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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034545247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345452474
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAVID EILETS on March 5 2004
Format: Hardcover
Shame on you Clarke for making us wade through 300 pages of fluff
,wheres the beef?....A good read but a big disappointment story wise..I am giving you and your publishing company 1 star for making avid readers like myself and others shell out $18 bucks for a novel that doesnt give you the meat until the last 10 pages and then pick ups in the next book..This predatory practice will make me start going to the local library for a free read, or use unsaviory practices to get a fee copy..You guys support us ,,,we will support you...Next time lets skip the appetizer and shoot for the entre
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I really enjoyed this book. In fact when I started it, I couldn't put it down! I had read Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series, and this book had similar elements. Namely the idea of a powerful alien race manipulating humanity and they were even given the exact name as the aliens who controlled the monolith in 3001-Space Odyssey "The Firstborn". I have read the whole series and this is by far my favorite book. It really made you put yourself in the shoes of the characters and think about how if such a thing were to happen to you, what skills and worth would you bring to the table? It was imaginative and I really liked some of the characters and hated others. I think it's worth the read, even if the other books were disappointing.
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Time's Eye is the first novel in A Time Odyssey series. In the North-west Frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan, four groups find themselves separated from their own times. Moreover, silvery globes fixed in mid air are scattered throughout the landscape, apparently observing local activity.
In this novel, a UN surveillance helicopter in 2037 is fired upon by a Pastun adolescent, damaging the tail rotor. The pilot, Casey Othic, breaks his leg in the emergency landing, but the co-pilot, Abdikadir Omar, and the observer, Biseasa Dutt, are not injured. All the fluttering and smoke attract the attention of nearby soldiers, who think the contraption is a Russian machine.
The soldiers are Tommies and sepoy troops from Jamrud, a fort in the English Raj of 1885. Included among them are two correspondents, the Anglo-Indian Ruddy and the American Josh White. They surround the smoking machine and order the occupants to surrender their weapons and exit the device. They have to help extricate Casey from the distorted frame.
A British patrol also finds a pair of "man-apes" wandering the plains. The mother and child look very much like chimpanzees, but they have longer legs and a truly upright posture. The helicopter crew decide that they are australopithecines from at least two million years in the past.
In low earth orbit, a Soyuz re-entry vehicle from 2037 is lost in time after launching from the International Space Station on a routine crew rotation. Musa, Kolya and Sable use their instruments to scan the planet, but can find only a few locations with signs of large populations. The capsule communications gear cannot detect any radio sources, but Sable uses a discarded amateur rig to locate two sources, one of which is the UN helicopter radio.
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This is an incredibly well written and thought out book. It was impossible to put down, blending a mixture of science, history and speculative science fiction. The idea is beyond just imaginative. Arthur C Clarke and Stephen Baxter together are creative genius.

Time's Eye is a look into what would happen if there was a warp in time, where the survivors are thrust together in a world stitched together. As a result, what remains is a group of cosmonauts that was returning from the MIR space station; a crew from a reconnaissance helicopter mission; and a young man from a time long gone by in history. Thrown together in the glued together world that remains, each group must learn to survive in a world that is alien.

Worth reading, and when completed, impossible not to read the two that follow.
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This book is bloody brilliant. Yeah, it lags a bit in the middle, but not for long and a little perserverance will reward the reader. There are sections of writing in this book as good as anything that Clarke has EVER written. The final battle scene is amazing. My heart was pounding! Don't miss it!
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Format: Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviewer that indicated a good beginning, good end, but lacking in the middle. The beginning had me very intrigued by the mysterious events unfolding and the mix of characters, both historical and fictitious. However, the story & characters seem to drag a bit after that, with too much emphasis on historical data and detail. The very end does pick up in excitement, as we finally get some clue as to the nature & purpose of the hovering spheres/eyes.
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Format: Hardcover
I will confess I've never read anything by Stephen Baxter. Then again, I'd never read anything by Gentry Lee when I sat down to read the Rama series. On the other hand, if Clarke writes something I will, eventually, read it.
Time's Eye is a solid book. I enjoyed reading it and couldn't help but muse over what the second installment would bring. Although some of the character development is less than might be expected, the less developed personalities tend to be a means to an end as opposed to someone the reader should be investing time understanding their motivation.
The story is quick paced and somewhat more introductory than a stand-alone Clarke book.
A love of history is helpful when reading Time's Eye, since a good portion of the characters have been dead for several centuries. The exploits of Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan through the eyes of twenty-first and eighteenth century charcters was the most intriguing part of the story.
Those who come looking for a space adventure may be disappointed. There are a few scenes in space, but again, a means to and end and not a pivotal event.
In all, Time's Eye does not disapoint. After all it is Arthur C. Clarke, I think we can trust him by now.
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