Island in the Sea of Time Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1998
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From Library Journal
A cosmic disturbance transports the island of Nantucket and its inhabitants over three thousand years back in time to the shores of a Stone Age America. In addition to coping with the day-to-day problems of survival and the trauma of losing all connection with the modern world, the residents of the time-stranded island find their lives complicated by the presence of native tribes across the water. Stirling's (The Ship Avenged, Baen, 1997) imaginative foray into time travel should also please fans of alternate history. A good selection for most sf collections.
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“A perfectly splendid story…endlessly fascinating…solidly convincing.”—Paul Anderson
“A compelling cast of characters…a fine job of conveying both a sense of loss and hope.”—Science Fiction Chronicle
“[Q]ite a good book…definitely a winner.”—Aboriginal Science Fiction
“Meticulous, imaginative….Logical, inventive and full of richly imagined characters, this is Stirling’s most deeply realized book yet.”—Susan Shwartz, author of The Grail of Hearts
“Utterly engaging. This is unquestionably Steve Stirling’s best work to date, a page-turner that is certain to win the author legions of new readers and fans.”—George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“One of the best time travel/alternative history stories I’ve ever read, period. Stirling combines complex, believable characters, meticulous research, and a fascinating setup to produce a book you won’t want to—and won’t be able to—put down. An outstanding piece of work.”—Harry Turtledove
“The adventure that unfolds, powered by Stirling’s impressive stores of knowledge and extraordinary narrative skill, is an enormously entertaining read.”—Virtual North Woods Website
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That aside, I really did enjoy the rest of this book. Unless you're an 'expert' with a bone to pick with anyone who dares to dabble with your field of expertise, or have issues with strong women, homosexuality, academics, vaguely left-wing politics or semi-graphic sex scenes, you have a pretty good chance of really enjoying this book.
The characters are interesting, varied and well fleshed out, as are the friendships and relationships between them. I enjoyed reading about the people of Nantucket reacting to the Event, organizing their society, travelling and meeting other cultures. It's obvous that a lot of research has gone into this story, and there is some fascinating as well as sobering stuff in here.
If this book didn't have Alice Hong, I'd give it five stars and pride of place on my shelf.
The island has a chance if everyone pulls together and police chief-turned political leader Jared Cofflin and coast guard captain Marian Alston do their best to ensure that everyone does so. Unfortunately, human nature rarely allows pure altrusim. In the case of Nantucket, there are those who want to carve out their own kingdom and those who want to prevent the re-creation of western culture. Either could be dangerous. Together, the two forces might just scuttle any hopes for survival--let alone return to the days of the hot shower.
Author S. M. Stirling writes an exciting story. A small city like Nantucket has close to the critical mass needed for modern civilization, but lacks the raw materials that are essential to our lives. As the time travellers contact other people, their risk grows. Stirling personalizes Cofflin and Alston, making the reader care about these characters and their attempts to recreate order in the midst of madness.Read more ›
It was a good idea for a book that just didn't play out that well.
The main characters are largely believable. Stirling thankfully takes the time to develop them to be more than talking props for his storyline. One flaw is that by the end of the book, the characters do become rather predictable. Everyone except the villains seems perfectly content with their role and function, and perfectly comfortable with the roles and functions of each other as well. Ambition, unpredictability, and simple growth and change have abandoned the Nantucketers by the end of the book. Also (with the single exception of one Bronze Age woman rescued by the Nantucketers early on) Stirling leaves the Bronze Age characters very two dimensional, predictable, and inferior to modern people in every respect.
One notable success in characterization is Stirling's main villain, William Walker. Rather than casting him as stereotypical "evil" man, Walker is depicted as merely ambitious. His love of the Bronze Age and desire to rule it are perfectly understandable and plausible. His Machiavellian tactics and modern knowledge make him very powerful by Bronze Age standards, and therefore immediately and believably threatening to the Nantucketers.
Stirling's decision to cast his main hero as a female, black, lesbian is the first example of gratuitous multiculturalism I remember seeing in a book of this sort. There simply was no point to it.Read more ›
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Look this is not great literature by any stretch of the imagination. Stirling even completely rips off the classic movie "Zulu" for one particular story line. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Decano
Character development is suspect. Uses sex to create identity. An unfortunate tendency that persists in his books. Original idea is greatPublished 13 months ago by Gg67
Very well thought-out and exciting with the right mix of detail and action. The author skillfully managed to balance the description of the world he created - recreated actually,... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2010 by MartinH
Island In the Sea of Time is the first novel in the Island In Time series. In the nineteenth century, Nantucket had been the bustling center of the New England whaling industry. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Arthur W Jordin
An interesting and well-crafted enough read, but I kept hoping for the oh-so civilized Nantucketers to get wiped out. Read morePublished on June 22 2003
This book starts out well, but gets pretty mundane about half way through. I've read other shorter Sterling novels and found them entertaining, but I really don't think he is... Read morePublished on May 14 2003
This is one of the greatest works of alternate history/sci-fi ever. Brilliant speculation on how a twentieth-century community would interact with a bronze age world. Read morePublished on March 23 2003
Until the last few chapters, I was enjoying this book. It was entertaining and a wonderful break from doing work. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Jessica