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Conrad's Time Machine (Conrad) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 27, 2002
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The book itself was okay. Most of the story could have been written in two long chapters and a lot of if seems to be filler. While the story has an ending, it was sort of unsatisifying as if there will be a sequel in the future. To be honest I cant make heads or tail of this book. I sort of liked it, but it was too short, too much of it dealing with the sexual escapades of the principals and then seems to end at the point where it could get interesting.
If you like the Conrad series, I would buy this book just to know how the time machine came to be and who is Conrad's American cousin.
If you never read the Conrad series, please dont read this book until you read the series first.
This book really divides itself into three parts. The beginning, which is almost entirely available on the web for free, is the story of Tom (Conrad's cousin) and his two buddies working to develop the time machine. The book then quickly transitions into the middle where the buddies are (rather suddenly) Lords of their own country. Here you get a fun glimpse of what it would be like to have anything and everything you ever wanted, or thought you wanted. This is the sort of stuff a story about being the first on your block with your own time machine should be. Finally there is a cataclysmic event and everything is wrapped up quickly, leaving plenty of room for a sequel.
I found the ending to be weak, short, and unsatisfying, and to detract from the book as a whole. Conversely though, there isn't much of it, so it doesn't detract that much. All in all, it's a fun couple of hours of reading. Just don't expect it to measure up to the brilliant Conrad series and you won't be disappointed.
Nevertheless, I have found other Frankowski books to be worth reading and keeping. Not this one. I would expect in a book titled Conrad's Time Machine that you would first, encounter the character, Conrad, from Frankowski's Cross-Time Engineer series. Nope. Now apparently this novel does explain how the time machine that eventually sent Conrad back to Poland in the Middle Ages came into existence, but I don't consider that sufficient reason to try to dupe readers into thinking this is part of the Conrad series.
Second, the second part of the title is "Time Machine." With that, you should expect to have a lot of time travel scenes and with a dinosaur depicted on the front cover, you would expect them to be of the usual sort, adventures in well-known historical periods. Not so, while lots of characters in the novel apparently time-travel on a regular basis, you never see them doing so and when you do, it is done for utilitarian reasons and not for historical exploration or exploitation. Only in the last 20 pages of the book is there is a visit to the historical past and only to an isolated island untouched by important contemporary history. No dinosaur makes an appearance at any time.
In short, for die-hard Frankowski fans who have never needed to use a condom either. All others can surely find something better to read.
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I have been reading sci-fi since the early 1960's and this is absolutely the worst sci-fi novel ever encountered. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gene C. Armistead
I finished reading it a few days ago and I can honestly say that I've already forgotten it. It's odd that a writer who can give you a memorable experience like cross time... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Carol Tjelmeland
Great read. Fills in a lot of background of how the whole Conrad Stargard series was started. Give yourself some time to enjoy this.Published on May 30, 2013 by Zapper
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Seeing the title of this book, I expected it to tie in much more closely to the author's Conrad Stargard series, set in a semi-alternate Medieval Poland (with elements of A... Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Chrijeff
I really do like this book; however, it suffers from the same weakness that all the "Conrad" books do. It has a great underlying story and very competent writing in some sections. Read morePublished on November 24, 2005 by topoman
The worst thing about Conrad's Time Machine is the first couple of chapters; they're actually rather good, and they imply that the book might be worth buying. Read morePublished on October 17, 2005 by Leo Champion
This series is a real favorite of mine. Great story line, great characters, and unique ideas. Now (as of Summer 2005) the latest Conrad book, "Conrad's Crusade" is now available... Read morePublished on August 14, 2005 by A fan