The Psychology of Time Travel Hardcover – 9 Aug 2018
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'Four scientists make a world-changing discovery in this witty debut ... Inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas's future promises to be an exciting one' Guardian.
'The narrative moves back and forth through time with its almost all-female cast meeting their future and past selves in an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that is ingeniously plotted' Daily Mail.
'A smart, twisty murder mystery ... Troubling and inspiring, comforting and horrifying, this is crammed with the kind of ideas that will ruin other time travel stories for you forever' SciFiNow.
'This is a novel packed with ideas ... It'll leave you turning over the concepts in your mind long after the story is finished' SFX.
'The most imaginative thriller I've read in ages: captivating, delightful, and thoroughly original ... An all-around wonderful novel' Jennie Melamed, author of Gather the Daughters.
'A thought-provoking time travel murder-mystery that will have you guessing to the last' Candis.
'A hugely entertaining and satisfying read, wrapping your head around the science and psychology innovations is only half the job. The heart of the matter is how, and when, we let friendship and fate collide' Tuam Herald.
'Mascarenhas has thought through all the mechanics of time travel in dazzling detail, and the question of how sidestepping chronology might transform a person is every bit as absorbing as the central mystery [...] of this ambitious, brain-bending story' In the Moment magazine.
'A bold and marvellous read. It gives you an appreciation for all things mortal and unknowing and brief' Max Dunbar Blog.
'A superb novel ... Contriving plot, motive, and opportunity, when time travel and multiple selves are in play, must be head-scratching indeed ... Flawless' Geek Dad.
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All in all, it had the feel of a decent short story in a school magazine (if such a thing still exists), and one can only assume Its surrounding hype must come from something other than its inherent qualities.
As a fellow time traveller, the title and concept fascinated me.
H G Wells has a lot to answer for by inventing the concept of a machine that can transport a human body forwards and backwards through time, allowing the traveller to interact with different ages. This concept is obviously nonsense, as, pointed out in Kate’s book, it’s entirely feasible to travel back in time and have relations with your former self, potentially altering the course of nature. Apart from anything else, the mental pressures placed on the time traveller responsible for doing or not doing this would be too great, hence the theme of the book.
The interactions and time lines within the book can be quite complex, so it’s important to take note of the chapter dates to see where the chapter fits into events.
However, keeping all of the above in mind, the book is well written and maintains control over the intricate story and plot, arriving at a believable conclusion.
An excellent first novel, as is demonstrated by the length of other reviewers comments. Unlike other reviewers, I actually bought this book!
PS. For anyone interested in my earlier comment, I climb into my Base Explorer Device (BED) every evening and regain consciousness several hours later and can interact with the future.
Unfortunately, ventures into the past can only produce one-sided verbal interactions, as celluloid cannot respond.