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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (March 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406158
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,280,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27ad744) out of 5 stars Fascinating concept anthology April 12 2010
By H. Grove (errantdreams) - Published on
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Time travel has been invented, and somehow it's in the hands of someone who wants to turn it into a means of history tourism. Of course, there are problems with that. Such as, nearly everyone who goes back in time is going to have an ulterior motive. How could they really expect people not to interfere? In theory it's impossible to alter the past, and any changes that are introduced fix themselves back to the way things were. But naturally, theory and practice don't always line up perfectly...

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]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27ad798) out of 5 stars Creative Takes on an old theme May 11 2010
By S. Nelson - Published on
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The idea of time travel is possibly one of the first fantasies of all time. This anthology goes a step further and has the writers basing their stories on one company providing time travel to the public. But that is where the consistency ends. Each story has you nodding your head and thinking, "Yes, that's the way it would be" until you read the next. Imaginative, engaging and well-written, an excellent read for all.
HASH(0xa27ada74) out of 5 stars An Excellent Time Travel Anthology with a Twist Feb. 18 2012
By Steven Woodcock - Published on
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Being a big fan of the Greenberg short story collections AND a fan of time travel stories I knew that when I spotted this one on the shelf I had to add it to my collection. I dare say I wasn't disappointed.

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.
HASH(0xa27ad96c) out of 5 stars An okay read for time travel lovers. April 27 2013
By Livinginthealohastate - Published on
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If you are a time travel enthusiast you will probably like this book. I must say that I didn't care for the short story compilation format, but the real issue with this book is that is suffers from the same problems most time travel books too. Namely, there are two many unnecessary restrictions placed on the time travelers. The other issue is that the motivations behind the travelers where somewhat lacking. The premise is also suspect. Still, worth a read for fan of this genre.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27adfa8) out of 5 stars a very enjoyable read July 7 2010
By MarciaM - Published on
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I'm halfway through this book and I am enjoying it a lot. I agree it would make a great tv series something on the order of fantasy island maybe. Some of the stories are ok, others grab you and leave you all misty eyed at the end which is hard to do in a short story format. Well worth the money. I particularly like Kelly Swail's short story.

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