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Mar 28, 2021
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Jun 22, 2020ryner rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Tom Barren's father has invented the first time machine, though Tom himself is a bit of a family disappointment. Though they are living in a far more technologically and sociologically advanced reality, where just about everything is an…
Jan 04, 2020jontalk rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
In a word, brilliant! This is a time travel story like no other whose surprise momentum towards the end takes the reader by surprise. Beautifully conceived, characters of depth highly developed, the journey this book takes the reader is…
Dec 16, 2019MiRiAm12345 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was a winner. I will look forward to more books by this author. I liked what some of the other reviewers liked - short chapters, talk in second person. The approach to time travel was fresh. The language was engaging. I also find…
Aug 08, 2019JCLJoshN rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I was expecting a story about time travel gone wrong and an ode to the earlier 20th century's optimistic vision of the future, and I got that, but I wasn't expecting such a funny and poignant examination of how we live with the choices we…
Jul 09, 2019markd rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This was real fun read. I was casting about for something to do on a Sunday afternoon and picked it up - someone else had just finished reading it and said it was pretty good. I proceeded to devour it! I finally put it down 7 hours later…
Apr 07, 2019wen5302 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed the plot and storyline, but the female characters fell flat for me--I wish the author had spent more time developing them. In addition Tom, the narrator/protagonist, is written in a bro-like, off-putting way, but I saw this as an…
Mar 27, 2019JessicaGma rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
It's been a while since I have seen such divisive reviews on a book. I did find it entertaining, but yes, the main character, Tom, is a man-child, and the female characters probably could have been a bit more. So great concept, not badly…
Feb 09, 2019daysleeper236 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A weird, sarcastic and entertaining bit of science fiction.
Nov 21, 2018SurreyLibraries_Reads rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
From the first page, I was hooked. I liked it so much I actually read it aloud so others would also want to read it. I like the short chapters and Elan’s use of language. This book has it all, time travel, romance, family dynamics, all…
Jan 11, 2018nbaquino rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
Halfway through the book, I still couldn't find the plot. Gave up after a few chapters, read like a diary.
Oct 02, 2017KatG1983 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
One of my favourite reads of the year. I loved the alternate view of what our reality could be; and was genuinely moved by the characters involved.
Sep 01, 2017
I chose this because of the mostly great Amazon reviews and the fact that it was an alternate reality story, which I can't resist. I wish I'd read the bad reviews here. This author had too many ideas crammed into one novel. It was so…
Aug 24, 2017Grapehead rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
The protagonist is so irritatingly "woe-is-me" to the point where it almost seems he's proud of his consistency to be a lack-luster person. It's tiring at best, frustrating at worst. You just get so fed up with his poor excuse of an…
Jun 08, 2017odettewright rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this book; found it imaginative, funny and thought-provoking. I've added Elan Mastai as an author I definitely want to read again. Looking forward to his next book.
May 07, 2017Ichijo rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
Quite possibly one of the most poorly written and boring books I have ever read. It can succinctly be summarized as "underachieving man-child goes on fantastic adventure after having sex with female set-piece". I can mostly tolerate the 1…
Apr 25, 2017fledge rated this title 0.5 out of 5 stars
This awful. pretentious, puerile, self-absorbed gush is truly uninteresting.
Apr 17, 2017ehbooklover rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 stars. Whew. What a ride! I absolutely LOVED this. The time-travel aspect of the story, all of the interesting characters, the short chapters, and the author's ultra-creative writing style that manages to be both intense and humourous.…
Mar 29, 2017JCLCourtneyS rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I loved the concept of this book--that the main character was born into the world we should've had, but somehow ended up in the flawed version of reality that us readers have known our whole lives. The main character in this book is not…
Mar 28, 2017ArapahoeAlice rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Best time travel, multiverse novel I've read in a long time. The author has a fun, engaging writing style with very clever explanations for how time travel works. His protagonist, Tom, has depth and strong emotions. I loved the world…
Mar 22, 2017GLNovak rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This is a very quick read. The story is told in very short chapters with quite visual language, which you would expect from an author who is a screenwriter. Maybe because of this I found the flow a little uneven, but still the concept…
Mar 17, 2017LexiLou2 rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
The protagonist says it best himself, blatantly, somewhere in the first third of the book: his ex-girlfriends and other friends were tired of his woe-is-me son-of-a-famous-man-who-ignores-his-son complex. The chapters are very short and…
Mar 01, 2017tracebroyles rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
It was alright, definitely a worthy rainy day read if you liked The Time Machine and The Butterfly Effect. The ending felt rushed in my opinion.
Jan 26, 2017KickyMcGee rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
This book is worth the read, but... Look, you may not share MY take on it, but the fact that it "takes a while" to really get going isn't what I consider a HIGH recommendation. My suggestion for maximum reading pleasure (and efficiency) is…
Nov 15, 2016stephaniedchase rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
For fans of READY PLAYER ONE, people who like main characters who are slightly sad-sack but end up doing good, alternate-history-as-reality, what-ifs, and thinking about how many chances we miss throughout our lives to change the course of…