Books about Time Travel

@emeraldisle (13145)
United States
April 11, 2007 10:06pm CST
I love to read books that deal with Time Travel. Of course I like movies and tv shows that do this as well. I'm always on the look out for new books to read on this so thought I'd see if anyone else here knows of some good ones. One author of books I'd recommend are by Constance O'Day-Flannery. They are historical romances that deal with time travel. I really enjoyed reading all the ones I wrote by her. I have something like five or six of her books here but I checked out her site and there are many more. Her site is http://www.constanceodayflannery.com/ Looks like I need to check into more of hers but I still want to find out about what you'd recommend.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Sandra Hill also writes books on time travel, in fact there are serious of them since whole families of hers have time traveled. She writes with a good sense of humor. A good one is also by Jude Deveraux calld Knight in Shining Armor, if you haven't read it I would recommend it. I also liked Miranda's Viking by Maggie Shayne not sure if it qualifies as time travel, a Viking, who was frozen in the ice, for centuries gets revived, and then the story takes off. Have you read any of the Outlander series? Diana Gabaldon, good books dealing with time travel. This site if you are not familiar with it, will let you browse through books by type of time travel, ie Future to modern, or historical to past, or modern to past, you get the idea... http://www.timetravelromancewriters.com/scenarios.cfm
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Thank you for the link :) I bookmarked it to look through later. Like I said I love time travel books and romance is nice in there as well. I haven't read the Outlander series yet but I think it's one I need to lok into. Jude Deveraux sounds familiar so I think I've read some by her (I think it's a her).
@nowment (1758)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Jude Deveraux has been writing historical fiction for more than 20 years and more recent years also does contemporary. She writes mostly about the Montgoery family, as her fans love those Montgomery's and Taggarts Yes I think the Diana Gabaldon will be really interesting as it takes you through history.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I saw at least one of her books in my stacks. "Rememberance" I think was the title. I'd have to pull it out to see what it's about. I might have more but they are all sort of piled up together in the one room.
14 Apr 07
Thanks for asking about Time Travel. These comments look really interesting and I would like to read them too eventually. I have been reading children's books recently to be able to chat with my children about them. There was an interesting two part series in the young adult section called The Sterkarm Handshake. (I think that was it. I will try and find out the author unless anybody else knows.) They are thick, well written books about travelling back to clan Scotland (and a bit vice versa if that does not give the game away) well worth adults reading too.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I love young adult books as well :) some of the authors in there are very good. I'll check into that. If you like time travel check out Madeline L'enlge's books starting with "A Wrinkle In Time". She has several that deal with time travel that are fantastic. I think Christopher Pike has one too but blanking on the name for it. His are usually good anyways though, he's also in the young adult section.
15 Apr 07
I found the author if anybody is interested - Susan Price.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Thanks :) Will look her up and see what I can find of hers. The name looks familiar but I'm so bad at names. Book titles I'm better at but mostly I remember story lines and nothing else. Makes it fun to try and find the book.
@kamalila (193)
• United States
30 May 07
Okay, no one's mentioned this one. "Time Patrol" I think it's by Pohl Anderson. It is actually a collection of short stories, but essentially, the premise is that we progressed to the point that we could travel in time. But the time-travelers' center mission was to protect the time-line. We have one central character, who is a time-cop, but he's one of only a few who work alone. In one of the stories, one of our time-travelers is actually studying ancient Norse society and finds himself in a very difficult situation. I won't go into the details. It might blow the story. In another story, we have a group of scientists who are studying the world at the time of the breakup of Pangaea. Some humor, the odd love story, lots of drama.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
31 May 07
Sounds like a good series. I'll have to check into it. I hadn't heard of it before this. Thanks for letting us know.
@kamalila (193)
• United States
31 May 07
It is a little obscure. I seem to recall that these stories had been published individually in magazines like the Asimov sci-fi magazine, but this book brought all the stories together. I just remembered another story. It isn't ABOUT time travel, but an element of time travel is in it. As I've noted on at least one other discussion, a series I recommend to all who are interested in true science fiction (as in lots of science elements, not so much adventure) is "The Ganymean Experiment" by James P. Hogan. Actually, I recommend the first book, "Inherit The Stars." The time travel doesn't really come in here. That happens in the third book. But, the first book is sort of a science mistery. It happens in the near future. A human body is found on the moon, clothed in a fully modern space suit. No one knows who he is, or how he got there. But, whatever happenned, it happenned over 50 thousand years ago. Can you imagine what that would do to the scientific community with its general acceptance of the theory of evolution? Well, this story talks about how the story of Charlie is unravelled, and what it means to the human race.
• United States
13 Apr 07
Timeline, by Michael Crichton is good. The best time travel book I've ever read though, is Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. People in the future realize that the Earth is in a sorry state specifically because of the rape of North America by European Colonists. So, they send three people back in time to fix the problem. It's fascinating.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
14 Apr 07
The second one sounds really interesting. Wonder if we could change something that drastic. I'm curious to find out if they could in the story. I'll have to check it out.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I really enjoy anything science fiction. There have been several books on time travel that I read but it has been so long that I can not really remeber them. I know that Arthur Clark had a couple. A really good book is Arther C Clark's Times Eye. It is a little different but the Chronicals of Thomas Covanent series by Stephen Donaldson are kind of like time travel. Thomas is dieing and every time something happens to him he is transported to an ancient world and has to help them solve the disaster that is mopunting against them. He is a very reluntant hero and you just want to slap him to get him out of his negative attitude so he will do what he is supposed to do.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I know how that is. I have several that I cannot remember the title or author of but I really enjoyed reading. One though comes to mind and it was called "Hanging out with CiCi". It dealt with a girl who went back to when her mother was a teenager and she hung out with her for a day learning a lot about her mother. It was very well written. The time was set during World War 2 and the author did the research for it.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
12 Apr 07
hey there buddy ,i love reading books about tmie travel too.looks like you are a time travel buff.well one really good book about time travel which i read was by the author Michael Crichton.He is a really famous author.he has written the famous books like The great train robbery,the lost world,congo,etc.well the book which might be of interest to you is "Timeline".it has a lovely story line and it is really adventurous and you will not be able to put it down till you finish it in one sitting.hope you find it interesting.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I"ve read some books by Michael Crichton but not that one. I'll have to check into it. The other books I've read of his have been good so I'm sure this one will be as well.
• United States
12 Apr 07
I dont know how much help this will be, because like most aspects of sci-fi, time-travle has started to experience different genres within it itself, meanind that you can read a drama or a romance or a comedy, etc., which just happens to feature time-travel. But I would suggest the recent and highly-acclaimed: "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger (romance, confusion, searching) "Slaughter-House Five" by Kurt Vonnegut (general time-wierdness and uncertainty) "Thief of Time" by Terry Prachet (very funny, with moments of romance and drama) "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeleine L'Engle (probably already mentioned, an entire series, and very wonderfully out-there).
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I have the series of "A Wrinkle In Time". It is fabulous. I really liked the last one "Many Waters". It was a series in my opinion got better with each book.
• United States
12 Apr 07
I read a time-travel romance years ago that someone had given me and I only made it about four chapters before I got rid of it. It was so boring! That bad experience turned me off from reading any more time-travel romances. Then, a couple of years ago I picked up a book that looked interesting, the author was Karen Marie Moning. I decided to give it a try and absolutely LOVE her books. Not every one of them is about time-travel but they are all fabulous. I highly recommend her stuff, truly great books.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I'll look into her thanks :) The ones I read from Constance O'Day Flannery were: Timeless Passion Time Swept Lovers Kissed Destiny This Time Forever Now I read these when I was back in college and the first one Timeless Passion was read by most of my dorm. Just kept going from one to another. So that might give you some indication on it.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I have not read a time travel book in years. I used to read them alot. I tend to read historical fiction these days. I will go check out the site. Thanks for suggesting them to me.
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• China
13 Apr 07
i agree ,too
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I normally don't like this type of thing, but I really enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife.
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@arkentos (213)
• India
13 Apr 07
I had seen "time machine" which is a basic love story with a si-fi framework.I liked that movie very much.I don't know if time travel can anyway possible or not,but the movie was nice.I have not read any books regarding time travel till niw.
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• Philippines
13 Apr 07
I am so fascinated about time travel, but, I had not read any book about it. Almost all movies about time travel, I had already seen. Such movies; Time Machine, Back to the Future trilogy, Time Cops, etc. Maybe you knew other movies that you may recommend.
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@taiguy (478)
• United States
12 Apr 07
A cool site that posts scientific studies on anti gravity and similiar time concepts is "americanantigravity.com".
@kogiro (124)
• Portugal
12 Apr 07
I love science fiction and in particular the Time travel subgenre, all the mind boggling questions that arises and paradoxes that provokes are one of my favorites subjects in a novel, the latest and one of my favorites that I read was The Time Travelers Wife from Audrey Niffeneger, I really recommend this one, it is a great book, love, drama, action humor it`s all in there.
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• United States
12 Apr 07
I also enjoy reading books about time travel and things of that sort. Its very interesting to me, and I'm very curious as to the possibilities of traveling through time.
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@APMorison (424)
• United States
12 Apr 07
hmmm - sounds like I need to have a look at this author - I love a good sci-fi with some romance ;)
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
12 Apr 07
I love to read that book too. I haven't read it in awhile but sure do love it.
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Barbara Sheridan has some awesome time travel books. She is working on a series that interweaves characters and then the next book is about someone you met and got to like in the previous book. She is amazing. She also has a yahoo groups list, if you are interested.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
Being a big Sci-Fi fan I have read a number of time travel books, many of them trashy and crap, and many of them exceptional. One of the best I have ever read, in fact it is one of the best books I have ever read period, is "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. I highly recommend this book. In this book there is no time travel machine, nor magic involved, just a man out of phase with time and continually runs into the woman who will eventually become his wife. The chronology of the book is difficult, but well worth it.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
12 Apr 07
Sounds interesting. I'll check into it. I've read my share of poorly done time travel books and sci-fi books in general but I have read some very good ones as well. A lot depends on the author and how much research they did with them I have found. Those who do the research and show the time right and/or the science usually write exceptional stories.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
13 Apr 07
That book is awesome! I read it on audio and had no problems following it. Another thing I'd recommend, if you like movies too, is "Somewhere in Time."
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Excellent movie I agree. I liked Christopher Reeves in it and how it was all filmed on Mackinac Island. Well all but the begining because they don't allow cars on the island and that part had to be filmed elsewhere. Just so you know that hotel is actually there. It's the Grand Hotel there.
@Pateos (79)
• Canada
12 Apr 07
I don't believe that time travel actually exists, it is too abnormal... It is sometimes fun to read or even think about it but i highly doubt anything of the sort is even in progress of being created. But great ideas may come for books, mostly science fiction, i will check that out but i am not really interested in that stuff... I only believe in what is true and what is going on... thats why i don't really read about these types of things, mostly about news =P
@kamalila (193)
• United States
30 May 07
I am unsure of the viability of time travel, but don't discount science fiction too quickly. The more forward-thinking authors had a knack for dreaming up things that seemed like fiction at the time but turned into fact. Oh, not the details, but the general idea. Isaac Asimov, in particular was a great author for this, as he also wrote a LOT of science textbooks. I have never seen any of them, but I've been told that they were some of the most readable textbooks you will ever find.