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Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B012J7R662
- Publication date : July 24, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2286 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 421 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1536810126
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #872,954 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"reset" has an interesting time travel twist - one i've never encountered before. one of the best stories in the collection.
in the dinosaur story, i didn't really like the main character much -- he seemed fairly uptight and neurotic. but an interesting story nonetheless.
the story about the time "bomb" seemed to use a fairly unlikely premise. it needed to justify why an alien would use a time bomb over a regular grenade. if you're looking to disable an enemy combatant, a grenade is probably more effective and economical than a time bomb.
the mirror one was pretty good.
all in all a worthwhile read.
There were a few that I could have done without, and the rest were entertaining. I personally don't like stories that primarily "tell" me what is going on. I like the characters to drive the plot and show me the story through action and dialogue. But aside from the minority that were short on dialogue and long on telling me what was happening from points A to Z, the individual stories I listed above will keep readers turning pages long into the night. I recommend that you get Synchronic if you like time travel stories. It's really worth your (groan) time.
I also want to mention that if anyone else enjoyed the concept of the story Reset by MeiLin Miranda, you may want to read the novel Replay by Ken Grimwood, which is available on Amazon.
Top reviews from other countries
My favourites were:
The Santa Anna Gold by Michael Bunker; an interesting take on the mechanisms of time travel and some mind-bending results to sort out
Corrections, by Susan Kaye Quinn, one of the more thought-inducing stories relating to the consequences of undoing mistakes in the past
Hereafter by Samuel Peralta, a simple love story across time turns out to be anything but.
Reentry Window by Eric Tozzi, a wonderfully detailed time-warped event from someone with inside knowledge of the Mars programme. If he was British it might have had even more resonance for me, since the Beagle did, after all, land.
The Swimming Pool of the Universe by Nick Cole. This was a really off-beat story, which I’m still not sure whether qualifies as time travel. But then again, time does funny things to your mind. Lovers of military space opera would like this.
The River by Jennifer Ellis. The temptations of time jumping can be too much, especially if you want to win that much. Of course, exactly what you want to win may be misinterpreted. And what does happen if you meet yourself?
A Word in Pompey’s Ear by Christopher Nuttall. This was a stand-out for me – what better way to find out if your thesis that Pompey should have made a vital ‘other’ decision is right than to go back and test it?
Rock or Shell by Ann Christy. The weirdest of the group, this is set in a time… between, and asks severe questions about what you would do in this person’s situation. It’s incredibly clever.
The Mirror by Irving Belateche. A touch of gothic horror worthy of some of the masters of early speculative fiction. This one will stay with me, I suspect.
Reset by MeiLin Miranda. Another with what someone called ‘Groundhog Day’ leanings, but with a point of view to give things a whole new twist. I like the way this is based on a recurring dream/nightmare of the author’s. I stuck my old recurring nightmare in a story a few weeks before. I hope it stays there.
The Laurasians by Isaac Hooke. An old-style time travel story with a lovely new twist, and an amazing chase sequence.
The First Cut by Edward W Robertson. As with Corrections, above, this has a time travel police making sure things don’t get changed that shouldn’t. It’s really a first class time-police procedural novella.
The Dark Age by Jason Gurley. A real heart-breaker to finish with, not so much time travel as travel time, dealing with the realities of space travel as we currently envisage it with near-technology.
This is a gem for all time-travel fans, and anyone who loves stories with heart.