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May 27, 2007, 3:28pm Top

Can you suggest some outstanding time travel books? Husband has been looking and hasn't had much luck just browsing the library. But I thought you'd know some good ones! :D

May 27, 2007, 4:17pm Top

The Julian May books cover time travel in a very interesting fashion:
The many-coloured land
The golden torc
The adversary
The nonborn king
These 4 are the main story, then there were further stories back-filling and expanding that world.

That's all I can think of at the moment. I'm sure I will have an "oh yeah, that!" moment as soon as other suggestions roll in, but maybe not.

May 27, 2007, 4:59pm Top

There's always the classic of the genre the Time Machine by, H. G. Wells. As for more modern entries into the genre, I'm as clueless as you are.

May 27, 2007, 6:40pm Top

Also the classic Ray Bradbury A sound of Thunder is a must-read short story!

May 27, 2007, 7:48pm Top

Another classic: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

I've heard wonderful things about The Anubis Gates, too.

May 27, 2007, 10:46pm Top

Connie Willis wrote Lincoln's Dreams, The Doomsday Book, and To Say Nothing of the Dog, though Lincoln's Dreams is a stretch in the time travel department...

May 27, 2007, 11:05pm Top

There was a Young Adult Time Travel novel that I read in 7th grade - I'm 45 years old so I would have read it like 1973-4 or so, that I remember very vividly, but I don't know who wrote it or what it was called!

I remember the Time Portal manifested as a "rainbow ring." There was a scene where a "cave girl" tried explaining to the story's hero about seeing a rainbow ring by grabbing a bunch of colorful flowers and windmilling them in a circle, heeee heeeeee!

I recall that characters became timelost, and that when a brontosaurus stepped on a rainbow ring chunks of dino meat appeared in the "control room" in modern times.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? Any idea what this book was called, and who wrote it? I'd love to read it again and see if it stands up to memory!

May 27, 2007, 11:21pm Top


gOOgle is My Friend!!! I found it!

The book is Tunnel Through Time by Lester Del Rey and I 've got a copy on the way thanks to the magic of Amazon!!!

Edited: May 27, 2007, 11:28pm Top

Well well well, I wiki'ed Lester Del Rey, turns out he was also the founder of Del Rey Books. THAT sounds LOGICAL!!!


May 28, 2007, 5:21am Top

Visit the "Time Travel, Alternate Histories and Parallel Worlds" LT group for some excellent suggestions.

May 28, 2007, 10:30am Top

OOOOooooOOOOooooh! Thanks, Lord Darrow, sounds like a fun group to me!

May 29, 2007, 7:47am Top

C j Cherryh's Morgaine Saga covers it pretty well.

Timeline for more of a thriller take.

Use of Weapons sort of time travel.

Douglas Adams pick it up in some of the hitchhiker's and Dirk Gently books.... weirdly as always.

or you could try the tag time travel which lists lots of books.

May 29, 2007, 11:47am Top

A great YA series about time travel is by Marianne Curley. The first book in the series is The Named. It's about a highschool kid who is part of an elite group of time travel agents who go back in time to protect history against the forces of chaos.

I enjoyed the book and ended up reading the whole series.

May 29, 2007, 11:50am Top

Eon by Greg Bear has some time travel,

Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle (kiddish)

Many of Michael Moorcock's books deal with time travel though they're more Fantasy than Sci-Fi. Kane of Old Mars is a one of my favorites and the Legends from the End of Time and The Dancers At The End Of Time deal with time travel and the ultimate decadence combined with ignorance and naivety.

May 29, 2007, 12:06pm Top

Should have known there'd be a whole group devoted to time travel and the like. Thanks darrow!

And to all who have made suggestions. Most of these I've never heard of, so this is great! :)

May 30, 2007, 7:02am Top

what about The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter, the official, authorised sequel to the well known HG Wells original. It's a very good continuation.

Jun 10, 2007, 6:33am Top

I can't believe no one mentioned Audrey Niffenegger's Time Traveler's Wife. A really good time traveling book.

Jun 10, 2007, 7:28am Top

Just a few I didn't notice above:

James Blaylock - The Rainy Season
Eric Nylund - Dry Water
Share the idea of timetravel through water, though in DW the timetravel isn't physical.

R. A. Macavoy - The Book of Kells
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander
Terry Pratchett - Night Watch
Gene Wolfe - There are Doors, Free Live Free
Steven Brust - Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille

Kage Baker - The Company series. Haven't read those, though.

Jun 15, 2007, 6:03am Top

#18 R. A. Macavoy - The Book of Kells
Good catch, amberwitch. There's my "oh, yeah" moment. I just read that the past winter.

Another literary mechanism simialr to time travel: Alternate Histories. I am most familiar with a couple of Harry Turtledove's - Guns of the South. Oops, that does have time travel to achieve an alternate outcome to the American Civil War.

Jun 15, 2007, 9:02am Top

It's definitely a children's book, but I recently got a big kick out of Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander. It's juvenille but fun!

Jul 3, 2007, 5:41pm Top

Hi all! Pretty much a LT newbie here, but decided to pop in and put in a vote for Michael Crichton's Timeline. Just finished it and thought it was quite fun. I hear the movie was a stinker... :p I hadn't realized there was a Timeline movie! Oh well, the book is fun.

Also enjoyed Time Traveler's Wife, although the end... well... I won't spoil it. I suppose I was just hoping for something else. :)

Lots of good suggestions here. I think I'll add them to my list. Thank you!


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