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Time's Eye by Arthur C. Clarke

Time's Eye (2004)

by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

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Series: A Time Odyssey (book 1)

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readable but annoying at the same time. I had more than a few plot issues with this story and i have yet to find a time travel / parallel time book that really works. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
It was a bit slow but an interesting concept in the end. ( )
  kewaynco | Apr 10, 2016 |
  jim.antares | Nov 12, 2015 |
Refraining from describing the events in the book,
I would like to mention, that, first of all I did not enjoy this book one bit.
So if you don't want to be discouraged by my biased opinion - it's probably best to stop at that.

Why did I not like this book.
Throughout, the book made me feel very uncomfortable.
The plot was predictable in many parts and unexciting overall.
As for the possible conclusions or "a message" that authors intended, in terms of changes in society over time - i either disagree deeply in some parts or fail to "see the point".

The main/broad metaphor of the book is very transparent and simplistic.

Therefore, all in all the book gave me little satisfaction.

From my experience with some of Stephen Baxter's books - I can clearly say that he is a master of making the readers feel bad, but if you liked any of his books - you will probably like this one as well.
Well, and Arthur C. Clarke is a different story altogether :) ( )
  Vvolodymyr | Oct 17, 2012 |
Interesting concept. Starts promisingly but runs out of steam. Dissatisfying ending. ( )
1 vote topps | Jan 5, 2011 |
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Arthur C. Clarkeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, Stephenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Schroeder, JulieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Stand in Times's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth
The Cities rise again.
     —Rudyard Kipling
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Dreißig Millionen Jahre lang war der Planet abgekühlt und ausgetrocknet, bis im Norden Eisschollen an die Kontinente zu drängen begannen. [German edition]
For thirty million years the planet had cooled and dried, until, in the north, ice sheets gouged at the continents.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 034545247X, Mass Market Paperback)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke may be the greatest science fiction writer in the world; certainly, he's the best-known, not least because he wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He's also the only SF writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize or to be knighted by Her Majesty Elizabeth II. This god of SF has twice collaborated with one of the best SF writers to emerge in the 1990s, Stephen Baxter, winner of the British SF Award, the Locus Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award. Their first collaboration is the novel The Light of Other Days. Their second is the novel Time's Eye: Book One of a Time Odyssey.

As the subtitle indicates, Time's Eye is the first book of a series intended to do for time what 2001 did for space. Does Time's Eye succeed in this goal? No. In 2001, humanity discovers a mysterious monolith on the moon, triggering a signal that astronauts pursue to one of the moons of Jupiter. In Time's Eye, mysterious satellites appear all around the Earth and scramble time, bringing together an ape-woman; twenty- first-century soldiers and astronauts; nineteenth-century British and Indian soldiers; and the armies of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. The characters march around in search of other survivors, then clash in epic battle. It's not until the end that the novel returns to the mystery of the tiny, eye-like satellites (and doesn't solve it). In other words, the plot of Time's Eye is a nearly 300-page digression, and 2001 fans expecting exploration of the scientific enigma and examination of the meaning of existence will be disappointed. However, fans of rousing and well-written transtemporal adventure in the tradition of S.M. Stirling's novel Island in the Sea of Time will enjoy Time's Eye. --Cynthia Ward

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A mysterious glowing orb appears over Central Asia, ripping the Earth into conflicting eras of the past, present, and future, mingling UN peacekeepers from the year 2037 with military forces from past eras.

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