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The Hour of the Time [Kindle Edition]

Vincent Hobbes
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'The Hour of the Time' is a short story by Vincent Hobbes. It was first published in 'The Endlands' (Jan. 2011)

Charlie is a man who follows the rules. He is a man who is never late. He is a man who always obeys.

This is the most important day of Charlie's life, and he is running late.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 97 KB
  • Print Length: 15 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058KRVIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,368 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short, quirky, and enjoyable story July 30, 2011
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A reference used in the story itself perfectly describes this download. The reference is to the white rabbit from the story "Alice in Wonderland," when he is running around shouting,"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" Imagine this rabbit as a short, awkard little man-a man who is a perfectionist, trying to do everything in life as perfectly as possible. This man is always early by at least 30 minutes! However, one day he is late, and as Amazon's product description says, this just happens to be the most important day of his life.

The author definitely stresses the character of this man through his nervous attempts to convince everyone he meets that he's usually much earlier. While the point is definitely driven across to the reader, it's repeated so much that it becomes a bit too repetitive. Other than that one very mini issue, the rest of the characterization was perfect! The only other critique I would have for this story is that the ending was quite predictable. I obviously didn't know the exacts of what was going to happen, but I had a general idea.

Overall, though, the story is quite fantastic! It's very quirky and fun to read; I loved it! I would highly recommend it to nearly anyone as a short yet entertaining read!

WARNINGS - Language
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Franz Kafka type tale August 16, 2011
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This is sci-fi tale about the future. It has an interesting surprise ending that should, in my view, prompt people to think about rushing to get something done on time. The story has a feel of a Franz Kafka tale.

Charlie, age 30, is a virgin, very timid, and very obsessive. He hasn't really gotten anything out of life. Throughout the story he is worried about being on time. This is his only thought. He received a summons and considers this to be the best day of his life, and he wants to be on time. Hobbes, the author, doesn't tell us until the end what the summons is for. Significantly, Charlie isn't called by the officials by his name but by his number. As in the Kafka story The Law, he is kept waiting for a long time, and in front of him is a door. The narration of Charlie's experiences is fascinating and the surprise ending, although shocking, perhaps some readers might think appropriate for Charlie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hour of the Time October 13, 2011
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This fun and futuristic story is set in a world where humans sometimes perform jobs and robots sometimes do certain things. However, on this very important day, Charlie has his summons and he can't be late for where he's going. Charlie is a man who displays signs of OCD in the story. He hates to be late, and on his way with his summons, traffic is very heavy and he's very afraid of being late, but arrives with minutes to spare. I don't think Charlie knows what the summons is for, though.

Charlie reminds me of "Monk" on television. He obsesses over everything. He's a well-drawn-out character and I could feel the excitement and also the tension in Charlie as he started to panic, afraid of being late for where he was going, and being so excited about finally getting his summons. The people around him seem to be detached and no one looks as excited to be in the big auditorium-like room as Charlie is.

As much as I really like the story, it is pretty predicable at the end. It's well-written and kept me interested and reading fast throughout. I really liked it and recommend it to other readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read August 20, 2012
By PattyW
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This is an entertaining and well written short story. I have read several of this writer's work and he is becoming a favorite of mine. His style and delivery is wonderful and I love how he leaves it for the imagination of what and why. I really enjoyed it and I will continue to be a big fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading.................. May 3, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story. The main character was developed well. I could definitely feel his anxiety towards the thought of possibly being late, as well as his excitement for this very important day. This was a quick read and I longed to hear how the story would end. I would definitely recommend to those looking for a quick, interesting story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short! October 7, 2011
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Overall, a great short. A little too repetitive and I times I wanted to smack Charlie upside the head if he repeated the same thing one more time. Also, the ending was fairly predictable. Still, a good story and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange March 17, 2013
By K. Gray
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I didn't care for this story. I mostly disliked the main character and was irritated by his incessant babbling. It might have been better if it had been a longer story with an actual plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good short story August 20, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story. It is about a man named Charlie who is terribly obsessed with time and being late. Charlie is summoned for something very important and worries more about being late than anything else.

I could definitely relate to Charlie--I could care less about being late (within reason) but I can get a bit obsessive over certain things. I felt bad for him and kept hoping one of the other summoned people would befriend him. Charlie's thought patterns were definitely repetitive, but I never got annoyed with him. I think it helped solidify his character. I do wish there had been a bit more background on how and why the world had become the way that it is in the story, though I suppose that doesn't really matter much or detract from the story's point.

To be honest, I found the ending kind of predictable. I wasn't 100% positive about what was going to happen, but I had a good guess and my suspicion turned out to be correct. I'd recommend this to fans of two other short stories, but I don't want to do that because it would probably make this book's ending more predictable to anyone who has read those stories. So instead, I'll just recommend this to fans of sci-fi along the lines of The Twilight Zone.

The Hour of the Time is a good read and well worth the price (free, though I honestly would have been willing to pay a small price). If it sounds at all interesting to you, I'd say give it a try. It doesn't take long to read and it just might make you think about what is really important in life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 3 days ago by camilien Cote
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting language
I didn't get past the first few pages of this item, as the main character endlessly spewed obscenities. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sci fi Becky
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Would have enjoyed it more had I known beforehand that it was a very, very, short story.
Published 16 days ago by Lesta
5.0 out of 5 stars That was crazy.
Wow! I was not expecting that. That guy is neurotic, but he made me laugh.
Published 16 days ago by HunnyBee
3.0 out of 5 stars sometimes it pays to be late
very much in the twilight zone genre of seemingly commonplace events, situations, places, people, etc. however, as the twilight zone often did, the ending was a zinger.
Published 17 days ago by Petropolitano
1.0 out of 5 stars One long, aimless ramble...
This story was one long, aimless ramble. The concept is Twilight Zone-ish, which I really like. However, the execution here severely lacks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by yunguns3
3.0 out of 5 stars Time's Up
I suppose I should have expected the ending. Cute short story that reminded me a lot of The Lottery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melody Hewson
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
This is a great short story. I enjoyed how the author kept you going along and then wham at the end.
Published 1 month ago by rebecca13
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I thought this story was stupid. He is obsessed with being on time and I would neve recommend this story to anyone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by melanie weik
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the 10 minutes it takes to read..........
This short story was pointless, boring and obvious. It was impossible for me to like the main character or care what happened to him. Could not erase this fast enough.
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More About the Author

Vincent Hobbes was born in Dallas, Texas in 1975. He has been actively writing most his life. His love, his roots, is horror. His recent releases primarily consist of horror, though he knows no limit in genre. His 2012-2013 releases range from horror, dystopian, science-fiction and fantasy. He's been widely reviewed, his fans having compared him to the likes of such greats as Philip K. Dick and Stephen King.

Mr. Hobbes writes with elegant prose, has unique plot-lines and great character development. His work is mind-boggling, his characters life-like, his ideas fresh in a dull market.

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