where a small group of individuals age at a much slower pace than the average human. While the main character, Tom Hazard, looks 41, he is actually centuries old. To avoid being institutionalized or treated as a medical research subject, Tom has moved around his entire life staying nowhere more than 8-10 years. When the book opens, Tom has decided to return to London and teach history at a local low-income high sc ...more
...this ended so lovely..
Timeless, elegant, exquisite, thoughtful and a sweet surrender. This was one of my favorite reads of the year thus far.
Tom has lived a long time. A really long time. He does not age at the same rate as regular 'mayflies'…normal mortal humans. He is not immortal, but every human year equals and affords him many more than normal. When others are turning grey, he not so much shows but the earliest sprouts of plume to shave. Soon, he outlasts his friends ...more
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