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The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price is an extraordinarily detailed historical-modern science fiction novel in which members of a team of researchers from the 21st century travel through a time tube into the lives of the Sterkarm clan in 16th-century England. At first the narrative concerns itself with the creation of a realistic and believable portrayal of the living conditions and the relationships of a tough, violent group of people whose feelings for each other are not that dissimilar from those of human beings living 500 years later. As the novel progresses, the relations between the 21st-century individuals and the Sterkarms simultaneously deteriorate and deepen. Incidents pile one upon the other, the sense of conflict increases and the action becomes both increasingly violent and increasingly complicated. External action is balanced by the development of internal feelings and one of the modern team, a young girl named Andrea, falls deeply in love with a young Sterkarmer. This is a novel for sci-fi bookworms with a love of history, a touch of romance and masses of action. --Tamsin Palmer (Ages 10 and over)
And if you know anything about the Reivers and the Debatable Land this will shiver your timbers! Marketed as a young adult read it carries it's own in the more 'grown-up' market of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Angelsoft
When scientists from the 21st Century discover a way to travel back in time to the 16th Centrury, through a “time tube,” unfortunately they only have exploitation on their mind –... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Four Violets
The very best stories are delicious `What if?'s. In this case, `What if a modern-day corporation built a road tunnel into the 16th century to exploit its resources, without... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nick Green
This is a fabulous book which will grab you and refuse to let go. I was completely immersed in the story within a few pages and I found the contrast between the modern and 16th... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2012 by lizziewebb
i really enjoyed the two books i have read about the sterkarm my only dissapointment is that the third book is unavailable yetPublished on 9 Nov. 2012 by Amazon Customer
What would happen if a scientific company in the 21st century found that using cold fusion they could move to the 16th century and return when necessary through a thoroughly... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2012 by Eileen Shaw
Quite a strange book in that it is in many places a good read but so totally ruined by stereotypical characters and confused directions. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2010 by Aaron
I bought this book after reading reviews on this page, but was very disappointed.
Expecting something special, instead I found bafflingly poor (and inconsistent)... Read more
This is a passionate, powerful, involving story which is very difficult to put down. The only thing that puzzles me is why the author chooses to make her sixteenth-century... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2010 by R. A. Williams