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The Time Traveler's Almanac > Is There Anybody There? (Kim Newman 8/9/15)

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message 1: by Lincoln, Temporal Jester (new)

Lincoln | 1290 comments Mod
http://talestoterrify.com/tales-to-te...

The story itself starts 17 minutes in.


message 2: by Nathan, First Tiger (new)

Nathan Coops (icoops) | 539 comments Mod
Audio version! Adds some spook factor.


message 3: by Cheryl (last edited Aug 19, 2015 04:33PM) (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) | 861 comments Now this is a clever one, and I'm sure I'll find it memorable, coming to mind whenever I hear about Ouija boards, or hackers... The print version is effective, but I bet the audio is even more so; I'm tempted to follow your link!


message 4: by Jessica (new)

Jessica  (jessical1961) Nathan wrote: "Audio version! Adds some spook factor."

Where did you find the audio version? I did a search on Audible.com by bothe the title and author and didn't see it.


message 5: by Lincoln, Temporal Jester (new)

Lincoln | 1290 comments Mod
Jeffrey wrote: "Nathan wrote: "Audio version! Adds some spook factor."

Where did you find the audio version? I did a search on Audible.com by bothe the title and author and didn't see it."


simply typed the name of the story with the authors last name into google and found it featured as an episode on tales to terrify.


message 6: by Tej (last edited Aug 24, 2015 04:43AM) (new)

Tej (theycallmemrglass) | 1725 comments Mod
Kim Newman? I know him as popular film critic/journalist in UK whom I regularly read his column in Empire magazine (our equivalent to US's Premiere). He guests on movie shows (with a distinct air of eccentricity in his dressing and that unmistakable moustache!) and specialises in dungeon basement straight to video horror and sci fi flicks.

But I had no idea that he also wrote his own horror novels, a prolific and successful one at that, it seems.

And what a compelling short story this was! Very clever and I love the power play of words with the characters. Really compelling and once again satisfyingly complete enough to not leaving me wanting more.

In fact, one criticism I will make is that its a touch too drawn out at the end that tries to fill in too much explanations which would have been ok to leave to our imagination. It seems the author felt it neccessary to fill up all the gaps in the plot which is admirable, given how "plot holes" are too common a criticism but its at the sacrifice of the ending's pacing.

Kim's writing is very rich, though and I may very well pick up one of his horror novels in future.

4/5

The podcast reading was refreshing btw but I do prefer reading. I really wish this Almanac book was available as an ebook :(


message 7: by Glynn (new)

Glynn | 235 comments I agree with everybody. This was a good one. Another unusual way to think about travelling through time. 4 stars from me.


message 8: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Glasser | 207 comments This story is clever and unusual. I liked it a lot. The use of the alter egos, the dominatrix one and the other seemed superfluous but I was entertained throughout and liked the ending a lot. This guy got what he deserved for scamming people and actually being proud of the suicides he caused. I often wonder how people from 100 years ago would react to the Internet and this was a unique theory.


message 9: by Anotherpath4 (new)

Anotherpath4 | 2 comments I really enjoyed the blend of supernatural and high tech. It's something I don't think I've seen before. Really good story telling that was interesting and easy to follow!


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