Overall a good storyline, and I really did enjoy it. Very slow paced in parts, and it took a long time for the story to progress. I thought it was well worth sticking out the boring parts though. I left feeling a littany of emotion, and gained perspective on historical events that I was not expecting.
Lover of books and fictions reads.
Every single character seem to have no common sense, too much or too little tack and deeply in denial.
The main problems 'where the drop is' and how did Badri contracted the disease, could be easily solved if they were to sit down and have a think instead of panicking.The 'Cut Throat' character was guessed early enough due to many mentions, and no appearance. The real person who really knows where the drop is was guessed when main character seems fixated on that one character who was never there. Naturally, it's the guy who's there till the end.The disease's origin could be guessed when the anti-hero spouted on and on about how the it came from the past and conveniently enough somebody's excavating a grave site.Perhaps I read too much Holmes, but these people are Historians! Historians are detectives who tries to uncover truth from long dead times. And by long dead not 20, 30 or even 50 years!! Why are they so incompetent!Perhaps the Flu had scrambled their brains.
British, varied, consistent
Detachment, I can't bring myself to care what happened to anyone except the Acting Head of History, who died in a most inconspicuous way. It' a real let down.
Where WAS Basingham?
Tell us about yourself!Omnivorous catholic reader who especially enjoys unusual mysteries and thrillers
Great story with excellent narration.....great historical detail and accurracy.....great insight into the daily lives of people of the medieval period......GREAT READ!
I get frustrated with a story when one of the primary plot devices is people not saying/explaining themselves and not listening to each other. It set in 2055 and they can travel in time but still use a phone system that describes like it was built 100 years earlier.ok it has video but still it sounds like the video phones as envisioned in 1968. it was written in 1992, almost 25 years ago, before cell phones really existed so I guess I should forgive that lack of technology.
I have come to expect more from Hugo and Nebula award winners. This book simply is not as thought provoking as many works grabbed with those rewards. My impression is likely colored by the fact that I read some of the Outlander series prior to this work, and the similarity negatively impacted the novelty of the story.
Someone please tell Mrs. Sterlin that already in the 1990s not everyone in Oxford spoke like a toff. And in the 2050's I daresay there'll be even less posh people around. The only people that aren't narrated like Eton alumni are the Americans. Narration aside, the novel is pretty meh, so to speak. There's no depth at all to either of the plotlines, the characters are forgettable clichés, it all seems as well-researched as a mid-term paper in secondary school, and the future seems to be devoid of things like cell phones and the Internet, which were hardly outlandish tech in the early 1990's.
I found this book among sale books. I was familiar with the author, who also wrote Passages. This was an even better time travel book than Passages, which was recommended in a UCLA writing class. Throughly engrossing characters and story...not without logistical holes...but, hey, it is called fiction for a reason.