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A ripping cosmological yarn!,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Time Ships (Paperback)
I'm certain Wells and Baxter fans will dig this. References from numerous HG stories are here, so those in the know can spot 'The Plattner Story', 'The Land Ironclads', 'The War of the Worlds', as well as 'The Time Machine', and probably many others this reviwer missed. Baxter's attempt to imitate a turn-of -the-century writing style does not fully work, often ringing false, but it's good fun, and a first person account is essential to maintain a continuity of texture with the original 'Time Machine'; this is nicely achieved. All Baxter's best bits are present and correct- scientific concepts lifted from mathematics and cosmology papers, Universe altering technologies described with his mixture of the epic and mundane, and humans surviving(or not) against a harsh environment. Cameos from real historical personages, including a certain Writer, add humour and also poignancy, without the cornyness you might expect. And the end, a beautiful piece of plot and style, does not disappoint. And if you don't care for Wells or Baxter, just read this for an inspiring, well written(I have to say it) 'yarn'.