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The Time Traveler's Wife

Imagine that you're six, and a naked man enters your yard.  Over the years he appears again and again; he is a different age each time, and his appearances are irregular, but each time he appears on a date he's given to you.  You have a sneaking suspicion about him, which he finally, reluctantly, confirms: one day, he'll become your husband.

Imagine that you jump through time at random.  It just happens--you can't control it.  You can't make it stop, or make it happen, or change where you'll end up or when.  You can't take anything with you--no map, no money, no clothes.  You could appear in the middle of a busy highway, or a blinding snowstorm, or your childhood bedroom (complete with a younger version of yourself).

How would you cope?  How would you live?

That's the premise of The Time Traveler's Wife, a soft-sci-fi love story.  The concept sounds insane, and it is; it sounds stupid, but it isn't.  The temporal mechanics hurt your head, but in as minimal a way as possible considering the complicated way time works for the protagonist.

For reasons I can't even begin to understand--let alone describe--the book is absolutely, impossibly gripping.  I picked it up perhaps noonish, and I could barely stop reading it long enough to talk to people or get Mom's newsletter sent out.  I'm lucky it's only 500-odd pages; if it were Clancy-length, I'd be up all night.

It does not, unfortunately, have a happy ending; the last scene is nice, but the last plot point is horrifying.  The author is incredibly skilled--the funny bits had me laughing very loudly, and the bad parts left me wondering what sort of entity had the power to reach into my chest and twist my heart about ninety degrees to the left.

Still, this was an incredibly good book.  If you get some books for Christmas you already have and return them for store credit, this would be a worthy way to spend the free money--and if you don't, it's worth real money too.


I want to find out if there's any fanfiction for this yet; if not, I can't imagine why, except perhaps for obscurity.  Unfortunately, my net connection is being a bit weird... *sighs*

If not...shit, I may have to write some.  It's just that good.

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mordath
Dec. 17th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
I've had this sitting on my "To Read" shelf since I visited Stacey last in October - maybe I'll read it this weekend.
opt513
Dec. 17th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
That book has been sitting on my mom's coffee table for the last three visits. I suppose I should take a read at it.
haibane_rachan
Dec. 17th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
I so need a "grr" icon.
I've never heard of the damn book, but I want to hit you for telling about the ending, cause that's such a fscking spoiler. >_< And yes, I'm interested enough in the premise to wanna pick it up, but less so now that I know which direction it's all going to end up. Grr.
brentdax
Dec. 18th, 2004 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: I so need a "grr" icon.
That's a warning, not a spoiler. A lot of people prefer to know ahead of time if there's a sad ending, because they might not want to read it.

Remember, not all people are as Nazi-like about spoilers as you are. :^P
haibane_rachan
Dec. 18th, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: I so need a "grr" icon.
I prefer NOT to know about a sad ending ahead of time, so that the ending can hit me that much harder. Now I'll be expecting it and that will make it just slightly less impacting, which disappoints me.
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