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The Psychology of Time Travel

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,528 ratings  ·  1,083 reviews
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books (first published August 9th 2018)
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David Hambling There are a number of lesbian characters, and few men. There are also references to time-travellers having sex with themselves, which is surely about…moreThere are a number of lesbian characters, and few men. There are also references to time-travellers having sex with themselves, which is surely about as Q as it gets.(less)
James Shields It certainly reads that way. It has an ending, and seems self contained. Who knows whether the author will turn it into a series, but even if she…moreIt certainly reads that way. It has an ending, and seems self contained. Who knows whether the author will turn it into a series, but even if she does, this book should stand alone.(less)

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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Time travel is a fantastic concept and it’s almost limitless in its possibilities. An author could take their book anywhere and to anyone: it could be so many things. I’d love to see more of them out there in the market.

The Psychology of Time Travel explores many ideas and it plays with reality through the process. Mascarenhas has chosen to focus on the cognitive effects of such an epic exploration. What happens to our minds when they are stretched too far? Does our sanity start to crumble as
Christina - Traveling Sister
3.5, an epic tale of Traveling Sisters stars!!!

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This was an incredibly unique and interesting story about four women who pioneered the invention of time travel in 1967 and the repercussions of that choice and ability. This book was 100% #LADYPOWER and I absolutely loved that. I think centering the story around women, gave Mascarenhas the ability to add a deep empathy to the affects of time travel and how it touched those who took part in it, and
When four female scientists create the world's first-time machine in 1967, they had no idea how they would alter the world (or themselves). These women were known as pioneers, each with her own specialty to assist each other in the development of the time machine. Fifty years later, time travel has taken off. Ruby Rebello's grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the original pioneers. Ruby has always been curious about her grandmother's past and her contribution to time travel, so when her ...more
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Time travel books are generally hit or miss with me. Some of my favourite and LEAST favourite books (cough.. Outlander... Cough) are time travel related. I really enjoy the concept and find it really clever how some authors navigate it. I really enjoyed this one. It was different to anything I have read before, and confused me at times... But at the same time I enjoyed it immensely.

in the 1960's, four women invent a time-travel machine. The world is their oyster! But one of them suffers a mental
Time travel is a complex subject. From my childhood days of reading 'The Time Machine' by H. G. Wells and watching the movie 'Back to the Future' to my adulthood escapes into devouring several new books about the topic, it's been prevalent all my life. Often the theme focuses on 'what would you change about the past' and 'what happens if you alter reality.' While those ideas are covered in Mascarenhas' novel, the Psychology of Time Travel also focuses on exactly what the title implies -- the ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
I was actually intending to let this one pass me by - the title did not grab me and I have so many other books waiting. However a combination of the reviews and the fact that it was available on Netgalley made me decide to read it and I am so glad I did.

It is a story about four women who invented a time machine and what happened to them and their invention once it became public property. More importantly the book focuses on the people involved and how they were impacted by this remarkable
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
We are wrapping up 2018 soon and beginning a new year full of new books! In the spirit of thinking about time, I want to give a little teaser of a book I read (and loved!) in 2018 but that publishes in February of 2019--The Psychology of Time Travel by the incredible Kate Mascarenhas. This book completely captivated me, and I'm actually on a second reading of it because I loved it SO much! On my second reading, I'm picking up on so many wonderful clues and moments that weave together and delight ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

In this science fiction-mystery, people move back and forth in time as easily as taking a bus. Thus time travelers can go back and hang out with their past selves or leap ahead and spend time with their future selves.

Time machine

Wedding festivities can be celebrated by a slew of 'silvers' (future incarnations of oneself) and funerals can be attended by a batch of 'greens' (past incarnations of oneself).

From green self to silver self

Travelers can hop into the future to see how a job interview or
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I love the idea of time travelling and I love the idea of time travelling books. That is the main reason why I chose to read this ARC copy. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and the cover was gorgeous. I don’t have much experience reading time travelling books. I still believe the synopsis is intriguing and the cover is gorgeous, but I am not satisfied with the feelings this book left me, after I read the last chapter.

The story begins when four
Brenda -Traveling Sister
The Traveling Sisters stepped out of their comfort zones a little bit here when we were invited to read and review The Psychology of Time Travel as it isn’t a genre that some of us normally would read. However, all of us who participated in this group read really loved the opportunity to try something different than we normally would pick up to read. That is part of what makes our group reads so interesting and exciting and we are grateful for when these types of group reads come available to ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Unexpectedly emotional!

This is a challenging review to write because The Psychology of Time Travel is a difficult book to describe! It’s so many things, wonderful things, and I’m going to do my best to capture it all.

Four female scientists build the first time machine in 1967. When the machine is about to make its world-wide debut, one of the scientists is removed from the team because of significant emotional difficulties…This was done to protect the debut…

Over fifty years later, the
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas is a science fiction fantasy that is a bit like the story of Hidden Figures. In this book instead of the ladies that worked on the space program we have a fantasy read with four ladies that worked to create time travel.

The story begins in 1967 with the four ladies working to invent time travel, each with their own specialty. After successful animal trials things move forward for them to begin working with human travel. Unfortunately, one of the
Aptly named, The Psychology of Time Travel combines mystery, fantasy, and yes, a ton of psychology in a complicated and multifaceted story that flows in and out of time. In the 1960's, four scientific pioneers all bring their expertise to the table to create time travel. It's a true team effort. But what happens when you create something Earth shattering? You change the world. And when you have the power to change the world, you better check yourself. With a large, primarily all-female cast, ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
There have been a lot of time travel books. Like. A LOT. But few deal quite this directly with the secondary effects of a lot of movement through time. This one does.

The title is entirely accurate but it is NOT a DSM listing. Rather, it's part a worldbuilding exercise where madness, murder, and mayhem is realistically unfolded in the reality of knowing Time. This is not a universe where paradoxes happen. This is unmovable Time. The institute can set up trade agreements between time periods and a
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Love the title. Love the cover. Love the blurb. The book? Guess I ran all out of love. C'mon, now, really?? 4 scientists brilliant enough to create the world's first time machine and they jump around squealing, "thank god!", weeping over their success, and speaking with the vocabulary of a gang of vacuous Kardashians? PASS!

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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Russian roulette, secrets, time travel! Multi-dimensional with layers upon layers...

This book is very different from any of the other time travel books I have ever read before. Where most other books focus on the journey, destination, places or the life forms encountered, this book has a central focus on the women that invented time travel in 1967, their families and lives that surround the successes and the repercussions from instituted time travel.

As one woman receives a paper note that
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Psychology of Time Travel' is Kate Mascarenhas' exciting debut and mixes a variety of genres in a special way. Part mystery, part thriller, part science fiction, this novel has a little something for everyone within it. It also boldly explores difficult but important themes and is an absolute pleasure to read.

The story begins with the introduction of four incredible female scientists - Barbara, Margaret, Estelle and Grace. who are on the verge of inventing a time-travel machine.
A glorious, beautifully crafted novel that treats the theme of time travel in such an original way - no concerns here about meeting your future self or selves. Clever and quite complex but also full of heart. There's a lot to say about this wonderful, memorable novel and the women in it - review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights once I've had time to sit and think on it. A contender for my book of the year.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
I was sold on The Psychology of Time Travel, just based on the intriguing title choice and front cover. The front cover is quite deceiving, it features a stitched set of motifs, almost cosy in nature. This is quite a facade, as beneath this novel lies a complex exploration of time travel. The Psychology of Time Travel is aptly titled, this debut novel offers up one of the most in-depth and alternative investigations of time travel I have encountered. The
At one point in the novel, one of the characters observes that a characteristic of more experienced time travellers is that they generally have ‘a weird hippocampus’. Having now read the book, I feel I can definitely identify with this – and goodness knows what the author’s hippocampus looks like! As it happens, during the time I was reading the book I had to undergo an MRI brain scan. In my imagination, the radiographer is now looking at the scan and thinking, WTF…

There are so many intersecting
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-cleanup-2020
I’m delighted that my first review in the new year goes to such an enjoyable book.

„The psychology of time travel“ is exactly what the title hints at. If you want to think about the technicalities of time travelling or the causalities of jumping around in past and future then it would be better if you pick up one of the zillion books that concern themselves with those aspects. For this novel time travel works and the past can’t be altered – stat. This has to be taken as a given without
The Psychology of Time Travel presents an alternate version of recent history that is captivating from the first page. In 1967, time travel is invented by a team of four female scientists – Margaret, Lucille, Grace and Barbara, or, as they're often known, 'the pioneers'. However, the process has a destabilising effect on Barbara: she has a bizarre public outburst when the group present their research to the media, and is thereafter admitted to a psychiatric ward. Excommunicated by the pioneers ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
DNF @ 60%
The separate ingredients of this book were great: the diversity, the mystery, the premise of time travel and even the world building. But I failed to fall in love with the book. It's hard to say why - for me, it's the characters that make a book. And characters are not the strength of The Psychology of Time Travel. It centers on the story and only the story, it has a lot of characters and you don't get to know any of them well enough. The thing that bothered me the most was that the
Jennifer Gaarder
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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The Psychology Of Time Travel
Crooked Lane Books, Future Publishing Date: February 19, 2019 (ARC)

372 Pages, Kindle Edition

*This was provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane books as an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

From Goodreads:

"A time travel murder mystery from a brilliantly original new voice. Perfect for readers of Naomi Alderman'sThe Powerand Emily St John Mandel'sStation Eleven.

Four female scientists invent a time travel
The Captain
Dec 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there me mateys! This be the eighteenth book in me Ports for Plunder - 19 Books in 2019 list. When I went to read this book, I realized that there was a problem. I didn't actually own it like I thought I did! I currently have a self-imposed rule that I can only buy books that I know I will reread and they have to be in ebook form (library book sales being the exception). Also I be in the midst of a hold tally of all the books I own in both ebook and physical forms and don't want to buy ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
I adore time travel narratives, it's one of those things that will always make me pick up a book. We all have those positive "triggers" that will makes us choose one book over the other. And I am certainly glad that I got to read this one. For one, Kate Mascarenhas is from the Midlands, where I live. I always love to read books by local authors, such a thrill to find the same places you know in a book. Also, I liked the premise that four women invented time travel. Not a man in sight. And yes, ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Psychology of Time Travel is the first novel by British psychologist, copywriter, bookbinder, doll’s house maker and author, Kate Mascarenhas. It’s 1967 and Barbara, Grace, Margaret and Lucille are pioneers, building a time machine. Successfully, because these are smart ladies with backgrounds in nuclear fission, cosmology, thermodynamics, and radio waves. But one of their number is adversely affected by their time travels, and is banished from further research.

In mid-2017, psychologist Ruby
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant novel which combines a time-travelling tale with a mystery and a story about families - mothers and daughters, lovers and spouses, friends and foes. In this world, time travel was invented in 1967 by four female scientists. Soon 'the Conclave' was set up - a clichey time travelling organisation with its own rules and laws, and a staff who can travel back and forth in time, but only in the period when time travel exists - they can't go back any further than 1967. Also, there ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Mascarenhas is a writer.

Born in 1980, she is of mixed heritage (white Irish father, brown British mother) and has family in Ireland and the Republic of Seychelles.

She studied English at Oxford and Applied Psychology at Derby. Her PhD, in literary studies and psychology, was completed at Worcester.

Since 2017 Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Previously she has been an advertising
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