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Score: 9.5/10  [1 review]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 143 - Timeline
Written by Michael Crichton

Timeline
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ONE MAN'S FUTURE LIES IN THE PAST

An old man wearing a brown robe is found wandering, disoriented, in the Arizona Desert. He is miles from any human habitation and has no memory of how he came to be there, or who he is. The only clue to his identity is the plan of a medieval monastery in his pocket.

This mystery will catapult a group of young scientists back into the Middle Ages and into the heart of the Hundred Years' War.

Imagine the risks of such a journey. Imagine the impossible.

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Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 11th of February, 2004

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This Review: 9.5/10
Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 9 out of 10
Rereadability:
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Well, this had to be a good one. Not only has it been made into a major motion picture, but the movie is going to star Billy Connelly! Now that HAS to be a major drawcard, it is for me. :)

Always a fan of the harder Sci-Fi stuff, where it's heavy on the 'Sci', this book grabbed me fairly quickly, basically as soon as the theme of Quantum Physics was introduced. I really enjoy stories that include such esoteric high-brow science, and then back it up with some real-world evidence and scenarios. Gives the story a feel of authenticity that surpasses your sense of disbelief.

Add to that the total immersion in Middle Age Europe, with the highly detailed descriptions of the medieval period, the dress, the style, the warfare... all of which I have had some passing experience with during my days as a Living History Re-enactor... it really added something extra to this story for me.

The story starts off in the middle of nowhere, a couple driving through the Arizona Desert. They come across a strange man wandering in the middle of nowhere, near dead and seemingly affected by exposure. From there, through a short series of interconnected micro-plots, we reach the main theme of the story... the Human Element in a Quantum Experiment... "Curious Monkey" + "Unknown Raw 'Nature of Reality' Stuff" = a recipe for a visit from the Stuff-Up Fairy. And when you are talking about time travel and the consequences of it, it becomes a much more complicated affair.

I can't really go into too much detail about this book, without giving away major plot elements. It is so jam-packed with detail and action, to go into it much further would spoil it for the reader... but I can strongly suggest that the movie would also be great.

As with many stories, one could safely imagine that the book and the movie will be the same story, but told in such vastly different media that if you like the movie, you should buy the book. I LOVE the book, but am more of a visual person, so I plan to see the movie and feel reassured I will probably find it also highly enthralling.

Overall, this is a great one!

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