Book Banter: Time and Time Again

time and time againTitle: Time and Time Again

Author: Ben Elton

Genre: historical, mystery, sci-fi

Length: 389 pages

Where Bethany’s copy came from: IndyPL

Plot Basics: If you could go back in time, where would you go? Who would you kill? Such are the questions posed to ex-soldier-turned-adventurer Hugh Stanton by his old history prof at Trinity. While the prof is famous for rhetorical history questions — what ifs? — Staton soon learn, she might not just be framing a lesson. Stanton takes his mission seriously, determined to not change the course of history with his presence, save for the objectives he’s to complete.

Banter Points: I LOVED this book and want to go find more of Elton’s works (which will be a harder feat on this side of the pond.) He delivers a renaissance man’s sci-fi novel, full of historical details, philosophical thoughts and still a page-turner with Indiana Jones-style daring-do.

I read 75% of this book in one day which was a splendid way to do it. I got totally hooked into Stanton’s life and musings. It really is a time-travel novel for people who would think that they don’t like that sort of thing.

Bummer Points: A slightly more functional working knowledge of the World War I time period might have been helpful, but really, it’s not that much of a bummer.

Word Nerd Recommendation: Read it. Absolutely. I’ll call it right now that it’ll be in the top 10 list for 2016.


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