Tag Archives: Time Travel

Review of “Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine”


Book Reviews – “Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Anthony Francis (http://jeremiahwillstone.com/). This is Mr. Francis’ fifth novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set partially in a parallel universe where Steam Punk is the technology and partially in our own world, The primary character is the young woman, Commander Jeremiah Willstone.

Willstone is an officer in the Victoriana Defense League (VDL). She is sent on a mission to find and stop her uncle who has stolen highly secret technology. She soon finds herself and the airship she is on plunging through time and dimensions. She finds herself in our very different contemporary world.

She and the VDL have spent years battling invasion attempts by extraterrestrials in their universe. Her view of things changes on this mission as she learns more about her uncle as well as both her allies and enemies.

I enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 298 page Science Fiction Steam Punk novel. I liked the world created for Willstone, as well as the cross over to our own. I thought that the plot was well laid out and very engaging. While the story arrives at a conclusion, there is plenty of loose ends that beg for sequels. I liked the cover art showing Jeremiah Willstone with an airship above her. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Short Science fiction Film “Amendment 10/60”

Short Films – This short (20:43) film was published on YouTube in June of 2017 and was produced by DUST. The synopsis:

In a post nuclear era where owning books is a felony and the intellectual community is persecuted, a group of scientists is trying in vain to find a way to save the world. A Professor’s assistant will be called upon to make the most difficult decision of his life.

There is not much dialog and what there is isn’t in English, but the film has English sub-titles. This is an Alternate History which split from our own in 1947 when the US and Russia declare war on one another. A battle of nuclear warheads between the two wreck the world . The war ends in 1950 and the scientists of the world are blamed for the war. Scientists prove Einstein’s Unified Field Theory in 1951, making ‘curving’ of time a possibility.

While this is a dark film, it is well done. My only wish is that it had been made in English and it was longer.

Trailer for “Enter the Warriors Gate”

Trailers – This film, “Enter the Warrior’s Gate” opened in China last year and will be seen here in the US next week. The official synopsis is:

Epic fantasy-adventure meets martial arts action in this thrilling film written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Uriah Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Jack will need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home.

So, this looks like a pure tongue-in-cheek, fun adventure movie. It is hard to say from this 2:05 trailer if it will be any good. I am sure most of the younger teenage gamer boys will want to see it.

Review of “Timeshift”


Book Reviews – “Timeshift” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Kris Trudeau (http://timeshift-novel.com). This is Ms. Trudeau’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story takes place in 1200, 2016, 2095 and 2097. There are several characters prominent in each time period.

The story is that by 2097 very intelligent robots have been created and they begin to run amuck. Unable to check them any other way, a three pronged time travel mission is put into place to counter the robots.

One group travels back to 1200 to find and destroy the main deposit of Elevanium. This is newly discovered material that proved to be a powerful and long lasting power source. All of society had become dependent on Elevanium, but the robots in particular would be severely limited if they had to frequently recharge conventional batteries.

A second group traveled back to 2016 to find out more about Elevanium from it’s discoverer. A third group went back to 2095 to influence the design of the robots to prevent then from being capable of turning against humans.

These were tightly connected, highly secret missions that were to span 180 days. During the course of each mission the groups encountered many obstacles as well as threats from unknown sources. It was a 180 day race to see if the missions could be completed in time to avoid a catastrophe in 2097.

This was a very long 17 hour read of 470 pages. I liked the over-all plot, but I felt there were oddities with the story. No countries were ever named in the story. Toward the end of the book there is military action, but the officers in charge call each other by first name instead of rank. The feel of the story is of one written in the 50s or 60s as there are ‘fantastic’ technologies that are used – case in point the ‘Versatool’ that each team member carries that can use a colored beam to lift objects of any size, shrink them down to miniature and blow them back up to full size. In many respects this has the feel of a Young Adult novel as there is minimal violence. There are multiple instances of Romance between team members but only with implied intimacy. All-in-all I think this is an average read. The cover art is OK, but not exceptional. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Teaser for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

I had not heard of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” before I found the trailer. I can’t tell if the story will be good, but the trailer hints at possibilities. The premise of the move is that Time traveling agent Valerian along with his partner Laureline are sent to investigate a Galactic Empire. This is an English-language film made in France and is based on the Valerian and Laureline comic series which debuted in 1967.

I guess we will have to wait until the summer of 2017 to really know.

Review of “The Phoenix Descent”


“The Phoenix Descent” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Chuck Grossart (http://www.chuckgrossart.com). This is Mr. Grossart’s second novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Science /fiction novel is set in the near future.

The US has launched a manned mission to Mars. The three astronauts encounter a strange event that causes the AI running the mission to abort and head back to Earth. As they approach Earth, they are unable to raise anyone by radio. They are further dismayed by the lack of lights from any location on the planet. They do catch a glimpse of an odd circular fire in centra North America and decide to use their lander to investigate.

After the Mars mission was launched, a biological disaster occurred. An infection spread, wiping away most human and animal life on the land masses. Not only killing them, but transforming their bodies into spore-releasing creatures called the Riy. The Riy have only one purpose, find life and convert it to Riy.

Only a few humans survive, reverting to hunter-gatherer existence. Most are spread in small tribes across the northern and southern most areas of the planet, those places where the Riy have a harder time surviving.

There are a few humans who have survived the apocalypse in a more civilized style, living at a secret base in Canada named Phoenix. When the astronauts land, they first encounter some of the tribe members, and are able to become friends. They learn that it has been almost 200 years since their mission was launched. The astronauts learn that the ‘event’ they encountered had somehow sent them forward in time.

It is not long before the astronauts and tribe members are all confronted by troops from Phoenix. Phoenix represents itself as the savior of the human race, but as the astronauts learn more they begin to question the motives behind Phoenix. It does not take them long to confirm that much has been hidden from them. They are then challenged as to how they can both escape the clutches of Phoenix and save their new friends.

I spent about 6.5 hours reading this 370 page Post Apocalypse Science Fiction novel. It was an interesting read and there were few lulls in the action. For the most part I liked the plot. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Wishing Cross Station”


“Wishing Cross Station” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by February Grace (http://februarywriter.blogspot.com). Ms. Grace has published five novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some minor instances of Mature situations. This Science Fiction Time Travel Romance novella is set in contemporary times, with time travel to about 135 years ago.

The primary character is Keigan Wainwright. He is a college student working part time in the school library. He is assigned to pick up books being donated to the library and finds special interest in one of the volumes. As he investigates further he hears the story of how there is a connection between his time and that of Wishing Cross about 135 years in the past.

He takes on the mission to return the book to it’s proper time. He sneaks into a historic theme park recreating life of 135 years ago. There, as he has been told, he is able to sneak aboard the steam engine Aurella Belle which transports him into the past. Along the way he meets Marigold Belle Sutton and falls in love. He also discovers that there are strict rules governing the time travel. These rules seem to stand in the way of any future Wainwright and Sutton might have together.

This was a short read of less than 3 hours. It being a bit of a Romance I would normally not have chosen it, but it did have an interesting Time Travel element that drew my interest. I give this novella a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Earth & Sky”


“Earth & Sky” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Megan Crewe (http://www.megancrewe.com). Ms. Crewe has published 6 novels, this being the first of her “Earth & Sky” trilogy.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are a few instances of Violence. This Young Adult Science Fiction novel is set in contemporary times. An alien race has placed Earth in a time bubble and has been manipulating Earth’s history for centuries. The primary characters are 17 year old Skylar, a High School Senior, and Win, who is a couple of years older than Skylar and one of the aliens.

Win breaks protocol and lets himself become known to Skylar. She soon finds out that Win is part of a small group of the aliens that are trying to shut down the time bubble around Earth. Despite the danger from the Enforcers who are trying to stop Win and his colleagues, Skylar agrees to help Win.

They spend several days together, hopping around time on Earth. They have narrow escapes from the Enforcers, and they soon are drawn to one another. Skylar is faced with the challenge of discovering that Earth is an experiment to the aliens, as well as dealing with her own issues that came about from the disappearance of her older brother some 12 years earlier.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent with the story. It contain adventure, a few thrills, as well as a little romance. The plot is an interesting one that gives a fresh look at time travel and alternate history. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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