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Timeline

4 Ratings: 1.0
A book by Michael Crichton

When you step into a time machine, fax yourself through a "quantum foam wormhole," and step out in feudal France circa 1357, be very, very afraid. If you aren't strapped back in precisely 37 hours after your visit begins, you'll miss the quantum bus … see full wiki

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Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
4 reviews about Timeline
review by . September 21, 2004
Timeline essentially uses time travel as a device to thrust modern humans into the medieval past to write an action adventure story in that setting. It begins, for all intents and purposes, when a group of graduate student archaeologists, working on a dig under the auspices of a secretive corporation, find a note from their professor asking for help. It just happens the note was written during the Middle Ages. Thus, they are whisked off in a corporate jet and thrust into the past to find the professor …
review by . September 18, 2001
. . .and how well that premise was carried through!I'll admit, certain aspects of the ending were predictable. But then again, the same can be said, not only for Crichton's other novels but for other authors in similar genres -- and for me, at least, that is not a feature worth panning the book for.The premise and development of the novel is what impressed me -- the ideas surrounding the concept of a quantum computer, parallel universes, the concept of the multiverse (borrowed from Heinlein?)etc., …
review by . September 14, 2001
This book had a lot of potential and is indeed rich in history. What hurt this book a lot was that Crichton decided to emphasize and amount of time available for the characters to complete their mission and return. Without completing the book you could easily guess that it would go down to the last second (at least in the movie "Goldfinger" the clock wound down to 007).Quantum physics is the focus of the book and its many possibilities. These include parallel universes, time travel and subatomic …
review by . December 23, 2000
It is rare that I finish reading a book and find myself conflicted on my opinion of it, but this is my dilemma with Timeline. While more of a science fiction fan than a history fan, I enjoyed the medieval time travel element quite a bit. It was engaging and had quite a lot of action to keep me interested. The jumping back and forth between past and present kept the suspense at a relatively steady pace. My disappointments were its over-reliance on technical information (which made for some dry reading …
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