Timeshares Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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About the Author
In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Stories touch on the Mona Lisa, the Titanic, da Vinci, missing tribes of Native Americans, the Garden of Eden, saving dead relatives, fixing one's own past life, and of course, dropping in on the life of Jesus himself. Meanwhile, the different stories dance in and out of each other's spheres of influence, largely adding to each other by touching on similar subjects or spending time with one or two of the same people.
That gets undermined a bit by some of the differences. In some stories Timeshares is a slick, corporate affair. In others it seems to be represented by dingy little offices. In some there are security officers or police who try to keep people from messing with the past; in others folks are allowed to try what they want. In some stories the past really is inflexible, while in others, not so much. To counter this, however, I admit that one of the later stories, Michael Stackpole's By Our Actions, seems to present a sort of answer to these inconsistencies that very nearly ties things together.
Naturally, this being an anthology, and on a topic that begs such a wide variety of approaches, you're invariably going to find one or two stories that don't thrill you quite as much as others. The overall quality is quite high, however.
[NOTE: review book provided by Penguin Group]
There are 19 stories in this collection all based around a central theme of a company called Timeshares that markets trips to the past for vacation purposes. The stories gradually build on themselves as the trips become more elaborate, but it's probably the last story that I liked the best (aptly named "Spoilers", which of course I can't reveal anything here so as to avoid those very spoilers).
A couple of the stories are clunkers and seemed forced or out of place, but in any collection like this that's to be expected. Your mileage may vary of course, and the couple I didn't like might be your favorites. Nothing wrong with that.
Good book for anybody liking short story collections and/or time travel stories.