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Twists of Time

(46. Ascending #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Uncover the startling truth before time runs out in this complex search for an ancient treasure.

Alex is a former basketball player who has always been able to bend time. These days he teaches physics and parents three quirky children alongside his unusual wife.

When the administration at his high school wants to reignite its history with organized hate groups, Alex can no l
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published 2013 by Cinnabar Press
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Received through Goodreads First Reads)

I'm never sure how to write about or judge self published books (I'm assuming this is self published). For example, books published through well established houses are sure to have access to proper editing, as well as formatting and other such little details. So how do you judge a book that falls down on all these points possibly because there was no access to them?

I'll give it a go anyway. The story is actually really, really interesting. I found mysel
Bob Craton
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of this author's first two books, 'x0' and 'y1', so it is no surprise that I love this third volume of the series. Once again she has put together a marvelous tale. I don't know of anyone doing better in the genre of magical realism than she does. All of the books involve the fictional Zeitman family with a different member featured in each volume -- Lola (wife/mother) in the first, Zane (son) in the second, and now Alex (husband/father). Each character is a very real and believabl ...more
James Emilian
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on Goodreads giveaway and I can honestly say that it is officially among my favourites SF books ! It was definitely worth reading it!
Dhivya Balaji
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigued by the previous two books of the same series, x0 and y1, which chronicled the experiences of the Zeitman family, I took up this book, the third instalment in the series which featured the head Zeitman, Alex. As is usually evident in the book covers of this series, I could guess what this book will deal with. If the previous offerings were about Telepathy and Shape Shifting, this book is about the biggest mystery of all, time.
Alex Zeitman always strikes the reader as a mildly humorous
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, sf, arc

I admit that I always judge a book after :

1. The cover.

2. The title.

And I ( almost )never read the preview.

That's how I ended up joining this giveaway.At first I thought that it was the story of a basketball player but then the title got my attention and it was pretty intriguing.I read the preview on GoodReads after I received the book and when I saw that the book belongs to Sience Fiction and time traveling I was a bit disappointed as I'm not really into SF books and I hate math , q

Ally Swanson
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
---4.5 Stars---

Another successful book in the intriguing 46. Ascending Book Series!!!

It was enjoyable to catch back up with the Zeitman family and join them again on their next adventure!

This is the third book I’ve read from the talented writer, S. R. Cronin. A couple months ago, I had the privilege of reading her book, “One of One,” which is Book One of the 46. Ascending Book Series. Then, a few weeks ago I read, “Shape of Secrets,” which is Book Two in the 46. Ascending Book Series and I reall
Veronica ⭐️
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I received this novel free from Goodreads First Reads and Sherrie Cronin in exchange for an honest review.
Dr Stan Drexler and 5 of his students uncover an ancient carved box during one of their excavations. But the box mysteriously disappears.
Alex Zeitman , a physics teacher at Early Gulch High School , has the ability to warp time.
Xuha is born in a car travelling from Mexico to Houston as his mother rushes to see her dying father.
What do these people have in common? How will they all be eventu
I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway and it was so much better than I thought it would be.
I was expecting some dreary tale, about a middle aged teacher struggling through until realizing he needed to use his gift of time warping to save people. Instead it was an interesting tale of finding rare artifacts, a teachers fight for justice with the help of his brave daughter and a young boys optimism in the face of one of the greatest evils of all-racism. I found this a great tale in fighting for e
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Multiple plot lines are interwoven very nicely in this story that begins in the late 1600s with a Mayan princess going to extreme lengths to protect her family's greatest treasure from Spanish invaders, and ends in the second half of the 21st century with that treasure having impacted the lives of many people.

Along the way, clues to the treasure are found, lost, and found again as an archaeology team reconnects and settles past differences, racial and ethnic prejudices are challenged, and indivi
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for fans of sci-fi. Great for casual sci-fi readers.

Great for anyone, really.

z2 is one of those novels that stays with you. It is written intelligently, and the plot is never boring.

5/5 stars!
Mona Grant-Holmes
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book to finish the Alphabet Challenge as the book that begins with the letter z. I had read another book Y2, by this author and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed this novel as well. The author does a great job of weaving the science with the fiction.
Breane Ross
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an arc from netgalley. Really enjoyed this sf/uf book. Definitely recommend it!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 out of 5 stars

“Twists of Time” by S.R. Cronin is another story in the ’46. Ascending’ series that blends fantasy and science fiction. This particular tale spotlights Alex Zeitman as well as a Mayan family tasked through the ages with saving and guarding an essential artifact.

The book is aptly named because it shifts between time periods and various characters, so it takes a bit of flexibility to connect with the story line, but it is worth it to persist because eventually the elements meld
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
In 1696 a woman, Nimah sends her two sons Ichik and Balam out in the world with a box in different directions giving them instructions on where to go and to guard their box with their lives. Nimah and her eight year-year-old daughter would guard the biggest box they hid close to their home. What was in this box? Why would a woman send her sons away each with a box of their own?

Several hundred years later Dr. Stan Drexler and his students dig up this shiny black box. They leave it in the cave wh
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
For me was a bit weird to read the 3rd book of the series without even knowing what was the story like in the past or in the previous volumes. Although, for this matter of fact I might not seem to enjoy as much I would probably enjoy if I knew the story from the other volumes. And I kept thinking if this is another book made out from a film or about a film because it clearly has a film cover.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet again another brilliant story packed with history, self-discovery and humanity.

I don't know why but I'm always blown away by how S. R. Cronin weaves an intriguing story.

I love how the characters return (helped along by them being family) and remind you about previous books in the series, but it adds an extra layer that helps you understand things more.

Twists of Time has an interesting array of characters that combine and build an amazing world to escape to....a world highlighting physics, hi
Paul Wandason
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
z2 is the third book in the 46.Ascending series and revolves around Alex Zeitman who has the ability to warp time and hence experience time slower or faster than the rest of us.

Several story lines weave and wend through z2, and characters interlace beautifully. Since this is where much of the elegance in the novel lies I'm going to go against the traditional approach of a review and leave out a synopsis - but I will mention here that the back cover blurb is perhaps a little too one-dimensional a
Tim Roast
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I won in a Goodreads First Reads contest.

Z-squared, or zee-squared as this is an American book, is an ambitious novel. It contains the making of time-machines, Maya history, American Civil War history, telepathy, racial hatred, a potted history of American immigration policies and a treasure hunt for ancient artifacts.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that it is volume three of six. However having read it, and not the previous two books in the series, I would say
M.T. DeSantis
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and follow the Goddess Fish book tour here.
Again, I’m drawn into this series. The interwoven nature of the books is so fascinating. Couple that with watching this family use their powers separately (but almost in a together way), and I’ve got myself a set of books to sink my teeth into.
I enjoyed Alex’s ability to slow time, but I also liked that he wasn’t really in complete control of it. It was a nice
Kathryn Svendsen
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, mystery
Z Squared is a multi-faceted novel not only about a teacher with the ability to manipulate the speed of time, but about the mystery of the treasure related to a Mayan artifact and racism with overtones of the Klu Klux Klan.

There was definitely more to this novel than the synopsis implied. To be honest I thought that the book was really more about the Mayan mystery and the racism/immigration issues than about the time warping. I did enjoy how that ability that Alex had fit into the story however
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from Good reads for an honest review. And honestly, I enjoyed this book tremendously. All the characters are quite believable and fit nicely into the story line. For the most part they are just everyday people. It follows Alex from his days at school playing basketball, to his teaching career and own family, to his demise with aging. The other characters include Professor Drexler, all of his students and those that are met along the way. As the story unfolds, it is amazing h ...more
So this took me extremely long to read. Not necessarily because it was a bad book: the concept is amazingly interesting and well thought out, but overall it just didn’t really work for me. I think it was because there were just a bit too many characters, and because you jump from past to present to different places a lot, which makes it hard to read. This is most certainly not the book to read after a long day of work: you just have to concentrate on the story too much.
Another thing that I would
Linda Todd
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to friends
Shelves: got
Well I most say wonderful story a lot of hate, love, fun, laughter, and more hate but loved this book a good story the characters and story lines where well thought out and delivered with grace and some characters with the power to make you hate them your self but if you wish to read this wonderful book you will not be disappointed you did with all that said my humble thanks to the amazing author Sherrie Cronin and keep the good works of art coming and I will be looking out for more of her work ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent! It's got an anthropological treasure hunt, Mayan history, theoretic time travel, science, people with super human abilities. It brings into the light the ever controversial issue of racism still alive in our modern world. Something, I regret to say, I have experienced first hand. Every character has their own side story that is equally intriguing. When all the side stories finally converge, you will discover an unexpected outcome. I laughed, I cried, I fell asleep with t ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of an interactive novel was alien to me when i started reading this book, but I grew to understand. Buried within its ranks are links and pictures, steering the reader towards music, maps and histories, all of which build up in the background to make this one of the better stories i have read in a while.

Alex and Lola's abilities, the battle between work and the world, between family and the human race, it all comes together in a climax that will leave you flipping pages at an amazing ra
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As engrossing as the others that I have read from this author but once again different in subject matter. As usual excellent blend of storyline with travel and engrossing detail. And yes I started it and could not put it down just like her others. Without giving away anything about the story, I can only say that I am significantly richer in knowledge from having been exposed to this author. Looking forward to other books from this author.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as a GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I'm going to preface this by saying that this is not a book I would probably ever pick up. I don't understand the title (before reading the book anyway), the cover art is crappy (we all judge books by their covers, don't try to deny it), and based on the back cover synopsis, it just isn't my thing. In fact, I wasn't even sure I wanted to read it at all even though I had gotten it for free (don't ask me why I entered the giveaway if it didn't s
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quantum physics was always a subject of fascination to me. Z2 is about the choices, possibilities, limits and order of priorities in life. Combining the subjects of Z2 with quantum physics is like a combination of bumblebees and flowers. It is a smart and perfect fit in the plot.

I love the way Sherrie Cronin reveals her personal views and opinions of the human society through the eyes, mouths and behavior of the Zeitman family members, and because i happen to share the same ideas and ideals, th
I received this book for review a while ago. I hd every intention of reading it right away and writing the review because it seemed super interesting, a book right up my alley. But when I started reading it, I was, more than anything else, confused. I was immediately introduced to a big amount of random, seemingly non-connected characters and with each, the story started somewhere in the middle. Needless to say, I had a hart time wanting to continue. I kept putting off the reading, and when I di ...more
As she did in y1 Cronin offers a unique blend of mystery, history, adventure, and fantasy. The Zeitman family is again at the center of the plot. Alex Zeitman has the envious ability to bend time but never realized how strong his abilities were until now. Just a mild mannered physics teacher, no one would suspect that he has these superhuman skills.

However exciting, there is more to the story than just time bending.

It opens with a 1696 flashback of a Mayan society already besieged with the inf
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Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

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Other books in the series

46. Ascending (6 books)
  • One of One (46. Ascending, #1)
  • Shape of Secrets (46. Ascending, #2)
  • Layers of Light (46. Ascending, #4)
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