Tuesday, March 17, 2009
What Mrs N's Been Reading - Time's Chariot
Just finished Ben Jeapes' Time's Chariot. It's in the don't-go-messing-with-the-space-time-continuum genre. It's got time travel, political intrique, social conditioning to eliminate violence, a murder (ok, so that conditioning wasn't always successful) and plenty of plot twists. After time travel was invented, correspondents were sent back in time to record events and interview significant historical figures and relay reports to a moon station to be accessible in the future. Correspondents were genetically enhanced to be able to live several thousand years, and be brought back to the Home Time at a specific recall date that would be shortly before several timestreams converge and make time travel impossible again. But a lot of things aren't what they appear toe be, or are supposed to be. Not a bad book, but it could have been better with better editing. It didn't always read as smoothly as it should have. If you're interested in the topic, I'd suggest Orson Scott Card's Pastwatch.