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The Corridors of Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Poul Anderson


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade Pub (November 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425043304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425043301
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Time Opera with a Twist July 27 2000
By Marian Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Corridors of Time begins as a Time Opera. That is, it's a Space Opera only it involves a vast war through time instead of space. Malcolm, an ordinary college student who happens to be a martial arts expert, is recruited by a mysterious, imperious, incredibly beautiful woman to help her recover a treasure. He agrees and promptly learns he's actually been recruited to fight in a war between good and evil. Soon the twist comes in. He learns more and begins to suspect he's fighting on the wrong side. Or is he? Is this just an ordinary war? Or are both sides equally bad? Or is he misunderstanding the situation? This is that rarity, a slambang, non-stop action thriller filled with fighting, romance, thought, philosophy and a very serious ethical dilemna. I give it five stars just for the willingness to explore serious questions about morality, ethics, the dangers of utopias, free will and the future of mankind all the while engaging in almost non-stop hand to hand combat. It's quite an achievement!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quick Romp Through Time Feb. 17 2001
By Wildness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You can always count on Poul Anderson for a good time travel story, and The Corridors of Time is no exception.

In the 40th Century, the world is dividing into two camps - The Wardens, who control the Eastern Hemisphere, and the Rangers, who control Western. To Malcolm Lockridge, an ex-marine college student of the 20th century, the distinction between Good and Evil is an easy one to determine after he recruited by Storm Daraway, one of the leaders of the Wardens.

Storm, using the cover story of hiring Lockridge to help recover some long lost Ukrainian Freedom Fighter gold buried in the Jutland, steals him away to Neolithic Denmark and fills him in on the war between the Wardens and the Rangers that is being waged across all of time. She brings Lockridge in on her side - and as her lover - and that choice is an easy one for Malcolm after Brann, the ruler of the Rangers, leads a hoard of Indo-European barbarians against the peaceful village that is hosting them in an attempt to capture Storm - which he does and then proceeds to torture her for information.

Lockridge, decides to escape and seek help. He makes his way through the local Time Corridor to Reformation Europe in search of a contact that Storm said would be waiting each All Hallow's Eve at an inn in Viborg. This contact will lead him to her cohorts who will mount a daring rescue attempt using English warriors from the 16th century.

But, Malcolm must determine if he has chosen the right side in this war... or even if there is a right side; and through it all he will learn his pivotal role in the future that follows the 40th Century.

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A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun change of pace Jan. 4 2014
By Bryan Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think of science-fiction writing as divided into two crude time periods - the first includes the early golden-age writing as well as the output from the fifties and early sixties. The second begins in 1967 with Dangerous Visions (SF Masterworks) and is still ongoing. THE CORRIDORS OF TIME is firmly entrenched in the first period, despite its publication only two years prior to Mr. Ellison's manifesto. It is science-fiction in late adolescence - straining to make the leap forward. In other words, it's a great yarn, more than anything else, even if there is a bit of geopolitical subtext to its character's time-travelling adventures. But even though it is very successful at what it tries to do, there's no mistaking it for the social, sexual and conscious raising novels that were to explode on the scene in the next decade, or as one of the niche novels in the ever-fragmenting subcategories of the genre that came even later.

At the beginning of the novel, Malcolm Lockridge is in prison awaiting trial for accidentally killing a man. But a benefactor appears - a beautiful woman who offers to fund his defense in return for his assistance afterward. He agrees, and then finds himself a pawn in a war fought by the rulers of the future, who use the Earth's past like squares on a chessboard. It's then up to Malcolm to determine if he can support either side when both believe that the ends justify the means, and as he witnesses up close the human toll of their future utopias.

There's not a lot of heavy lifting here, but it was fun for me to revisit this era of science-fiction writing. I like to do so on occasion, and this one fit the bill perfectly. It's possible that if I were to exist on a steady diet of such works, the relative merits of THE CORRIDORS might subside, but for not being exposed to material like this for a while, I enjoyed it. Anderson keeps the action moving, and, if you're going to accept the idea of time-travel, plausible. Add to that a nice resolution everyone can get behind, and you have an above average entertainment that scratches the science-fiction itch. Probably not Anderson's best effort (I've read little of his other than some short stories) and by no means a classic, but satisfying still. Four stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure trough time Dec 7 2009
By Rik Delaet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this novel when I was about 30 years old (now almost 70). I can only say that I enjoyed it very much then. A page-turner. Maybe I'll have to read it again.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Anderson's Best Dec 7 2013
By Anne Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of Anderson's best, or at least one that I have enjoyed re-reading several times. Malcolm Lockridge, a former Marine who has educated himself on many topics, including anthropology, gets drafted into the Time Wars by the leader of the female contingent. Her "Wardens' are devotees of the Goddess, and opposed to the male-dominated Rangers, who like technology and sky gods. But there are major problems with both sides, as Lockridge discovers in a time travelling romp through large swathes of Danish history. Great fun, and a memorable set of combatants.

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