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The Time Traveler's Almanac [Hardcover]

Tessa Kum , Ann VanderMeer , Jeff VanderMeer

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic time travel tour de force from the VanderMeers 18 Mar 2014
By David Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my favorite books from the past few years was The Weird. Originally, I was kind of hesitant to get this as I'm not a huge fan of light fiction but the variety in this anthology convinced me to get it. I'm glad I did. I think it has something that'll appeal to pretty much everyone. Also, I really enjoyed the non-fiction pieces too including the intro by Rian Johnson.

There are too many gems in this collection to name them all here. One of my absolute favorite was "Traveler's Rest" about a soldier who fights a war in a place where time passes more slowly then when he travels back home. The story is a very interesting idea and the ending was fantastic.

Another one of my favorites though was a contemporary piece called "Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters" and it's about a man who is propelled into the future every time he sleeps where he meets his descendants. I also really enjoyed "Fire Watch", the story of a history student who is sent back to London during World War II where he serves on the fire watch for St Paul's Cathedral.

"Enoch Soames" was a dark yet humorous tale about a writer who makes a deal with the devil to go into the future to witness his notoriety. "Life Trap" was a short but dark tale about an occult that finds out what happens after death. Lastly, "The Threads of Time" was an interesting story about an agent for the qhal who are allowed to travel into the past to mend time.

I got both a hardcover copy and the kindle ebook. The dust jacket and artwork look great for the physical book. Also, the kindle version is well formatted. Sometimes anthologies on Amazon have formatting problems and problems in the ToC. This did not.

One downside is that the physical book is really big. It's a little too big to hold with one hand so that's why I got the kindle version too. I still go back and reread pieces from The Weird every now and then and I think I'll do the same with TTA.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Search of Crossed Time 18 Mar 2014
By Roochak - Published on Amazon.com
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"He...remembered the future with increasing melancholy." -- C.J. Cherryh

After their definitive international anthology of horror and dark fantasy, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, I was wondering what the Vandermeers would do for an encore. That turns out to be a 960-page time travel fantasy anthology chock full of stories most of us won't have read before.

Note the word "fantasy." The editors have deliberately downplayed what they call the "decidedly science-fictional" time paradox story (epitomized by the absent "By His Bootstraps" and "-All You Zombies-") in favor of fantasy stories with time travel backgrounds: their preface namechecks 11/22/63: A Novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel (Vintage) -- a thriller, a romance, and a comedy, all bestsellers, none of them marketed as science fiction -- as examples of where the time travel story has gone to find a popular audience these days. (That doesn't even include Hollywood, where time travel has never gone out of fashion.)

Only "A Sound of Thunder," "Vintage Season," a four-page excerpt from THE TIME MACHINE, and perhaps Ursula Le Guin's "Another Story, or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" will be overfamiliar to SF readers. Otherwise there's a staggering list of writing talent on display, much of it plucked from out-of-print books and online magazines. Shuffled into four broad categories separated by brief nonfiction interludes (Jason Heller on music, Genevieve Valentine on fashion, Stan Love on the science of time travel, and Charles Yu, typically for this author, on introspective self-analysis), the Vandermeers have assembled an anthology that'll keep the reader pleasurably occupied for weeks. If one makes the time for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Notable For What is Missing: Stories About Time Travel 4 May 2014
By Cosmology - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a "OK" book which does not live up to its title. As to "time travel" there are perhaps 8 excellent short stories out of a sampling of approximately 70 presented in this book the majority of which at best are only tangentially related to issues concerning "time." Why so few stories about time travel in a book which claims to be about time travel?

This book is thus notable for what is missing. There are perhaps over 100 excellent stories about time travel which have been published over the years, but only 8 of them appear in "The Time Traveler's Almanac." Presumably, it is this failure to include this vast literature which explains why Robert Silverberg in his review of this book stated "the only thing wrong with this book is that it isn't big enough."

If you are looking for a book which features short stories about "time travel" this book will disappoint. If you are looking for a compendium of short stories which have something to do with "time" then this is a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly a "Survey" of Time Travel 8 Jun 2014
By Josh M. Levin - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not an expert on Time Travel, as a lot of commentators are, but this book has what I would call an excellent sampling of "Time Travel" stories. I use that term in quotes because a lot of the stories deviate from the general concept of time travel (for example, a story where a man lives in a giant clock, a slave to its workings -- what I thought was a very clever and thought provoking story, but one where it would not meet the definition of "time travel").

Then there are the expected time travel stories, like one where a man walks into a disaster, and has a limited amount of time before he dies, in which he activates a time travel device, and every time he returns to the present, he inches closer and closer to the disaster, unable to change the past no matter how many times he goes back. This was an excellent story, and you will know it when you read it.

The book is broken down into four sections:
1. Experiments - self explanatory
2. Reactionaries and Revolutionaries - people trying to protect / change / observe the past
3. Mazes and Traps - paradoxes of time travel. Bread and butter time travel stories.
4. Communiques - messages into past/future.

And in between those are non-fiction short sections, the best one, imho, being on actual concepts on how to make time travel happen.

Enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive tome for time travel buffs 8 Aug 2014
By Matt Hlinak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
`The Time Traveler's Almanac' purports to be "the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled," and I was unable to find anything capable of disputing this claim. The editors have compiled 72 pieces by luminaries of the genre like H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams and Isaac Asimov. Highly recommended for all sci-fi and time travel buffs.

Read my full review at PopMythology.com.

Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
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