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The Bird of Time [Hardcover]

George Alec Effinger


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April 1986
Far into the future, Hartstein's graduation present from his grandparents was a wonderful trip.into the past. He had a long future in the doughnut industry to look forward to but this trip was the icing on the cake. It had been a long time since that first experiment in time travel was successfully pulled off, although not without its flaws. Now, in the future, time travel was a lucrative tourist industry. But the time travel industry was keeping one little fact to itself: two percent never came back. This cover-up was the work of the Agency. The Agency knew what others did not: that the past wasn't really the past but a complicated dynamic of individual perceptions of what the past might have been. The past isn't real and reality becomes a state of mind. While selling their particular brand of escapist entertainment and vacation packages, the Agency didn't bother to tell its clients or the populace in general that a war was going on- a time war. The Agency was spending its time in a neck and neck battle with the Temporary Underground. The battlefield was none other than the space-time continuum, the weapons time shifts and theoretical mathematics. Hartstein had no idea what his trip would be or where it would take him.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385192320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385192323
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g

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Amazon.com: 2.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Nick' is not 'Bird', nor is 'Bird', 'Nick'! Sept. 9 2010
By Sharon C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The thing is, this book page is messed up. 'The Nick of Time' and 'The Bird of Time' are two separate books, not one as whomever put this page together would have you believe. I would advise reading 'Nick' first, then 'Bird' (the order in which they were written).

These both are very sci-fi oriented, so if one wants a good story with a little less science, one could go for 'What Entropy Means to Me' even though the blurb selected has to be from (in my opinion) the most unimportant and ultimately weakest part of the book, or 'Wolves of Memory'.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Say what now...? July 4 2010
By just1alice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for "Bird of Time," as I was a huge fan of both "When Gravity Fails" and "The Exile Kiss," but wow... what a disappointment!

"Bird of Time" makes little sense, leaps arbitrarily from one loosely explained scenario to another, and leaves thousands of ends dangling, never to be tied up. At times it reads as though it were written by a fifth grader of barely-average skill, and to top it all off... it never really ends. Just stops.

All in all, a frustrating and disappointing read. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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