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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (Nov. 13 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031285921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312859213
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,577,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By stargazer316 on Sept. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
Echoes in Time is one of two Time Trader sequels co-authored by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith. They are excellent follow-throughs to what has happened previously in the series, particularly to the world view begun with Firehand (the fifth book). I recommend it!
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This is the only truly dull book with Andre Norton's name on it that I have ever read. In so far as I was able to grasp the plot, the time travelers (only one of whom is partially described) have gone to a planet where a Russian team vanished. This is supposed to be an urgent, emergency mission although that makes no sense if they are time travellers. For some reason, not explained, they go to a time a hundred years AFTER the disappearance. They visit a city that is not described at all, a city inhabited by strange races that are not described, they meet people there who are not described, they conveniently get jobs with no questions although they must resemble none of the people there. One of their party is incarcerated in a House of Knowledge or something like that which is not explained though the characters seem to know something about it. In fact the characters and the author, no doubt, seem to know what this whole story is about although they do not communicate their vision to the reader. This is too silly even for science fiction. I fell asleep on page 173 so I cannot say how it ended, nor do I care. It is that bad. I gave it one star because the program wouldn't let me give it anything less.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The characters are out of Time Traders, but the story is pure Witch World. I read Norton from the time I was a small child but stopped when she went heavily into fantasy starting with Witch World. If you are a fantasy fan - read the book; if you are a si-fi fan - pass and keep looking.
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For those who have read and enjoyed the early Time Trader books (The Time Traders, Galactic Derelict, The Defiant Agents, and Key Out of Time), this book will be an enjoyable extension, with just enough difference in emphasis to remind the reader that this is no longer Ms. Norton writing alone.
After some (somewhat slow) preliminaries that help re-establish this series into a somewhat more modern time frame of post-Cold War, the story picks up the loose ends left by Galactic Derelict, with a new expedition to the final destination of that book. Although their ostensible mission is to find the missing members of an earlier Russian exploration team, the book quickly turns to unraveling the mystery of how and why all the current time denizens of the planet appear to be devolved representatives of earlier highly civilized species.
The is the best aspect of this book, as in working out the mystery, there are some fascinating portrayals of multiple different species working within an overall society that may be the ultimate in enforced harmony. There is far more emphasis here on the real sciences of the cultural, anthropological, linguistic and biological variety than was present in the original books, and the basic plot provides for quite a bit of suspense and surprise, invigorating this tale with page-turning expectations. The mind-twisting consequences of time travel are reasonably worked out here, although without really answering the basic paradox inherent in time travel capabilities.
What isn't quite as good is the basic characterizations, usually one of Norton's stronger points. Ross Murdock and Gordon Ashe don't quite seem to be the people they were in the earlier books, and most of the Russian contingent seem very sketchily drawn.
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By A Customer on Oct. 10 2002
Format: Hardcover
Around scifi conventions I've heard FIREHAND referred to as so godawful it's the perfect example of why not to buy a collaboration, and after looking at its cliche romance, its pointless plot and stupid villains, I had to agree, so I avoided these collaborations until I was given this one.
I really like how the authors have upgraded the fifties science of the old ones, and given the characters some complexity. Even the bad contributions from Griffin were included and given some life. I hope there will be more.
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By A Customer on Aug. 13 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been enjoying Andre Norton since 1964.I love her story telling.This book trashed the Time Traders stories.The story does not deal with the people that I've come to know in Andre Norton's stories but Sherwood Smith's own little people who have taken over. After PM Griffin I had great hope for these adventures. But if Sherwood Smith(three times I've tried) name is on anymore of Andre Norton's books I will not buy them.
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By A Customer on Sept. 16 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The glitz of the fifties from Norton, and the wonderful characterization and prose from Sherwood Smith. The pairing couldn't be better! I hope to see more from this team.
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I was really disappointed in this book. I loved all of Andre Norton's original Time Traders stories. This one took half the book to just get the story started! Not like my old Andre Norton at all. Spare me any more of these!
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