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From Publishers Weekly Author of such imaginative novels as Waltz in Marathon and Crows, Dickinson is a splendid writer who has yet to reach the audience he deserves. After a decade's hiatus, he edges close to sci-fi in this psychologically rich and engrossing novel about time travel. Reminiscent of Jack Finney's Time and Again, but with its own distinctive flair, the story begins with a subtle, clever twist on time-travel tropes. The hero, Josh Winkler, discovers he has the ability to move just 15 minutes backward in time. Unlike previous fictional chrononauts, he soon has his whole small town of Euclid, Ill., talking about his exploit, some believing, most not. Josh is a hopeful if unsuccessful artist. His wife, Flo, is a hard-working, family-supporting pediatrician, and their daughter, Penny, is a typical teenager. After Josh's unexpected temporal adventures, his life begin to unravel. He eventually manages to go back 80 years and encounters a mysterious 15-year-old girl, Constance Morceau, herself an unsuspecting traveler from 1908, whose plight is poignant. The narrative tension increases dramatically as her apparently hopeless situation becomes clearer. The reader shares Josh's highs and lows in a time-twisting game of blind man's buff over which he has little control. Dickinson's trick is intertwining stories, for Josh's own daughter is also transported back three generations, and he learns she will die in the influenza epidemic after WWI unless he can get her out. The conclusion to this intricate and sophisticated time paradox puzzle is unexpected yet logical. This is a low-key gem.
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Books, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Charles Dickinson


ISBN-10:  0765305798
ISBN-13:  978-0765305794
Author:  Charles Dickinson
Genre:  Computer Science, Time Travel
Publisher:  Forge Books
Date Published:  Janurary 3, 2003
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Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
Time travel is always a fun subject for a novel and this short romp is quite entertaining. It all starts when a rather ordinary man finds he's moved back in time 15 minutes. From there, the plot thickens and I hate to spoil it with details. The novel centers around a swirl of events around a few of the main characters moving through time - with no control over how far, or which direction they go. The story is fast paced and a real page turner. I could hardly put it down. The main flaw is the ending, …
review by . May 08, 2009
A small town, with a series of paths running behind many of the houses. Given the right set of circumstances, a person can be running on the path and then be transported in time. This happens to Josh twice, the first time involving a dog and the second time where Josh himself is transported back 15 minutes. What really gets Josh going on the time travel notion is the appearance of a strange orphan girl named Constance, who claims to be from 1908. Based on her manners and Josh's own experience he …
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