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Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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Goodberg offers up 37 episodes, ranging from one-page vignettes to full-fledged stories, exploring alternate time lines, grandfather paradoxes, human-alien relations, and get-rich-quick schemes, often with clever twists and unexpected results. --Publishers Weekly
The timeline as we know it meets the cruel tendencies of the tourists, and the tourists meet the cruel tendencies of time. Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel is an excellent pick of short fiction, highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review
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First off, I am a fan of short stories. I love being able to read something, put it down, and come back to it again without having to remember where I left off. And David Goodberg writes each story with such flow and humor, that you find you can't wait to see what story comes next.
Now, let me tell you right now: that you do NOT need to be a sci-fi fan, or a time -traveling fan to love this book. Does it help? Absolutely. But each story is so good all on it's own, that I guarantee everyone will find at least ten that they love.
I think that reason that I love this book the most, is because it reminded me of episodes of the Twilight Zone. You know how the Twilight Zone would take something normal and turn it on it's head (like a 6-yr-old Monster, or a killer doll)? That's exactly what Goodberg does in some of his stories. He takes these ideas of time-travel, peace on Earth, success - and he turns them on their heads, and really makes you think about the present even though his books are set in the future.
You also can't bypass the illustrations in this book. There are not too many of them, but they are fantastic and seem to fit the tone of the entire book perfectly. There are also little quotes in between each short story that are awesome! My favorite one was posted here on GoodChoiceReading, but I will post it again:
"Twenty-five years after the Worlds War of 2267 ended, large populations of Earth were left in mired in poverty. Nowadays, extra-terrestrial civilizations take vacations in the area to view the ancient landmarks and historical sites. They photograph the poverty-stricken conditions and don't lift a finger to do anything about it even though they come from a civilization that's far more advanced and has the means to help."
You have absolutely got to give this book a try - it's well-worth it!
If you are not thinking about how you view things in your life when you are finished with one or more of these short stories, you are not reading the book correctly. The stories are entertaining, and make you evaluate many things going on around you.
I am happy to have been chosen to review this book, I highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor and a brain.
All the stories in this book existed in a future where time travel is possible and commercialized. Ranging from one page super shorts to 20-30 stories, David Goodberg tackles all sorts of interesting subjects. Although, I must admit, there were a few stories where I didn't see the time travel aspect.
Pulling heavily from the Philip K. Dick realm of sci-fi (which I say as a complete compliment) Goodberg works many social idea and morals into his stories, many of which seem to revolve around the idea that getting everything you ever wanted isn't always what you really wanted.
If you like quirky sometimes amusing sci-fi than this is a book for you to check out. You might not like all of it, but you're sure to enjoy most of it.
This is David Goodberg's debut and a collection of shorts. I almost hesitate to put that in the beginning of the review because a lot of people avoid short story collections. However, if you like time-travel and a wry sense of humor, read it! It was a thoroughly enjoyable collection. Again, I was grateful to follow a bit of a drag-read (Rut - see my blog, [...], for review) with something so full of life, recharging my reading-stamina.
The short stories in Selected Shorts are amusing with often serious underlying morals or implications. Following each short story was a blurb, lesson, thought, etc. -- sort of a mini-story that filled up less than a page. These blurbs were at least as enjoyable as the stories themselves and often gave me pause. The stories are tied together by the world that has been established by Goodberg, even if the characters within the stories have nothing to do with one another. (e.g., the companies that developed time travel are frequently discussed, even if a character from the first story would never come into contact with a character from the 10th story, who lived a couple hundred years earlier/later in time).
Overall, the book kept my interest and each story only made me want to read the next more. Oh, and the illustrations warrant note: they were a perfect companion! I refrain from saying anything more beyond, Pick it up and read it. It is worth your time. (hehhehheh...)
Recommended for people who like time travel and have a sense of humor... not to mention Hope for our future!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even thought this book was somewhat interesting, I can't say it was very cohesive.Published 20 months ago by John F. Wheeles
I'm not the biggest sci-fi nerd out there. In fact, I'm not a sci-fi anything. But I was drawn to this book's cover when I happened to spot it browsing the clearance sale in the... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by tony787
This is a set of short stories, very loosely linked by the premise that sometime in the future there will be a company which monopolizes the industry of time travel. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Mary Jo DiBella
I picked this up because I am a fan of short stories and although I didn't know much about the book before I purchased it, I was really pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Woodist
Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel had me confused most of the time. I would get into a story and it would just drop off with no real ending or closing. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Tawni
Everything will eventually be prepared for the consumer. Even time travel. "Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel" is a collection of short stories from David Goodberg... Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
This book has a little something for everyone. It's simply written so the focus is not on the language but rather the plot. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Amy C. Riley