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How to Stop Time

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  123,187 ratings  ·  13,084 reviews
"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 daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'"

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 l
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Viking (first published July 6th 2017)
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Bob Weiniger No, it's actually a rehash of SciFi Grand Master Robert Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love" , the story of Lazarus Long, a member of a group of extremel…moreNo, it's actually a rehash of SciFi Grand Master Robert Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love" , the story of Lazarus Long, a member of a group of extremely long lived humans known as The Howard Familes. A superbly written stoery, well worth reading today.(less)
Nat K Hi Crumb, not in the traditional sense. Tom (the main character) doesn't "step back" in time, but rather, he lives for an inordinately un-natural amou…moreHi Crumb, not in the traditional sense. Tom (the main character) doesn't "step back" in time, but rather, he lives for an inordinately un-natural amount of time (several hundred years). It's a fabulous book, one of my favourite reads from last year. Enjoy!(less)

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Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess I should straight off the bat tell you what happened when I finished reading "The Humans." And yes, I know this is supposed to be a review about "How to Stop Time." Bear with me. So, I finished "The Humans" and I a)wept b) started it again immediately c) spent the next two years giving it to everyone on my gift list and basically insisting everyone read it. My ace in the hole has always been this - "If the road gets rocky (and everyone's road gets rocky sometimes) I can re-read "The Huma ...more
Emily May
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi
This is my second book by Matt Haig and, to be honest, it's probably going to be my last. Everything from his writing style to his characters to his (lack of) plot doesn't seem to be working for me.

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
Joachim Stoop
Review coming up in about 400 years
Elyse  Walters
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Library Audiobook......

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
Angela M
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4+ stars

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
Maggie Stiefvater
A melancholy novel about a man who lives for hundreds of years, unable to move past the true love he outlived — or perhaps the idea of the person he was when he was with his true love.
Larry H
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars for this one.

"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,
Jul 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fi-i-guess
Tom Hazard has just got the job as a history teacher as a school in a less privileged area of East London in the early 21st Century; despite knowing that he's absolutely not allowed to connect with people, he feels a sense of interest and desire towards one of his fellow members of staff. Why is that an issue? Tom Hazard is over 400 years old and belongs to a secret organisation of very long lived anomalies, called the Albatross Society!

Matt Haig captures the plight of the long-lived quite well,
Siobhán Mc Laughlin
This book was so bad it actually did stop time for me - stopped time on my reading, bigtime. I've been trying to finish it for the past three weeks or more...! Just the thought of picking it up was too much. (Just as there are some books you can't put down - there are books you can't bloody pick up - and this, for me, was one of them.)

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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
There comes a time when the only way to start living is to tell the truth. To be who you are, even if it is dangerous.

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 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 nor
JanB(on vacation till October)
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5 stars - I loved this one!

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
You have to choose to live...
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.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am giving this five stars because I enjoyed it enormously and I finished it in one day! I love time travel and although this was not that really, it had the same effect and was just as pleasing.

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
Diane S ☔
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 An engaging story about a man who is 400 years old and will continue to live hundreds of years more. Tom Hazard, a man now living in current times, but remembering his love who lived so long ago, and his daughter, who he has long been searching. His daughter, who like him, is able to live a long time. There are interesting forays back in time, historical happenings as Tom remembers. The witch trials in England, playing to lute and meeting Shakespeare, playing piano at Ciro's, and many others ...more

4.5 Stars

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 young women, teaching th
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"When I see someone reading a book, especially if it is someone I don`t expect, I feel civilisation has become a little safer."

We are the invisible threads of history.

"It may seem strange, falling in love with someone because of a gesture, but sometimes you can read an entire person in a single moment. The way you can study a grain of sand and understand the universe. Love at first sight might or might not be a thing, but love in a single moment is."

"You spend so much time waiting for something
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 original and captivating stars to How to Stop Time! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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 lo
Holly  B
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, just-ok

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
Whispering Stories
Tom Hazard, just one one the names he has been know by, is 439 years old. He has a rare condition called Anageria, meaning that his body ages at a very slow rate. For every 15 years of his life, his body ages just one, a condition that began during puberty. This means that he now looks like a man in his 40s.

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
Richard (on hiatus)
To me, Matt Haig is one of those writers that can’t do much wrong. He’s the sort of bloke, along with others such as Jonathon Coe and David Nicholls, I’d like to have a pint with and put the world to rights. Somehow the cultural references in his books always hit the spot and there is a humanity, humour and generosity that that gives one faith in ........ um ........ fellow blokes.
How To Stop Time concerns Tom Hazard, Born in 1566 with a condition that makes him age extremely slowly. We join him
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Barely 3 stars.

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
Caro (Bookaria)
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2018, sci-fi
What if you could live for a 1,000 years? How would you choose to live? What will be your threats? Joys? These are the questions this book attempts to answer, all from the point of view of Tom Hazard.

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
Bionic Jean
“You see, I have a condition. I am old – old in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam, or a Renaissance painting is old. I was born well over four hundred years ago, on the third of March 1581 …”

We only read a few sentences of How to Stop Time, before we learn this central conceit. Tom Hazard, who narrates the novel, is almost immortal. He looks in his late thirties – maybe forty – but ages very, very slowly, and has actually been alive for centuries. Tom suffers from a condition which used to b
I'm throwing in the towel at the 70% mark ... I can't take it anymore. I can't believe this is the same author as the one who wrote The Humans.

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
3 Stars.

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
Liz Barnsley
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How To Stop Time is a beautiful work of fiction – you know I read a lot of books (this is actually book 120 for me of 2017) and I don’t think I have ever read an author that just grasps and conveys the vagaries of human nature quite like Matt Haig does – in a way that makes you feel like he is writing just for you. The emotional sense of his writing is enduring and never anything less than compelling no matter the story being told or the premise that starts it.

So there is that – and How To Stop
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
The answer is in there. How to stop time, I mean. Somewhere in the middle of the story, and then a little differently at the end. What is said may not be what you expect, but it's a good saying for sure. True and meaningful. It evokes feeling. So did this book. I get the impression that when Haig writes he is thinking about real life as much as how the words placed on a page speak to the reader - not simply to the story. Therefore, they say a little more. They have meaning. I'm not saying that t ...more
Feb 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: fiction
The Hook - Many fine and rave reviews by my GoodReads friends including this one by convinced me to scoff up this book toot sweet, or as kindly corrected by C., tout de suite. It was this line in Gail's review that was the clincher.

”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
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 truly wonderful stars

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
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist.

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