Sunday, February 24

Book Review: Time and Again

Title: Time and Again

Author: Jack Finney

Pages: 398

Summary: When advertising artist Si Morely is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century and step ino New York in January 1882. He has a good reason to return to the past - his friend Kat has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery. But when Si falls in love with a women he meets in the past he is forced to choose between two worlds - forever.

My Rating: 2/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: There was very little I liked about this book. It has a very intriguing premise which showed it had some promise, but even that fell short with novel. In the end I was glad to be finally done with the book.

The writing made the book hard to slog through. Every little action and observation was over explained, it took paragraphs to explain the simple act of being handed a piece of paper and pen. The writing also felt monotonous - even in action scenes I felt like a robot was retelling me the story, rather than the protagonist tell a story of his adventure. The story itself doesn't fit together either, I get it's speculative, but the whole theory of time travel in this book doesn't make sense, it's never properly explained and an event near the end of the book is so unrealistic, it destroyed what little redeeming qualities the book had. Characterization was also bad. They were cookie cutter characters at best, no development, their reactions to certain events didn't add up to the time, or the events at hand. The character Julia, in the even near the end is an example of this. I get a time travel book, being speculative has the ability to take a lot of liberties, but this was utterly ridiculous.

In the end, the book was not one for me, it was one I had high hopes for and they fell way under my expectations

Would I recommend it to read: No. I wouldn't recommend to read this book at all.

What to read next: Time-Travel themed books, I'm not sure all of what is out there, but I'm sure there are some gone ones.

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