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Time After Time by [Nash, Marc]
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  • Print Length: 183 pages
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  • Language: English
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By Ashrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I picked this book to read as part of my ongoing mission to step outside my usual reading comfort-zone so time-travel/sci-fi is really not something I am familiar with. This means that I am not sure whether it is good examples of this sort of book, I only know that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Admittedly, it did take a while to get used to both the author's writing style as well as to get my head round the whole time travel, parallel universe, paradox thing, but I am so glad I persisted!

The concept of the book is relatively simple - go back in time - change something - change the future (or present to our trusty time traveller). But where this book differs from that concept is that there is no single point of action to change. Instead, that change has to be made many times over in separate parallel universes and to effectively change the future he has to be successful in each and every one.

I actually found this concept and the way the book is set out quite fascinating. Scenes are played out to their conclusion and then the same storyline is repeated, branching out from a single alternative choice made by a character into a completely different scenario. This bamboozled me at the start, but it works - it really does! It gets you thinking about how many decisions you make of a day. How many branches could come out of your own life?
All this action is complemented by a soundtrack provided by a rather interesting DJ character. His influence over the people and situations with his music is such that his importance to the story should not be underestimated.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. To be honest, 24 hours later I am still thinking about it and it has been a while since a book's ideas have stayed with me after finishing reading it.
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Time after Time describes itself as Terminator meets Attack the Block. It's set in both a futuristic society where men have been emasculated and women rule the roost; and a council housing estate in the present time. The premise is simple, go back, kill the mother that spawned the child who changed the world and, like magic, men will once again be men. However, as we know from our quantum physics, there are many ways to kill a cat and we can't be sure they've worked unless we open the box. Therefore the parallel universe must also be considered and each one has a potentially different outcome. Our hero, or is it anti-hero, must overcome the woman many times and the writing style Marc has adopted reflects this very eclectic approach. This is definitely a book to get your head around and it probably wouldn't work for those who like a linear sort of story. But it is hilarious and the visual imagery Marc employees in different ways has made me see my other half in a potentially different light indeed. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett or Hitch Hikers Guide then you might just find this a book to match them. I loved it.
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A world ruled by women in which men are nothing more than objects to be used in any way women see fit.
A plan has been concocted to go back in time a kill a specific female in the hope that it will change the future of men in general. Sort of like the Butterfly Effect a la Terminator.
Rather cleverly the theme of butterflies has been interwoven into the story, almost like a ode to the Butterfly Effect.
Once again Nash has produced the type of book/story that demands nothing less than your full attention.
He does love his complexity. Now that works really well in his short stories, but I think in the longer piece the author may have overindulged a little. Saying that, he has a distinct and memorable way of writing and plotting. It is abstract.
Having the soundtrack linked to the setting and message of the plot wasn't something that I really noticed. However if the author could manage an interactive version whereby the links could be played during the read, that would be both en vogue and give the setting a stronger sense of era and time.
There were parts of the book that made me nod my head in agreement, others made me want to growl with displeasure (we don't all pearl one, knit one you know) and of course the moments when I had to blink, think and have a lightbulb moment.
Nash never makes anything easy.
I received a copy of this book for my review.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek time travel tale about a downtrodden man sent back in time to assassinate the woman responsible for the start of matriarchal run Earth. The man, codename F-10, attempts several times, with varying degrees of failure to assassinate the mother of the first High Prophetess responsible for the ruin of men.

Well thought out with great themes running through the whole storyline and imaginative style of writing make this a highly original read. I loved the Terminator references and humour along the way.

Definitely a worthwhile Sci-Fi read and extremely good value for money.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 25 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read several of Marc's books and I am a fan of his work. ''Time After Time'' is quite different, in fact I can say its concept and structure is unique. In a positive way.
The book is about making changes, but changes need to be repeated to be effective. I found it very clever that the author emphasized on this; he didn't go the typical route of having one thing changing everything.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time after Time 7 Jan. 2013
By Helen Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A `hero' called F-10 is sent back from a future where men are menial workers in a world run by women. His task - assigned him by a spindly-legged man named Roger Jolly who has studied physics and loves the Terminator films - is to find and kill the mother of the ruler of this unfair world, to free the men of the future. The mother's name is Hayley. She likes a drink and she lives on a rough estate in England where gangsta rappers keep the local population under surveillance and under control.

To succeed, F-10 has to kill an almost infinite number of Hayleys. Time after time he goes back to the point where he meets Hayley and starts again and again. Through repeated, unremembered meetings, as time bleeds into itself, they begin to develop an affinity with each other - the kind of understanding that would normally come from years of friendship. If they begin a relationship, will he abandon his task? What will become of the men of the future, including Roger Jolly? If he succeeds, will the new future be better than the one Roger and F-10 were experiencing?

The action plays out like a scifi Groundhog day, with dark humour and the rhythms and rhymes of the streets as a soundtrack. The author even provides a playlist on Spotify if you'd like to listen along to the tracks mentioned in the book.

We get Schrodinger's Cat, time travel, dystopia and butterflies. The butterflies are a motif throughout the book, both as symbolism for their beauty and fragility, and as an acknowledgement of the chaos theory that states that if a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, it can have an effect on another.

As Time after Time reworks and develops the encounters between F-10 and Hayley and shows us the payoff in the future, we get a fun lesson in physics... and a reminder to be careful what we wish for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time and Time again 22 Oct. 2012
By Ashrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this book to read as part of my ongoing mission to step outside my usual reading comfort-zone so time-travel/sci-fi is really not something I am familiar with. This means that I am not sure whether it is good examples of this sort of book, I only know that I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Admittedly, it did take a while to get used to both the author's writing style as well as to get my head round the whole time travel, parallel universe, paradox thing, but I am so glad I persisted!

The concept of the book is relatively simple - go back in time - change something - change the future (or present to our trusty time traveler). But where this book differs from that concept is that there is no single point of action to change. Instead, that change has to be made many times over in separate parallel universes and to effectively change the future he has to be successful in each and every one.

I actually found this concept and the way the book is set out quite fascinating. Scenes are played out to their conclusion and then the same storyline is repeated, branching out from a single alternative choice made by a character into a completely different scenario. This bamboozled me at the start, but it works - it really does! It gets you thinking about how many decisions you make of a day. How many branches could come out of your own life?
All this action is complemented by a soundtrack provided by a rather interesting DJ character. His influence over the people and situations with his music is such that his importance to the story should not be underestimated.

All in all, a very enjoyable read. To be honest, 24 hours later I am still thinking about it and it has been a while since a book's ideas have stayed with me after finishing reading it.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rarity - Literary Science Fiction 10 May 2013
By dijeratic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There are few writers out there composing science fiction that actually merges with the literary and Marc Nash is one of them. Time After Time is not a simple potboiler with a simple premise that leads to a simple resolve. A cracking story of time travel, multiple realities and the workings of what might be Fate. This isn't your daddy's Time Machine.

In Time After Time, Nash makes sharp commentary about patriarchal (and feminist) attitudes) by flipping them in what might seem like an old trope of science fiction, the female-only society. The future for men is so bleak, one is sent back to try and change it - but how to do it, and what will the outcome (or outcomes) be?

With F-10, Nash gives us a unique assassin: he has no weapons (nor any experience with them), his only skill being his imagination, his humanity, the only thing he can employ to get close to his intended victim, something he must do over and over again in order to change each possible reality and return men to a superior status. This seems like an impossible task, one that is shadowed by the omniscient DJ, who lives on the council estate F-10 must visit again and again and whose music seems to inform and manipulate the surreal events.

Like films like Terminator (an inspiration for this book), Time After Time takes apart the complications with time travel and the potential for an infinite number of parallel realities, stacked up against one another (like pages in a book, or in this case, different chapters), each with its own unique outcome.

What might sound like an exhausting read is actually quite a lot of fun and Nash's writing makes the story hum along without becoming overburdened with its built-in complications. This is a poet at work, whose writing lifts the text out of standard genre storytelling. With its cinematic inspirations, Time After Time also veers in that direction (with its own soundtrack), and gives the story an epic feel. Challenging, funny and surprising (something you'd never expect from quantum physics) - Time After Time works a treat whether you're a SF fan or not.
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to change History 13 Feb. 2013
By Ruty@ReadingDreaming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Time after Time is different to say the least. This is the story of F-10, a curious man from the future who is sent to the past to change History. The future is ruled by women and by ruled I mean they are the genre in charge, they are no longer the weakest sex. The men are in an inferior position and are treated like almost like slaves. Everything is done according to what women say and they are a little evil for what we can read.

F-10 is contacted by Roger and he convinces him to go back in time and kill the Prophet, the woman who initiates the movement that brings this new world. Easy to say, hard to do for a man without violence experience and with no gun.

The story doesn't have a lineal course. Set in parallel universes, the story goes forward and backward to show us how little details can change the final result. When story start repeating itself I was surprise to see how a word could create a different story. This is what is magnificent about the butterfly effect, life is a chain of decisions and each one presents its own future.

The book is supposed to be a humor story and it is at times. There is more than one funny dialogue and some hilarious situations. Some scenes between Haley and F-10 are amazing and make you laugh out loud, especially because he is naïve and is like a child seeing the world for the first time.

However, I had a hard time trying to read the slang from the Dj and his brother, I am absolutely sure that they are perfectly written but I think the problems was that English is not my first language and I couldn't really appreciate and enjoy their dialogues. I understood most of it and find it fun but not as gracious as I imagine it is intended to be.

Another good thing is how music helps telling the story. The songs are placed in the correct places and made the reading more gratifying. The cover is BEAUTIFUL and captures the book essence.

In general is a fun book, with good quality of writing and a sincere and innocent main character.

*** I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***
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